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  • Thumbnail for Panel discussion: Can we fix “insane” immigration policies to attract entrepreneurs?

    Panel discussion: Can we fix “insane” immigration policies to attract entrepreneurs?

    Immigrants are profoundly entrepreneurial people: they leave behind everything they know for a new country and new opportunities, often at a financial risk. This willingness to embrace change and build a new life from scratch means it should not be a surprise that in the US alone, 43% of Fortune 500 companies have been founded by immigrants.

  • Thumbnail for Paul Devlin: Cardiff is at the forefront of social sciences commercialisation

    Paul Devlin: Cardiff is at the forefront of social sciences commercialisation

    Commercialising social sciences research is such a new area of technology transfer that when you spin out a company “you might be the first to do that type of deal,” says Paul Devlin, the head of research commercialisation and impact at Cardiff University.

  • Thumbnail for Ilian Iliev: Here’s why NetScientific is doubling down on Cambridge

    Ilian Iliev: Here’s why NetScientific is doubling down on Cambridge

    Last month, EMV Capital, a fund management subsidiary of British investment firm NetScientific, took over Martlet Capital, a Cambridge, UK-focused investor that had been the corporate venture arm of aerospace and defence company Marshall Group for nine years until 2021. The decision was the natural conclusion to EMV’s earlier decision to become an investor in Martlet and allows the investor to further tap into the Cambridge cluster, NetScientific CEO Ilian Iliev says.

  • Thumbnail for Fernando Moncada: Five lessons for would-be academic founders

    Fernando Moncada: Five lessons for would-be academic founders

    Universities, by their very nature, have always been strong centres of innovation. Scientific discoveries are routinely made in university research labs – but spinning those discoveries out into an operational business comes with numerous hurdles.

  • Thumbnail for Duncan Johnson, Miles Kirby: NG Studios helps entrepreneurs think big

    Duncan Johnson, Miles Kirby: NG Studios helps entrepreneurs think big

    Duncan Johnson argues that spinout founders in the north of England need to learn to think bigger. That’s not just a question of access to capital (his investment firm Northern Gritstone has £312m at its disposal) but also of infrastructure to mentor and nurture these founders.

  • Thumbnail for Jim Shaikh: Corporates drawn to climate tech innovation at Imperial College London’s Greenhouse accelerator

    Jim Shaikh: Corporates drawn to climate tech innovation at Imperial College London’s Greenhouse accelerator

    Some of the most innovative clean energy and climate technologies originate in the labs of the world’s research universities. At Imperial College London’s climate innovation accelerator, The Greenhouse, startups address solutions in niche areas such as bio-textiles, waste management and green hydrogen.

  • Thumbnail for Season 2 Recap

    Season 2 Recap

    We take a look back at some of the key insights shared by guests on season 2 of Beyond the Breakthrough.

  • Thumbnail for TU Darmstadt has developed a unique approach to licensing

    TU Darmstadt has developed a unique approach to licensing

    Licensing intellectual property to a spinout can take frustratingly long and end with terms for a spinout that a venture capital investor might not be comfortable with — the university taking too large a share is a typical argument that you’ll hear particularly in the UK. There are initiatives to speed this up. The US has BOLT and the UK has the USIT Guides, template term sheets co-developed by tech transfer offices, investors and law firms to significantly speed up the process. Ireland even has a national IP protocol.

  • Thumbnail for Panel discussion: What does the hospital of the future look like?

    Panel discussion: What does the hospital of the future look like?

    How do you get beyond the many roadblocks stopping cutting-edge technology from being adopted by healthcare providers – which naturally have a lot of safety concerns, and often sizeable budget constraints too. Are hospitals moving to being completely decentralised in the future? And is AI about to revolutionise how hospitals are run?

  • Thumbnail for Karin Immergluck: Stanford’s biggest challenge is complacency (rebroadcast)

    Karin Immergluck: Stanford’s biggest challenge is complacency (rebroadcast)

    Stanford may be a recognised world-leader when it comes to startups, but it mustn’t rest on its laurels. Sometimes that even means launching initiatives that others have long had — that is just one of the lessons that Karin Immergluck, executive director of Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing, has learnt. Karin also tells us what the US can learn from its international peers, why TenU is an important component of her work and she examines the importance of erasing bias in hiring processes, including in leadership positions.