Research, Technology Transfer & Regional Engagement


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Research, Technology Transfer & Regional Engagement

  1. 1. Research, Technology Transfer & Regional EngagementOrkney Gillian McFadzean, Director Research & Enterprise Services EdinburghGalashiels MalaysiaDubai
  2. 2. Research Base: Pure and Applied HWU has a global reputation for research and innovation  Engineering & Physical Sciences  Petroleum Engineering  Mathematics & Computer Science  Textiles & Design  Life Sciences (Food, Drink & Health)  Management & Languages  Built Environment  Edinburgh Business SchoolRAE2008:50% of HWU research was rated internationally excellent or world leading87% of HWU research was rated as of international quality
  3. 3. Heriot-Watt UniversityWorking with Industry:the Converge project
  4. 4. Why? What was the need? Strong HiSTORIC reputation for working with industry Industrial sponsor income declining Government competitive funding requires industry partners Expansion of the university +20 academics p.a. • Excellent research skills • Many from outside UK • Few with company contacts
  5. 5. OverviewTo accelerate application of research £4.2 years: £6M project: £3.2M practice/£2.8M industry facing research ERDF and EPSRC funded • UK and Scottish government and Heriot Watt ambitions Combines • Developing academic capacity • Business development capacity (5 people) embedded • Assistance to spin-outs • Marketing, events, public engagement
  6. 6. What does it look like?
  7. 7. How does it work?Marketing and Sales Internal External – industry led conference/trade shows• SE, HIE, SFC, TSB, KTN, trade bodies etc.• All Energy, Photonics West, Scot Tech Showcase Matchmaking• Interface, KTNs, etc.All sizes of companies:Large, medium, small, micro Strategic alliance, research or development project, ‘support’, facilities, expertise
  8. 8. Growing our Little PartnersCase Study - UWI Technology Ltd (smart labels) 1 x SME-HEI Innovation Voucher & 1 Feasibility study • Colour Science & fluid flow systems • Technology proven on bench by HWU • Led to patent filing by UWI • Led to SMART award SMART Award to develop µ-fluidic labels with HWU1 new job created @ HWULicense to HWU background IP VC investment secured by UWI >£150K Scottish winner of “Barclays – One Small Step” competition
  9. 9. Supporting our Big PartnersCase Study- Macphie of Glenbervie Ltd (Baker) Student placement for 3 weeks EDTC Feasibility Voucher for “Gluten Free Bread dough’s” Joint patent filing by Glenbervie in 2011 “License in” of HWU background £500K multi-partner award from TSB (August 2011) • 2 x Scottish partners • 1 Welsh oven manufacturer • 1 x bakery
  10. 10. Briefing SMESINDUSTRY DAY: Advanced sensor “The 6th Sense”2012WHO: 62 Research academics, 228 industry colleagues, 14 professional experts,government and industrial authoritiesWHAT: The opportunity to discuss with industry: What are the challenges? What is the industry need? What cross-disciplinary solutions or opportunities can Heriot-Watt provide?How can we respond to the challenges together?WHY: To understand the needs of industry and encourage their collaboration withour academic experts working at the forefront in finding solutions, methods andapproaches to tackle the challengesHOW: Discussion and debate, marketing, networking,exhibitions, speaker opportunities
  11. 11. Scotland’s Partnerships Creating Entrepreneurs and CompaniesIDEA Assessment Development Growth •TTO Review •Licence V Company •Spinout CEO •TTO Mentor •Investors •Ambition? •TTO •Business Plan •Competition awards •IP diligence •Investors •IP ownership •Accelerator support •Market diligence of funds and •Science Parks •IP licence expertise against •Mentor •Company support •Facilities targets •Training agencies •Contacts •Mentors •- In curriculum •IP experts •Training •Management teams •- Researchers •Industry accountants •- Management •Non-exec Directors • potential spinouts •Region experts •- Markets and •Staff recruitment •Elevator pitch to Marketing •Access to markets entrepreneurs and •- Finances media • Innovation funds •- Publicity •TTO review •Mentors •More licenses •Free expertise •Assessor review •Proof of Concept •= University funds •= region/BIC •Enterprise Fellowship •=together •Management team •Market research
  12. 12. Converge Challenge Scotland wide programme to develop entrepreneurs Practical help to the participants for a period of 20 months with the focus on strong market engagement and developing commercial skills of founders A rigorous 4 stage selection process over 7 months3 page application 2 day residential Full Business Plan Investor presentationform training to the judging panel •Up to 30 projects •Elevator pitch •Up to 10 plans •3 Converge shortlisted competition shortlisted for Challenge awards external judging and 3 awards for panel Principal’s Product Challenge
  13. 13. Creating EntrepreneursOver 80 applications from 9 different universities50 people attending residential training350 people attending seminars attention from non-Scottish VCs= a pipeline of entrepreneurs 17 technology companies formed •expected growth of 20% per annum4 “lifestyle” companies formed= real growth for ScotlandIn 2 years
  14. 14. Outcomes at 2.5 year point179 companies supported 141 Scottish companies £3.8M additional income to HWU £1.5m increase in Scottish company turnover reported by 10 companies 32 additional jobs in independent+ Scottish companies 14 new products in Scottish companies 40 networks supported (includes pools) 6 new products for networks 4 new Heriot-Watt spin outs 17 new tech spinouts for Scotland(+independent = not our spinouts)
  15. 15. Overall Outcomes for Heriot-Watt?HWU has re-established global reputation for basic and applied research and innovation  We achieved this by  Including knowledge exchange and technology transfer in our promotion criteria for academic staff  Giving academic staff the skills to engage effectively  A dedicated Research and Enterprise Services unit  Providing business development expertise to engage companies  Handling licensing and company creation professionally  A marketing strategy to enhance our engagement with industry
  16. 16. Outcomes for ScotlandHWU delivers industry engagement for Scotland  We lead by providing across Scotland, for Scotland:  Scottish Crucible - gives academic staff skills to develop interdisciplinary research  KE Conference – for postgraduate students and young researchers  Converge Challenge – competitive rigorous training to develop new companies. 17 new Scottish companies in 2 years  Industry tailored events demonstrating how HWU research is developing and how it is used in companies  Industry sector briefings
  17. 17. European EngagementConverge Challenge will deliver Transnational BusinessChallenge competition for the partner countries in OpenInnovation Interreg.National winner from Open Innovation Partnercountries will compete in the Transnational BusinessChallenge by delivering an investor pitch to an international panel of judges  delivering an elevator pitch to a wide audience.The event will take place in November 2012
  18. 18. Gillian E McFadzeanDirectorResearch & Enterprise Services E: Skype: Gillian.McFadzean