Europe

12 09, 2019

Imperial academics win €11 million ERC funding 

By |2019-09-12T07:01:58+00:00September 12th, 2019|Europe, State or Government, Translational Research|0 Comments

Academics in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and the Business School, were rewarded in the latest wave of Starting Grants – worth around €1.5 million each. ERC Starting Grants recognise talented early-career scientists who show potential to be research leaders and have a scientific track record showing great promise. Across Europe the ERC awarded 408 grants, worth [...]

12 09, 2019

Central Europe Visegrad fund moves into backing research and innovation

By |2019-09-12T06:57:24+00:00September 12th, 2019|Poland, Venture Capital|0 Comments

A small fund originally dedicated to cultural cooperation between the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia is now increasing its effort to support cross-border entrepreneurship and innovation in central Europe. When the Visegrad Fund was first established in 2000, the four countries focused on funding cultural exchanges and education and capacity building, which were the [...]

20 08, 2019

Innovation Primer – How Oxford University Is Preparing Students For Entrepreneurial Life

By |2019-08-20T09:10:56+00:00August 20th, 2019|Student Funds, UK/England|0 Comments

There can’t be a university in the land that hasn’t spent the last decade or so encouraging its researchers to spin out their cutting edge work into tech startups. The journey looks something like this. A group of researchers make a breakthrough in the lab - let’s say in a field such as A.I. or [...]

27 06, 2019

European Research Council makes move to promote commercialisation

By |2019-06-27T09:34:48+00:00June 27th, 2019|Europe, State or Government|0 Comments

The European Research Council (ERC) is stepping up efforts to promote the commercialisation of research its funds, setting up a website to link holders of its €150,000 proof of concept grant with potential investors. To date, 26 proof of concept grant holders have joined the Virtual Venture Fair, which is intended as a shop window for [...]

19 06, 2019

Imperial-TUM seed fund takes off 

By |2019-06-19T07:21:04+00:00June 19th, 2019|Germany, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, UK/England|0 Comments

The fund, backed equally by Imperial and Technical University of Munich as part of their ‘flagship partnership’, will seed early-stage research activity in healthcare haptics, battery storage, and ideas for a circular economy. The start-up funds will help researchers explore new ideas and directions of research to further their respective fields: Re-working wind By combining our expertise through the [...]

18 06, 2019

Hopes for £100m venture capital fund to back university spin-outs 

By |2019-06-18T10:14:10+00:00June 18th, 2019|State or Government, UK/England, Venture Fund|0 Comments

A partnership of North East universities is looking to create a £100m venture capital fund that will be used to grow spin-outs from some of the region’s top minds. The Northern Accelerator was initially created to support spin-out businesses from the organisation’s partner universities - Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland. It is now looking to [...]

29 05, 2019

Disruptive Start ups Are Key For U.K. Growth

By |2019-05-29T13:03:04+00:00May 29th, 2019|Crowdfunding, UK/England|0 Comments

Less than 5 % of university graduates launch their own business after graduating from university, according to the latest data from HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency). This isn’t surprising given many graduates are keen to secure a stable income after their university years, rather than ‘go it alone’. But start ups have a vital part [...]

16 05, 2019

How this government funding programme has launched over 2,300 startups

By |2019-05-16T07:20:36+00:00May 16th, 2019|Germany, State or Government|0 Comments

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) runs an extensive programme to promote startups, called EXIST. It offers grants to transfer university research into campus startups, and helps foster a culture of entrepreneurship through innovation workshops, consulting services, and industry connects. The phases of the entrepreneurial journey are evocatively described as Get Started, Get Prepared, Get Together, and Get Traction. [...]

18 04, 2019

University of Cambridge-Backed €175M Fund to Supercharge Local Life Sciences Ecosystem

By |2019-04-18T08:57:13+00:00April 18th, 2019|UK/England|0 Comments

The money will support the 25 companies in the fund’s portfolio, including the biotech Bicycle Therapeutics, whose peptide-toxin molecules are in clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors. The money will also fund new enterprises in the Cambridge ecosystem. Further details about the funding were not disclosed. This is the third fundraising round by Cambridge [...]

20 03, 2019

UK incubators nurturing the next biotech generation 

By |2019-03-20T09:31:33+00:00March 20th, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, UK/England|0 Comments

What type of environment is best to foster biotechnology startups through their first years? With more UK universities putting resources into supporting spinout companies, and dedicated life science incubators springing up at sites abandoned by large pharmaceutical firms (and elsewhere), the options for entrepreneurs are expanding in scope, style and availability. Keith Powell, a London-based [...]