New Venture Creation 1 (First steps towards spinouts and start-up companies) 10-11 September 2018



Receive £50 reduction in the course fee* for the New Venture Creation 2 (Launching a spin-out company) if you book this course. *Applies to 2018 course only

Is this course right for me?

  • It would be of particular benefit to people with little practical experience of company formation, aiming to explore when this might make sense from a range of different stakeholder perspectives. It enables delegates to develop practical skills in selecting appropriate opportunities, developing a compelling value proposition, testing the market, and pitching. It also deals with managing the basic administrative aspects of company formation. So it’s likely to be of most value for those who are developing their case management skills and looking to embrace this aspect of KT
  • Those who have attended a PraxisAuril ‘core’ course (e.g. Fundamentals of Technology Transfer or Research Contracts) might find this to be a valuable next step, especially if they are seeking to develop practical hand-on skills in how to determine whether projects are suitable for new company formation and when to start a new company
  • Delegates might have significant experience in TT/KT, but little practical experience of new venture formation and may be looking to kick start this activity in their institution
  • The course is an ideal primer for NVC2 which deals with these issues in greater detail and gives additional insight in how to form a high-growth company with VC finance.

Why should I attend this course?

  • Company creation is a key element in the mix of instruments that allow Universities to deliver impact from their funding inputs and research outputs
  • Forming new companies can be a key enabler of developing new technologies and priming them for the market place, and a key tool for the knowledge transfer professional
  • It can facilitate economic benefits including a financial return to inventors and their institutions whilst creating new jobs and services of benefit to the local economy and beyond
  • New ventures may enjoy symbiotic relationships with their parent institutions investing in further University research and securing rights to develop arising IP
  • There is increasing expectation that Universities and research institutes should be skilled at setting up actively managing their relationships with new ventures companies
  • Supporting new venture creation can be a challenging and immersive experience. This course gives a framework for knowing when to embrace this exciting challenge

What will I learn from the course?

  • Define what success in new venture creation looks like from a range of stakeholder perspectives
  • It looks at how to recognise and select opportunities to develop new companies and build compelling value propositions
  • It explores basic business models and how to choose between them
  • It de-bunks market testing and building an effective business proposition
  • It explores how to develop a pitch to win senior management support
  • It deals with the basic administrative aspects of company formation
  • It is a springboard for NVC2.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from business development practitioners and those with corporate and venture capital experience. There will also be ample opportunity for networking with other delegates, the course team and other contributors.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

What makes this course different to others available in the sector?

PraxisAuril is able to deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!  We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.

The course has been updated in light of feedback from last time, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of each of our delegates. The highly participative and interactive programme uses a new range of interactive techniques to engage delegates in an immersive, memorable and enjoyable learning experience.

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20% discount on group bookings

Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Monday 10 September 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch on Tuesday 11 September 2018

* Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the registration event.

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10th September


1 month 2 weeks left to book

Course fee (members £450.00) £ 550.00


Dr. Stuart Wilkinson

Course Director
Head, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team, University of Oxford
Stuart Wilkinson is Head of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team in the Research Services office of the University of Oxford. Stuart's current role is to support the University's engagement and partnership with external organisations across the institution to maximise the impact of the research, including regional partners including the LEP. Previously Stuart worked as a consultant advising and training governments, companies and research organisations on technology development, intellectual property discovery, commercialisation strategy and business planning. Stuart also worked for Isis Innovation where he was responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercialising intellectual property in materials, engineering, energy and imaging technologies, including developing translational funding applications, business plans and negotiating investment for spin-out businesses. Stuart has a DPhil and MEng in BioMaterials and Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Rich Ferrie

Co-Course Director
Director of Operations, UMIP
Dr Rich Ferrie is Director of Operations and Head of UMIP - the technology transfer Division of UMI3 Ltd. In this role he leads a group of 26 people responsible for identifying, protecting and commercialising all intellectual property arising from the University of Manchester. UMIP has a strong record of IP commercialisation which has resulted in a number of high profile companies and licensing deals with major international companies. He joined UMIP's predecessor company, MIL in 2000 after 11 years in various scientific and commercial roles with the diagnostics business of AstraZeneca culminating with leadership of its Sales and Marketing function internationally.<br /> A Biochemistry graduate (Sussex), Rich gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Reading. After a short period of post-doctoral research with the UK Forensic Science Service, Rich continued his work developing DNA fingerprinting technology for the Cellmark business unit of ICI Diagnostics. In 1991, Rich was appointed Technology Development Manager with responsibility for developing a platform of proprietary genetic technologies with diagnostic applications and is an inventor on 4 international patent applications. This work enabled the development of the first commercially available DNA-based cystic fibrosis diagnostic which was widely adopted. Between 1994 and 1997, Rich took a senior Business Development role developing commercial collaborations and relationships with businesses internationally, with a particular emphasis on the USA. From 1998 he established and led the Sales and Marketing department of Zeneca Diagnostics and was responsible for the inception and commercialisation of the ELUCIGENETM product range

Catherine Whitaker

Director, Team Services
Cath is Managing Director of Team Services, a Manchester based management consultancy. Before starting Team Services 17 years ago, Cath worked for 12 years in industry, initially in pharmaceutical research. She then held a number of senior management roles in sales and marketing for blue–chip technology-based companies, focusing on business development in a number of international markets including Europe and Asia.<br /> <br /> Team Services provides market research and business planning services to the technology transfer sector. The first stage of a project is usually to assess the product concept and provide market research to identify the value, location and attractiveness of the target market sector. This includes contacting key stakeholders in the market to confirm the market need. The market research aims to inform the commercial development of the technology by providing guidance of the best route forwards; whether to spinout, license or terminate the commercialisation process.<br /> <br /> If a spinout route is selected, the next stage of support is to provide a business plan, based on the commercial models identified during the market research, followed by negotiations with investors. If a licensing route is selected, the next stage is to identify potential partners and initiate negotiations for rights to the IP.<br /> <br /> The company has also worked with a large number of companies post-spinout to provide interim management and sales/marketing resource in the early stages of company formation, before the management team can employ dedicated staff.
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