New Venture Creation 2: Making it happen 4 -6 November 2020

This course covers the essentials of HOW to create a new venture. It will be of particular benefit to those who are expecting to actively support the development and incorporation of a new venture, or who have limited experience of creating new ventures or have done NVC1

*NOTE: This event was postponed following government advice regarding COVID-19. Priority for bookings will be given to those previously affected by this.*

This course is designed for someone:

  • Who is expecting to support the development and incorporation of a new venture
  • Who has done NVC2 or has limited direct experience of starting and incorporating new ventures (at least eighteen month's experience in technology transfer or a related field)
  • Who are most likely to be working in higher education and public sector research

(A working knowledge of contracts and IP management will be assumed)

It will enable delegates to develop an understanding of the practical issues of starting a new venture. 

Is this course right for me?

  • This course is for people with at least 18 months’ knowledge transfer experience gained in an academic, public sector research or NHS innovation environment.
  • A working knowledge of contracts and IP management will be assumed.
  • It enables delegates to develop practical skills in scrutinising a business plan, understanding the different sources of finance available, critiquing and mentoring pitching. It will enable delegates to understand the key terminology in new venture creation, including term sheet and their consequences understanding the basics of company valuation, the role of directors, supporting the company post-incorporation. 
  • Those who have attended a PraxisAuril ‘core’ course (e.g. New Venture Creation 1, or 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 how to start a new company.

Why is New Venture Creation important?

  • 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
  • Creating new ventures is a complex, challenging and immersive experience. This course gives a framework for knowing how to embrace this exciting challenge

What will I learn from the course?

It will enable the delegates to develop an understanding of the practical issues of starting a new venture, including:

  • The context of new venture creation in a KE setting 
  • Developing a business proposal into an investable plan through working with a real case study 
  • What resources are required to grow the business 
  • How to give a short verbal description of their own business proposition 
  • The needs and roles of different of stakeholders and how to manage them
  • Technical aspects such as finance, tax, equity considerations and legal instruments, so that the delegate is aware of areas where professional advice should be sought 
  • An introduction to post-incorporation governance including the roles of directors and post incorporation issues 

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from academic, technology transfer practitioners with experience in company formation, lawyers and venture capital investors. 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.

View provisional programme (subject to change)


The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day

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



The course will be held at Burleigh Court which is located on the Loughborough University campus (West Entrance). Loughborough railway station is three miles away - taxis are available at the station or there is a regular shuttle bus every 20 minutes from the station to the venue. If you are driving, Burleigh Court is one mile from junction 23 on the M1; ample free secure on-site car parking is available. Nottingham East Midlands Airport is just eight miles away.


Discounted bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Burleigh Court at £95.00 per night, per person. Please book your accommodation direct with Burleigh Court by calling 01509 633030 and quote the PraxisAuril event reference number 361742 in order to receive the discounted rate. Discounted rates are not available when booking accommodation online.  Any bedrooms that are not booked by Wednesday 7 October 2020 will be released. Accommodation may still be available at Burleigh Court after this date but might not be at the discounted rate.

Please note that the course begins with registration, including dinner and drinks, on Wednesday 4 November 2020 from 1830-2030.



4 November 2020 6:30 PM   through   6 November 2020 4:00 PM
Burleigh Court
Loughborough University (West Park)
Loughborough, LEC LE11 3GR
United Kingdom

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