New Venture Creation 1: The Why, What and When of spinout companies

The Why, What and When of spinout companies

Event description

If you are new to the world of venture creation, then this is just the introduction you need to start the journey – whether you are in a Technology Transfer or Knowledge Exchange Office, or you’re in another support role such as in an incubator. This course will cover the key steps you’ll need to take and the main issues you are likely to face.

Training outcomes

You will understand why you should consider starting a company, how to manage pressure to form one, and what success may look like.

You will learn what you need to look for in an opportunity and what business models you could consider.

You will learn the steps towards creating a company, what types of companies you could form, and the key factors you should plan to have in place.

You will hear about pitfalls and ideas on how to mitigate these.

You will also hear about the journey from the perspective of different types of ventures drawn from scientific and non-scientific disciplines.


2023 Dates

Tuesday 30 April - Wednesday 1 May 2024 (Cannot be attended remotely) 

Venue: VOCO Solihull,

St John's Solihull,

651 Warwick Road,

Solihull, B91 1AT

  • Registration Evening - Tuesday 30th April 2024 - 1900 - 2100
  • Day 1 - Wednesday 1st May 2024 - 0800 - 1700 

Costs do not include accommodation and travel. PraxisAuril cannot make bookings on behalf of delegates. You will receive further information regarding booking your accommodation in the confirmation email. 

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Event fee: Non-Members £895 Members £625

Who should attend?

  • Relevant job titles: Relevant to anyone working in KE
  • Relevant sectors/organisations: Higher education and public sector research environment, incubators or accelerators who support new venture creation
  • Experience needed: KE field experience and/or a little practical experience in company formation. Delegates might have significant experience in TT/KT or KE, but little practical experience of new venture formation and may be looking to take the first steps in assessing and supporting new venture opportunities.
  • Supporting courses: None required
  • Other: The course is an ideal primer for New Venture Creation 2 which deals with these issues in greater detail and gives additional insight in how to form a high-growth company with VC finance
  • This course will contain; group work, network evenings, and interactive activities. 

If you are interested in the course please email to request to be put on the mailing list for new dates.

Course Directors

Jacqueline Barnett, BScEng, MScEng, MBA, RTTP

Jaci is the Head of Consulting Services at Oxford University Innovation, the wholly owned technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. She has over 20 years’ experience in research commercialisation and technology transfer and has, during that time, managed technology transfer offices, managed contract research and consultancy functions, led a regional technology transfer office, launched a regional innovation forum, established an incubator, and had both non-executive and executive roles on the boards of start-up and spinout companies.

 Until August 2017, Jaci was Head of Research Commercialisation and Investment at the University of Bristol and, prior to that, was Director of the Innovation Office at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa for over ten years. She has an undergraduate and master’s degree (by research) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. After starting her career in industry,  she moved to a contract research organisation and, in 2005, entered the higher education sector as Chief Operations Officer at Wits Enterprise, the commercialisation company of the University of the Witwatersrand,   Johannesburg. Jaci was previously President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), was on the Council of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), and was Chair of   ATTP’s Course Review Committee from 2013 to 2020. She is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, exploring metrics for impact of spinout companies.


Andrew Wilson, Head of Commercialisation at the University of Bristol

Andrew is Head of Commercialisation at the University of Bristol where he manages the team responsible for licensing and new company creation. He also manages his existing portfolio of projects in Health Sciences where he facilitates the translation and commercialisation of a broad range of technologies and healthcare interventions.

Andrew is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and has 20 years experience in Technology Transfer roles, first at the University of West of England and then at the University of Bristol. He is an experienced non-executive director who has been on the board of a number of therapeutic, medical device and public health focused spin-out companies.

Andrew has led and supported a large number of spin-out transactions, including Purespring Therapeutics (a Syncona-backed renal gene therapy company) and IRISi Ltd (an award-winning social enterprise established to promote and improve the healthcare response to domestic violence and abuse).