Research England report highlights opportunities and challenges for digital enterprise

PraxisAuril is delighted to share this independent review undertaken by Canadian consultants McIvorStones for Research England, which explores opportunities and challenges for scale-up and launch of digital spinouts across England’s HE landscape. 

The aim of ‘Invention to Impact: Exploring the Knowledge Exchange pathways of digital technologies’ is to raise awareness of the diverse modes of commercialisation and entrepreneurship in tech sector specific domains which closely align with four of the five technologies identified as critical to the UK in the UK Science and Technology Framework – AI, Future Telecommunications, Semiconductors and Quantum Technologies.

RE commissioned McIvorStones to take a deep dive into current practice from the sector through interviews with ten universities across England as well as with PraxisAuril and DSIT. The report’s release coincides with the government’s Independent Review of Spinouts, which includes a recommendation to create more sector-specific approaches and support for spinouts, including software. Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England commented:

The Independent Review of Spin-out Companies highlights the importance of tech-sector specific good practices. The digital sector is exciting – close to market and fast paced. It also plays to diverse university contributions – across diverse HEPs, disciplines and academics and students. PraxisAuril is our key partner in addressing challenges in this report and furthering opportunities across the sector.

Tamsin Mann, Head of Policy & Governance at PraxisAuril said:

We’re delighted to support Research England with the publication of this report which draws on commercialisation practice in our member organisations. PraxisAuril members have unique insight into commercialisation trends and how TTOs need to adapt as digital tech becomes an enterprise enabler across the research base.

The report can be downloaded from PraxisAuril's 'Resource' section here