This innovative programme will challenge the brightest and best academic researchers from across the SETsquared partnership to transform themselves from leading academic researchers into successful innovators capable of commercialising their ideas and expertise. Using appropriate pedagogic approaches the programme will introduce the participants to what it is like to be an entrepreneur and how to commercialise ideas, share emerging insights from academics and researchers from across the globe. The programme will add value to not just the participants but the research groups from which they have emerged. The programme will build a network of champions for innovation and commercialisation of IP that will grow year on year as its impact matures.

Adopting models from Europe and the US the programme is made up of four phases;

Phase 1 – 3 day introductory residential

Day 1

It’s all about you” – what does it mean to be an innovator, an entrepreneur or a successful researcher? Activities and sessions provided to help understanding; the individual, their strengths, weaknesses and capacity to innovate.

Evening Day 1

An interactive presentation of a genuine innovation problem faced by a small start-up organisation; Participants are invited to discuss and proffer solutions to live problems to the organisation with a problem then to listen to the feedback and comments from a commercial perspective.

Day 2

“When is an idea an opportunity?” – How to identify and spot opportunities. Starting with problems how can you move to viable solutions? The Business Model Canvas provides an ideal tool for exploring the key elements of developing an appropriate business model for the innovation.

Evening Day 2

Like Evening Day 1, rather this time the problem is from a larger established organisation to highlight the issues faced by even successful innovation organisations.

Day 3

Show me the money” – partnership building, negotiation and creating teams to deliver value.  Concluding with “what next” – translating the abstract into the tangible and real world. Ideally to present some of the live projects individuals or teams would be working on in the coming months. To meet the external organisations and to hear from them the issues they face and challenges that they think need to be addressed. To meet the key individuals and to agree when to meet and to take the activity forward.

Phase 2 – visits to key local industries – meet the entrepreneurs and build the network (3 days).

Then in the 5-6 months following the induction event there will be visits to three of the SETsquared centres including case study challenges and briefings. 

Phase 3 – Reflect on learning and explore emerging ideas and opportunities - 2 day final residential

Post Experience Reflective Event

“Keeping the dream alive” – Motivational event to sustain the learning. To share the journeys amongst the group. To invite comment and insights into the key learning points. How to move the individual and the research teams forward?  What next? How to progress in the partnership.

Phase 4 – Post programme evaluation and reflection

Post programme reflection and key learning from the programme – where next? Contribute to the next programme?

The programme looks to address the Push model developed by Anne Kirketerp, specifically the “pink” box in the diagram.

The Push Method

Dr Simon Brown