Entrepreneur-in-Transit

Our EIT initiative complements our current activities in the commercialisation of Intellectual Property as we invite entrepreneurs to work with us to increase the yield and quality of ventures by exploring the best ways in which to engage with the commercial market and validate its appetite for early-stage technologies.

Creative innovation teams are formed between our academics and external entrepreneurs and businesses at a much earlier stage than our standard process. This allows us to respond to the needs of the market in a more agile way and direct our innovation activities at better validated commercial targets, priming our IP for earlier and more successful commercialisation.

What we expect from the EiT:

> The EiT is the “point-of-contact” for the project and manages it to completion
> Demonstrate to UMIP that the project has real commercial potential
> Gain evidence of tangible market traction
> Give commercial direction to the technical team
> Find external partners both commercial and technical
> Scope the commercial investment case, prime for fundraising and secure external finance

What the EiT receives:

The EIT will be rewarded on conclusion of a successful project outcome which could include either a percentage of equity in case of spin-out formation or a percentage share of revenue in case of a licence deal.

If you are an entrepreneur who would like the opportunity to add value to innovations from our world-leading research, please contact: Ellie Buckley, Enterprise and Business Development Executive, ellie.buckley@umip.com for details of how to get involved.

Our Entrepreneurs

Dr John Collins – Entrepreneur in Transit – School of Physics and Astronomy

John CollinsJohn is Owner-Director of an innovations commercialisation consultancy – Innovation Foundry. Through IF he has helped companies and entrepreneurial individuals exploit their innovation capital, business networks and their creative genius to achieve sustainable profit.

John was formerly a Lead Technologist – Emerging Technologies & Industries at the Technology Strategy Board and launched the UK’s strategy for ‘Emerging Technologies and Industries’ and advised and helped govern the UK’s six Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKCs).  Energetic and self-motivated, he’s a results-oriented and a multi-disciplined strategic thinker who is as happy presenting difficult technical concepts as working on the shop floor or commanding a restaurant kitchen, fulfilling a lifelong passion as a semi-pro chef. Through his role as Entrepreneur in Transit John is helping develop a new Data Visualisation project with Professor Steve Watts in conjunction with UMIP.

Email: jlc@innovation-foundry.co.uk
Phone: 07876 750 624


Nicholas Jones – Entrepreneur in Transit – School of Physics and Astronomy

Nicholas of Nicholas Jones Associates has been working as an independent consultant and business mentor for over twenty years, helping SME companies formulate and grow their business through product development, strategic marketing and innovation. He has worked with several hundred companies across a variety of sectors and has a first class track record of helping companies grow, build teams and create jobs. Nicholas specialises in strategic marketing and business strategy development for small and medium sized organisations and Universities (spinouts) within the high technology, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and services industries. He is also currently co-founder and Managing Director of two university spinout companies: Shibden Ltd (from Warwick), based in Daresbury and TruColour Ltd (from Liverpool) based in Liverpool responsible for developing and exploiting IPR.

Prior to becoming a specialist SME consultant, Nicholas was Director of Projects for Inward Ltd (Agency for attracting Investment to North West England); a Business Manager at Siemens plc; Sales and Marketing Director at Data  Acquisition Ltd, an electronic design and manufacturing business in Stockport which he grew  from £200,000 to £2.2 million in six years through both product and market development selling to major industrial, engineering, automotive, aerospace, chemical, process, defence and utility industries.

Through his role as Entrepreneur in Transit Nicholas is helping develop a new Radio to Terahertz Quasi Optics project with Dr Bruno Maffei and Dr Giampaolo Pisano in conjunction with UMIP.

Email: NicholasJonesAssociates@googlemail.com
Phone: 07850 669629


John Leach – Entrepreneur in Residence – Faculty of Humanities

John Leach head shot

John is an alumnus of The University and spent over twenty years working with passionate people, projects and businesses. He entered one of the Universities incubators in 2005 with a business idea and was supported by the incubator to help grow, since then has scaled his company Winning Pitch to a national brand specialising in business enhancement and personal growth involved in major delivery contracts for the public and private sector. John is a firm believer in R&D and commits a large amount of time to researching his markets and then developing new IP and innovating through learning. He has published a number of books on his passion for high growth business and individuals and he is extremely interested in helping shape new potential enterprises from research in social sciences and humanities. Through his role as Entrepreneur in Residence John is keen to help unlock value from Humanities based research that can be developed into impactful outcomes.

Email: j.leach@winning-pitch.co.uk
Phone: 0161 876 4922 / 07768 740052

Come and meet John Leach on the 13th November and hear how he can assist with your projects and secure funding