Developing Business Opportunities
If, in relation to your research/expertise, you have identified a (commercial) opportunity, or have an idea you would like to progress (e.g. a new product, test or service), you could be supported by your School or by Research and Enterprise to progress this. This support could range from proof of concept, market evaluation, funding, Intellectual Property protection to Spin Out or Social Enterprise creation.
Staff looking to explore a business opportunity, outside of their role, can access support and information from the Enterprise Team.
To explore an idea/opportunity or to find out more please contact your School or Central Business Development Manager
Intellectual Property in its broadest interpretation covers much of our activity in the University, from our research findings, know-how and expertise to the wealth of teaching materials we develop to support learning. An appreciation of what IP is, and the practices and procedures the University has in place to protect and exploit this IP is therefore important for everybody – academics, administrators and support staff alike.
Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social and/or environmental purpose. A social enterprise will have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’ which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it is trying to help and how it plans to do it. It will usually bring in most or all of its income through selling goods or services. It will also have clear rules about what it does with its profits, reinvesting these to further the organisation’s ‘social mission’