Seminar in Enterprise Skills 25th June 2014

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The pros and cons of taking early stage technology to the market

Dr Nicola Broughton’s experience of a University start-up Company

Speaker: Dr Nicola Broughton of TechTranIP

Nicola is a consultant specialising in the commercialisation of Intellectual Property, she has over 15 years’ experience in adding value to intellectual property for Universities and small companies, advising them on how to get Intellectual Property to the market and lecturing on the subject at Warwick Business School.

She has fulfilled a number of commercial roles.  Her experience includes:  sourcing and identifying commercial opportunities; IP protection; strategy and management (managing a patent portfolio to global protection); “freedom to operate”; licensing; cross licensing; due diligence; and raising finance in both the public and private sectors, as well as writing business plans.  Nicola has experience of negotiating commercial deals with large and small corporations, universities and CROs.

Nicola has access to early stage funders and to a wide range of industry experts who can bring their experience to bear on early stage technology.  She recently helped a small business start-up a high tech company and raise £400,000 seed finance.

Nicola will talk about her experience of starting up a company and particularly the things she wished she had known before she embarked on the project. She will look at raising finance, what to do when things go wrong and you have to change your strategy, how to resource the project using different models, the intellectual property challenge  and life cycles and exit strategies.

Registration via Eventbrite essential:   

Wednesday 25th June 2014, 12-2pm (Lunch provided)

BizzInn 2nd Floor, Institute of Research & Development

Birmingham Research Park

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