Imperial White City Incubator 18 Month Review and MiNA Therapeutics Graduation
Jul
16
5:00 PM17:00

Imperial White City Incubator 18 Month Review and MiNA Therapeutics Graduation

Please join us at the Imperial White City Incubator 18 Month Review and MiNA Therapeutics Graduation event.

Agenda

  • 6.00pm – 7.00pm – Incubator review over the past 18 months, introduction to entrepreneurial programmes, graduation ceremony of MiNA Therapeutics, the launch of ‘Experts in residence’ programme
  • 7.00pm – 8.30pm – Networking with food and drinks

About MiNA Therapeutics:

Harnessing the innate mechanism of gene activation, MiNA Therapeutics’ platform enables the development of new medicines that restore normal function to patients’ cells. They are applying their technology and clinical know-how to transform the therapy landscape of severe liver and other diseases.

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Innovation Academy: Building Effective Teams
Mar
26
2:00 PM14:00

Innovation Academy: Building Effective Teams

Building Effective Teams is designed to provide attendees with an idea and some tools of what it takes to build an effective start-up team. Delegates will have the chance to engage with industry experts on the technical aspects as well as those who have built and managed teams in their own start-ups. 

Monday 26th March 2018, 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Imperial White City Incubator

The module is preceded by a networking lunch from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Why attend?

  • Learn about the various legal requirements in hiring the first team members;
  • Get a better understanding of the incentives available to founding team members (equity vs. salary);
  • Listen to examples of how other entrepreneurs have built and managed teams;
  • Understand what may change when the team begins to grow;
  • Learn what it takes to build a strong, innovative culture.
  • Cost of participation

Topics covered

  • Contracts, option agreements, incentive schemes;
  • Initial team hiring and management;
  • Building a culture;
  • Growing a team to scale;
  • Contingency planning and pitfalls.


Presenters

There will be a variety of guest speakers and presentations from various entrepreneurs and innovation ecosystem experts.

Register

This event is intended for and will prioritise members of the Imperial College London community. If you sign up and cannot show you are a member of staff, a student, an alumni or a research at Imperial we will move your registration to the waiting list.

NOTE: By registering for this event on Eventbrite, you will be simply expressing your interest in attending. We will contact you during the week commening 19th March to confirm your place.

NOTE: By registering for this event, you agree to have your e-mail address added to the Imperial Innovations Events newsletter. 

On the same day

On the morning of 26 March 2018 Innovations Academy will also deliver "Introduction to Intellectual Property", to help entrepreneurs understand what Intellectual Property (IP) is and its role in growing a business and how to build an IP portfolio. 

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Introduction to Intellectual Property
Mar
26
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Intellectual Property

Introduction to Intellectual Property is designed to help Imperial entrepreneurs understand what Intellectual Property (IP) is, the role of IP in growing a business and how to build an IP portfolio. 

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The module is followed by a networking lunch from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Why attend?

  • understand how to identify, evaluate and capture your intellectual property in order to secure intellectual property rights;
  • learn to devise an IP strategy in line with the business model;
  • hear IP best practices, examples and case studies;
  • find out how to build and manage an IP portfolio.


Cost of participation

This module is dedicated to members of Imperial College London community: academics, staff, students and alumni and participation is free of charge.
 

Topics covered

  • IP with real life examples
  • patents and the patenting process
  • how to read and search patent literature
  • the importance of who owns a patent will be discussed and why this is crucial in any due diligence process with potential investors
  • overview of how to plan and build an IP portfolio to support business development and attract investment

Presenters

The course will be delivered by IP experts from Imperial Innovations who have significant experience in helping spinouts identify, register and protect their IP.

Register

This event is intended for and will prioritise members of the Imperial College London community. If you sign up and cannot show you are a member of staff, a student, an alumni or a research at Imperial we will move your registration to the waiting list.

Please note: by registering for this event, you agree to receive e-mail notification from Imperial Innovations on upcoming events.

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Mar
15
11:00 AM11:00

R&D Tax Credits Workshop

The R&D Tax Credits workshop was developed by HMRC to reward innovative companies for investing in R&D. Companies that develop new products, services or valuable enhancements are eligible for either a cash transfer or a reduction of their Corporation Tax. The scheme allows companies to claim back up to 33% of their R&D spending over two completed financial years.

In this workshop workshop you will learn how R&D tax credits can add essential funds to your business, what HMRC is looking for in a successful application, which expenses are eligible and how to maximise your claim. At the same time, you will learn how to manage future R&D tax credit income streams through factoring and how to access funds at a time that when your business can use them best.

Agenda:

11.00am - 12.00pm - R&D tax credits introductory presentation followed by an open Q&A session

12.00pm - 12.30pm - networking lunch

12.30pm - 2.00pm - - pre-booked 1-2-1 sessions with an R&D tax credit specialist. He will analyse and advise on the technology and funding roadmaps for the Imperial companies and each founder will leave with a solid plan of action, tailored to their business, to maximise their access to timely government funding. 

Topics covered:

  • the R&D claims process
  • examples of eligible expenditure
  • common misconceptions about claiming
  • maximising your R&D claim
  • cash flow and managing your funding timeline
  • advance funding
  • potential risks and complexities when claiming

Presenters

The workshop and 1-2-1 sessions will be run by a government funding specialist that has delivered over £70,000,000 in R&D tax credits to their client base. Their team of specialists have developed all of products and services to suit the fast-paced, dynamic scale up clientele. 

This event is dedicated to Imperial companies only and there is a limited number of places available. To register and/or pre-book 1-2-1 sessions, please contact Anca Mandruleanu, Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager, at anca.mandruleanu@imperialinnovations.co.uk

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IP insurance and technology licence models
Feb
22
9:30 AM09:30

IP insurance and technology licence models

Imperial Innovations is organising a workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) insurance and technology licence models dedicated to Imperial innovative start-ups and medium size companies.

Thursday 22 February - 9.30am - 12pm
Imperial White City Incubator

It is believed that up to 80% of business value is now made up of intangible assets yet most businesses do not know how to identify these assets let alone protect and exploit them. The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of how businesses can identify their IP, and a handy ten-point checklist of things businesses can do to ensure they are maximising the value of these key assets.

The presenter, who is a IP expert and owns his IP Insurance brokerage company, will offer practical examples of local and international IP risks currently facing UK SMEs and how these can be mitigated through the use of IP insurance.

The second part of the workshop focuses on IP technology licence models and uses ARM as a main case study. ARM became the largest most valuable technology company in the UK, when in 2016 it was bought by Softbank Group for £24bn. It was known for its industry leading low power microprocessor technology that powered the smartphone revolution but what made it a success was as much to do with the business model as it was the technology. Subsequently many companies have copied the model but their success has been limited.

The presenter, who is the vice president of strategy for the IP Products Group at Arm, will talk about the Arm technology licensing business model and why it succeeded where others failed. He will also talk openly about what types of business and technology can use an IP licensing business model and which ones either shouldn’t or should not expect the same type of value that Arm achieved with the model.

Agenda:

  • 9.30am -10.30 – IP insurance
  • 10.30 – 12.00 – IP technology licence models (ARM case study)

NOTE: The event is dedicated to Imperial linked companies and it is by invitation only. To express an interest in joining the event, contact Anca Mandruleanu, Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager at anca.mandruleanu@imperialinnovations.co.uk

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Open Sector Competition Workshop
Jan
29
10:00 AM10:00

Open Sector Competition Workshop

Date & time: 29 January 2018, 10am - 12pm

Would your R&D activities benefit from a grant of between £25,000 to £1,000,000? 

Is your research truly disruptive with high growth potential? 

If the answer is yes to both questions, we would like to invite you to a dedicated workshop about Innovate UK’s new Open Funding competition which has a closing date of the 28th February 2018. 

The scheme supports business led projects that aim to develop or demonstrate highly innovative processes, products or services that have the potential to deliver significant business growth. With a budget for the current round of £19 million, the competition is open to all sectors and will support projects at different levels of maturity from initial ideas and proof of concept activity through to advanced prototype development.

During the workshop you will be given the opportunity to understand the key requirements of the competition along with tips and tricks of how an application should be presented to stand the best chance of success. The workshop will be delivered by the Managing Director of the UK operation of an international grants consultancy, who has been working with Innovate UK’s funding programmes since 2004. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your project ideas to qualify alignment to the scheme on a 1-2-1 basis  which can be pre-booked.

The event is dedicated to Imperial companies only. If you wish to attend the workshop and book your 1-2-1 session, please contact Anca Mandruleanu, Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager - anca.mandruleanu@imperiaminnovations.co.uk

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Final Pitch Day: White City Innovators' Programme

The White City Innovators’ Programme run in partnership with Natwest is our flagship pre-accelerator programme. We take on 10 of London’s most exciting tech start-ups and provide them with free space, mentorship and training over four weeks in areas such as fundraising, team building, IP, marketing and pitch practice.

We are pleased to invite you to the programme's Final Pitch Day, where the companies will pitch to a panel of experts from Imperial Innovations, NatWest and Coutts Investments. The best pitch will win £8000 and six months Virtual Membership to the Incubator.

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

  • 1300-1330: Registration
  • 1330-1345: Welcome and opening remarks
  • 1345-1445: Pitches 1
  • 1445-1500: Break
  • 1500-1600: Pitches 2
  • 1600-1615: Break
  • 1615-1630: Winner announced
  • 1630-1800: Celebratory drinks and canapés
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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Role & responsibilities of company directors

Penningtons Manches will be presenting an overview of the role and responsibilities of directors and what practical steps directors should be considering to protect themselves when taking on the role.

Date & time: 12 October 2017, 12pm – 2pm

The workshop will be principally aimed at those individuals who are new to the role, but will also act as a refresher for more experienced directors.  The overview will include a summary of directors’ duties as defined by company law legislation and best practice guidelines as recommended by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. The team will be happy to discuss any specific questions over lunch during the session 

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The Penningtons Manches team acts for a number of Innovations’ portfolio companies, including Nexeon, Plaxica, Veryan Medical, Cortexica, Econic Technologies and Inflowmatix. Their work includes the establishment and spin-out process, fundraising work and advising on IP and general commercial matters.  The firm is based in London and the South East, including offices in Reading, Oxford and Cambridge and specialises in the technology sector with particular focus on life sciences, IT and manufacturing & engineering.

To register for the event, please contact Graham Hewson. Lunch will be available to have during the session.

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Introduction to Funding
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Funding

Explore some of the many ways to fund your project/company/team with introductions to: Grants, Angels Investment, Corporate Venture Capital, Institutional Venture Capital, Crowdfunding, Accelerators, Loans and Convertible Loans. You will have the opportunity to meet sector experts from each area and gain a deep understanding of how you can access these opportunities.

Date: Thursday 29th June, 2017
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Venue: Imperial White City Incubator, (I-HUB) 80 Wood Lane
            White City
            London W12 0BZ


This session is being delivered as part of Imperial Innovations' Innovation Academy

The Academy is designed to enhance knowledge on various disciplines key to starting a company. The courses are all relevant for both pre-company and post incorporation. Individuals can attend all modules of the Academy or dip into specialist areas to gain a deep understanding of the subject.

The Academy focuses on 7 key areas, which are Business Planning, Finance & Funding, Intellectual Property, Legal Aspects of Company Formation, Sales Marketing & Communication, Growing & Exiting Your Company, and Team Building.

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Introduction to Intellectual Property
Jun
22
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Intellectual Property

Gain an overview of Intellectual Property (IP) with real life examples you can take away and apply to your own research. A top level understanding of patents and how to read patent documentation. Discover who owns a patent and why this is crucial in any due diligence process with potential investors.

Date: Thursday 22nd June, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Imperial White City Incubator, (I-HUB) 80 Wood Lane
            White City
            London W12 0BZ

This session is being delivered as part of Imperial Innovations' Innovation Academy

The Academy is designed to enhance knowledge on various disciplines key to starting a company. The courses are all relevant for both pre-company and post incorporation. Individuals can attend all modules of the Academy or dip into specialist areas to gain a deep understanding of the subject.

The Academy focuses on 7 key areas, which are Business Planning, Finance & Funding, Intellectual Property, Legal Aspects of Company Formation, Sales Marketing & Communication, Growing & Exiting Your Company, and Team Building.

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Next Practice: The death of distance? How entrepreneurs leverage innovation ecosystems?
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Next Practice: The death of distance? How entrepreneurs leverage innovation ecosystems?

The Death of Distance? How entrepreneurs leverage innovation ecosystems

As recently as a decade a go, the ‘Death of Distance’ was a widely coined phrase. The future of innovation was a world where ideas would spark and innovations arising from a globally interconnected world where people could contribute to innovation from wherever they were. An ultra-fast internet connection would suffice for tapping into global communities of scientific, creative and engineering talent. Global connectedness has been valuable for innovation, but the death of distance has not materialised. Location, in addition to connection, is as important as ever for business competitiveness.

Join our May Next Practice event in our White City Incubator to debate the motion that in the new era of innovation, it is the location in and connectedness to ecosystems of science, creative industries and technology that matter most. Global research universities such as Imperial College London have a central role in building the ecosystems of tomorrow, by making discoveries, educating leaders and developing innovations that benefit society. But who else is fundamental in creating vibrant communities?

Host: Professor Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

Panellists:

Caroline Makepeace (COO, public.io)

Eddie Chau (Entrepreneur in Residence, Imperial Enterprise Lab)

Others TBC

This month’s next practice event will take place at Imperial’s newly-launched incubator at White City. To showcase the space, we are arranging a tour of the new facilities starting before the event. This event is open to anyone to attend. Those interested in the White City Incubator tour, pleases arrive at 6.00pm on the evening of the event.

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Celebrating Success – 10 years of the Imperial Incubator - South Kensington
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Celebrating Success – 10 years of the Imperial Incubator - South Kensington

The Imperial Incubator has been a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Imperial College for over 10 years . The Incubator has been home to over 150 startups raising over £1bn in financing.  Join Imperial Innovations on the 22nd March at the South Kensington Incubator for an evening of celebrating 10 years of innovation.

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