Research Ventures Entrepreneurship Course – SICSA funded places available

Date(s) - 16/05/2016 - 17/05/2016
All Day

The University of Glasgow

However big, however small your ideas, Research Ventures is about finding out how you can develop them into something that matters for you.

SICSA has 10 fully-funded places for research students in Computer Science to attend the next Research Ventures event, which will take place at the University of Glasgow on 16 & 17 May 2016.

To apply for a fully funded place on this course, please email with your name, institution, year of study, whether you require accommodation on the 16 May, any special dietary requirements you may have, and also provide up to 200 words on why you wish to attend the course and how it might benefit you.

We’ll cover all the areas you’d expect from an entrepreneurship course (different business models, protecting your ideas, where to get funding…the nuts and bolts) but it doesn’t stop there. In two days, we get to the heart of what it means to be an enterprising researcher. You’ll meet some inspirational people and come away with new ideas, friends and collaborators, as well as a better understanding of what motivates you and how you can transform your ideas into reality

The course and the skills you will learn from it is designed to be relevant to you now, in your research environment, as well as in the future, whether you see that as being in academia or in another kind of role. The course is being run in collaboration with Enterprise Campus

Who is it for?
This course brings together early-career researchers (PGR and postdoctoral) from a wide variety of backgrounds, including physics, computer sciences, engineering, energy, chemistry and marine and earth sciences. It’s aimed at researchers with an interest in
Exploring the commercial possibilities of a research idea and how your research might attract industrial funding or be used in setting up a spin-out company
Knowledge exchange, research impact and winning funding for academic career progression
Future employment in industry
Collaboration with researchers from other disciplines

What will we be doing?
The course is a mixture of practical activities and case studies as well as talks from experts and entrepreneurs with inspiring stories and first hand experience of bringing exciting ideas to life.  Our speakers will share their knowledge of:

  • Creative thinking and what being enterprising means to them
  • Business planning and different models of research commercialisation (including spin-outs and licensing)
  • How to cost projects and manage finance in a new venture
  • Protecting your ideas and intellectual property
  • Compelling and convincing communication, that helps you to bring others on board and win funding
  • How to inspire and motivate others – the skills needed to build strong working relationships, whether you see yourself as working in business or building a research group
  • Sources of support, advice and funding
  • Resilience and how to deal with set-backs
  • Networking – how to make this fun, useful and interesting, rather than something you dread!

Venues, travel and accommodation details
The course is free and takes place at The University of Glasgow. For anyone coming from outside of Glasgow, we will provide you with accommodation in the West End, close to the University

To reach the University of Glasgow from Queen Street Station, you can take the Underground to Hillhead Station (about 10min) and from there it’s a 10min walk to the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre. You should claim back travel expenses from your home institution or research pool. Please arrive no later than 10.30am on day one. We will finish by 4.30pm on day two

Tutor and Guests

Josh Sauter is the Enterprise Manager for Enterprise Campus West, supporting students and alumni with new venture creation. In order to provide the innovative and tailored advice necessary to support his current clients Josh has actively leveraged his five plus years of production process control and quality assurance as well as management of several departments within a high paced production environment (USA). Josh championed several improvement projects that have ranged in scale of both time and financial commitment which, combined with his recent MBA with distinction, allows him to deliver targeted and experience backed direction to sustain enterprise growth in the UK. 

Other speakers and guests include patent attorneys, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and academic staff involved in spin-outs and other forms of commercialisation.

Speakers, tutors and guests include…

  • Josh Sauter, Enterprise Manager, Enterprise Campus West
  • Heather Asiala, Enterprise Coordinator, Enterprise Campus West
  • Dr Andrew McNair, Director of Research, Innovation & Enterprise, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Marion Anderson, Enterprise Manager, University of Glasgow
  • Alasdair Gammack, Student Enterprise Manager, University of Stirling
  • Dr Elizabeth Adams, Researcher Development Manager, University of Glasgow.
  • Dr Julien Reboud, University of Glasgow and SAWdx
  • Dr Yann Robin, Patent Attorney, Marks and Clerk
  • Jamie Vollbracht, Director, Cleantech, IP Group
  • Veronica Ferguson, Converge Challenge
  • Prof Jonathan Levie, University of Strathclyde, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Kyle White, University of Glasgow and thegither
  • Mallika Punukollu and Fiona Mitchell, University of Glasgow and Safespot (social enterprise)
  • Carla Brown, Game Dr Limited
  • Alex Ward, Managing Director, Razorbill Instruments Ltd
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