Enterprise and Innovation

Enterprise Excellence

Collaboration, enterprise and knowledge transfer are fundamental elements of the MI partnership that continues to grow in strength and outreach.

Ideas, information and knowledge generation are integral to the results and outcomes of world-class research.  Translating those ideas and delivering to business requires expertise and guidance; collectively the MI Enterprise Platform interacts with a broad business-base to drive research ideas directly into the economy, job creation and growth.

Making a difference

Midlands Innovation makes a difference. We have substantial collective activity in all areas of business engagement, Intellectual Property (IP) creation, IP development and incubation / business support. 

Working with business to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into real-world applications is at the centre of our enterprise mission. Our collaboration with companies, generating tangible outcomes and improved business performance opportunities, show our commitment to delivering extensive social, economic, environmental and technological impacts from the world-class research excellence generated across the partnership.

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Excellence and Impact

Working alongside our individual partner teams, the MI Enterprise Network has the power to commercialise research. Success in applications for funding through Research England (through the Connecting Capability Fund) and Innovate UK/UKRI (through the Innovation-to Commercialisation of University Research – ICURe programme) shows a strong commitment and drive to collaborate and improve the productivity of the Midlands region.

Midlands ICURe (Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research)

Midlands ICURe is a delivery partner of Innovate UK’s national programme for academic researchers wishing to develop the commercial potential of their research.  ICURe’s focus is on developing the commercial skills and experience of early career researchers (ECRs) who have innovations with commercial potential.  As the Entrepreneurial Leads in small teams including their Senior Researchers, a business adviser and a member of their technology transfer office, the ECRs develop a value proposition and initial business model for their innovations which they then validate over three months talking to businesses in the marketplace.  The teams then present their business models to a panel of investors and experts who feedback on the options for taking their innovations to market, whether through licencing, partnering or spinning out.

Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA)

Supporting the development of the largest UK formal technology transfer office (TTOs) collaboration to increase impacts on the region, MICRA has large-scale ambitions. In working together MICRA will build a spin-out and start-up ecosystem that will attract management talent and investors to address the known ‘lag’ of creating jobs growth across the Midlands. 

For more information please see our MICRA programme page here.