The University of Manchester has been a partner of Manchester Tech Trust since we jointly hosted Manchester’s first Silicon Valley Comes 2 UK (SVC2UK) conference in 2014. Since then we have together run annual events including SVC2UK, technology enterprise, and last year joined forces on a conference on angel investment in technology in Manchester.
This collaboration has become progressively aligned with the University’s focus on increasing its societal impact through innovation and commercialisation of its academic research and intellectual property, creating new and exciting discussions with complementary ideas and insights.
“The University engages with enterprise and business across a wide range of its activities from student entrepreneurs at the Masood Enterprise Centre, world-class research spinouts through UMI3 and collaborative ventures within the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre,” said Professor Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
“What links them all is their need for commercial input, relevant business insight and, where appropriate, investment to help them grow and realise their true potential.
We believe that the close partnership we have developed with Manchester Tech Trust and now their angel group, Manchester Tech Trust Angels, will facilitate a cross-fertilisation of ideas which can help focus our research on real-world problems, more closely informed by societal experience and data.
The objective is for this two-way flow of ideas and opportunities to forge new and better relationships between the University and the business world so that their respective strengths and unique resources deliver innovation impact which is far greater than the sum of the parts.”