Software licensing

We have the experience to advise you on the optimal licensing strategy for your software. 

Software can be licensed under a variety of different models.

  • Open source dual licensing
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Licensing through an intermediary
  • Direct sales

Why license your software?

Demonstrable impact

Licensing demonstrates the value of your work, accelerates others’ research and can be included as an example of impact in a grant application.

Generate revenue

As the intellectual property creator, your revenue share can be taken personally or donated to your Department for research use.

Easy and convenient process

As the assets are ready to go, the process does not require a large time commitment from you.

We also reduce the time involved by providing comprehensive commercial, administrative and due diligence support.

We offer support by:

  • Providing a dedicated case manager
  • Conducting due diligence to resolve any third party rights and funder obligations
  • Negotiating and completing all necessary licence and revenue share agreements
  • Managing invoicing and revenue distribution
  • Advising on valuations and pricing structure
  • Conducting market research

The process

Initial assessment

Once you have got in touch we will organise a convenient time for you to tell us about your idea and why you think it might be commercially interesting.

Due diligence

If we both decide to proceed, Cambridge Enterprise will carry out the due diligence and then sign a revenue sharing agreement with you.

Licence agreement

Once we have engaged with a company that wants to take a licence, we will consult with you, negotiate terms and arrange the agreements. We will work with you to transfer the software to the company and ensure that any revenue is collected and shared with you.

Have an idea and ready to take the next step?

We encourage you to get in touch for a confidential discussion to see if we can help you take your software idea forward.


Further information

Learn more about commercialising Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS).

Find out more