Tell us your idea

Telling us why you believe your idea may be commercially interesting, is the first step toward exploring whether we can collaborate with you to turn it into an opportunity attractive to industry or investors. 

It’s never too early to get in touch. Whether you have an idea that’s still germinating, research findings that have already attracted commercial interest or would just like to find out more about research commercialisation, we are happy to have a chat. You can get in touch by sending us a messagescheduling a meeting to come and talk to us or by filling out an idea form to give us more details. If you would prefer to talk through your idea initially with someone in your department, then you might like to speak with your local Enterprise Champion.

Next steps

Once you have made contact with us we will arrange to talk confidentially with you about your idea. You may find it helpful to have filled out an idea form prior to this conversation, as this can be a useful starting point. During this conversation we will explore with you: 

  • What your idea is and why you think it might be commercially interesting.  
  • What particular technical, commercial or social problem your idea is solving. 
  • What the demand is for this problem to be solved. 
  • What sort of organisation could use your idea to become more commercially successful.  
  • Whether your idea is similar to something that already exists, and why your idea is an improvement on it. 
  • How you would like to take the idea forward. 

This conversation is the first step toward exploring how we can work together to turn your idea into an opportunity attractive to industry or investors. More information about working with us and the commercialisation process is available here. You may also want to look at our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

If you are new to commercialising research and would like to find out more about skills and knowledge that can help turn ideas into commercial reality, take a look at our Develop your skills page.

If you are ready to tell us your idea please contact us.

Image: Neuronal axons (white) interacting with a central nervous system stem cell called an oligodendrocyte precursor cell (central orange cell), courtesy Dr John Stockley.