Research Commercialisation Open Programme

Monday 12 April – Friday 16 April 2021

This five-day course of lectures, workshops and visits in Cambridge, UK is aimed at those from anywhere in the world who wish to understand the basics of how new ideas and research results are commercialised at the University of Cambridge and in the wider Cambridge Cluster.

The course is of particular relevance to university technology transfer staff, academic entrepreneurs, government advisors and policymakers developing knowledge-based economies wishing to spin-out or out-license new technologies or deliver consultancy based on university expertise and knowledge from research.

Training sessions are delivered by experienced trainers and practitioners with direct experience of research commercialisation, raising finance and developing knowledge-based ventures.

Further details and registration information for the 2021 course will be published here in the coming months. If you would like to be notified when updates become available, please visit our Stay in Touch page and subscribe to our International Programmes emails.

Read more about the 2019 course.

What does the course cover?

The key learning objectives are to:

  • develop a broad understanding of research commercialisation practices in the UK
  • understand how to evaluate and pursue the most appropriate research commercialisation route
  • learn techniques for negotiating and structuring technology out-licensing agreements
  • learn the principles behind successfully financing and developing knowledge-based ventures

The course offers a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions covering such topics as:

  • principles of research commercialisation
  • researching the market for new innovations
  • innovation evaluation and valuation
  • the Spin-out versus Licence decision
  • technology out-licensing
  • negotiation skills
  • creating and developing a new knowledge-based venture
  • developing a commercialisation strategy
  • building the team
  • raising finance
  • delivering consultancy services

Any questions?

Please email if you have any questions regarding the Research Commercialisation Open Programme.