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The Venture Funding Boom in UK University Start-ups: New Models for Bringing Capital to Commercialization

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Originally presented: July 28, 2015

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British investment boom in university-based start-ups touted as recipe for worldwide success

graph-upwardIn recent years there has been a major uptick in large venture funds being established and run by UK universities, a trend just now being adopted by a few U.S. universities. The UK’s London Stock Exchange has also become the epicenter for a rapidly growing number of publicly traded companies focused on funding and developing university start-ups, while a number of other high-profile VC firms are entering into partnerships with universities – achieving great success for both parties.

How are these funding and development models working, and how can you adapt their successes for your university and its promising start-ups? To answer those questions, Technology Transfer Tactics has partnered with MTI Ventures, a UK- and Boston-based VC firm that is heavily involved in funding university start-ups. In the UK three publicly listed, university focused fund managers together have a current market cap of over $3 billion.

MTI has established a unique and successful model that attaches its VC to the universities it works with. The firm’s president, David Ward, is one of the world’s most esteemed VC leaders and thinkers, and he’s ready to unveil MTI’s innovative funding model – as well as the critical lessons and strategies being used elsewhere in the UK’s vibrant university start-up scene. Please join us for:

The Venture Funding Boom in UK University Start-ups:
New Models for Bringing Capital to Commercialization

In this eye-opening webinar, Mr. Ward will discuss:

  • Exciting new models for integrating investment and university innovation
  • An inside look at three publicly listed university focused fund managers with combined market cap of over $3 billion
  • Details on how the first “hybrid” private partnership venture fund was launched
  • How each funding model has drastically transformed the funding opportunities for university based-innovation and spin-out companies in the UK
  • Lessons learned and key strategies from the UK’s unique perspective and experience in the various funding models
  • How to apply these lessons and strategies to campuses in the U.S. and around the world
  • And much more…

Meet Your Program Leader:

David WardDavid Ward, Managing Partner and President, MTI Partners Inc. David Ward heads up the US operations for MTI based in Boston, and also leads the Materials Science investment practice for MTI. After gaining a BA/MA in Materials Science from Oxford University, David joined Cookson Group PLC. His first venture capital experience was as EVP Sales in an LBO backed by Morgan Grenfell Development Capital. He then became CEO of a technology start-up in the global metals market sector that was part of an additional LBO funded by Granville Baird Private Equity based in the UK. Based on his outstanding business accomplishments and management expertise in successfully developing start-up companies, David joined MTI where he became the firm’s youngest ever Investment Manager, subsequently becoming a Partner in 2005 and a Managing Partner in 2008. Recognised for his expertise in the Materials sector David has chaired Nanotech panel sessions for the European Venture Capital Association and at the International Congress of Nano Technology. In addition he often provides press commentary on the venture capital markets and recently, was selected as a finalist for “VC Personality of the year award” by the prestigious Investor AllStars event board.

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