Why Academics Don't Innovate

Why Academics Don’t Innovate

The recent parliamentary inquiry into graphene highlighted that the University of Manchester did not fully appreciate the significance of the work on graphene that subsequently won a Nobel Prize, but is the academic publishing system to blame? A recent study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research , “Bias against Novelty in Science: A Cautionary Tale for Users of Bibliometrics Indicators,” reports that …

Graphene at Founders Forum

I had a great day at Founders Forum yesterday, hopping between fascinating talks and presenting some practical applications of graphene. What is particularly interesting about this event is that it combines people who have founded companies which changes the future with people who will change the future. You can find my presentation here  Founders Forum is a fairly high powered event as you …

G2O – Low Cost Graphene Water Treatment

One of the other projects I revealed at least weeks conference was a new company called G2O Water. G2O uses graphene membranes that gives a unique combination of high flux rates (100 to 1000 times greater than current membranes) with low fouling and the ability to repair membranes in situ. The membranes can recover from fouling without the need for …

A Form Of Mindfulness for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

There’s no magic bullet, but having the right tools and methodology helps a lot. I have written before about the IDEA3 methodology developed by the MIT M+Vision consortium and how it helps make everything more efficient. But finally we have the video explaining it. In the movie I talk about creating agents of change, something I know all about from personal experience. …

Energy Switching – Read The Small Print

Part of the skill set of entrepreneurship is keeping costs down. I spent some time this week doing my annual energy supplier switch (which everyone should do) and looking carefully at the assumptions that some of the comparison sites use. For an industry that claims to make things simple they seem to go out of their way to confuse unwary consumers. USwitch.com won’t actually …

A Start-Up Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations

Some of you may have noticed a rash of new jobs on my LinkedIn profile. A bit more digging might reveal that I found a lot of companies and then wind as as some kind of adviser rather than CEO or CTO or a board member. Why? It’s simple. After running projects and companies for thirty years I know what …

Fixing the “UK’s Innovation Deficit”

For anyone working at the interface of science and business Richard Jone’s recent paper “The UK’s Innovation Deficit & How to Repair it” makes interesting reading. Rather than being yet another missive from an academic demanding more cash for R&D this is a well argued and evidenced paper looking at why the UK under performs and making some suggestions about what can be done about …

The Circular Economy

The circular economy has become a bit of a buzz word recently but I like this illustration which accompanied a blog post from the World Economic Forum which quite succinctly illustrates what we mean. The reason for the interest in the circular economy among policy makers is the simple fact that people are getting richer, demanding more ‘stuff’ – whether it …

Saving Our Village Shop – With Technology?

One of the reasons I moved to a small village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales was that we had found somewhere that had it all. Around a thousand people, pretty much all of whom are just the sort of people you would want to share your life with, but supporting two pubs (three if you count the bar …