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2D Materials at the Tipping Point in 2016 – World Economic Forum

WEF Top 10 Emerging Technologies The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016 today.  One of the criteria was the likelihood that 2016 represents a tipping point in the deployment of each technology. So the list includes some technologies that have been known for a number of years, but are only now …

Funding for High Growth Yorkshire Nanotech SME’s

As any SME knows, funding is a key bottleneck. VC’s and angels may want huge wads of equity to cover the risk of an early stage technology business while banks simply aren’t interested until you can demonstrate some sales (despite what they may tell you). One route I’ve used effectively in the past is grant funding, and I’ve worked with the European …

What Happens If Your Commercial Partner Fails to Commercialise Your Technology?

Here’s a question that worries every technology transfer department and any innovative company that partners with a large multinational company – what if they mess it up or even try to kill it? The Wall Street Journal reports on a High Court action tomorrow where Ploughshare Innovations, who licence the intellectual property for the Ministry of Defence’s Porton Down Laboratory, and …

Beware The Counterfeit Investors

After a few years of being on the ‘funder’ side of the desk, I’ve vaulted across to start a new technology venture, and to begin the least pleasant part of entrepreneurship – fund raising! (Feel free to contact me once you have read what follows). There are plenty of people out there who will tell you how to make the …

Toto, This isn’t 1997 any more!

The Wall Street Journal points to further evidence of the collapse of Venture Capital.  Typical of the doom laden quotes is this: “Dallas is an entrepreneurial city, but it won’t be driven by venture capital going forward,” said Daniel T. Owen, a venture capitalist at the 16th-floor firm H02 Partners, which plans to wind down its venture business over the next few …

More Nano or Beyond Nano

I spent a chunk of last week on one of my committee chairing jobs wrestling with both sides of a rather tricky issue. On the first day I was chairing a committee attempting to make sense of the recommendations of independent experts on what projects should be funded and in what priority. In six years and €70 million I don’t …