Entrepreneurship masterclasses with Dr Adrian Burden
Technology start-ups are high risk and cost-intensive ventures, with new intellectual property to protect and novel products to bring to market. This added complexity usually requires venture capital funding and a team of business and technical experts. But, the upside can be considerable, both for the business and its stakeholders. This presentation will use an award-winning anti-counterfeiting technology start-up, Singular ID, as a case study to illustrate some of the lessons learnt in spinning-off a company from an academic environment, raising finance, securing the first customers and then eventually exiting the business through a trade sale.
Adrian is a serial technology entrepreneur who was the founding CEO of Singular ID, the first company to spin out of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore. Singular ID, a micro- and nanotechnology spin-off, developed and patented methods to use magnetic composite materials that could be embedded into products, to prevent counterfeiting.
Adrian now runs the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern and is the founding CTO of a blockchain start-up called BlockMark Technologies. Adrian also founded and organises the annual Malvern Festival of Innovation to promote STEM and entrepreneurship within the community. He is the author of the book Start to Exit and is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham.
All staff and students welcome.
We run a series of Entrepreneurship Masterclasses and Start-Up Clinics for staff and postgraduate students. Our workshops link understanding in physics to the functionality of ingredients, formulations and food processes. These are open to the public. .