Networking Events


We will be holding networking events and regular meetings in which technology providers/ inventors can find out how best to present themselves and what it is that potential investors need to see, and where investors can tap into a rich seam of new thinking, emerging technologies and ideas.


We will be providing the opportunity to hear about and discuss the innovation landscape in the UK, and through guest speakers, QIC members and innovators will have the opportunity to gain real insights into various aspects of this critically important area.


By their very nature, technology providers/ inventors, business people and investors are busy individuals, so the networking events will be fully supported with facilities online, including copies of the presentations.

Exploiting knowledge: Collaboration, not competition, between universities, companies and not-for-profits Many of the best new ideas are being created in university labs and the UK has far more than its fair share of leading universities. And the fact that more than 70% of full time engineering and technology postgraduates are from outside the EU shows that our universities provide world-class research led courses in engineering. But, with a few exceptions, we are not world-class at taking ideas out of university and into the market. The ability to pull ideas forward is not just the challenge for Universities its to Business generally, we need a fundamentally different approach matching market requirements to technology requirements.

Dyson Report – Dec 2010

Example: Recent joint British Library & Quantum Innovation Centre Workshop

Preparing for Open Innovation

“Is your organisation ready? Do you know what practical steps you need to take?”

1. Technology Transfer Enabled Innovation – Damien McDonnell

The presentation focused on technology transfer enabled innovation and drew on the practical experiences of the author from innovating UK liquid crystal technology and establishing the MODs defence diversification programme to highlight the issues and to provide insight into innovation in general and “Open Innovation” in particular.

2. Embracing and Delivering Innovation – Danny Burke

The need for organisations to be innovative currently features in discussion and communication across both the private and public sectors. In the regulated public sector significant financial incentives are linked to delivering innovative solutions. In the private sector companies are applauded when they seek out new technologies and innovative solutions.

3. The Innovation Landscape – David Hughes

Many people think research is the same as innovation. While it is certainly the case that some research offers exciting potential, there are numerous examples of current products and services that have had an impact and been commercially successful but have not come directly from scientific research. The genius of these products often lies in how they have brought together existing technologies in novel ways.