Commercialising Your Research
Duration 1 day
Training Units 2.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy and Business Engagement and Innovation Services

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target audience: mid and late stage postgraduate research students and early career researchers

This course is designed for second and third year research students, as well as early career research staff, with an interest in exploiting ideas gained during scientific and technological research. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or a researcher who would simply like to learn more about how to recognise and cultivate opportunities for commercial exploitation this course provides and exciting and novel opportunity to develop valuable insight and skills.

Researchers with business ideas that are not related to their research are also welcome.


This workshop uses a variety of teaching methods including a seminar, team-working, student discussion and team presentations. This is an intense and fast paced day. Participation will help researchers to develop a range of skills that are relevant to students’ research training, for example, problem solving, negotiation, planning and time management.


Along with researchers from other Science and Engineering schools, you will be working in the University Ingenuity Centre  where you will learn how to:

·        Identify markets for new inventions arising from research activities at the University of Nottingham.

·        Utilise a toolkit developed in partnership with the Design Council for research based innovation.

·        Sell technical ideas to potential partners and investors through an elevator pitch.

The University of Nottingham Ingenuity Centre, is located at the Jubilee Campus. It is a unique facility that is home to working prototypes of some of the latest University inventions, all of which are available for commercial development.

Throughout the day you will work in teams to identify a potential market for a novel invention such as:

·        New generation super-capacitors

·        Heart and breathing rate monitor

·        CO2 mitigation technologies

·        Wind turbine technology

·        Fine particle separation technology

·        Medical Devices

·        Industrial microwave processing

At the end of the day you will make a presentation to sell your idea to a group of potential 'equity investors'. 

If you have one available, please bring your laptop or tablet device with you on the day as there will be an opportunity to undertake some online research in preparation for your presentation to 'investors'. 

Related courses

The University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (which sits within the Business School) offers extensive support for researchers. Further details can be found at the The EnterpriseLab.

Related courses:

·        Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)

·        Bio Technology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)

·        Digital Economy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)

·        Energy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES)

·        The Enterprising Researcher (online)




To help researchers to understand the process of taking a science or technology based business idea through to commercial exploitation.




By the end of this course you will,


·        Be able to draw upon the experience of “pitching” an idea to potential investors in order to apply this to your own future ventures

·        Be able identify markets for new inventions

·        Understand some potential strategies to exploit innovations



Ingenuity Centre, Jubilee Campus.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided Vegetarian options will be available as part of the lunch provided, but of you have any special dietary requirements please email prior to the event

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

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