REIS SEMINAR SERIES 891-1: Introduction to the ICURe (Innovation to Commercialisation) programme: funding teams to undertake market validation and transport ideas from the lab into the marketplace.

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Karen Brooks, Set Squared
Clare Lehane , REIS
Nic Davies, REIS

Speaker's Biography

Karen has worked for the SETsquared Partnership for twelve years. She led the team that developed Europe’s number one University Incubation Programme which has provided support to over 1,000 early-stage technology companies which have raised over £1.8bn in investment. Karen has developed the SETsquared enterprise brand for the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, and has been key in the development of overseas relations in the US with technology support organisations such as MIT, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Centre, CONNECT, Global CONNECT, T2 Venture Capital and Austin Technology Incubator. Relationships with these organisations provide a springboard platform for European startups to access the US markets.

From: 15 Jun 2022, 2 p.m.
To: 15 Jun 2022, 3 p.m.
Location: Zoom event, please register via ABW searching course code 891. Zoom link will be sent before event., Online Event - Please see description

Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) is 3 – 4-month customer discovery programme designed using lean start-up methodology and Strategyzer tools and is funded by Innovate UK.

ICURe trains, funds, and supports teams led by university early-career researchers (ECRs) to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science, or technology. Up to £35,000 of funding is available to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate these commercially promising ideas in the marketplace.

• over 400 teams (including 5 from Swansea) have completed an ICURe programme with over 30,000 business contacts made
• 151 new companies created
• over £250m in additional investment such as licensing, collaborative research and ICURe follow on funding.

Karen Brooks, Programme Director for SETsquared who developed ICURe, will join us for a zoom webinar on June 8th, to take us through the ICURe journey and answer any queries potential teams might have. We will also be joined by Swansea ICURe alumni for Q&A.

Target Audience: Primarily ECRs with an idea they want to market test

Contact: Teresa Chambers (Email:

Event created by: t.m.chambers