Academic Support

What we do:

  • Awareness raising, training and networking

    Equip researchers with the knowledge and skills they need to support commercialisation of their research; organise events, training and competitions to inspire, engage, and support.
  • Market Evaluation & Analysis

    Investigations into the nature and size of commercial markets; identify potential licensees, customers, partners and collaborators; Advice on appropriate routes to market.
  • Proof of Concept

    Support in understanding proof of concept requirements.
  • Venture Development and Startup Incubation

    Advice in relation to the commercial maturity of innovations, and appropriate commercial strategy; sourcing/screening of potential commercial management; support in developing and validating business plans; links to sources of finance (proof of concept, seed and later stage investment) and assistance in pitch preparation; provision of office facilities and support at the BizzInn.
  • Guidance and Information

    Guidance through the University’s spinout development decision making procedures; links to sources of funding, professional advisors, and networking and training opportunities.
  • Shareholder Management & Negotiation

    Negotiation of spinout related agreements, on behalf of the University; ongoing shareholder support to existing spinout companies including occasional board roles; direct line of communication to the University as a shareholder; oversight in relation to corporate governance of spinouts.

Benefits of working with us:

  • Access to entrepreneurial environment

    Our activities are focused around the BizzInn, a dynamic facility that provides space, support, and incubation services to entrepreneurs and young ventures.
  • Access to market intelligence

    Early evaluations of the market for new innovations provides clarity on which R&D or commercial strategy to adopt, which commercial organisations to approach, and what the return on efforts and investment might be.
  • Access to networks and service providers

    We are deeply connected to fundraisers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and professional advisers both within and outside of the West Midlands region.
  • Access to information

    We have access to a wide range of information sources that can help us with market intelligence, grant and venture funding, and opportunities for skills training.
  • Access to experience

    We have significant experience in gathering market intelligence, commercial strategy development, and in the formation, funding, and management of technology ventures.
  • Authority

    The University looks to us to ensure that the spinout ventures it establishes have the potential to create significant reputational and financial impact and are appropriately resourced from launch.


Supported by BizzInn and the Enterprise Acceleration Team, Smart Antenna Technologies is an award winning spinout company that have designed, developed and patented a pioneering smart antenna technology that reduces the number of internal antennas required in current and next generation cellular handsets.

"We’d like to say a big thank you to the Enterprise Acceleration Team and Alta Innovations for their support in developing our spinout company".

Smart Antenna Technologies


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