29 Mar
Enterprising Birmingham Final Showcase – 29th March 2017

Enterprising Birmingham Final Showcase – 29th March 2017

Wednesday 29th March 2017 12:30
University of Birmingham

Discover how University of Birmingham research is solving real world problems at the Final Showcase of the Enterprising Birmingham Innovation Competition.Three inventive finalists will pitch their ideas to a Dragons’ Den style judging panel for a £20,000 investment. 

The event on Wednesday 29th March 2017 kicks off with a buffet lunch starting at 12.30pm, before the pitching event at 2.15pm.  The awards ceremony at 4.15pm is followed by a wine reception where guests will have the opportunity to network with innovative researchers, alumni, public and private sector partners, funders, investors. 

Keynote speakers include Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of Cobra Beer, and Dr Sam Decombel who studied at the University before founding FitnessGenes, a DNA analysis platform  which provides a personalised, precision approach to diet and exercise. 

Enterprising Birmingham rewards researchers who have identified a commercial opportunity for their research – and the winning entries may well be the commercial success stories of tomorrow.  Join us for an inspiring afternoon to celebrate the creativity, entrepreneurial flair and academic endeavour of the University of Birmingham.

Reserve your free ticket here

28 Sep
Intellectual Property Seminar

Intellectual Property Seminar

Wednesday 28th September 2016 12.00
BizzInn, Birmingham Research Park

BizzInn Associate advisors Harrison Goddard Foote, will be delivering a session on Intellectual Property. They offer one-to-one and group advice on registering, controlling, protecting and exploiting IPR through patenting, trade-marks, design registrations.

Intellectual property (IP) is an intangible property that is the result of creativity and innovation and which can be owned in a similar way to physical property. The protection of the IP inherent in any new idea/ innovation is a crucial part of the process of developing economic impact from an idea as, without ownership of IP, gaining external investment in the project will be very difficult.

IP covers a number of different forms including patents, copyright, design rights and trademarks and these are all covered by different processes and requirements.

The aim of this seminar will be to explain how to identify what IP is protectable and to outline the processes relating to these different forms.

The seminar will be delivered by Dr Chris Moore, partner with patent attorney Harrison Goddard Foote. Chris has advised individuals, SMEs, multinationals and academic institutions on uncovering, obtaining and protecting and leveraging their intellectual assets. Chris is mentioned and personally recommended in the major patent attorney ratings lists, including Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, in which he was ranked in band 1 (the highest) of patent attorneys in the latest guide.

Chris holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham in physical chemistry, an MSc in spectroscopy from the UEA and a first degree in environmental chemistry from UEA. Chris is also a member of the Joint Examination Board for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.


29 Jun
Networking with Confidence

Networking with Confidence

Wednesday 29th June 2016 12.00
The Link - Gisbert Kapp Building, Pritchatts Road

About the workshop:

In today's highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, always feel in control and will always create more opportunities than the average. 99% of people dread this vital activity; this session will help you overcome all your fears and concerns.

The workshop focuses on networking and business development skills - in particular how to 'work' a roomful of people. We will de-mystify the process of networking and will help you to relish every roomful of people as a roomful of potential future collaborators and contacts.

Attendees spoke about the previous networking workshop held, commenting:

“Really helpful, great speaker, engaged the whole time, will put into practice".

“Enjoyable session, useful to become more confident and learn new networking techniques”.

The workshop will help you by:

  • Divulging the secrets to help you destroy all those fears of working the room
  • Helping you to be in control, break the ice and start the conversation with strangers
  • Showing you how to approach the appropriate people, break into groups and move on with ease and consideration
  • Presenting you with ideas with what to talk about and how to be interesting
    Spelling out a process for following up, ensuring you leave every event with a potential business opportunity
    Revealing how you can raise your profile
About the presenter

The workshop is led by Sue Tonks, a professional speaker and trainer who works extensively with business people and academics at all levels - her message is relevant to everyone who needs to made contacts, create collaborations and progress with their research, programmes or business in the future. It is a must for future business and a must in all areas of your life.

25 May
Academic Consultancy - How to get the business  & deliver results

Academic Consultancy - How to get the business & deliver results

Wednesday 25th May 2016 12.00
Birmingham Research Park

The provision of consultancy can be a very effective way of using your specialist knowledge to gain financial reward and to deliver positive benefits to an external organisation.  Our session will look at how you as an academic can be an effective consultant and meet (and exceed) the expectations of your clients.

The session will cover:

  • Assessing  the benefits of a given service
    • Identifying and approaching potential partners
      • Evaluating customer needs
        • Planning a consulting pitch
        • Managing customer expectations

This seminar will be led by Andrew Corcoran who runs Blueberry Training; Andrew is also a Teaching Fellow in the Marketing and Strategy Group at Aston University. The afternoon will be very interactive and you will give you the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at some of the techniques that you learn.

Andrew will be joined by Simon Freeman who manages the University of Birmingham’s consultancy service. Simon will explain the service he provides to help academics delivering consultancy projects.