OUI Entrepreneurs Fellowship Webinar Programme
OUI Entrepreneurs Fellowship 2020 – registration now closed
Open to Oxford researchers and students who have started working with OUI and those who would find an introduction to starting a company, IP issues, fund raising and product planning useful. Learn from experts and network with other OU innovators and those in the local ecosystem. The programme is also open to Oxford researchers and students (and non-Oxford founders of OUI startups) who have some prior knowledge of innovation and enterprise such as:
Researchers starting an Oxford spinout
Those who have completed the StEP programme
Incubatees in the OUI Incubator
Participants in the Rising WISE programme
Researchers in existing or nascent Oxford spinouts
Oxford Startups (with a direct OU connection)
Those taking part in the Foundry LEV8 programme
Live webinar event
Starts September 29, 2020
14 sessions, 1hr on Tuesday lunchtimes, from 1-2pm. Please note, there are breaks in the schedule to allow for school holidays.
Kick-off meeting, September 29th 2020
- Welcome and introductions, how OUI can support you, why IP matters and what to do with IP, including licensing (30 mins)
Dr Paul Ashley, Head of Licensing and Ventures, Life Sciences team, OUI.
With a research background in Zoology and animal behaviour, Paul has previous experience in spinout companies and big pharma. Since 2011 he has worked with OUI projects ranging across the life sciences and now leads the life sciences Licensing and Ventures group.
- Evox, a Story of an Oxford Spinout (30 mins)
Dr Antonin de Fougerolles, CEO Evox Therapeutics
Tony has over 20 years of biotech R&D experience in building out drug pipelines, and he has played a key role in developing and successfully advancing 3 new drug modalities towards the market and in helping build several multi-billion dollar companies from start-up stage including Ablynx, Moderna and Alnylam.
October 6th 2020
- How to speak VC – what investors are looking for
James Mallinson, Oxford Investment Consultants
James is a partner at Oxford Investment Consultants LLP, which he joined in January 2018 following a 15-year tenure managing the University of Oxford’s technology spinout portfolio.
October 13th 2020
- First networking session for programme participants.
November 3rd 2020
- Understanding Cap Tables: Avoiding Red Herrings and Common Pitfalls
Nicola McConville, Taylor Vinters
Nicola is a Partner at Taylor Vinters LLP where she focuses on supporting innovative and disruptive companies with legal and commercial advice at all stages of their journey.
November 10th 2020
- How Important is IP to Your Business Strategy?
Hsu Min Chung, Partner HGF Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
Hsu Min is a UK and European patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in the IP field. She works for a variety of clients including universities, startups and multi-national corporations. She has a wealth of experience in protecting early-stage technology and helping companies develop IP strategies that align with their commercial aims.
November 17th 2020
- Regulatory aspects from data to medical devices (classification and CE marking)
The speakers for this session will be:
- Dr James Groves, Principal Licensing and Ventures Manager OUI
James will talk about regulatory aspects of innovative technologies from an OUI perspective (including data) and when they need to be considered (10 mins).
James studied for an MSc and DPhil in Neuroscince at Oxford, before joining Oxford University Innovation 7 years ago. As a Principle Licensing and Ventures Manager in the Digital Health team James supports researchers from across the University to incubate and exploit their ideas through the licensing of intellectual property and setting up new companies. James has licensed medical device technologies which are now used in the NHS and led the spinning out of medical device companies OxfordVR, Ultromics and Caristo Diagnostics, the latter of which he continues to support as a board Observer.
- Dr Rita Hendricusdottir, Program Manager, Regulatory Navigation, Natural Interaction Lab, Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Rita will run an interactive workshop using the Oxford Global Guidance system to look at the questions – “Is my device a medical device?” and “What is the risk classification of my device?”. (50 mis)
Dr Hendricusdottir holds a PhD from King’s College London were she worked in an interdisciplinary team and likes to find solutions to bridge the gap between different disciplines in order to solve bigger scientific questions. She works on bridging the gap between science and law by working on a digital solution for innovators to navigate the medical device regulations.
November 24th 2020
- Successful networking – building your network to support your growth
Cath Spence, Principal Licensing and Venture Manager, Incubator Lead, OUI
Cath studied Physics at Durham University, then worked on early fibre optic telecoms systems. She has an MSc in Microelectronics and worked on analog devices and custom ASIC design. She has also worked in international business consulting on complex modelling in design of electronic circuits. Cath set up an electronic design training consultancy, worked in local government in a business development, and with a specialist software start-up managing their IP portfolio. She then set up her own business again, focussed on strategy for small businesses. This led to the role of technology transfer manager at the University of Reading, becoming head of the group in 2011, responsible for commercialisation and spinout activities across all subjects. Cath now works in OUI as Principal Licensing & Ventures Manager and runs the OUI Startup Incubator.
December 1st 2020
- Second networking session
December 8th 2020
- Building the team – key positions and who to hire first
- Professor William Scott-Jackson
Professor Scott-Jackson will give a general introduction to this subject then cover the main principles and give some examples.
Professor William Scott-Jackson is Chairman of Oxford Strategic Consulting and Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business at Oxford University, a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle and of Pembroke, St Cross and Kellogg Colleges. William is also an entrepreneur, having sold three consultancy companies since 2000 and is a very early-stage investor in companies such as Natural Motion and TdeltaS (normally Oxford Spin-outs). Named by CIPD as one of the top five HR thinkers, William is regularly invited to consult and present on behavioural and social issues, strategic human resources and leadership. His book on ‘Redefining Well-Being in Nations and Organizations’ was recently published and other recent publications include ‘HR with Purpose’, ‘The Gulf Leadership Style’, ‘Maximising the Employment of Saudi Women’, ‘The Future of HR’ and ‘Strategic Differentiating Capabilities’. He is the author of the Chartered Management Institute’s Guide ‘Learning to Lead’, and ‘Managing Human Capital’ and the CIPD guide to HR outsourcing.
- Dr Michalis Papadakis, CEO and Co-Founder of Brainomix
Dr Papadakis will tell us about his experience of building the team at Brainomix over the past eight years and illustrate some of the challenges and highlights.
Dr Michalis Papadakis is the CEO and co-founder of Brainomix and leads the management team, commercial strategy, fund raising, and corporate partnerships. He has grown the company from the ground up, building the company’s global presence and has raised over £15 million of private investment and public funding. When he founded Brainomix he was the Scientific Director of the preclinical stroke lab at the University of Oxford. He has a BSc Honours in Biochemistry from Imperial College London and a PhD in neurosciences from UCL School of Pharmacy.
December 16th 2020 – please note this is a Wednesday
- How using a Scaled Innovation approach can help start-ups work towards market-product-organisation fit.
Paul Inness & Angela Hobbs
Paul Inness has run global product teams, strategy functions and innovation labs for multinationals. He designs and delivers workshops for start-ups as a Resident Innovation Coach for Oxford University Innovation and other accelerators.
Angela Hobbs built a customer engagement consultancy and has managed a product design company specialising in MedTech. She serves as a Non-Executive Director of OBN and is a Resident Innovation Coach for Oxford University Innovation.
January 12th 2021
- The benefits of a Design Thinking Mindset for sustainable Innovation in organisations, teams, products and services.
Angela Hobbs & Paul Inness (biogs above).
January 19th 2021
- Translational funding – the Oxford landscape from UCSF to IAAs…
January 26th 2021
- The Boardroom – an idiot’s guide
Adam Workman, Head of Investments and New Ventures, OUI
Adam is the Head of Investments at OUI and represents the University as the shareholder in over 150 companies.
Final meeting, February 2nd 2021
- Planning for growth – share structure and future funding rounds etc
Founder CEO TBC
- Panel of experts – your chance to ask all those burning questions
Panelists to include:
Lawyer – Nicola McConville, Taylor Vinters
Accountant – TBC
Patent attorney – Hsu Min Chung, HGF
Certificates will be sent to those who have attended the course.
For further information please contact:
Dr Fiona Story
University Relationship Manager, Oxford University Innovation Ltd
The technology transfer company of the University of Oxford
Buxton Court, 3 West Way, Oxford OX2 0SZ
T: 01865 280972