The University of Liverpool places high importance on research commercialisation, ensuring resources, capability and funding are available to support growth in this strategic area in order to provide a basis for a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem within the University and across the Liverpool City Region.
The University has a growing spin-out portfolio and supports enterprise education for both students and new academic founders.
In the 2022 second Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF2), the University remains in Cluster V with other very large, very high research intensive and broad discipline universities. The University achieved Quintile 5 positions, representing very high engagement, for Research Partnerships and Working with Business, and Quintile 4 position for IP and Commercialisation.
Research commercialisation at the University of Liverpool
The IP Commercialisation team has grown significantly thanks to University support, and helps to support investable founders through training, coaching and mentoring. IP Commercialisation team activities have led to:
- 14 spin-outs formed in the last four years
- 5 spin-outs in the pipeline for 2023
- £7.3 million in IP-related income to the University in 2021/22
- ~79 jobs created in the Liverpool City Region.
The University has committed £2.8 million in Enterprise Investment Funding since the fund’s re-launch in 2018. This has been used to de-risk technology projects in our pipeline, and to date this fund has leveraged a further £14 million of investment, industry and grant funding into the University, or new spinout companies.
Read our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Annual Report (pdf document) for 2021/2022, which sets our achievements, provides case studies of some of our spin-out ventures and outlines the strategy for growth over the next five years.
The strategy for the next five years will be to scale up our capabilities in technology transfer and enterprise activity to match and even exceed that of our peers whilst placing the University at the heart of the LCR entrepreneurial ecosystem.Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact
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