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Two University spin-outs make prestigious LCR tech business sector list

The Liverpool City Region Tech Climbers 2024 list, showcasing the growing stars of the Region’s tech sector, was recently revealed – with two University spin-outs, Atomik AM and Plasma2x Limited, recognised for their achievements.

The fourth edition of the Liverpool City Region Tech Climbers list highlights the top-performing technology-led businesses that make the LCR one of the UK’s most exciting tech destinations. The list also includes the region’s ‘Ones to Watch’ businesses – up-and-coming businesses that are active in the region and on course for great success in the future.

Atomik AM, led by Prof Kate Black, made the ‘Tech Climbers Main List’ as one of the six ‘Trailblazing Newcomers’ companies. The company heralds a new model for manufacturing businesses. Their solution-focused ethos, cutting-edge chemistry and solutions-based engineering combine to help fulfil the business needs and ambitions of manufacturers.

Kate Black, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University’s School of Engineering and founder and CEO of Atomik AM, said: “Being listed in the LCR Tech Climbers list for 2024 is a great honour for us. It motivates us to keep pushing forward with our goal to re-shape the world of advanced manufacturing for a sustainable future - ensuring Atomik and the city of Liverpool become synonymous with state-of-the art advanced manufacturing.”

Plasma2x Limited, led by Mike Craven and Xin Tu from the University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, was recognised as ‘Tech Climbers Ones to Watch’. The company is revolutionising the production of ammonia. Their plasma and electrocatalysis process enables environmentally sustainable production of ammonia from air and water. Powered by renewable energy, it's the solution for the growing demand for sustainable ammonia production in energy, agriculture, and maritime sectors.

Co-founder Dr Mike Craven said: “We are delighted and proud to have made the 2024 LCR Tech Climbers list. Our mission is to change the way the world makes ammonia and help transform the fertiliser and energy sectors towards net zero. Recognition of our ambitions is humbling and inspires us towards making this a reality and achievement for the City, the Region and the UK.”

The University of Liverpool IP Commercialisation Team supports academic founders, and acts as the first investor, to create spin-outs and license cutting-edge technologies for a better world.

As our portfolio goes from strength to strength, with 20 spin-out companies formed in the last five years. Take a closer look at how we are creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and cluster of high growth companies across the Liverpool City Region and beyond here.


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