From STEM to Venture Capital

Interested in the relationship between STEM innovation & venture capital? You're in the right place!

 
The UK has one of the world’s strongest science, technology & innovation ecosystems. BUT we still lack a diverse enough pool of (1) potential founders to build companies (2) investors who recognise & represent the strength and diversity of this opportunity.
 
The UK has world-class universities, but a mixed record in terms of commercialising scientific discoveries. It attracts large amounts of venture capital for start-ups but has a mixed record when it comes to scaling and sustaining success.
 
Our ‘From STEM to VC’ event’ explored exactly this: how can we drive innovation through bridging network and knowledge gaps between world-leading research at universities and investment institutions – amplifying the impact of R&D and leveraging the expertise of investors and world-leading scientists & researchers.
 
Watch the full video below.
 

Meet our panelists

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE

CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
Bio

Robin Klein

Robin Klein

Founding Partner, LocalGlobe
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Julia Hawkins

Julia Hawkins

General Partner, LocalGlobe
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Uzma Choudry, PhD

Uzma Choudry, PhD

VC, Octopus Ventures
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Michael Salako PhD MBA

Michael Salako PhD MBA

Investment Director, Start Codon
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Leonora Ross Skinner

Leonora Ross Skinner

VC, Molten Ventures
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Robin Klein's journey: engineering to VC

STEM to VC panel discussion

Frequently Asked Questions

STEM is an umbrella term to group together science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  

Given their real-world application, these academic disciplines are directly related to scientific discovery and innovation. 

There has always been a close link between STEM innovation and venture capital investments. 

Additionally, there is more people going into STEM education that ever before, resulting in a strong pipeline of potential talent to create or invest in the STEM unicorns of tomorrow.

You can read out full article on this here.

Tech Transfer Officers (TTO’s) are responsible for technology transfer and other aspects of the commercialization of research that takes place in a university. TTO’s engage in a variety of commercial activities that are meant to facilitate the process of bringing research developments to market, often acting as a channel between academia and industry.

You can read more here.

Newton aims to improve the end-to-end journey through which venture capital flows, from LP to TTOs worldwide.

Newton Venture Program is the first program to bring together technology transfer officers and investors, bridging the gap between world-leading scientific research and the venture ecosystem, to better commercialise university spin-outs.

Definitely! Please get in touch at hello@newtonprogram.vc to connect with the team.

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