If you have ever found yourself wondering if your research, project work or idea that came to you in the shower one morning is a potential startup or spinout business then this talk is intended to provide some questions to help you decide whether to embark on an entrepreneurial journey. We will look at your personal motivations and skills, how to assess whether you have the right team around you and what to do if you conclude that you don’t! We will also look at how you can begin to develop your idea into a business proposition that could interest customers, future employees, business partners and investors. And where to find support to help you in this arduous adventure!
Pete Keevill is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SETsquared Bath where he has worked mainly in sustainability projects, and he is also currently engaged as a commercialisation strategy consultant at the Faraday Institution. He has worked previously at SETsquared Bristol and has been a Business Advisor for two ICURe cohort members. He had a 25-year career in telecoms the highlight of which was co-founding a startup company, Ubiquisys, in 2004 which was acquired in 2013 so he has lived the startup journey from sitting around a kitchen table inventing a company with his co-founders, through building the business with major customers around the world to being part of the executive team negotiating the acquisition in an expensive lawyers’ office in San Francisco.
Lunch with Impact Workshops
This workshop is part of a series funded by the University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), to support researchers in identifying, generating, evidencing and achieving impact from their research. Sessions are designed to enable attendees to apply the information, knowledge and tools to their own research.