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Testimonial

 

David Coleman, Head of Spinout Portfolio for The University of Birmingham tells us why he supports Pitching for Management….

 

"As Head of Spinout Portfolio for The University of Birmingham, my role is to both manage the relationships with our existing portfolio of spinout companies, assisting where I can, and to develop new high quality ventures around the expertise of, and intellectual property developed by our academics.

 

As well as ongoing management needs of our existing spinout companies, our most critical need is for those early stage ideas that we are trying to turn into a business.  Being able to find experienced management who are prepared to work with us to validate an opportunity and co-create a business plan is essential.

 

I heard about Pitching for Management through Norman Price (who is on the board of Alta Innovations, the University’s technology transfer company) who thought that Modwenna and I should have a chat with each other. This turned out to be worthwhile as whilst we have a very good network of individuals that can help from time to time, we believe that showcasing is a really efficient way of facilitating introductions.  For a start, it focuses those involved – ensuring that ideas are pitched in a clear and compelling way.  The regularity of these regional meetings is also really important.  Whilst we do have our own occasional showcasing events, we do not have the critical mass to put on such events with such regularity.

 

Thus far, we have had three early stage opportunities pitch. In each case, the academics involved have found the experience incredibly helpful. It leaves them with a well rehearsed pitch and has helped to really kick start the search. We haven’t as yet made any direct matches of people with the positions available; however, we have met a number of people that may be useful to the opportunities at later stages. I personally have also met other people at the events who I’ve continued to network with, and indeed following one meeting I introduced an MBA student at the University to one of the participating entrepreneurs. They have since started to explore ways in which they can work together on other commercial projects.

 

 

University of Birmingham Spin out Portfolio

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"Through Pitching for Management, we found one of our core team in an evening. I can't think of another way this could possibly have happened so swiftly."


Steffan Aquarone, CEO, Droplet

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David Coleman tesimonial - David Coleman tesimonial