Idea Overview:
A B2B University Research platform that will connect businesses to universities for research partnerships, knowledge exchange, innovation, consultancy services and licensing. The universities will upload details on research projects, information on research teams and the funding amount required. Businesses will register their interests based on their business strategy. The platform will make the connection and facilitate the matching through an AI algorithm. Other features of the platform will be: Communication tools (video calls, messaging), Progress info/ updates, Trends on different research topics and Due Diligence.
Who might use it/where it might be used?:
The platform will be used by universities (Business Relationship Managers, Development Officers) and businesses (Business Development, Strategy Head, Scientists). The use of the platform will be for opening up opportunities for research partnerships between academia and industry and for licensing of university research by businesses. The partnerships will be on research projects funded by industry and on research outsourced by businesses to universities.
The Market (B2B, B2C or Both):
Business to Business (B2B)
Sector the idea belongs to:
Information technology
Why you think there is a demand for your idea?:
- Focus for Innovation by UK Government - Brexit will cause a demand for University research funding - University research can be a driving force for business development
Who would be the ideal customers?:
- Large companies interested in outsourcing research - Medium sized companies with limited R&D resources - Large Universities which would want to expand their network
What ideas do you have to reach these customers?:
- Demonstration of the platform and its features to universities and businesses - Research Managers contacting by email/ telephone businesses and universities
How far have you developed this idea?:
Idea stage
What – if any – feedback have you had for this idea so far?:
We have contacted interviews with officers from limited number of universities and businesses. Overall 50% of the universities were positive and 20% were negative with the rest being undecided. 54.5% of businesses were positive and 27.3% were negative with the rest being undecided.
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2 comments to “Ubi – B2B University Research Platform”

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  1. Simon Krystman - October 13, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful idea. I think universities have a real need for additional research funding at this time. It’s also great for companies to outsource their innovation off payroll.

  2. Mark Cardwell - October 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Would you be competing with the National Centre for Universities and Business?