The benefits to your business of collaborative knowledge exchange with universities can include accelerated R&D, tax benefits, funding support, increased expertise, and new product and service development.
PraxisUnico, the UK's professional association for knowledge exchange and commercialisation, is running a free workshop for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, "Working effectively with universities", on using knowledge exchange with universities to boost their business, including how, when, and with whom to engage (and how to access funding available). The one day workshop on 1st March 2016 is aimed at R&D Managers, Product Managers and/or Technical Officers who work in SMEs and haven't previously worked in collaboration with universities.
The course will highlight the various services and mechanisms which are available to businesses, as well as funding and tax benefits that can be delivered through collaborative working with universities and higher education colleges.
"Working effectively with universities" runs from 09.30 until 15.30, with a networking session with university directors from 15.30-18.30.
Interactive sessions will cover:
Why work with a university
How to find and approach the right university partner
What products and mechanisms can universities offer
Structuring successful agreements
The workshop takes place at the NCVO in London, a short walk from Kings Cross train station. Register or find out more information.