A FTSE-250 listed IP commercialisation company whose funds provide venture capital to spin-out companies from its university partnerships.
IP Group owns several funds, including Touchstone Innovations (which was acquired in October 2017), Parkwalk Advisors, and stakes in Oxford Sciences Innovation and Cambridge Innovation Capital.
It invests in spin-outs from UK universities and some US universities. The great majority of investments – 88% – made by IP Group have been into companies in local areas of the UK other than London. Its subsidiary Touchstone Innovations focuses on companies developing research originating from the UK’s “Golden Triangle” (i.e Oxford, Cambridge, London).
The funds invest at seed, venture and growth stages and assist companies with the commercialisation of their new products and services, with technology transfer, IP licensing and protection. The funds continue to invest in portfolio companies as they scale. The firm has a long-term partnership model with UK universities and developed an approach to supporting businesses from “cradle to maturity,” including assistance with executive search and recruitment and raising growth stage capital from co-investors.
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