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IP Group

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IP Group is an FTSE-250 listed IP commercialisation company whose funds provide venture capital to spin-out companies from its university partnerships. 2018 was a year of consolidation as IP Group integrated Touchstone Innovations, which was acquired in October 2017. The company also owns Parkwalk Advisors and stakes in Oxford Sciences Innovation and Cambridge Innovation Capital.

IP Group invests in spin-outs from UK universities and some US universities. Eight out of ten investments made by IP Group and its subsidiary Touchstone Innovations have been into companies outside of London. In the period between January 2012 to June 2019, the combined amount invested totalled £1.26bn, at an average investment size of £9.6m. Notable UK scaleups in its portfolio include Oxford Nanopore, Circassia and Ieso Digital Health.

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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