Coaching recommended that the senior management team attends a ‘Design Thinking Workshop’. Oxford Innovation adviser Lukasz Liebersbach facilitated the workshop which introduced the company to the principles of human centred design.
Coaching outcomes from Oxford Innovation have resulted in winning 2 grant bids from Innovate UK and EU H2020 totalling £500k.
We have had a mindset change through working with Oxford Innovation, and we’re very pleased with our newfound focus and confidence, said Simon Jacques, Finden’s managing director.
As a result of coaching Oxford nanoSystems has seen an increased headcount from 3 to 16 employees, with a structure in place to actively manage its intellectual property. Overall there has been a remarkable shift from a ‘state of owning technology’ to a scaling business with customers.
Through our investor readiness advice and introductions to investors, Learning with Experts has walked away with much needed funds and gained an experienced chairman.
In order to scale production, the company needed more cash, a winning strategy and help with managing its Intellectual Property.
Oxford Innovation’s support increased the confidence in the team to look at strategic business issues alongside technological developments, and focus on the importance of values, vision and purpose, rather than just R&D.
It feels like Oxford Innovation have not only been mentors but also have our interests at heart in pointing us to other opportunities in terms of further fundraising and assistance in moving us forward on our commercialisation road map.
We are more aware of the existing IP assets in the company and how to best protect those being developed as part of our future R&D roadmap.