The Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘Leaders in Innovation Fellowship’ programme has benefited from Oxentia expertise over several years and three rounds of activity.

Oxentia, previously called Isis Enterprise, further strengthened its international presence over 2016, delivering technology transfer training and supporting entrepreneurship in 32 countries, and hosting visitors from 25 countries to Oxford.

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘Leaders in Innovation Fellowship’ programme has benefited from Oxentia expertise over several years and three rounds of activity. The programme aims to increase research and innovation capacity in emerging economies, and includes mentoring and coaching support that continues after the delegates return to their home countries. The Royal Academy of Engineering is a delivery partner of the UK Government’s Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official overseas development assistance (ODA), and aims to develop international science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Consultants from Isis Oxentia provide training in business modelling, leadership, finance, Intellectual Property, and regulation to coach fellows from the different Newton Fund Nations on how to present their technologies and pitch to investors.  Following each residential round of Leaders in Innovation training, the Oxentia coaches and wider team continue to work with the fellows remotely to support them in developing their skills and progressing their companies into success.

In the summer of 2015, Isis Enterprise provided intensive internship-based training and mentorship in research commercialisation for 75 leading scientists and innovators from Poland’s top universities. This training activity brought with it the opportunity to work closely with Cambridge Enterprise in supporting the Top 500 Innovators Programme which was created by Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education to help bridge the gap between academia and business in Poland.  The delegates received intensive entrepreneurship training and benefited from privileged exposure to real-life Oxford University Innovation projects whilst also acquiring practical experience in evaluating and marketing technologies, managing licence agreements, and creating spinout companies.  Furthermore, Isis Enterprise experts provided dedicated mentorship and advice on the delegates’ technologies and ongoing commercialisation activities.

Consultants from Isis Enterprise assisted scientists from the Industrial University of Santander in Colombia to commercialise a technique to remove water contaminants by synthesizing nanoparticles onto fibres from a by-product of Colombian coffee transportation. This relatively simple and cheap solution to local challenges using local resources provides direct benefit to society, and can encourage wealth creation from local entrepreneurs. As a case study, this project featured in a nanotechnology publication of the World Economic Forum.

In September 2015 Isis Enterprise’s international achievements were recognised in the presentation of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Oxentia – Oxford’s Global Innovation Consultancy plans to become an independent company later in 2017.

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