Knowledge exchange for start-ups

Personally, I find it very satisfying to play a small part in helping a new business grow from the kitchen sink to a manufacturing plant with products on the supermarket shelf.   When working with academics, my advice to start-ups is:

  • Be open with academics about what you want to solve – often they can solve the unexpected.
  • Academics enjoy teaching and love a keen student (wherever they are from).  Learn as much as you can by asking questions,  and read up from books and literature.
  • Set clear goals when specifying a project and make sure you understand which parts of a project are exploratory and which parts can be achieved.
  • Expect to receive regular presentations to review progress and a final report.

(Email me if there is any advice you think I have missed!)

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