Innovative investment

Up to £4.5m has been committed to the Strathclyde Innovation Fund for investment in new technologies developed at StrathclydeUniversity.



The fund has the exclusive right of first refusal to fund all commercial investment opportunities that arise from the university’s intellectual property, and is thought to be the first of its kind at a UK university.



Investors include the fund manager, Braveheart, the technology commercialisation and investment management company, Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund, Strathclyde alumni and the university itself.



Braveheart and the University’s Research and Innovation Office will pool resources and expertise to help with the commercialisation process. The university will also use Braveheart’s network of experienced investors to act as non-executive directors to companies in the fund portfolio, providing them with advice on their corporate development.



The announcement follows the first closing of the fund. Investment commitments are over a five-year period and provision has been made for additional closings to bring in other potential partners over the next two years.



Braveheart has previously invested in four companies that have commercialised technology developed at the university: Cascade Technologies, Vibration Technology, PSI Electronics and Appshare.



Under the terms of the agreement, Braveheart will manage the fund and will pay 25 per cent of its fund manager’s performance bonus back to the university, providing Strathclyde with further direct benefit from the opportunities backed by the fund. The fund will operate for an initial period of eight years, extendable to 10 with agreement of the partners.



For more information, visit: www.strath.ac.uk/ri or www.braveheart-ventures.co.uk/