Queen’s University of Belfast is renowned for its innovation strengths and has been ranked as the UK's #1 university for commercialising research for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Innovation programmes play an increasingly important role in accelerating the translation of research into commercial and societal impact.
Queen’s successfully delivers high-impact programmes across the island of Ireland, UK and Europe, for many of the key innovational agencies in those territories. From university focused research-to-commercialisation programmes, challenge-led programmes for specific sectors or scale-up innovation programmes for existing SMEs, Queen's, along with a vast network of partners, industry experts and mentors, is helping to build a innovation eco-system that is designed to tackle the urgent global, national and local economic & societal challenges we face.
Our vision at Innovation Programmes is to help researchers make an impact outside of the lab by bridging the gap between university research and the market. Our market discovery programmes are designed to support researchers refine and validate the commercial potential of their business idea, assess their product-market fit and receive feedback on their business readiness. We are passionate about building the foundations of sustainable businesses that will make a long-lasting impact on society.
PROGRAMMES NOW OPEN!
The Lean Launch Programme is a 10-week online course for UK-based postdocs and late-stage PhD students that takes the scientific method (hypothesis, test, evaluate) and applies it to business ideas, allowing you to quickly determine whether there is a market for products or services stemming from your oncology-focused research. Apply Now to grab the opportunity to receive up to £4,000 of funding to validate commercially promising ideas in the marketplace. Deadline: 22 September 2023
ICURe Discover delivered by: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way, is a 8 weeks part-time programme helping early-stage research teams to make the first steps into market discovery. Teams will receive support via a 2 day virtual boot camp followed by 8 weeks of early stage market engagement and discovery. Teams will learn about their potential market and gain deeper understanding of potential technology application. Apply before: 9th October 2023
Programmes Opening Soon
If you want to work upon skill development, get proper training for commercialisation or need help with funding opportunities, we have opportunity coming up the whole year. Please check them below!
Working closely with the Commercial Development and QUBIS Teams, the Innovation Programmes Team have offered multiple initiatives that have resulted in licensed opportunities, stimulated start-ups and scaled Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs). Take a look at some examples.
30 May, 2023
Re-Vana Therapeutics is a 2016 start up, a QUB spinout, developing innovative long-acting ocular drug delivery technologies. The technologies offer innovations on delivering drugs to the eye and so can improve treatment of unmet diseases.
10 May, 2023
AMPLY Discovery a QUB spin-out, using a proprietary in silico and in vitro hybrid platform to discover best-in-class molecules it is helping tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges such as cancer, MDR infections and metabolic diseases.
28 February, 2023
They have developed industry-leading, cutting-edge methods to detect substitution or food adulteration across the supply chain, focusing on developing methods to detect adulteration in high-value or volume commodities such as herbs, spices, rice
3 March, 2023
GenoME Diagnostics is a spin-out company from the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s University Belfast. It focuses on the development of novel tests for early detection of diseases, using an affordable and scalable platform.