In September 2020, TenU launched TenU Hosts, a quarterly event series offering opportunities for policymakers, thought leaders and leading practitioners to hold conversations on topical issues such as Economic Recovery, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, International Investment, and Regional Opportunities. The series has attracted high-level representatives from governments, funding bodies, investment firms and universities. Many have attended all events, validating TenU’s approach and convening power.
In January 2021, TenU launched its website to formalise the collaboration’s presence in the technology transfer ecosystem and offer a platform to record the events and other developments. A high point, which increased TenU’s visibility across the EU and the English-speaking world, was the launch of the quick start guide on University Equity Stakes in Spin-Outs. The guide illustrates the complexity inherent in allocating equity in spin-outs in an easy and comprehensible way and offers up-to-date references for those wanting to delve deeper into these questions.
In the coming year, TenU will launch the TenU Future Leaders Programme, a highly anticipated training programme for mid-level technology transfer professionals from 12 TenU member and partner offices. Inclusive by design, the programme provides an opportunity to learn about each other’s offices and most successful practices in areas ranging from attracting academic inventors and creating graduate internship programmes, to closing the valley-of-death investment gap and offering founders choice of equity in exchange for technology transfer office support.
TenU is funded by Research England.