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A new report by the UK Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation (UCI) sets out in detail the reality of current UK university approaches to taking equity in spinouts to create an evidence baseline for policymakers seeking to investigate how to strengthen the UK research and innovation system to produce more ‘high-potential’ spinouts.

There is currently an intense debate amongst policymakers and others focused on understanding how best to strengthen the ability of the UK’s research and entrepreneurial innovation systems to produce more, high potential university spinouts able to unlock new sources of economic wealth and industrial competitiveness.

Recent discussions on how to improve the system have been dominated by a singular focus on the level of equity universities take in their spinouts, and whether this is conducive to spinout success and the ability of companies to raise external financing to drive their development and growth.

The report shows that this is misplaced, with claims typically levied at universities often misleading or overly simplistic.

Read the full report here.

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