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Is there a future for High Value Manufacturing in the UK?

Two weeks ago, I was invited to the High Value Manufacturing 10th Anniversary conference. The series covered manufacturing and cleantech, attracting over 80 delegates, including some high-profile individuals such as the 2012 Nobel Prize (Medicine) winner – Sir John Gurdon, as well as the ex-Minister of Science and Innovation and current Chancellor of the University of Cambridge – Lord Sainsbury. I have known Lord Sainsbury for years, so it was nice to catch up with him and learn about his perspective on the current state of the economy.

There were a number of high tech companies from Cambridge and other locations at the conference. I personally presented a speech on ‘Investing in early-stage HVM gems’, and discussed the challenges of early stage investment. The presentation focused on opportunities that may open up for knowledgeable angels, in particular, the prospect for angel syndicates. I also highlighted some important investment factors, including: access to technical knowledge, business experiences, and required funding. Additionally, a good investor should consider the credibility of their co-investment partners. Naturally, this set a good platform to show the audience about the Qi3 Accelerator Evaluation process, and how this specific approach benefits early stage businesses. The presentation finished off with lessons learned from cohort analysis, emphasising a) the need for the team to show a credible business plan, b) realistic assessment of the technology, and c) the lead approach to business modelling.

Reflecting of the conference as a whole, it was clearly a meeting for cognoscenti. It will be interesting to see if it can influence and rebalance the UK economy and manufacturing industry.

Time for some quick due diligence?

There are so many investment prospects where I’m looking for some quick, independent feedback on whether the proposition makes sense in the wider market. Qi3 has recently introduced an Ask the Experts service to support investors undertaking due diligence, and entrepreneurs who seek to provide such independent evidence as part of their due diligence information.

The key when formulating this offering was just how amazingly interconnected Qi3 is with organisations and individuals in the innovation landscape.  The company has a huge range of access points to experts in a variety of domains.  So we’ve developed a strong but simple methodology to deliver this insight rapidly and at moderate cost.

Qi3 asked around and discovered that people would like to hear about 4-6 expert opinions accompanied with records of related conversations. They also like to understand the perspective of Qi3 in assimilating and consolidating the information. The desired time frame for such a service should be approximately 2 weeks. Obviously, the purpose is to provide an affordable service in this difficult climate, and a budgetary cost of £3,000-5,000 sounds good to most people I’ve asked.  Whichever side of a transaction you’re on, see how it can help you.

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