Connect to Collaborate

Identify & connect with potential partners to develop collaborative R&D projects.

Who is this programme for?

Connect to Collaborate is an output-focused programme designed for university academics and research staff from all disciplines who want to develop a collaborative R&D project with external organisations, but don’t have a partner.

Many academics and research staff don’t have the contacts, skills or confidence to engage with organisations in a way that leads to collaborative R&D projects. Connect to Collaborate guides academic and research staff from any discipline through a structured process to help them identify, connect with, and collaborate with companies, not-for-profits, NGOs or third-party/public sector partners.

There is also a 1-hour Taster Session on the 26th June from 12-1pm

Through the session you’ll also have an opportunity to create a personal “Connect to Collaborate” plan to get you started!  

I found the course very informative and enjoyed the opportunity to develop my own project in relation to the course material. I feel I have a template, based on the materials provided and the notes I made to develop a commercialisation opportunity in relation to my research

Dr Andrew Graham

Teesside University

How does it work?

The programme is delivered for a small cohort (maximum 20 participants), through a combination of workshops and group coaching sessions. 

Everything is applied to your situation, so you will be actively working on connecting with potential partnersThe programme is designed to create outputs that overcome specific challenges academics and researcher staff face in the context of engaging with organisations:

What are the programme outcomes?

Participants will realise a measurable change in their knowledge and confidence in critical areas that correlate to applying the innovation process to:  

  1. Personal Industry engagement & action plan.
  2. Increased number of contacts.
  3. Initial meetings with partners.
  4. Increased confidence in your ability to engage with potential partners.
  5. Better understanding of how to move from interest to grant funded project.

How is the programme structured?

The programme is delivered as a series of workshops, group coaching sessions and application activities. Participants should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per week on the programme.

There is also a 1-hour Taster Session on the 26th June from 12-1pm

11th September 2024

10:00 – 13:00 
In-person workshop

18th September 2024

13:30 – 15:00
Implementation Coaching Session 1

25th September 2024

13:30 – 15:00
‘Master the Meeting’ Online Workshop

2nd October 2024

13:30 – 15:00
Implementation Coaching Session 2

9th October 2024

13:30 – 15:30
Final Online Workshop

The coaching sessions will involve working with your peers to share activities, learnings and group-problem solve, while the workshops will focus on defining your ideal partner profile, developing a plan for resource-relevant outreach and outlining your next steps and how to access support for the next stage of your journey

Applications close 23rd August at 12 noon

Spaces are limited, so apply early to reserve your space on the programme.  

The programme is delivered by Skillfluence Ltd.

Skillfluence is a UK-based skills development company with a mission to help researchers deliver maximum socio-economic value from their research, while realising their life and career goals. Over the last 8 years they have worked with over 80 universities and delivered programmes for more than 20,000 researchers, academics, PhD students and professional service staff.

Meet the Trainers

Zach Sorrells

Zach is the Lead Programme Designer and CTO at Skillfluence, and has been working in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship for over 15 years.  He’s an experienced trainer, facilitator, coach and entrepreneur and believes in a disciplined, structured and systems-based approach to innovation and business growth. 

He has applied, or taught, this approach in a variety of roles with individuals, companies and organisations ranging from multi-nationals, SMEs, economic development agencies, universities, SMEs, angel investors, startups and high school students.

Joanne Haggerty

Joanne is an industry and innovation specialist who develops and delivers training with Skillfluence. With 20 years’ experience in building and growing businesses and organisations and working at the interface between industry and academia, Joanne brings practical knowledge of working with industry, multidisciplinary collaboration, and driving innovation. 

An experienced facilitator and trainer, Joanne has delivered over 500 workshops and loves the great things that can happen when people are given space and structure to develop their ideas and connect with others.

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