Commercially Curious Accelerator Programme

Discover and define routes to impact

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

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for researchers in all disciplines looking to deliver socio-economic impact through their research. 

The diversity of perspective helps to create a rich and dynamic learning environment which can spark unexpected opportunities for collaboration.

This programme is ideal for researchers who are interested in accessing translational funding, developing collaborative R&D projects, pursuing licensing opportunities, developing a spinout, starting a social enterprise or simply exploring different routes to impact.


What do you learn?

The programme is designed to develop the skills and competencies most directly linked to delivering meaningful Knowledge Exchange, Commercialisation & Impact. Through the programme you’ll measurably increase your confidence in core commercialisation & KE competencies.

In this programme you will learn the key elements needed to work towards delivering real world, socio-economic impact through your research

Being officially part of this programme and gaining systematic knowledge about all these key areas has boosted my understanding of the whole commercialisation process and made me confident to pursue further work.

How does it work?

The programme is an interactive cohort-based programme that provides researchers with a platform for exploring opportunities for delivering socio-economic impact. Additionally, they learn valuable principles that can be applied to future projects.

The programme offers a blend of group working with peers, self-study to explore key concepts, application activities designed to apply principles to live projects as appropriate and guest speakers who share their experience and wisdom.

What are the programme outcomes?

Participants realise a measurable change in their knowledge and confidence in 9 critical areas that correlate delivering successful knowledge exchange, commercialisation and impact.

In addition to developing key competencies, participants have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned to their own situation, helping to advance a real project as appropriate.

Finally, through the programme participants actively expand and strengthen their network with other like-minded researchers and key support staff who can offer support and guidance.

Knowledge Exchange and Commercial Readiness Score



90% increase in knowledge and confidence

(Average of 62 programme participants)

Past participants experiences

Dr Eva Fernando Dominguez

Associate Professor, Archeology, Durham University

Why did you apply?
There is a huge demand for consultancy services including access to lab equipment and expertise in archaeological sciences. I was interested in the opportunity to look at a business model that focussed on sustainability rather than huge commercial income.

What did you hope the programme would deliver?
I wanted to understand if that type of model was possible.

Did it deliver?
Yes, I really loved the emphasis on validating your customers and understanding your market. I have used the tools to build a business case to secure support for a technician to support the commercialisation work I bring in.

Dr Linzi

Senior Lecturer, Electronic Engineering,
Northumbria University

Why did you apply?
I had started a technical development project with a view to commercialise but I had other ideas I wanted to evaluate with a framework.

Where are you now in your journey?
We have a number of ideas we are taking forward, we now have companies engaged and secured further funding to develop for particular applications. We have completed technical/commercial development projects and are looking at a patent filing.

What’s happened as a result?
It gave me the confidence to believe we could take it somewhere.

What was most helpful/memorable?
The collection of tools provided to us. They have helped me weed out the rubbish and focus on the good ideas.

Dr Ulugbek

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Northumbria University

Why did you apply?
It looked like it was for ‘people like me’.

What did you want to achieve?
An introduction to commercialisation, which it did. It taught me how to bring my early ideas up to a level to present them. How to speak about my ideas; how to explain them to non-engineers, how important that communication part is.

What’s happened as a result?
I’ve secured 2 rounds of funding for the initial idea I had, I have 4 priority ideas I am working on with the Tech Transfer Office. We are signing an MoU with an industrial partner and applying for Innovate UK funding for an industry-linked project. We are looking at the potential for a spin-out as a commercialisation route for one of the technologies.

Key dates for programme

Launchpad Session

April 18th, 12:30-16:30pm

Online workshop 1

April 25th, 9:30am-12:00pm

Online workshop 2

May 2nd, 9:30am-12:00pm

Online workhop 3

May 9th, 9:30am-12:00pm

Online workshop 4

May 16th, 9:30am-12:00pm

Final workshop

May 22nd, 12:30-16:30pm

Secure your spot

Spaces are limited so make sure to apply early.

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.
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