How Oxford is preparing students for entrepreneurial life
There can’t be a university in the land that hasn’t spent the last decade or so encouraging its researchers to spin out their cutting edge work into tech startups.
The journey looks something like this. A group of researchers make a breakthrough in the lab – let’s say in a field such as A.I. or robotics – and identify a commercial opportunity. Before too long – aided and abetted by the university – at least some of them will create a company, do a deal around the intellectual property and relocate to a science park. If all goes according to plan, the newly formed venture will turn exciting science and technology into a saleable product. Along the way, the team may take advantage of university-funded incubator or accelerator programs.