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The University of Southampton


The University of Southampton is leading the way in translating research discoveries into commercial successes.

In partnership with industry and government, we are changing the world for the better by enabling our researchers to take those important first steps into the business world, and helping businesses benefit from our research innovations.

The process of turning this research into viable products and services can be challenging, which is why we have a comprehensive range of supporting services and expertise. Our dedicated teams support both our researchers and business partners throughout the commercialisation process, whether that be licensing agreements, start-up enterprises, or spin-out companies.

Start up support

Start up support

Our SETsquared initiative can help you turn your business idea into a flourishing enterprise.

Intellectual property

Intellectual Property

Our portfolio of medical, biomedical, engineering and environmental patents is available for licensing to organisations.

Our spin-outs

Our spin-outs

We support our researchers in turning their innovation into successful, independent businesses.

If you are a current University of Southampton researcher looking for advice, we have a number of services to help you transition successfully into the business world on our portal.

Researcher portal

At Southampton our ethos is simple – quality attracts quality. By working with start-ups with really strong value propositions and technology, we can attract quality mentors, build experienced management teams around them and develop a clear funding plan for the venture.

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