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Research project

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account – Survive & Thrive (£49k)

Project overview

Accelerating impact with Protolyst: Capturing and contextualising bite-sized atoms to improve research and investment knowledge.

Protolyst has been working with startups, accelerators and investors in the technology sector for the past year. They have helped companies and investors assess technical ideas and market opportunities from a variety of fields, including quantum computing, synthetic biology, AI, and advanced materials. Protolyst offers a knowledge management solution that helps startups and investors capture, contextualise and collate key insights across a team. This allows them to make better sense of the vast amount of information they come across in their work.


Lead researcher

Dr Nicholas Dacre PhD (Warwick), MSc, SFHEA, FAPM

Associate Professor Project Management

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Project Management: Exploring the transformative role of AI in enhancing decision-making and efficiency within project management.
  • Agile Project Management (APM): Investigating the adaptive strategies of Agile methodologies to enhance project delivery by promoting flexibility, adaptability, and rapid response to change.
  • Innovation, Technology, & Sustainability in Complex Projects (ITS Complex): Delving into the interplay between innovation, technology, and sustainability, and how their convergence advances the management of complex projects.
Other researchers

Dr David Baxter

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Innovation management
  • Agile 
  • Knowledge and learning in innovation

Dr Hao Dong PhD, MRes

Lecturer in Ops and Project Management

Research interests

  • Agile project management
  • Digital transformation
  • Sustainable supply chains
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