British Innovation Fund

Disruptive innovation is a priority for anyone seeking growth in today’s investment climate. Milltrust clients receive privileged access to thoroughly vetted opportunities across a range of risk/return profiles.

Despite British universities being consistently high in global rankings, Britain has historically struggled to raise sufficient capital to commercialise this world class research. The British Innovation Fund supplies capital to support early stage spin out companies forming as a result of this research. The Fund invests into leading British University commercialisation companies and spin out companies emanating from these Universities.

KEY FEATURES

The British Innovation Fund recognises the world-class science and technology development that is being carried out in many of Britain’s top universities. The Fund nurtures impactful, early-stage companies – helping them reach their full potential and guiding them to world-wide recognition and success.

STRATEGY

The Fund carefully picks spin out companies from the established, in-house university commercialisation companies which the Fund has invested in – spin out companies that demonstrate a viable commercial business and are already generating revenue. This significantly reduces investment risks and enhances the probability of outsized returns for investors.

INVESTMENT PROCESS

1) The academics at the universities will bring promising IP and commercially reliable ideas to the attention of the university commercialisation company.
2) The eyes and ears of the experienced technologists and venture capitalists at the commercialisation company view these ideas and invest into the most promising opportunities.
3) The investment advisory committee of BIF assesses the recommendations of the commercialisation companies before deploying capital.

INVESTMENTS

Roslin Technologies

Roslin Technologies is the technology commercialisation company of the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute. Based at Easter Bush Campus, the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe, Roslin Technologies exists to deliver breakthrough commercial solutions in the Animal Health, Breeding/Genetics and Animal Nutrition space based on the expert agricultural research of the Institute.

Oxford Sciences Innovation

Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) is the commercialisation partner of Oxford University’s sciences departments. Its’ vision is to turn a thousand years of world-beating science into the next generation of world-leading companies by linking Oxford’s research to the best human and financial capital.

Pragmatic Printing

PragmatIC, backed by Cambridge Innovation Capital, is a world leader in the manufacturing of ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. PragmatIC’s unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits that are thinner than a human hair and can be easily embedded into everyday objects.

Attomarker

Attomarker, a spin out from the University of Exeter, is a digital health technology company which has developed a small, simple-to-use blood-testing device that can perform blood tests from a single pin-prick of blood, with results in around five minutes. This multi-patented technology collects the blood sample on a disposable credit-card sized chip which slots into a fully mobile device, docked to an iPhone. The iPhone camera visualises the blood tests which are then interpreted by the iPhone.

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