In the face of the economic fall-out from the pandemic, innovation is vital. Being able to turn good ideas into a commercial success - at scale - can have a transformational impact on the wider economy. Scientists and engineers have been front and centre in providing solutions to the health crisis, but they will also play an essential role in the economic recovery.
However, even the most ground breaking of inventions requires investment to become a viable market proposition. That is why we have produced this guide - for ambitious, high growth SMEs like you, with the potential to generate revenue and create jobs. More than ever before, the economy needs businesses like yours to succeed.
The road to securing funding is not always clear, with various hurdles to overcome before winning the trust and backing of investors. Securing funding is fiercely competitive territory, as investors apply a forensic approach to identifying the risks and opportunities with each investment target.
Intellectual property alone will not likely secure funding, but a weak IP position could significantly impact on valuation - by as much as 70% in our experience - or see an investor walk away altogether.
Investors are looking for the most lucrative returns and if ever further evidence were required to show how IP rights can underpin investment and support a strong return, a new Europe-wide study shows that SMEs with intellectual property rights generate 68% higher revenues per employee than those who don’t.
This guide explains the five key ingredients that will put your organisation in the strongest IP position to attract and secure funding, distilled from our IP experts who have supported others through the funding process and understand the investor perspective.
We hope you find it useful and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.