CIS accelerator programme

Develop your research invention!

The CIS Accelerator Programme 2014 provides training, funding and mentoring to bring your research ideas and results to the next level!

Up to £50,000 per project are available on a competitive basis to achieve a licence agreement with a third party; an initial investment for a spin-out company; a joint development agreement with a third party; or funding for a larger development project.

This opportunity will be developed via a structured programme of support and a boot camp facilitated by experts.

CIS participants in the Accelerator Programme will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors who will select the projects to be funded.

The funded projects will develop a prototype that will be tested by end-users or customers. Queen Mary Innovation Ltd. (QMI) will support and facilitate delivering one of the fundamental aims above and making your idea a commercial success!

CIS accelerator programme
How to apply
  • Prepare a brief summary about your research idea where you highlight
    • the unmet need/market opportunity
    • the technology solution and
    • the expertise/people needed to implement your idea
  • Send your summary to Adam Daykin ( for a first feedback
  • Complete the on-line application [here] before 30 October 2014 20 November 2014
  • Participate in the boot camp in early December 2014
  • Pitch your idea in front of a panel of investors in January 2015
  • Successful ideas get funding and start the development in February 2015
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Plan Oct '14 Nov '14 Dec '14 Jan '15 Feb '15
Preparation and submission of application
Boot camp
Pitch presented to a panel of investors
Projects start

Boot camp programme
16 December 2014
8.45-9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00-9.10 Introduction to the day and overview of objectives - Andrea Cavallaro, Adam Daykin
Preparing an investment pitch

Adam Daykin
Adam Daykin
Patenting and IP

John Leeming is a Partner and Patent Attorney at J A Kemp. He has over 25 years’ professional experience and he prosecutes patent applications in the optical, electronic and software fields, with particular expertise in semiconductor device manufacturing equipment and processes. John’s clients range from large multinationals to smaller startups.
John Leeming
John Leeming
10.00-10.30 Coffee break
Software commercialisation

Christopher Gibson is the Technology Leader and a manager in IBM UK's Emerging Technology Services (ETS) team. ETS focuses on the identification and application of emerging technologies to solve business problems by developing novel technical solutions, and it fuses an understanding of the client's business with technical expertise to deliver compelling value propositions.
Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson
Why start-ups fail

Robert Steele is the CEO at Flamingo Sky. He exited his first business when he was 26. He experienced both the corporate and start-up worlds, and with a number of fund-raising rounds, successful and not so successful, he is well equipped to understand the pressures of both investing in, and being invested into when running a high-tech start-up business.
Robert Steele
Robert Steele
11.30-12.00 Question and answer session
12.00-12.45 Lunch
12.45-13.45 Pitches
13.45-16.45 One-to-one sessions
16.45-17.00 Wrap up and closing remarks