UK academics

In the UK, our New Business and Partnerships Team is typically the first line of contact between IP Group and inventors and partner universities/organisations. The team is passionate about new venture creation and business building and will consider a variety of models and routes to market to provide each new innovation with the best possible chance. In the US, we operate a similar close model with our partners there.

If you have an idea, a question or would simply like to know more, please contact us on We’d love to hear from you.

Why IP Group?

We pioneered the concept of the long-term partnership model with UK universities and have spent many years honing a unique approach to creating and building businesses and providing support along the journey from ‘cradle to maturity’. We are ‘hands on’, genuine partners and we aim to offer our portfolio companies all of the key skills we think are critical to success in addition to providing funds. These include executive search (IP Exec), who recruit experienced individuals to lead new businesses alongside founders and IP Group team members, IP Assist (business support dealing with the formalities and day-to-day realities of running companies), legal support, IP Capital (access to capital & corporate finance advice) and IP Impact, which aims to accelerate company growth by working with company boards to improve performance.

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New Business & Partnerships Team

The new business team operates across the UK with responsibility for assessing new ideas split both geographically and thematically to ensure the person with the right expertise deals with the opportunity.

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  • Peter Grant
    Managing Director, New Business & Partnerships
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  • Aidong Xu
    Director, New Business & Partnerships
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  • Lee Thornton
    Director – New Business & Partnerships
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  • Stuart Plant
    Director, New Business & Partnerships
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  • Simon Chandler
    Director New Business & Partnership
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  • Kate Rowley
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