UU Innovation

Do you have an idea you want to develop?

We help researchers and students commercialise their ideas and results. With us you get professional support in the early stages of business development. Free of charge and confidential.

Who owns your research?

In Sweden we have a law called the professor’s privilege. It means that you as a researcher at a university or college own the rights to your research as long as you have not agreed otherwise. In most other countries, it is the employer, the university, who owns the research.

The professor’s privilege applies to everyone in academia who has research as their main occupation, graduate students as well as professors.

The professor’s privilege also means that you as a researcher have full responsibility for creating additional value from your research and results. UU Innovation is there to support you with this particular task.

Facts
  • In Sweden a researcher at a university or college owns the rights to their own research as long as nothing else is agreed.
  • In most other countries, it is the employer, the university, who owns the research.
  • The professor’s privilege applies to students as well as professors.

Mentoring programme that widens your horizons

Mentor4Research

Develop your network and learn about commercialisation

The mentoring programme Mentor4Research (M4R) is aimed at researchers at Uppsala University who are interested in learning more about the commercialisation of research and collaborating with the business community. It is a popular programme for scientists who want to widen their thinking and see what possibilities exist for their own research.

The programme is free of charge and is intended for researchers from all disciplines and subjects at the university. The programme includes mentoring in addition to lectures and workshops and offers rich networking opportunities, both within and outside academia.

Learn more about M4R

Develop your business model and sharpen your pitch

In the Value Creation Forums you will practice pitching your business idea. You get feedback directly from a specially selected panel. It is an effective way to strengthen your presentation and develop your business model before meetings with potential clients or investors.

In the Value Creation Forum panelists provide feedback from different perspectives, clarified by using different colored caps and goggles.

  • Green Cap sees opportunities and focus on strengths
  • Red Cap is problem-oriented and focuses on improvement opportunities
  • White Cap has investor perspective
  • Goggles symbolise the customer and/or user perspective

Value Creation Forums are an integral part of UU Innovation commercialisation support and are intended for those who received funding under the program Verification for growth.

100 ideas and 50 projects

Innovation in progress

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Every year, we meet a few hundred researchers and students who want to take their ideas beyond academia. We evaluate around 100 ideas each year and are actively working with about 50 projects to further strengthen their commercial potential. The projects are broad and driven by single-minded people with ideas who want to make a difference.

Learn more about a few of these innovation projects.

Case stories

A network that benefits you

To successfully commercialise ideas and research from Uppsala University, we work with a range of organisations in business and finance, not least in Uppsala, where we are part of a strong innovation support system.

Our focus is on the early phases of the commercialisation process. The ideas and projects that we support have often a long way to go before they reach their full potential in the market. Therefore, it is natural for us to involve other actors in the innovation system that can offer additional support, especially when a project becomes a company, and has paying clients and investments. As an example, we have a close collaboration with Uppsala University's holding company, UU Holding AB and we are a partner of the business incubator Uppsala Innovation Centre.

To provide the best possible support to students, we have a close collaboration with Drivhuset Uppsala who work to inspire, guide and educate students in entrepreneurship. Drivhuset can offer a workplace in an inspiring office environment where those who have started working on their ideas will can also build up a network.