What We Offer Researchers
At Massey Ventures we invest in the research and innovative ideas that emerge from Massey University. We also provide wrap around support to help get your idea off the ground; including commercialisation advice, intellectual property protection, access to our network, and an opportunity to share in the success.
Early Stage Investment
Massey Ventures can invest up to $80,000 in promising early stage ideas to assist with developing a proof of concept, conducting market research and validation, and intellectual property protection.
As projects progress, we can also access upwards of $250k - $300k in funding through the pre-seed accelerator fund to further develop and launch your idea.
When it comes to commercialising University research or innovative ideas, the team at Massey Ventures has a wealth of experience.
We can help you with developing a commercialisation strategy, protecting your intellectual property, market validation, developing a proof of concept, and negotiating the best deal for your team and the university.
Intellectual Property Protection
Protecting the intellectual property (IP) is a key step in your commercialisation journey. Intellectual property can include patents, design registrations, trademarks and 'know how' (trade secrets).
Massey Ventures will work with you to identify any intellectual property and implement a plan to ensure it is protected.
Working with Massey Ventures gives you access to our broad network across the commercialisation ecosystem.
Our team are well connected with industry partners, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, and other University commercialisation offices.
Share In The Benefits
Massey Ventures works to ensure that your contributions, as the creator, are fairly reflected.
Benefits can include research funding, patents, industry partnerships, PBRF, a share of revenue, and shareholding in spinout companies.
Start Your Journey
Commercialisation is a challenging and rewarding process. We have the experience to make the journey smoother.
Start the Conversation
The first step on your commercialisation journey is to get in touch with our team. This is an opportunity to grab a coffee, discuss your idea, an find out more about commercialisation at Massey University.
Submit A Disclosure
A disclosure is a confidential outline of your idea, invention, or technology in its current stage. You can fill out the disclosure form online or get in touch if you have any questions.
After you submit an invention disclosure, an enterprise team member will organise a time to discuss the commercialisation journey in more detail, including what to expect in the following stages and to prepare you for the workshop assessment and presentation.
Following the 1-on-1 discussions, the enterprise team will invite you to present your idea for assessment. At this stage Massey Ventures can commit up to $30,000 in pre-seed funding to develop your idea further.
Once funding is approved, the enterprise team will assign you a project manager and work with you to develop a commercialisation strategy and guide you through the process. This may involve further research and development, building a prototype, market research, patent searching, and more.
Negotiate A Deal
The enterprise team will work with you to identify the best route to market and negotiate a great deal. This could involve a sale of the rights to use, a licence for use, or the establishment of a start-up company to apply the invention.
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