AgorIP success over the last five years!
February 15, 2022
By Ceri Jones, AgorIP Director
The AgorIP Project has helped the Welsh economy and innovation in West Wales to prosper over the last five years, during which time we have progressed more than 400 opportunities; helping to create jobs, protect Intellectual Property (IP) and bring innovation to the marketplace. Underpinned by the success of the last five years, the project has secured an extension from WEFO and Welsh Government to support all regions of Wales up to 2023, with a total investment of more than £20m.
Our excellent AgorIP team supports a range of key stakeholders including SMEs and large businesses, the NHS, and University academics, by helping them build a commercialisation plan and thereby bringing their innovation to life. AgorIP has worked with a range of amazingly talented entrepreneurs, academics, and health professionals. The project has helped progress opportunities through targeted support such as: product/market feasibility, the provision of expert support, proof of concept funding, prototype development, investment advice, and more!
The beneficiaries of our support are diverse and geographically dispersed all over Wales. For example, Gwylan explores various ways of helping schools to improve the well-being of pupils. The company has developed a software solution to enable pupils to manage emotional challenges which have directly impacted their education and wellbeing. AgorIP has supported them with the provision of expert advice on routes to market, product development, and commercialisation. The software was recently launched at the Children’s Media Conference.
We started working with LINPAC back in 2019, a multinational packaging company. The company has been seeking to innovate through product development in response to client feedback. Our excellent Swansea University academic has supported them by developing a new process. A new type of plastic packaging for raw meat which avoids the need for non-recyclable pads, meaning the whole of the packaging tray can now be recycled. The packaging has now been adopted by mainstream UK retailers, such as Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Dr. Rose Stewart a Clinical Psychologist, who works for the All-Wales Diabetes Implementation Group published a selection of books to help people living with diabetes, the books specifically concentrate on the psychological side of having diabetes. With so much interest in the books being available to purchase outside of Wales, we supported her in getting her book published. So not only are her books available for free in Wales, NHS England has purchased 300,000+ copies, plus the book will also be available worldwide in the next few months on Amazon.
We are working hard with NHS to appoint additional secondees within all the health boards in Wales. This will help us to accelerate the pace of innovation that is emerging from the NHS across Wales within a framework of collaboration.Innovation, NHS Wales, School of Management, SME Wales, Swansea University, WEFO, Welsh Government