Innovation to market is the journey of the Technology Transfer process. Converting scientific findings from research institutions and universities into marketable products with the help of the private sector.
Basic research results on which technology development is based require further development to be economically relevant and of use to industry and the general public.
This process usually requires large amounts of funding and a long-term commitment from investors .
The transfer process can involve the establishments of new companies (spin-out companies/start-ups) and various forms of collaboration between universities, research organizations, industry partners and specialized TT funds which could be acquired through research contracts, licensing or sale of intellectual property.
In South Africa commercialiation of publicly funded research is governed by the IPR Act which mandated the establishment of the TTO. Innovus, is the established TTO of Stellenbosch University.
The TTO is continuously in search for funding for projects, technology development or investment into the young start-up companies.
Development funding is typically required for
Raising Capital from Investors
The TTO also facilitates and actively seeks fund-raising activities of venture capital, private equity and similar alternative investment funds.