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Edinburgh spin-out wins major European research funding

Sofant Technologies Ltd, a University of Edinburgh spin-out company, has just secured a multi-million pound European research award to commercialise a revolutionary ‘smart’ antenna for use in mobile devices. The €1.97 million (£1.54 million) award from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme allows Sofant to develop its smart antenna to meet substantial international demand for […]


University of Edinburgh invests a further £6m in its own start-up and spin-outs

The University of Edinburgh has approved a £6m recapitalization of it’s in-house venture capital fund Old College Capital (OCC), which provides growth and development finance into companies associated with the University.   The Fund was established in 2011, with support from the University and its Endowment, and works in partnership with investors who are interested […]


University Investment Fund gives LiFi Spin‐out a Brighter Future

Old College Capital (OCC), the venture investment arm of the University of Edinburgh, has recently participated in the investment round for University spin‐out company, pureLiFi Ltd. OCC invested £250,000 in pureLiFi as part of a £1.5 million co‐investment with London & Scottish Investment Partners and the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) in a deal, managed by […]


Blackford Analysis: Academic Success in Switch from Bench to Boardroom

The transition from academic to entrepreneur by Dr Ben Panter, the CEO of Blackford Analysis, is a prime example of the success that can be achieved through the University of Edinburgh’s spin-out process. Blackford Analysis is a supplier of software products that speed up the comparison of medical images, saving the time of healthcare professionals […]


Investment in High Growth Potential

One of the main concerns of spin-out companies is financial support in periods of high growth. As one of the UK leaders in commercialising research and promoting entrepreneurship, the University of Edinburgh has recognised an opportunity to invest in its spin-out. In 2011 the University of Edinburgh established a fund called Old College Capital (OCC) […]