Archangel Informal Investment Ltd and the University of Edinburgh’s Business School recently completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Some of the outcomes of the KTP were five distinct tools to manage investment processes, three academic papers and an ongoing relationship with Archangel. The tools have already improved the efficiency of the company’s investment analysis process and are expected to have a significant impact on the company’s future competitiveness. KTPs allow a research associate to work on a strategic project for the business partner with supervision and active involvement from an academic.
Dr. Geoff Gregson of the Business School said the partnership with Scotland’s leading business angel syndicate has revealed important new insights on the lifecycle of angel syndicates, the role of angel investors in regional economic development and how Scottish angel syndicates compare with different international investment models. For the associate, Sacha Mann, the KTP provided valuable training and experience, resulting in a job offer from the company.
The ‘Archangel Speaker Series’ was launched immediately following completion of the KTP, with the first two seminars attracting more than 100 professionals from academia, industry and the public sector. Furthermore, three postgraduate projects linked to the KTP were developed along with a case study on entrepreneur-investor relations that will be used in postgraduate teaching within the Business School.
[photo from left to right: Dr Geoff Gregson, Business School and John Waddel, CEO Archangel]
This article was published on Apr 21, 2010