New EU trademark for SSC's Business JumpstartĀ® training programme

SSC is pleased to announce that it has been granted an EU Trademark for its Business Jumpstart® training programme.
Business Jumpstart® is a collection of courses that SSC have developed especially for scientists to improve their commercialisation skills.  
The Trademark is valid in all 28 member states of the EU, and allows SSC to market the training programme in a consistent manner across the EU. Further details can be found on the EUIPO website.

Pitching fit for a Prince

Chitopolymers, the SSC mentored start-up based in Glasgow. are through to the final stages of Pitch at the Palace
They are worthy winners of their heat and off to the Boot Camp in Cambridge next week.
This is a wonderful achievement for a company, yet to start operations but with an inspirational concept to take shells from langoustines and produce environmentally sustainable, antimicrobial food packaging for seafood - helping to extend shelf-life and reduce spoilage.

Chitopolymers SMART Award and Business Plan

Chitopolymers, the aspirational spin-out from Strathclyde have completed their business plan and submitted their SMART Scotland application with the assistance of SSC.
For the past 18 months SSC have been working with the scientific brains behind the project to identify the viable business opportunity within all their skills and innovative ideas relating to Chitin and Chitosan. The challenge has been to narrow the field to the directions with the greatest potential for creation of IP, for swift access to market and also greatest interest to the founders.
The result is pleasing. Chitopolymers will recycle and upcycle waste from the fishing industry, specifically langoustines, and create a new biodegradable and compostable biopolymer mix from which they will make food packaging that will extend the shelf-life of seafood reducing the waste from that industry. This will be done through a new biological fermenation process that will significantly reduce the chemicals and energy consumption of the extraction process.
And it has been equally pleasing to watch the evolution of the key-scientists into business focussed executives capable of taking their business forward.
We wish them luck and will be watching their progress closely