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David Connell

Author of Government Review of SBRI , Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and Co-founder of Technology and VC Companies
Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge (Confirmed)

David Connell has 25 years experience of working with science, technology and venture capital companies, and is Chairman of Archipelago Technology Group Ltd, a physics and chemistry based technology development company based in Cambridge, UK. Since 2006 he has also been a part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, and has written extensively on company innovation strategies, the commercialisation of research, and innovation policy. He has given oral and written evidence to three UK parliamentary committee enquiries, and advised governments and political parties on innovation and procurement policies. David has campaigned energetically for the introduction of better innovation policies in the UK and is the architect of the UK Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), based on the successful US SBIR programme. The European Commission’s broadly similar SME R&D funding programme, introduced in 2014, is partly based on proposals he made to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science in 2009 and a subsequent presentation to the European Competitiveness Council. This is radically different to previous policies and worth €3.5 billion to SME’s over 7 years. He is a member of the NHS England SBRI Management Board.

  • Discussing STEM company start up strategies and the role of lead customer R&D contracts in bridging the valley of death
  • Minimising investor dilution and building major UK based companies
  • Understanding the role of Government as a lead customer and the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
  • Designing public sector programmes to contribute to the Industrial Strategy through the procurement of innovation: Lessons learnt from best practice in the public and private sectors