Our Services

Our team is formally qualified and has the practical experience required to assess the value of IP portfolios. We work with our clients to identify the optimum strategy for exploiting value.We are especially interested in opportunities for universities and research institutes to generate a commercial return on the IP their staff develop.We have experience of working with academic staff, commercialisation offices and spinout companies.

Our team has extensive corporate and new start experience representing a broad range of technology sectors. We provide hands-on assistance to start-ups, advising on marketing strategy, channels to market, negotiations and investment. Our IP knowledge is highly sought-after during firms' ownership and share distribution discussions.


Our proprietary process for undertaking commercial due-diligence combines both desk/online research and targeted consultations. It tests the firm's proposed "market offer" that is prepared jointly with the entrepreneur. Where appropriate, it incorporates an assessment of IP and positions the firm's offer relative to the competition. Where we find that a spin-out is not approripate or viable, we will identify whether the university can generate an Impact benefit through an alternative route.

We focus on the commercial benifit a spin-out can derive through the IP it controls and the pitfalls it should avoid. Our commitment to providing quality services on time and to budget has delivered strong consistent growth. This has been made possible by the enthusiasm of our people, their dlexibility and commitment. Our clients recognise these qualities with hight levels of repeat business, many establishing long term framework agreement with Z-ro Risk Ltd.

Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement

KE/BE STRATEGY

Our unique processes enable you to link your institution’s top-level priorities with practical actions. We utilise commercial value-assessment and value-development models to identify how to position your offer in the best possible .

KE/BE PROGRAMME DESIGN

OWe design knowledge exchange and business engagement programmes and can help with both funding applications and in response to calls for bids. We have extensive knowledge of the requirements of UK, EU and International funding sources.

KE/BE STRATEGY

Our unique processes enable you to link your institution’s top-level priorities with practical actions. We utilise commercial value-assessment and value-development models to identify how to position your offer in the best possible .

KE/BE PROGRAMME EVALUATION

We have extensive experience of evaluating EU Structural Fund support to innovation measures and universities' BE/KE(e.g innovative Actions, ERDF). When undertaking evaluations, we address both the 'cimpliance' requirements of funder's and the universities commercial/operational requirements where they are seeking to maximise the calue of the KE/BE to their institution.

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF)

We have assisted different Units of Assessment to prepare robust case studies. We ensure that these case studies are accessible both for the general and specialist reader, and are backed up by strong evidence. We work with academics to prioritise impact case studies based on strength of research, available evidence (reach and significance) and fit with research environment.

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