Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK – the UK’s national innovation agency – also addressed delegates. Indro has a hugely successful career, leading innovation and technology commercialisation in businesses of all sizes across the world, from publicly listed and multinational corporations to new venture and private equity backed technology companies. Indo has extensive experience of leading fast-growth start-up and spinout companies.
Despite the many challenges presented over the last two years, the UK’s KTP programme continues to go from strength-to-strength. Approaching its 50th year, the programme is the longest such initiative in the world, consistently delivering innovation and growth.
KTPs are a shining example of what can be achieved when industry and academia join forces; demonstrating the relevance of research activities to, and applicability in, world-leading industries and businesses.
Dr Stuart McKay, Senior KTP Manager at UWS, said: “Dream, believe, achieve, was the theme. We have hopefully inspired delegates to dream, highlighted the power of believing in yourself, and given them the tools and techniques to help them achieve – both in their KTP projects and future careers”.
KTPs are a flagship programme from Innovate UK and form a collaboration between a business, an academic institution, and a graduate. The graduate is employed by the academic institution as a ‘KTP Associate’ who works full-time at the business involved, under the guidance of an expert academic team. This three-way partnership forges strong ties between industry and academia and helps to deliver solutions to real-world problems.