Strategy and Business Modelling

Sussex Innovation's senior team are highly experienced at thinking creatively about business models, being open minded and spotting opportunities to improve your concept. Maybe you need help bringing strategic insight and focus to your ideas, introductions to industry contacts and expertise, or support with securing investment and grants to take things forward. Whatever route helps you to maximise your business opportunity, we understand the true challenges and pressures of making a disruptive idea successful.

Our Strategy Team

Executive Director - Nigel Lambe
Nigel Lambe - Executive Director
Nigel has experienced the many different sides of the business world - as a multinational CEO, start-up entrepreneur and non-executive director. He specialises in offering the strategic direction to raise funding, increase profits and ultimately grow your business. Nigel can support you with:
  • Strategic Mentoring and Reflection
  • Introductions to investors, academia, funding bodies and technical experts

Talk to Nigel

Innovation Support Manager - Peter Lane
Peter Lane - Innovation Support Manager
Pete helps innovators to identify the true value of their ideas, and works closely with the University to find marketable commercial opportunities for technical or academic innovation. Peter is great at conceptualising new business concepts and where they fit, and can support you with:
  • Business Modelling workshops
  • Research Commercialisation
  • Licensing and Partnerships

Talk to Peter

BRAIN Project Manager - David Porter
David Porter - BRAIN Project Manager

David Porter is a former financial engineer with an MSc in mathematical modelling from Oxford, but he’s about much more than numbers - he’s spent more than 20 years on all sides of the investment table, as a founder, investor, employee and consultant. David uses all his experience to translate innovative ideas into financially sustainable and investor-ready plans.

As a keen cyclist and father of two, David loves the great outdoors, and is very conscious of the damage that humans do to our environment. He's driven by a desire to apply his skills for constructive change, and leaving a positive impact on the world by realising the potential of cleantech businesses. He's most proud of his work with Heatcatcher, project managing the UK’s first industrial 'waste heat to power' system to generate carbon-free electricity equivalent to that used by 1,500 homes.

David's calm and measured approach, no-nonsense advice and eye for detail make him an invaluable source of honest feedback about what business owners need to hear. Speak to him when you want to assess whether your plan is robust enough to stand up to scrutiny.

Talk to David

Our Testimonials

"It's like having a team of non-exec directors on your board - to me that's what it was. When you come to Sussex Innovation, they do everything that those non-exec directors are supposed to do."

Mark Bailey - founder, Sciensus

"I'm not a Sussex native, but the Centre has been extremely helpful embedding me in the entrepreneurial network down here... a direct reference led to one of the investors that we now have in the business."

Graeme Cox - co-founder, Emteq