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 - Mike Herd
Mike Herd has worked with hundreds of businesses during more than 20 years at Sussex Innovation. Mike won the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013, and specialises in connecting you with the people and resources you need to make your business fly. He can support you with:
  • Strategic Mentoring and Reflection
  • Introductions to investors, academia, funding bodies and technical experts

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Innovation Support Manager - Peter Lane
Peter Lane 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

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BRAIN Project Manager - David Porter
David Porter applies our funding to broker introductions between start-ups and larger organisations. David is an expert at building new strategic partnerships to help develop your innovation or act as a trial customer. He can support you with:
  • Making your Proposition Fundable
  • Networking and Partnerships
  • Accessing New Markets and Customers

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Our Testimonials

"Mike is great for keeping me in touch with who's coming into the Centre and having somebody to bounce ideas off and chew the fat with. That's been one of my key reasons for staying, my relationship with Mike. He's been really helpful over the years."

Justin Butler - founder, Ambiental

"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