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Rapid Innovation Group Portfolio On Track to Raise More than £15m

A recent survey of our portfolio of companies showed that, at the end of the third quarter, companies we are working with are on track to raise more than £15 million from equity, debt, and grant instruments. Credible evidence of commercialisation activities and its early success is critical to attracting capital from any source – funders need to be able to justify their decisions and deliver engaging narratives to their investors. In 2018 Rapid Innovation Group has worked closely with a number of its companies to raise capital from grant sources – we are finding an increasing volume of both…

Rapid Innovation Group Partner Founds Distributed Ledger Business

David Gates, partner at Rapid Innovation Group, has today founded a distributed ledger company to work on developing technology and practices to support the implementation of this exciting technology into chain of custody businesses. David’s work will be part funded by Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation funding agency, as well as an equity investment from a private company which is seeking to find a reliable vendor for this type of technology. The company is trading as Saffron Traceability, as is currently seeking chain of custody and traceability businesses that wish to explore this exciting new domain.

What is IP? And how to best leverage it?

We at Rapid Innovation Group are in the business of IP commercialisation. When we disaggregate that term, the most debate within the company, and a healthy debate it is I must add, is what does the term commercialisation mean. Is it sales and revenue generation at its most basic, or is it something far more fundamental than that? That’s a topic for another time and for someone with a little more nuance than me to tackle within our firm. Instead I thought I’d write about what we mean when we talk about IP. Historically at Rapid Innovation, IP has been…

Summer internship: the first week

It feels like yesterday I was searching for internships for summer. I wonder what it was that captivated me about Rapid Innovation Group- perhaps it was the use of “entrepreneurial” in requirements. Knowing me, it was probably “keen sense of humour”. Both haven proven to be true of the working atmosphere. It’s the beginning of day 5 at the office and here I am, writing a blog about my first week here. Truthfully, it already feels as if I’ve been here much longer than that. Upon reflection, I’ve realised just how comfortable I’ve felt in the office; there was no…

Rapid Innovation Group Company Reaches Agreement in Principle From Private and Public Investors

Global Traceability Solutions GmbH, the operator of the largest traceability network in the world, has recently confirmed an equity investment from a number of public and private sources. The funding will allow it to step beyond its core markets in timber and timber-related products into a number of exciting new domains in which it has secured anchor partners. More information is available from www.global-traceability.com

Now for your first task, I want you to…

Hi, I’m Sheikh, RIG’s shiny, new intern. Here’s my story: It all started with a late-night, prospective email from a sleepy undergrad, no doubt tired from all the procrastinating he did that day. Not 12 hours had passed and I was sitting across from David, still baffled he had caught the first train from London to come and interview me. Though if you ask him, he’ll have you believe he happened to have important business in my engineering department that day anyway. In any case, I did well to convince him, and Shields on a subsequent interview, of my many…