Working with startup clients

Start-up businesses play a very important role in science and technology innovation. Sagentia Innovation is proud to work with creative, inventive early-stage organisations to help bring products and technologies to market. We can work with you wherever you are in the funding cycle and at every stage of the innovation process from landscaping to consumer behaviour to device development.

Pre-funding / pre-spinout

We can work with you to help generate the data to support your business model and technology validity in advance of fundraising. Our clients are typically academic groups who have not yet formed a company but rely on academic grant funding, or early stage bootstrapping start-ups. Project work at this stage is focused on opportunity discovery and initial technology feasibility testing.

Early stage funding

Having understood the status of the technology, we can assist you in developing robust but flexible product development plans to present to investors to support early stage fundraising. We also take part in industrial consortia as appropriate. Following seed funding, we can help you further demonstrate product feasibility through concept generation and proof of principle prototyping and testing.  At the same time, we help to demonstrate commercial attractiveness through user research and intellectual property analysis.

First round funding

Having worked with you to test and prove your product, we can then provide full turnkey product development services, from detailed design, through to full prototyping.  At every stage along the way, focus is driven by funding milestones and our commercially pragmatic team will help you to manage investor expectations.  Our advisory team can also support you in determining your approach to commercialisation and exit to help achieve the best long-term outcome to meet their goals.

Second and further round funding

During 2nd/Series B and further funding rounds, our work is focused on growing your operational capabilities or helping you to formalize your quality system, integrate knowledge into your growing internal team, source a contract manufacturer and transfer the design to manufacture. Work here includes verification and validation testing, evaluating cost models, supporting manufacturing ramp-up and advising on manufacturing processes. We also ensure you have a flexible and transferable quality system.

Why Sagentia Innovation

  • Our unusual combination of science and technology skills coupled with sound commercial judgment
  • Our track record in bringing commercially successful products to market on time and on budget
  • Our curiosity, passion and collaborative approach in approaching new development challenges
  • Our flexible business model and client-friendly attitude to IP ownership
  • Our expertise across the entire product development lifecycle
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