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UMI 3 Inspire... Invent... Innovate UMIC ® UMIP ® Intellectual Property Commercialisation The Innovation Centre UMI 3 The University of Manchester I 3 Limited www.umi3.com On Monday 22nd June, UMI 3 and Graphene Connect held a Graphene investment event to coincide with Manchester's hosting of Graphene Week (22nd-26th June), the annual global Graphene conference. Graphene Connect is the industrial workshop series within the Graphene Flagship aiming to connect academia and industry for future collaboration projects. Taking place at The National Graphene Institute, the event was an opportunity for the business and investment communities to find out more about graphene, its application areas and business potential, as well as creating an arena for SMEs and VCs to interact. Attended by over 45 delegates from the investment and SME communities, the programme included a series of presentations by graphene start-ups; 2-DTech, Bluestone Global Tech and Applied Nanolayers and VCs who have already invested in graphene-based businesses; IPGroup, InvestinFuture and MTI Ventures. There followed a panel session moderated by Richard Young of the BVCA with representatives from, Graphenea, FlexEnable and Haydale as panellists. The panel described their areas of business focus within the graphene market, discussed the risks of market entry, gave valuable insights on funding alternatives, and explored the potential of graphene in a variety of applications. A matchmaking and networking opportunity enabled delegates to connect and discuss graphene projects of interest. CNM Technologies, XEFRO, CrayoNano, NanoXplore, Hubron and Find&Fix pitched their business case to the investors present. Helena Theander, Innovation Deputy of the Graphene Flagship, commented: "We had a very inspiring day. Several of the participants gained new valuable contacts for further graphene related co- operation – thereby fulfilling the aim of the event." Welcome to our bi-annual e-newsletter featuring news from our Technology Commercialisation (UMIP) and Innovation Centre (UMIC) divisions GRAPHENE WEEK ATTRACTS INVESTOR COMMUNITY AND SMES TO THE NATIONAL GRAPHENE INSTITUTE National Graphene Institute

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