Introduction

The PIPE is a unique pathway based on DLT and blockchain technology that supports university and TTO (technology transfer offices) with R&D/IP commercialisation and investment.

Companies created by universities as start-ups perform 4 x better than their industry peers. 90% of companies born out of universities are still in business and producing revenue in year 5 compared to only 20% of start-ups that do not have university connections? The average IRR on investments is 29% (2019 figures). The PIPE ecosystem is designed to enable the realisation of these benefits for academics, universities and investors.

The PIPE solution is comprised of three integrated strategies: (i) a corporate incubator to focus commercial action on Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing projects (“STEaM PIPE”), (ii) a decentralised investment vehicle (The PIPE Fund or “The Fund) and (iii) a decentralised Private Listing/Exchange (“PIPE”)

The overall ecosystem offers a decentralised solution for investors and innovative growth companies, combining the transparency and efficiency of blockchain with the trusted nature of traditional frameworks.

Administratively based in the EU and working from the UK & Switzerland, PIPE works with EU universities through a defined four phase process to commercialise R&D/IP projects to produce high value/high performing companies and to provide investment funds of up to €2m.

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