Newman, Christopher D, Sturdy, Paula and Wilson, David R (2010) FormWatch Project: Management Summary Report. Project Report. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK.

Undergraduate computing students often produce high quality final-year projects with a
software product that has the potential to become commercially viable. It is feasible to
identify such projects by enterprise-aware academic staff during the projects' development.
The possibilities of these undergraduate project opportunities to produce commercially viable
applications and services can be further investigated under the University's Collaborative
Venture Fund.

Employing the project student, after the successful completion of the project, as a part-time Research Assistant is a cost-effective method of making further progress to commercial
exploitation. Additionally, it provides first-rate experience to launch a commercial
entrepreneur from the University’s undergraduate courses.

The ease of finding commercial partners, willing to incorporate the application into their
business and offer the service to their clients, was enhanced with the prospect of making an
application via the commercial partner for an award of an Innovation Voucher from Business
Link, Yorkshire, although in this particular instance we were unsuccessful.

The Proof of Commercial Concept fund provided by Yorkshire Forward is available to take
any identified idea that appears to have commercially significant attributes forward to the first stage of commercial exploitation.

The possibility of a commercially focused software engineering facility provides an opportunity for the University to provide campus based placements for able students to pursue projects designed to enhance the University’s services. This would not rule out undertaking projectsfor outside entities at commercial rates. This facility would need to be developed or an
existing facility enhanced or expanded.

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