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Young Director of the Year joins UMIP.

26 Feb 2009

Imran Hakim appointed as Director of Entrepreneurship.

Imran Hakim

Imran - The Institute of Directors' Young Director of the Year, 2008 - will be working with UMIP to enhance the University’s spin-out company and licensing activities and to encourage intellectual property entrepreneurship at the University.

A graduate of the University and an optometrist by profession, he runs a successful group of independent practices in the North West. He has also run a separate and diverse portfolio of businesses and projects since the age of 16. His interests run from turning around loss-making companies to negotiating complex licensing agreements. He has won countless business awards over the years in recognition of his numerous endeavours.

He became nationally known as one of the most successful winners of investment on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den working with Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis. His innovative iTeddy product – which has already generated millions - is now available in over 40 countries worldwide.

Imran said that his developing interests in investing capital into start-up companies and in raising the profile of entrepreneurship in Britain makes the appointment a perfect match for him.

The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited (UMIP) is the managing agent of The University of Manchester for intellectual property commercialisation. UMIP is wholly owned by The University of Manchester and has over a 20 year history of IP commercialisation and is a limited company of over 35 employees.

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