Owen Thompson, of venture builder Cambridge Future Tech, talks about how researchers need to focus not just on complex technical challenges but on solving real-world problems.

We have plenty of knowledge hidden all over the place, with potential for transformational change on important problems, but without the ability to commercialise and spread it out, we don’t get to benefit from it.

Owen Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Cambridge Future Tech, a deep tech venture builder, situated – as its name suggests – in one of the most bustling technology and ideas hubs in the world, joined the pod to talk about how CFT helps technologist founders get their ideas into the real world, often taking on the role of the business-minded founder, particularly at the earliest stages.

He talks about Cambridge Future Tech’s approach to helping entrepreneurs achieve commercial partnerships and success, as well as the work the company does to help corporates and other large organisations build out their own ventures.

He also touches on the ever-expanding applications for AI, machine learning and semiconductor technologies, how deep tech startups would do well to focus on solving real-world problems, and much more.

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Fernando Moncada Rivera

Fernando Moncada Rivera is a reporter at Global Corporate Venturing and also host of the CVC Unplugged podcast.