QUBIS is the technology transfer and investment arm of Queen’s University. It has a track-record of over four decades in creating disruptive start-ups, helping commercialise cutting-edge technology from the University’s research-base, and generating investor returns from deep tech-based companies.



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Notable successes include: Kainos, Andor Technology and Fusion Antibodies, all of which have been listed on the London Stock Exchange. As the most active private seed investor in Northern Ireland, 75% of the top-funded deep tech startups in the region in the last five years have originated from QUBIS.

Our investment focus and expertise are in University Spinouts, and Spin-ins.  We also manage and heavily participate in the Innovate UK-funded ICURe programme, which we use to focus on the best opportunities emerging from the UK University sector.

Our website provides an overview of our team of investment professionals, and the current portfolio of investee companies, together with contact information. For further details please contact CEO, Brian McCaul via email: info@qubis.co.uk

We typically lead pre-seed rounds using either straight equity or CLNs and invest either alone or alongside other institutional investors and/or angel investors. We typically follow our money through subsequent investment rounds.

We have developed expertise in building early-stage teams, in structuring share cap tables to reflect both the inventive steps which created valuable IP, and to incentivise those entrepreneurs who are in the business full-time driving growth and value. Our team of investment professionals have experience of working with companies from pre-incorporation through to IPO and beyond and will bring those skills and experience to new investment propositions.

Our investments to date, reflect the research base of Queen’s University, Belfast. We have a burgeoning life science portfolio ranging from therapeutics, through vaccines to diagnostics, a NetZero grouping with carbon capture technology and e-fuel expertise and a growing software grouping with AI, cyber and digital transformation.


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