← Back to Team

Mike Herd

Executive Innovation Director

As a seasoned innovation professional Mike developed and led Sussex Innovation, a leading knowledge-based business incubation network for 20 years. In this role has supported over 600 early-stage businesses to develop new products and business models, to generate revenue, grow and pursue investment. He has also transformed the research commercialisation and student enterprise offerings at the University of Sussex. He has built relationships with investors, academics, funding bodies and technical experts across the South East, helping to maximise the potential of the region’s ambitious entrepreneurs. Mike has worked across tech sectors, from games and AI through to medical devices and drug discovery; he specialises in the identification of new markets and business opportunities for novel technology.

Mike has received the National Achievement in Business Incubation Award and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, in recognition of his ongoing efforts to foster, promote and support entrepreneurship.