The solutions to many of the world’s pressing problems sit within the publicly-funded research base. Whilst governments spend approximately £300bn on research each year to solve these problems, the outputs go largely unexploited. This is particularly true for research addressing issues of global poverty which is perceived to have marginal commercial value and fails to attract the resources needed get to market. Based on our insights into need, we actively scout for research outputs that address market opportunities. By linking technologies to market need, we turn the technology transfer process from one of “technology push” to “market pull”. We then create and nurture social enterprises to drive adoption of the technologies and so unlock social and commercial value.