As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. The Academy provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. The Academy takes a lead on engineering education and invests in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. The Academy works to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. The primary objective of the LIF programme is to build the entrepreneurship capacity of engineering researchers within a number of Newton Fund partner countries to support commercialisation of their research-based innovation. The programme is aimed at researchers within those countries who are at the point of developing a business proposition for their innovation. The programme brings a cohort of these researchers – selected on the basis of the excellence of their research, the potential of their innovation, and their qualities as an applicant – to the UK. During a residential programme, each cohort benefits from a focussed period of training in entrepreneurship, time and access to expert coaches in developing their business plans, and the opportunity to work in teams on a genuine challenge or opportunity faced by a UK-based technology driven organisation.