Matthew Wahlrab

CEO at Rapid Alpha
Ranked in Brokering, Defensive patent aggregation, Finance, IP auctions, IP management consultancy, IP-backed lending, Licensing, M&A, Technology transfer, Valuation
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A trailblazing IP professional, licensing expert and entrepreneur, Matthew Wahlrab stands tall as one of the most innovative minds in the global patent and innovation space. He sees business opportunities that others miss and is ready with strategies and tools to help his clients take full advantage of them.

Matthew Wahlrab's Profile

Matthew Wahlrab is a pioneer and leader in innovation management as a service and a globally recognised IP adviser. As founder and CEO of multinational corporation Rapid Alpha, Mr Wahlrab developed a proprietary process that brings rigour to how companies evaluate investments in emerging technologies. The result is an industry-defining competitive advantage report that identifies strategic buy, build, partner and invest opportunities.

The process is proven by its adoption by some of the largest multinationals. It breaks down internal silos and brings together the right blend of internal technical expertise and outside validation of emerging technology. This multidisciplined approach – captured in Rapid Alpha’s proprietary software – gives innovators the confidence and focus that they need to transition from ideas to products. The result is sustained competitive advantage.

Through his work at Rapid Alpha, Mr Wahlrab brokers tech transfer and partnership agreements between leading universities, corporate think tanks, scale-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. These transactions give innovators access to game-changing technology while Mr Wahlrab’s strategies create opportunities for stakeholders to break from their silos and deliver new technology to the market with speed and purpose.

Mr Wahlrab has been recognised by IAM 300 five times and has won the Intellectual Ventures President’s Award for his pioneering work in licensing. As an entrepreneur he has exited one company. He also brings his experience as an author to Kieretsu Capital’s Exit Workbook (a guide for exit planning for start-ups) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Guidelines on Intellectual Property. Mr Wahlrab’s expertise with new business models has helped him place more than $125 million in investment capital into successful business ventures. He has ghost drafted and prosecuted hundreds of utility applications, sold more than 2,000 patent assets, negotiated more than $60 million in new licensing revenue, and managed IP portfolios as large as 5,600 assets. He is an adviser to venture capital firms, co-author of the Keiretsu Capital Exit Workbook, a contributor to the ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap, as well as being a keynote speaker.

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