Stanford opportunity: the Triple Helix Workshop

Series at H-STAR Institute, Stanford University

“Silicon Valley, writ large, is at ground zero of … the adoption of a new wave of technology”
Doug Henton, CEO Collaborative Economics in San Mateo, San Jose Mercury News
16 December 2011

The Triple Helix Research Group at H-STAR Institute, Stanford University announces a new initiative that will be organized from 2012 at Stanford University: the Triple Helix Workshop Series. In the initial round, the programme will accommodate two five-day workshops on the theme “How to build an Entrepreneurial University”, one in Spring 2112, and another in Fall 2012.

The workshop covers a variety of lectures, panels, with innovation academic researchers and practitioners including Stanford staff, visits of Stanford University research centres, and tech transfer office, Silicon Valley firms, a rich social programme, including an Opening Reception, a Gala Dinner, a barbecue, wine tasting and gourmet lunch at a Napa Valley winery.

In subsequent years, the topics and number of workshops may be expanded, subject to participants’ demand and our organizational capacity.

The workshops can be an initial step towards establishing research collaborations with the Triple Helix Research Group at the H-STAR Institute and with faculty members and research groups across Stanford University. The collaboration is based on the conclusion of a Visiting Partnership Agreement with the H-STAR Institute (available at Details about the 2012 workshops are presented below.

For further information, please contact Dr Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, Triple Helix Research Group, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University (email:

We look forward to welcoming you at our workshop series!

Triple Helix Research Group,
H-STAR Institute, Stanford University
Professor Henry Etzkowitz and Dr Marina Ranga

2012 Triple Helix Workshop Series

Workshop “How to build an Entrepreneurial University?”
Organizer Triple Helix Research Group, H-STAR, Stanford University
Dates Spring and Fall 2012
Duration 4.5 days
Registration deadline 15 March 2012 (Spring Workshop), 15 May 2012 (Fall Workshop)
Customer University, research institute, government agency, professional association. The customer will perform the
recruitment and selection of participants, and will cover the workshop fee. The customer may also provide
the workshop organizers with the profile and specific interests of the participants, in order to include these
requests in the basic workshop programme.
Participants University managers, faculty members and professional staff, academic evaluation and accreditation managers
and practitioners, postgraduate students, tech transfer managers, regional and national innovation policy
makers and legislators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, business angels, etc.
No of participants Groups of approx 30-40 people
Workshop fee
(for a 30-40 people group)
US$ 90,000 (incl. all workshop materials, campus activities, visits, lunches, Opening Reception, Gala
Dinner, barbecue, trip to Napa Valley winery with wine tasting and gourmet lunch). Accommodation,
airfare, and airport transfer are not included. An additional US$2,500 will be charged for each additional
participant above forty people up to sixty. An advance payment of 50% will be made at the workshop
registration and the remaining 50% will be paid two weeks before the workshop.
Workshop recognition A Certificate of Completion of the Stanford H-STAR Triple Helix Workshop will be awarded to each
participant at the end of workshop.

Provisional workshop content
(Activities can be adapted to meet customer’s specific needs and interests)

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Building an
Innovative Region
University Helix Industry Helix Government Helix Social programme
Silicon Valley 101 (history, development stages, drivers, trends, comparison with relevant international high-tech conurbations) The entrepreneurial experience of Stanford University – lectures on:
• How to organize a tech transfer office?
• How to organize a research centre?
• How to organize an entrepreneurship programme for students (theory and practice)
• How to build a research group?
• How to build an alumni centre?
• Panel presentation of various Stanford University spin-offs (medical, engineering, etc.)
• Panel on venture capital and business angels
• Overview of US and California State Innovation policies and programmes (e.g. the SBIR Programme, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, etc.)
• Presentations of key federal and state innovation agencies and other stakeholders (e.g. Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Collaborative Economics
• Analysis of major innovation policy challenges, possible solutions
Visit to a Napa Valley winery, wine tasting and gourmet lunch
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Introduction to Stanford University (student recruitment, departments and programmes, integrated teaching and research, multidisciplinary research, libraries, commercialization activities) and H-STAR Institute (research centres groups and labs, opportunities for research collaborations) Visits to Stanford University Research Park, research centres, incubators, tech transfer organizations, libraries, Stanford Shopping Centre (as strategies for university development) Visit to a Silicon Valley high-tech firm, business accelerator, venture capital firm • Play the Triple Helix Game – Trilicious
• Wrap-up session
Opening reception Live performance by San Jose Opera artists Barbecue Live Performance by Tenorio & Jones Band Dinner on your own Gala Dinner at Stanford Faculty Club Live Performance by the Silicon Gulch Jazz Band

Google Policy Fellowship

Applications now open for the 2012 Google Policy Fellowship. The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist, and offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Applicants should be passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

• Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
• Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/ volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
• First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for ten weeks during the summer of 2012 (June-August). Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization.

Further details:

Special Issues

“Open Innovation in SMEs: An International Perspective on a Dynamic Approach to Contemporary Entrepreneurship”. Editors: Pooran Wynarczyk, Panos G Piperopoulos and Maura McAdam. International Small Business Journal 1–2 © The Author(s) 2011 Reprints and permission: sagepub. DOI: 10.1177/0266242611414854

“The Triple Helix in the economic development of cities, regions and countries”. Editors: Marcelo Amaral and John Edmondson. More information at

Dr Marcelo Amaral and his colleagues located mostly in Brazil are working on the Triple Helix Blog:

Research Results – Ongoing Research

“Mapping (USPTO) Patent Data using Overlays to Google Maps” Loet Leydesdorff and Lutz Bornmann

The paper describes a technique to use patent information available online (at the US Patent and Trademark Office) for the generation of Google Maps that indicate both the quantity and quality of patents granted at the city level. The resulting maps are relevant for technological innovation policies and R&D management because the US market can be considered as the leading market for patenting and patent competition. Quantitative data is made available by the mapping routines for more detailed statistical analysis, and the non-parametric statistics for significance testing are specified. The new mapping approach is explored for the cases of the emerging technologies of “RNA interference” and “nanotechnology” as specific examples. Perspectives for further developments of this technique (other databases and network analysis of co-inventions) are specified.

Jobs – New Openings/Project Collaborations

Please contact Dr Marcelo Amaral (, and Editor in Chief, Devrim Goktepe-Hulten (, if you are interested in announcements concerning jobs, collaborations, etc.