KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TRG: ACTIVITIES IN 2015
In May 2015, a webinar was held on the Critical Success Factors in University-Industry Collaboration with Dr Bob Smailes from Gunn and Twynmore, and Ashley Stevens D Phil from Focus IP Group. This presentation focused on academic-industry research collaboration, particularly consortia. Two different but highly successful consortia were discussed to illustrate what can be achieved.
The webinar also introduced a new collaboration model that goes a step further by giving access directly to institution’s research results even at a prepublication phase. The risks and benefit of such a model were discussed.
ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITIES TRG AT THE CONEEECT INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Professor Yuzhuo Cai, the convener of the THA Thematic Research Group on Entrepreneurial Universities presented the THA and its work at the first Coneeect International Symposium on Entrepreneurship.
The first Coneeect International Symposium “Next Step into the future of Entrepreneurship Education” took place on September 10-11, 2015, in Berlin. Organised by the Coneeect partner ptj, it was a great success. It was an excellent opportunity for all Coneeect partners, faculty, and alumni to meet and share their experiences with colleagues from across the globe. In the presence of the European Commission (Simone Baldassari and Peter Baur), the OECD (Jonathan Potter), the European University Association (Rita Morais), Efer (János Vecsenyi) as well as the project consortium, and 130 enthusiastic participants, three successful project years were presented, and the symposium has seen the launch of the Coneeect Handbook 1.0, publishing innovative practical examples as well as the Coneeect Compendium, i.e. interactive video clips of entrepreneurship education.
UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP TRG WILL IMPLEMENT EU FUNDED PROJECT ON VIRTUAL INCUBATION
We are pleased to announce that the UIP-TRG recently acquired an ERASMUS+ Funded Project, Network of Multidisciplinary Ideation and Business Model Creation (NetMIB), which involves key THA member institutions from Italy, Greece, Hungary, Finland, Spain and USA. This two-year effort will enable the UIC-TRG to perform proper co-creation with potential stakeholders and expand its network of members.
The consortium which will be implementing the project is led by the Simonyi Business and Economic Development Center of the University of Pecs (HU), and is composed of five THA members: SEERC (GR), ESPAITEC (ES), Tampere University (FI), Fondazione Rosselli (IT), North Carolina University (USA), with the THA supporting the dissemination activities as associated partner.
The project aims to set up a virtual incubation programme by internationally connecting the HEIs action learning curriculum in the area of idea and business model generation, to support the implementation of products and services that will serve regional, country specific, or international needs, for all members of the knowledge triangle.
The direct target group for the project is universities that strive to achieve stronger Triple Helix relations and economic impact in their regions. The NetMIB will equip HEIs with a cutting edge, action learning teaching methodology and a toolkit that will allow them to establish their own Triple Helix model within their region, and also to connect to a vibrant, high quality network of entrepreneurial HEIs.
The indirect beneficiaries of the NetMIB project are: (1) students with marketable business ideas studying at the participating HEIs irrespective of their disciplinary area; (2) business students, who join the development of the business idea proposed by a fellow student to establish a validated business model; (3) faculty members, who participate in the incubation of student ideas as mentors or lecturers; and (4) business professionals, SME owners, nonprofits, public employees, who get involved in the development process as speakers, mentors, or judges, of the projects and receive new, creative impulses from the idea, or from the ideation process.
The NETMib project will commence at the end of 2015.
NETMib Project leader – Zsolt Bedo,
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Director of Simonyi Business and Economic Development Center of the University of Pecs