The relationship between University and Industry developing innovation requires not only involvement, but strong commitment among the main agents as drivers of both spheres. The difference between University and Industry dimensions in terms of needs and objectives becomes an interesting challenge to overcome the difficulties in their link.

The Triple Helix Association UIP Thematic Research Group is fully focused in analysing and fostering the most effective and efficient integration between the University and Industry areas, in order to generate strong economy of knowledge by means of agreed methodology and strategic plan.

The goal of this document is establishing the first steps to define the strategic plan of UIP Thematic Research Group with the aim of providing the best tools to improve that partnership.


To become the best resource to plan and implement an effective and efficient University-Industry Relationship.

The main interest of the University-Industry Partnership Thematic Research Group (UIP-TRG) is to engage academics and practitioners in cutting-edge research of mechanisms and capitalization bridges that would enable proper co-creation with measurable outputs between university and industry in order to enable the emergence of more market oriented knowledge and products/processes than can be directly commercialized for the purpose of regional economic growth.

Together with industry, the UIP-TRG will constantly monitor and identify inefficiencies/blockers in relation to achieving the desired co-creation and will identify/propose solutions on how to overcome them. Additionally, by attracting research funding, the UIP-TRG will develop projects that will foster the implementation of innovative mechanisms for university-industry co-creation interaction, and through such projects, will develop pilot activities to test the proposed mechanisms.

The ultimate goal of the UIP-TRG is to make sure that the emerged practices and mechanisms will achieve their intended impact, and that industries will realize the importance of the co- creation process, and as such, industries will invest and make it sustainable on the long term.


The UIP-TRG aims to provide:

– Support to members to reinforce their UI relationship analyzing their status and providing the best tools and mechanisms (procedures, protocols) to improve their UIP experiences.
– Exchange Best Practices in UIP among THA members.
– Research state-of-the-art in UIP strategies and determine how
they can be improved.
– Disseminate THA and TRG activities (meetings, events,
conferences, publications and research projects) to encourage other members to join TRG.


Although the main target group of the UIP-TRG is THA members, the TRG is willing to invite other external parties to the group for the sake of sharing experiences and growing knowledge society.


In order of define the appropriate framework for UIP-TRG continuous improvements, UIP-TRG is collecting the UIP best practices performed by THA members by means of a interview script that will be shared among all the members.

The results of this interview will help UIP-TRG to determine the strengths and weaknesses, update the current SWOT, and establish the correspondent action plans to promote UIP in innovation ecosystems.


Currently, the UIP-TRG has implemented the following SWOT that will be updated based on the state-of-the-art collected from the THA members.
At present, the first version of the SWOT is as follows:



The UIP Ecosystem is formed by:

– Universities
– Research Centers
– Science and Technology Parks
– SMEs
– Big companies
– Incubators and Business accelerators.


Publications on the topic

– Ketikidis, P H, Taneva, T and Solomon, A. (2014): Boosting the Innovation Potential in the Metropolitan area of Thessaloniki through Triple Helix Interactions. In 7th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development. Nicosia, Cyprus.

– Ketikidis, P H. (2014): University Industry Government Interactions in Greece: Evidence and Strategies Based on the First Roundtable Discussion on Triple Helix Interactions. In Workshop on Entrepreneurial University, Engaged Industry and Active Government: Triple Helix Opportunities. Surrey, UK.

– Baresel-Bofinger, A, Ketikidis, P H, Zaharis, N and Kandiliari, F. (2014): Fostering Cross-Border Early Stage Funding for Innovative SMEs in the Region of South-East Europe: The case of the VIBE project. In 7th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development. Nicosia, Cyprus.

– Ketikidis, P H and Ververidis, Y. (2015): A Risk-Taking Model of Entrepreneurial University Internationalization: the Case of CITY College. In 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Genoa, Italy.

– Bertolin, J A. (2015): The Essence of Co- in Innovation Generation: Living Labs in University Environment, Hélice / Volume 3 (2014) / Hélice Issue 4.

– Bertolin, J A, et al. (2012): “e’LivingLab: The Science and Technology Parks and Living Labs binomial as Innoconnectors for SmartRegions creation”, IASP 29th World Conference, Tallinn 2012.

Meetings, Events, Conferences, and Workshops attended or organized (and some details):

– Attendance at the Congress “Clustering” organized by University of Valencia (Juan A Bertolin presented in a specific workshop session the PhD related to Areas of Innovation)

– THA Greece Members (EMETRIS): Workshop with URENIO regarding the specific actions that UI should plan to implement under the RIS3 strategy in Central Macedonia

– The THA Chapter of Greece successfully co-organized a workshop on ‘Horizon2020: SME Instrument’. The event took place in Thessaloniki, Greece on 24 April 2015. Over seventy participants from various backgrounds and industries were trained on how to access EU funds dedicated for SMEs towards boosting the innovation capacity of SMEs and

– The THA Chapter of Greece participated to the Conference on ‘Education, Innovation, Entrepreneurship’. The event was organized by Alexander Innovation Zone S.A. and the Greek- American Chamber of Commerce and took place on 27 April 2015 at NOESIS Technological Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference brought together experts from the fields of innovation, education, and business, and offered an excellent opportunity for a productive public forum on the connection between education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The event’s panels hosted representatives from local administration, business, and educational institutions.

Participation and membership in affiliated societies that also contribute to the TH agenda:

– SEERC and THA Greece have established the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN).

– SEERC and THA Greece are integrated in the Alexandria Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki (a University-Industry Collaboration and Start-up Hub).

– SEERC and THA Greece are integrated in the I4G (Incubator for Growth) Network where university-industry and start-up endeavours are developed.

Research projects – undertaken and on-going:

– Juan Bertolin: PhD studies on the topic: “Science-Technology Parks as agents that promote Territorial Development within the Ecosystem of Innovation Areas” in which the UIP is part of the Area of Innovation definition supported by the TH Model III.

– THA Greece Members (EMETRIS): the Dragonstar project where we are accessing the future of cooperation between EU and China in the innovation landscape of 2025.

– THA Greece Members (EMETRIS): We are participating in research on how the Interreg program of Greece-Bulgaria is affecting the RIS3 strategy of both regions. One of the main subjects under this project is UI relationships (how they specifically form ventures to cooperate in the region) and how the Triple Helix stakeholders are involved in such projects (goals, actions, budgets, investments, spill over effects etc)

– THA Greece Members (SEERC): STARTIFY7 Project (the Startify7 aims to connect existing ICT entrepreneurial ecosystems, enact team-building approaches in young ICT entrepreneurship training, and, avoid linear and un- contextualised training processes.)

– One key achievement of the UIC-TRG was acquiring an ERASMUS+ Funded Research Project (Network of Multidisciplinary Ideation and Business Model Creation – NetMIB) which involves key 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. view=project&layout=details&id=59


The following main tasks are considered in the TRG-UIP workplan
for 2016:

1. Identification of European Project calls where the main objective is promoting the relationship between knowledge centers (such as universities) and SMEs.

2. Identification the main conferences/events where TRG-UIP can submit papers that will introduce the strategic plan of the TRG inside THA and the main strategies to foster the interrelationship among both innovation ecosystem agents.

3. Meetings among TRG members to discuss the TRG strategy and to share experiences and obtain proposals to reinforce the TRG.

European Projects:

Some European Projects (H2020) have been presented related to R&D competences of SMEs and Technology Transfers among SME and Universities. As soon as they are approved they will be included in this section.


In order to keep the communication channel open among all the TRG members, it is expected to:

– Hold virtual meetings (via Skype) with all members once every four months

– Face-2-face member meetings in a determined location once a year.


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