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The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


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University of Debrecen www.unideb.hu Prof. László Mátyus free-project@unideb.hu Tel: +36 52 518-640 Fax: +36 52 518-640

Amitié www.amitie.it Pier Giacomo Sola pgsola@amitie Tel: +39 051273173 Fax: +39 0516560416

Municipality of Velenje www.velenje.si Rok Matjaž rok.matjaz@velenje.si Tel: +386 3 8961 544 TechnoCenter at the University of Maribor www.tehnocenter.uni-mb.si Anton Habjanič, Ph.D anton.habjanic@uni-mb.si Tel: +386 2 23 55 365

Centuria RIT www.centuria-rit.com Chiara Pari c.pari@centuria-rit.com Tel: +39 0547415080 Fax: +39 0547313291

Klimentovská a. s. www.klimentovska.as Petra Jirásková petra.jiraskova@klimentovska.as Tel: +420 777 738 777 Multipurpose Union of Kecskemét and its Region www.aranyhomok.hu Dr. Sándor Lakó lako.sandor@aranyhomok.hu Tel: +36 30 4635320 Fax: +3676 850020

Published in April, 2010 http://free.unideb.hu The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


1 Contents

Project FREE

2

IT

We Tech Off

44

Guidelines

3

CZ

Business Incubators

46

Criteria for Quick Assessment of Each Service 4

HU

University of Debrecen Technology Transfer Office

48

EU

The European Investment Fund

50

SLO

Business plan 1.4

52

IT

F1RST

54

HU

Darinno

56

CZ

The R&D Information System

58

EU

The Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) network

60

EU

The Enterprise Europe Network

6

HU

Gábor Baross Programme

8

IT

Patent Monitoring

10

SLO

e-VEM

12

CZ

Innovation vouchers

14

HU

Regional Innovation Agencies

16

EU

PRO INNO Europe®

18

SLO

Young Researchers in the Economy

20

HU

CZ

PatLib Centre Debrecen

62

Brokerage Events

22

SLO

HU

I Have an Idea!

64

Incubator House for the Future!

24

IT

IT

R2B Days and R&D Days

66

Research by commercial, technological and scientific partners

26

HU

DEAK

68

EU

The Enterprise e-Services Portal

28

EU

esp@cenet

70

SLO

The Best Researcher Competition

30

CZ

Technology Watch

72

HU

Regional Knowledge Centres at Universities 32

HU

Bioincubator Centre Debrecen

74

IT

Technology Transfer Day

34

SLO

A business plan that attracts investors!

76

CZ

Clusters

36

IT

Technology Foresight Study

78

EU

Innovation Europe

38

EU

CORDIS

80

HU

Micro Credit Program

40

HU

GAMF

82

SLO

Start:up Slovenia

42


PROJECT FREE

2 FREE intends to contribute to regional development in Central Europe by setting up innovation systems capable of bridging between technical experts, researchers, entrepreneurs and regional and national authorities. The capacity of regional actors to turn knowledge and skills into sustainable competitive advantage is crucial to regions’ economic performance, as innovation is most effectively addressed at regional level, where physical proximity fosters the partnership between actors. The project’s general objectives are: to stimulate technology transfer and knowledge exchange mechanisms; to foster access to scientific knowledge and the use of already existing knowledge; to set up and intensify the applicationoriented cooperation between R&D and industry.

Innovation Services Guidebook gathers good practices, which are aimed at academia, SMEs or both, in project partners’ countries and also on the EU level. Principally, it serves as a reference material to 'mediators of innovation' during training sessions and pilot projects. With analyzed transferable aspects and innovation features one can consider adopting good practices or improving already existing services. Other activities, which complete the project’s mission, are: creating Innovation Systems Guidebook; setting up R&D Yellow Pages with data on R&D results in the partners’ regions; establishing a network of ‘mediators of innovation’, i.e. individuals with a set of interdisciplinary competences able to support the transfer of knowledge; elaborating training modules and organizing training in each project partner’s region regarding innovation support; issuing the Patent and Technology Newsletter; organizing the Technology Transfer Day. Project activities will end in June 2011, with outputs ready for adoption and further development. Project partners: University of Debrecen (Hungary), Municipality of Velenje (Slovenia), TechnoCenter at the University of Maribor (Slovenia), Centuria RIT (Italy), Amitié (Italy), Klimentovska PLC (Czech Republic), Multipurpose Union of Kecskemét and its Region (Hungary).

A more extensive analysis of innovation services is available on the project’s website: http://free.unideb.hu


GUIDELINES

3 In the present analysis key factors have been identified which must be considered while setting up an innovation service or undertaking the improvement of an existing one. These key factors represent guidelines to institutions, capable of setting up specialized services that can be useful for SMEs and public research institutes in the context of bringing them closer to each other and facilitating the exchange of knowledge. The analysis has been carried out to understand the different mechanisms and contexts which allow knowledge and R&D results to be transformed into new products, services and innovative solutions.

A strong supportive team. The team behind the service must be professional, competent and easily accessible if additional support and assistance is required. Offering a high level of knowledge. Investments in knowledge, new ways of creating added value, and training and consulting are very important elements in successful services. Displaying direct benefit and value for the user. Users seek time-saving operations, better efficiency, knowledge, networking and financial reward.

Following the initial introduction of the guidelines, the following sections introduce the most successful innovation services in partners’ territories along with a presentation of Europe-wide services.

Security measures. In the process of implementing the service, users’ confidential information is in many cases displayed to the service provider. Security measures must thus be undertaken to protect users’ information and to gain trust and guarantee reliability.

Key factors of successful innovation services

Providing multiple benefits for the user. Services offering many benefits for the user at once prove to be more effective and better accepted.

Coherence with the innovation strategy. A strong strategy behind a group of actions induces synergy and increases their impact on regional development. The innovation services provided must be in line with national and regional innovation policy and strategy and with the innovation system. Focusing on a specific goal. The most effective services aim to achieve a certain positive result and thus narrow the focus down to address one of the objectives within the innovation strategy. Focusing on a specific group of users. By specializing the service for just one group of users, the service becomes more effective.

Achieving cooperation and/or competitiveness among users. Successful services promote cooperation between users, as well as competitiveness at some points. Cooperating with other partners. The organization providing the service cooperates with the government, well established companies, institutes, individual experts and other organizations in all necessary areas. Constantly improving and learning. The service itself is changing and innovating. Gathering feedback, monitoring and evaluation are therefore indispensable.


CRITERIA FOR QUICK ASSESSMENT OF EACH SERVICE

4 If the service couldn’t be assessed directly by these criteria, the points were meaningfully awarded in relation to them. Profitability 5 POINTS

High profit (more than 20% of the costs).

4 POINTS

Moderate profit (under 20 % of the costs).

3 POINTS

Minor profit (under 5% of the costs).

2 POINTS

Indirect profitability (for example: through returned taxes, sponsors).

1 POINT

Enough income to cover the costs – zero profit.

0 POINTS

Services are provided free of charge – no profit.

Initial resources 5 POINTS

Very high financial resources (increasing 1 million Euro).

4 POINTS

High financial resources (under 1 million Euro).

3 POINTS

Moderate financial resources (under 500 000 Euro).

2 POINTS

Minor financial resources (under 100 000 Euro).

1 POINT

Very low financial resources within the institution implementing the service (under 5 000 Euro).

0 POINTS

No initial resources.

Independence 5 POINTS

Completely independent, including only internal staff and members, financing from own funds.

4 POINTS

Independent in programme, dependent in financing.

3 POINTS

Weakly connected in programme and financing with other organizations.

2 POINTS

Moderately connected in programme and financing with other organizations.

1 POINT

Greatly connected in programme and financing with other organizations.

0 POINTS

Completely connected in programme and financing with other organizations, without which the service will not be possible.


CRITERIA FOR QUICK ASSESSMENT OF EACH SERVICE

5 Soft factors 5 POINTS

Full set of personalized services such as consultancy, training, feasibility studies.

4 POINTS

Personalized service such as consultancy, training, feasibility studies.

3 POINTS

Interactive group trainings and consultancy.

2 POINTS

Seminars, conferences, partner search.

1 POINT

Just offering information (guidelines, manuals, databases).

0 POINTS

No soft factors.

Hard factors 5 POINTS

High financial resources (increasing 500 000 Euro).

4 POINTS

Moderate financial resources (under 500 000 Euro).

3 POINTS

Minor financial resources (under 100 000 Euro).

2 POINTS

Potential access to higher funds (increasing 200 000 Euro; if certain criteria are fulfilled).

1 POINT

Potential access to minor or moderate funds (under 200 000 Euro; if certain criteria are fulfilled).

0 POINTS

No funds or potential access to funds.


THE ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK

EU

6 The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). EEN provides practical answers to specific questions in the native language. It offers a wide range of services as a 'one-stop shop’ for businesses in over 40 countries. The Network offers concrete and effective solutions to entrepreneurs and companies in more than 40 countries, including the 27 EU member states, three EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and other participating third countries. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The Enterprise Europe Network is unique both in terms of its wide geographic reach and of the wide range of integrated services it provides to SMEs and other business actors. This is made possible thanks to the coordinated action of nearly 600 local partner organizations, employing around 3 000 experienced staff working to support the competitiveness of EU businesses. The new integrated Network offers a ‘onestop shop’ to meet all the information needs of SMEs and companies in Europe. Instruments include business partner search within technology and business cooperation databases and fast access to information on funding opportunities. Individual on-site visits to companies to assess their needs and a broad range of promotional and informational material can be organised. Representatives of the Network can also help businesses understand EU law, how it applies to their business and how to make the most of the internal market and EU programmes.

The Enterprise Europe Network fully exploits the synergies between all support services and helpdesks aimed at European businesses. The ‘one-stop shop’ service is accompanied by a ‘no wrong door’ policy: an entrepreneur or business actor can enter the Network through any contact point, and will then be assisted and personally directed to the relevant service or organization. The Enterprise Europe Network offers easy access and proximity to local services for SMEs, thus creating regional business gateways. Regional consortia cooperate to create a coherent support structure for local companies, boosting the region’s profile and its competitiveness. Business actors are encouraged to share, define and disseminate best practices in fields such as innovation, expansion to new markets, enlargement of the client base, improvement of market position, etc. As a result, the Enterprise Europe Network helps SMEs realize their potential in terms of growth and regional job creation. The Network also improves the relationship between the European Commission and business. Network representatives provide the Commission with regular feedback on EU policy, the difficulties SMEs face operating


THE ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK

EU

7 in the EU and the effectiveness of the EU’s programmes. All this will help shape EU law that is more business-friendly and will stimulate growth and competitiveness across the EU. The Network is there to support the European Commission and help it to help business.   The Network offers a whole host of services: • Providing information and practical advice on market opportunities, European legislation and policies relevant to a company or sector. • Helping SMEs to find suitable business partners using its business and technology cooperation database. • Developing the research and innovation capacities of SMEs. • Helping SMEs to share research results, participate in research programs and apply for funding, • Involving SMEs and business actors in the policymaking process.

Website: http://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa. eu/index_en.htm

Contact: Use the online form at http://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu/about/contact European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry: Entr-Business-Cooperation@ec.europa.eu


GÁBOR BAROSS PROGRAMME

Hungary

8 The Gábor Baross Programme was prepared and created by the National Office for Research and Technology. The programme provides the framework and tools to support RDI projects in the regions. Every year, there are seven individual Gábor Baross Programmes in the country, one in each region. The regions have the right to propose what kind of RDI activity they want to support from the funds in their own region. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors This measure was first introduced in 2005 and since then –­ except in 2008 when the most recent call for proposals was published – it has been a great success in all regions, especially in Észak-Alföld. In the Észak-Alföld Region the following sums have been available over recent years: Year

Gábor Baross Programme - ÉszakAlföld Region

2005

4 million Euro

2006

2.8 million Euro

2007-2008

7.25 million Euro

2009

4.3 million Euro

Each year emphasis was placed on different priorities, such as intense academia-industry co-operation in the regions, focused R&D projects, improved innovation capabilities, significant investment projects, and the efficient and rapid commercialization of R&D results. The planning of the annual Gábor Baross Programme

is designed by the Regional Innovation Agencies based on their Regional Innovation Strategy. The Regional Innovation Agency carries out the preparatory work and the Regional Development Council is required to accept the call for proposals. Even though it seems to be a decentralized initiative, it is effectively centrally controlled. After the regional planning and acceptance, the National Office for Research and Technology approves the call for proposals and then launches the calls for each of the regions and carries out the contracting and financing of the project. The evaluation of the proposals and the monitoring of the projects are undertaken in the regions, supported by the National Office for Research and Technology. The programme is intended for all legal entities: private entrepreneurs, non-profit companies, educational and research institution, governmental or private non-profit research centres and foundations operating in the territory of the Észak-Alföld Region. Gábor Baross Programme is financed from the Research and Technology Innovation Fund, which provides stable and reliable financing for RTDI activities. The independent government Fund is envisioned to promote both demand driven innovation and the knowledge based


Hungary

GÁBOR BAROSS PROGRAMME

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competitiveness of companies. The Fund is financed by mandatory contributions from all companies registered in Hungary, matched with the same amount annually from the government budget.

Results In the 4 years of its activity a total of 178 projects have been financed in the Észak-Alföld region, with an overall budget of approximately 20 million Euros.

Contact: Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency • http://www.eszakalfold.hu


PAT E N T M O N I T O R I N G

Italy

10 Patent Monitoring consists of a monitoring of specialized international databases, with the aim of identifying patents of potential interest for enterprises. The service is provided by Centuria RIT, a Science and Technology Park in the Emilia-Romagna Region.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors

P AT E N T M O N I T O R I N G The monitoring is conducted according to different modalities: search by keywords; search by applicant/ assignee name - in this case the investigation focuses on the individual or body applying for the patent; and specific monitoring, related to the state of the art in a specific sector/technology. The Patent Monitor started in 2002, and is a continuous service intended mainly for Associates of Centuria RIT in the Emilia-Romagna Region. Patent Monitoring on a continuous basis is free, the cost being included in the Associate’s annual fee. For external enterprises, it is financed by a regional project. Specific researches or patent surveillance, depending on the search requested, may require payment of a fee. The enterprises involved in the patent monitoring services come from two main sectors: manufacturing and agrofood, and they can obtain information about patents of interest, identify the state of the art of a sector, and carry out strategic research and possible collaborations. The

service improves the innovation and competitiveness of enterprises at a national and international level. RESULTS Patent monitoring allows the user to focus R&D on specific areas of interest; to be aware of newly issued patents and patent applications in a specific sector, and to gain insights into the market plans of various competitors. It is often necessary to monitor the status and on-going activity of pending patent applications or the patents themselves, and to protect and defend patents as new information becomes available. The service supports enterprises by saving them time and money. Strengths of the service: • Ad hoc service/ personalized, • The main aspects of the activity are tailored to the individual enterprise, • Service on a continuous basis (search by keywords), free service, • Answers to enterprises’ need for information and updating, • Time-saving service for enterprises (which often have no time or resources for this kind of activity), • Specific, ad hoc information: Centuria RIT sifts, selects and summarizes the results according to the enterprise sector/requests, • Centuria RIT provides support in the definition of


P A T E N T M O N I T O R I N G     

Italy

11 research and in the analysis of outputs; the service has a “progressive” structure: first an abstract with the main information, then optional widening, finally the complete text (free of charge) of the patent, • Data sources used by the service: free specialized

international databases (Espacenet, USPTO, UIBM, Depatisnet, etc.) available to all, • The service is completely transferable (international database available, service methodology, different types of search subjects in different sectors).

Contact: Centuria RIT Romagna Innovazione Tecnologia Patrizia Bernardelli p.bernardelli@centuria-rit.com


e -VEM

Slovenia

12 The e-VEM (Vse na Enem Mestu – All in One Place) for companies is a web-based portal, which enables the free and simple registration of companies (simple limited company and private entrepreneur) within a few days. The portal is supported by a network of people and organizations which process applications and advise users. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The e-VEM for companies (available on evem.gov.si) project was realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Administration and presented to the public in February 2008. In the period from 1st January 2007 to 1st February 2008 more than 2.5 million EUR were invested in the development and maintenance of the e-VEM system, the training of VEM points’ referees, notaries and court referees, and on a comprehensive promotional campaign. Further funds were invested in the new development phase based on the needs expressed by institutions and VEM officers. Interfaces for information systems for six institutions were developed: • the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services, where e-VEM sends applications for registration in the court register; • the Tax Administration, where e-VEM obtains a tax number for a newly created company;

• the Health Insurance Institute, where e-VEM sends applications for mandatory health and pension insurance; • the Employment Service, where e-VEM sends applications related to labour demands; • the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, where e-VEM sends the data needed to obtain a trade license; • the Institute for Pension and Disability Insurance, where e-VEM sends applications for mandatory health and pension insurance; • At the same time the e-VEM system obtains data from the Central Population Register, the Register of Spatial Units, the Register of Taxpayers. The e-VEM for companies system brings positive results to business entities and public administration institutions. In more than 90% of cases, applications are complete, which enables the relevant institutions to make rapid decisions. 10.2 million EUR of savings for businesses per year have been recorded. These savings are primarily derived from the abolishment of various fees and the optimization of procedures. There has been a 20% increase in limited companies since the introduction of the e-VEM system and users are highly satisfied (VEM points receive an overall average rating of 4.7; 5.0 is the maximum rating).


e -VEM

Slovenia

13 In 2009 the project received the following awards: • The best 2009 IKT project, awarded by the Slovenian Society of Information Technology. • The United Nations Public Service Award - UNPSA

2009 in the category ‘Improving the delivery of services in the public sector’. • Good practice Label - European eGovernment Awards 2009, from the European Commission.

Contact: Ministry of Public Administration http://www.mju.gov.si • gp.mju@gov.si • +386 1 4788330


I N N O VAT I O N V O U C H E R S

Czech Republic

14 Vouchers represent a one-time grant to an entrepreneur intended for the purchase of services or knowledge from their providers – universities. The knowledge obtained should be new to the entrepreneur and should facilitate innovation of their product, process or service. The assumption is that through these pilot projects the parties will establish long-term relationships and will then cooperate on more demanding projects in the future. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors

The project, which has already been successfully tested, particularly in Western Europe, was introduced in the Czech Republic for the first time in March, 2009. Innovation vouchers help convince entrepreneurs that knowledge providers from the academic sphere are able


I N N O VAT I O N V O U C H E R S

Czech Republic

15 to solve their scientific and research problems effectively and without risk. It is more a stimulation tool than a subsidy tool – a voucher for one firm with a value of CZK 150,000 (6,000 EUR), cannot cover large projects. However, it can help motivate entrepreneurs to establish contacts with researchers, which would not normally be possible otherwise. Innovation vouchers give an opportunity, even to a project that would otherwise not come about without these subsidies. An important assumed side-effect is the strengthening of the role of resultant technology transfer centres at the universities. These will be the main channel for communication and a contact agent for carrying out specific researches. The financial guarantor is the statutory city of Brno, the organisational project is provided by the South Moravian Innovation Centre and the knowledge providers are the following universities:

− Brno University of Technology; − University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno; − Masaryk University, Czech Republic; − Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno. Best practise The INVEA-TECH Company became the first Czech company to receive a subsidy through an innovation voucher. Together with the University of Technology in Brno, the company refreshed its product, the FlowMon probe for monitoring high speed networks. Probes are now able to more effectively monitor traffic on 10Gbps networks with guaranteed processing of each packet. The company featured among the three most successful companies in the world working with this technology. Thanks to an innovation voucher the firm was also able to participate in the contract for a major international client and establish cooperation with Stanford University.

Contact: South Moravian Innovation Centre • Mgr. Jindřich Weiss


R E G I O N A L I N N O VAT I O N A G E N C I E S

Hungary

16 The initiative of setting up Regional Innovation Agencies was launched in 2003, aiming to create regional structures facilitating and enhancing regional RDI performance in all the seven NUTS2 statistical regions of Hungary. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The main aims of this scheme is to facilitate regional cohesion; strengthen regions’ competitiveness by supporting R&D and innovation projects; strengthen firms’ competitiveness, especially that of SMEs operating in regions; develop an innovation-friendly environment in regions; strengthen regional innovation clusters, and provide innovation services in regions, by establishing Regional Innovation Agencies. Regional Innovation Agencies are expected to facilitate regional innovation processes, co-ordinate technological innovation networks, provide innovation services and integrate all these efforts and activities. This scheme provides subsidies for the first 3 years of operation, although positive impacts can only be felt in the medium- and long-term. The first period of financing regional innovation agencies was 2005-2007 and the second period is 2008-2010. The overall budget (for the period 2005-2007) was 8.400.000 Euro for 7 regions in Hungary – this funding was used to set up the 7 regional agencies.

INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency is one of the regional innovation agencies. INNOVA plays a key role in the implementation of Észak-Alföld’s Regional Innovation Strategy. The agency was established by 6 key innovation players in the Észak-Alföld region: • Észak-Alföld Regional Development Council (http:// www.eszakalfold.hu) • University of Debrecen (http://www. unideb.hu) • College of Nyíregyháza (http://www. nyf.hu) • College of Szolnok (http://www. szolf.hu) • Northeast-Hungary Regional Development Plc. (http://www. erf.hu) • Hungarian Association for Innovation (http://www. innovacio.hu) The mission of INNOVA ­­– besides the implementation of the Regional Innovation Strategy – is to become innovation centre in the Észak-Alföld region operating in a networking model and to achieve results which are recognised at a national and international level. More specifically, INNOVA formulated the following direct objectives to be achieved in the region: • to enhance innovation ability • to spur market-oriented RDI cooperation


R E G I O N A L I N N O VAT I O N A G E N C I E S

Hungary

17 • to develop an innovation supportive environment • innovative human resource development • project management To achieve its mission and objectives the agency provides the following innovation services: • innovation, management and marketing consultancy and training programmes • strategic planning, resource coordination and management of decentralised funds • awareness raising, innovation surveys, foresight and analysis • coordination of international projects, project generation and partner search Results Impacts will be measured in 2010.

Contact: INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency • http://www.innova.eszak-alfold.hu


PRO INNO Europe®

EU

18 PRO INNO Europe® is part of the overall policy coordination with the Member States in the field of innovation, which is also facilitated by the Group of Senior Officials on innovation policy. Furthermore, close relations between PRO INNO Europe® and the Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) network will be established. Whereas PRO INNO Europe® will concentrate on the overall analysis of innovation performance and innovation policies and provide a learning platform for trans-national co-operation, the IRE network will be used as the main communication channel with European regions on innovation policy matters. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors PRO INNO Europe® is an innovation policy initiative of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry that intends to become the focal point of innovation policy analysis and development throughout Europe. The initiative unites the previously separate PAXIS initiative, the TrendChart on Innovation in Europe, including the European Innovation

Scoreboard, and the series of innovation policy studies in a common framework. Existing policy analysis and benchmarking activities are integrated with new incentives for trans-national cooperation, innovation actions and policy learning methods. Furthermore, a close liaison between PRO INNO Europe® and the Europe INNOVA initiative is ensured, for example through the Europe INNOVA Forum, which brings together in a virtual manner relevant sectoral innovation projects and policy initiatives, as well as through the bi-annual Europe INNOVA Conference. The idea is that the lessons learned from the Europe INNOVA projects shall be used as further input into the development of new innovation policies and strategies, as promoted by the INNO-Learning Platform. PRO INNO Europe® was implemented in two stages, beginning in July 2006. In the first stage in mid-2006 four modules: INNO-Learning Platform, INNO-Nets, INNOActions and INNO-GRIPS were launched. The INNO-Metrics, INNO-Policy TrendChart, INNO-Appraisal and INNO-Views modules were launched during the second stage of the implementation of PRO INNO Europe®; over time the initiative became fully operational in early 2007. The initiative primarily drew on funds from FP6 and, as of 2007, from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework


EU

PRO INNO Europe速

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Innovation Policy Advisory Board (ex-GSO)

Policy Analiysis

INNO-Learning Steering Group (INNO-LSG)

Policy Cooperation

INNO - Metrics

INNO - Nets

INNO - Policy TrendChart

INNO-Actions

INNO - Appraisal

INNO-Learning Platform

INNO - GRIPS INNO - Wiews

source: http://www.proinno-europe.eu Programme. The implementation of most modules is based on a call for proposals launched through a Specific Support Action of FP6. The INNO-Learning Platform, INNO-Nets, INNO-Actions and INNO-GRIPS are based on the INNOV-9 call for proposals. PRO-INNO Europe速 is based on two pillars accommodating a total of eight modules. Each of these follows a specific key

aim of the initiative, as shown in the chart below. Although these actions are different in nature, they form part of a wider integrated policy approach intended to develop new and better innovation policies based on sound policy analysis and reliable statistics. This will prepare the ground for innovation actions covering the whole range of policy aspects and involving a multitude of different actors.

Contact: use the online form at http://www.proinno-europe.eu/contact Website: http://www.proinno-europe.eu/


YO U N G R E S E A RC H E R S I N T H E E CO N O M Y

Slovenia

20 Young researchers in the economy is an initiative to introduce more highly-educated staff in private companies and to stimulate companies to hire young graduates to enhance their R&D and innovation activities and thus to overcome the existing gap between research organizations and industry. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The service is mainly financially-oriented, providing cofinancing for salaries and some materials costs, for a young researcher, who is employed in a company while pursuing a PhD at the university. Through this support the young researcher engages in research work with mentorship both by the company and university. Previously managed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the program is now run by the Public Agency for Technology of the Republic of Slovenia (TIA) in the 2007-2013 financial cycle, and is co-financed by the European Social Fund. Beneficiaries are enterprises and technology centres − as employers of young researchers − and research organizations and universities as providers of formal education. Together they agree on a young researcher’s research programme. Project proposals are ranked according to the following criteria: suitability of a young researcher; suitability of the mentors; suitability of a proposer (company); suitability of a research group (whether the company’s own − if it has one

− or an outsourced group); the training programme. The criteria for eligibility for students are that they must have finished under-graduate study and be 35 years or under (for students with a master’s degree, 38 years). In the period between 2001 and 2006, when the Ministry was managing the Young Researchers in the Economy, support was awarded to 233 young researchers. So far 144 young researchers have already obtained a PhD or master’s degree. 90 of them have continued their employment in the economic sector (78 in the same company as when they were young researchers), 8 of them have found a job in a public institute, and the others are engaged in further studies or there is no data available. The experience from this period also suggests that there is competition among the companies for good graduates. Links between participating enterprises and research organisations have been established, offering more opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer.


YO U N G R E S E A RC H E R S I N T H E E CO N O M Y

Slovenia

21 Number of young researchers in the economy (approved project proposals) according to scientific field (2001-2006): Science field / Year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

5

6

4

6

9

8

Engineering

16

12

18

23

36

35

Medicine

2

2

-

-

3

3

Biotechnology

4

3

3

3

2

5

Social Sciences

5

1

1

3

4

2

Humanities

1

-

-

-

1

1

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research

-

1

2

-

1

2

33

25

28

35

56

56

Total:

Contact: Dr. Janez Marko Slabe • Public Agency for Technology of the Republic of Slovenia • http://www.tia.si janezmarko.slabe@tia.si • Tel: +386 590 89 500 Mateja Nemanič • Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology • http://www.mvzt.gov.si mateja.nemanic1@gov.si • Tel: +386 1 478 4793


BROKERAGE EVENTS

Czech Republic

22 A brokerage event is an advanced tool dedicated to setting up new partnerships and launching new collaborative project proposals. It is a way of strengthening the cooperation between industries and research units and giving organizations a simple, direct and accessible way to find partners all around Czech Republic and Europe.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The purpose of the brokerage event is to enhance opportunities for companies to explore and find cooperation. Another aim is to assist enterprises, universities and research institutions in finding partners for product development, manufacturing, licensing agreements, joint ventures or other types of partnership. A wide range of opportunities is available as all types of collaboration sought are offered;

(Research & Development, Technical Co-operation, Joint Venture Agreements, Manufacturing Agreements, Licence Agreements, Commercial Agreements, etc.). The events also create the opportunity to transfer the experience, expertise and contacts between successful Project coordinators from the Czech Republic and the EU to potential partners, who will have the chance to realize their ideas and scientific potential. The preparation of each event takes several months, but the event itself lasts two days, including plenary sessions, parallel workshops on specific areas and facilities for bilateral discussions. The brokerage event is an appropriate place for the participants to present themselves, to show each other their expertise and their collaborative project ideas. How are the brokerage events organized? • On a website you have to register and then insert a “profile” - in which you describe, briefly, what your company/institute is doing and what you are offering/looking for • After the deadline for registration a “catalogue” will be generated, containing offers and requests from registered subjects • After the deadline you are encouraged to visit the catalogue and select offers/requests you are


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23 interested in. The same will be done by other participants. In this way you will actually create a meetings schedule • Each event has a focus on one or more business sectors, and usually over a 2 day period the participating businesses meet during pre-arranged 30 minute appointments to establish contacts, gain information on their respective market places, negotiate deals and much more... Companies and research laboratories are given the opportunity to participate in a brokerage event based on one-to-one confidential meetings between technology developers and users in order to foster technical cooperation. The brokerage event is also a chance to deepen the contacts made during conferences, workshops and round tables. Brokerage events, including those organized by Enterprise Europe Network, are well appreciated by European companies. It is a good way to meet several potential partners in a short time.

Contact: Enterprise Europe Network CR • Daniela Váchová


I N C U B AT O R H O U S E F O R T H E F U T U R E !

Hungary

24 This project gives an opportunity to the region’s start-up innovative enterprises which do not have their own technical and communicational equipment or do not have experience in business life at present. The project is designed to accelerate the successful development of start-up small and medium-sized enterprises in the region through an array of business support resources and services. The incubator house also offers services for foreign enterprises that want to invest in the region and need adequate background information about local business possibilities. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The mission of the initiative is to increase the likelihood that a start-up company will stay in business for the long term. The main objective was to establish a business incubator house which can offer complex innovation advisory and support services for start-up SMEs which are interested in the field of information technology and the software industry, renewable energy sources and the plastic/metal industry. The project also supports the creation of an SME network to enhance the diffusion of relevant information and knowledge.

The services provided by the project are the following: • help with business basics • networking activities • marketing assistance • high-speed internet access • support with accounting/financial management • links to higher education resources • links to strategic partners • comprehensive business training programs • advisory services • IP management • technology commercialization assistance The total budget of the project is 1,8 million Euros.


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3D design of the incubator house in Kecskemét

Contact: Sándor Lakó PhD, project manager • Tel: +36 30 4635320 • lako.sandor@aranyhomok.hu


RESEARCH BY COMMERCIAL, TECHNOLOGICAL A N D S C I E N T I F I C PA R T N E R S

Italy

26 The service is supplied by SIMPLER - Support Services to Improve the innovation and competitiveness of businesses in the Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna Regions: a consortium that has been operating within the Enterprise Europe Network since 1st January 2008. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors PARTNERING: helping clients to identify commercial, technology or research and development partners across Italy and Europe. In particular: − Commercial Partners: to identify suitable partners (agents, distributors, suppliers) in other European countries; − Technology Partners: to promote clients’ innovative products and technologies to prospective partners, licensees and customers. The client can: promote his/ her own technology: a Technology Offer profile will be drafted which will be published on the Enterprise Europe Network database and disseminated across Europe; search for technology: to help clients to source specific products, technologies or expertise through an extensive network of contacts. A Technology Request will be drafted for circulation around Europe. For both Offers and Requests, the profiles are published anonymously and the identity and contact details are not released to third parties without the client’s prior approval.

− R&D Partners: to find partners for research and development projects, either by publicising their own partner search or helping them to join an existing project consortium. EUROPEAN INFORMATION Acting as a first point of enquiry for businesses to provide information on European legislation, policies, funding and market opportunities. SIMPLER can help organisations become more competitive by keeping them up-to-date with information on: • Public contracts and tenders • European markets • EU policy affecting different sectors • EU legislation and the regulatory framework • Innovation and research & development (R&D), including the EU Framework Programme (FP7) • Protecting intellectual property in Europe • European funding opportunities and business support EU R&D OPPORTUNITIES Assisting the company and the researcher to tap into EU funding for research and development, particularly the Framework Programme and other European programmes. Through a range of information and partnering services SIMPLER can support regional organisations, particularly


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Italy

27 SMEs, to take advantage of the opportunities that EU funded collaborative R&D can bring. SIMPLER can help organisations to understand what type of funding is available and how to access it, as well as assisting them in finding the partners they need to develop their project consortium.

The services are free and are supplied in accordance with the needs of the enterprise and the research system, and are specific for different economic sectors. The purpose of the partner research is to develop trade, business or technological co-operation between SMEs and research organisations across Europe.

Contact: Aster - Science Technology Business Staff SIMPLER simpler@aster.it • http://www.aster.it/simpler.html


T H E E N T E R P R I S E E - S E R V I C E S P O R TA L

EU

28 The Enterprise e-Services Portal is an interactive website intended to provide stakeholders with a secure central point of access to all Enterprise and Industry-related e-services, including (currently): • specific web applications; • subscription to events, seminars and conferences; • subscription to publications (i.e. magazines, newsletters, etc.).

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors Stakeholders include national and regional authorities and their representations in Brussels, other EU institutions, business organisations at European, national and regional levels, individual companies, research associations, universities, non-governmental organisations, press agencies., etc. Access to the portal is controlled by a registration procedure whereby visitors are granted a personal password. Using this password, registered visitors are then able to request access to the specific applications that they need to use on the portal, and to manage their profiles. This website is developed and managed by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. It aims to disseminate information on all EU policies, actions and initiatives promoting economic growth and development, with a view to strengthening the competitiveness of EU enterprises.

The service/site offers: • an up-to-date coverage of EU enterprise policies • specific pages covering the industry sectors • news, events, speeches • electronic publications • EU business statistics and benchmarking • open consultations and forums. • multimedia content : videos as well as recordings of web streamed events The aim is to provide European entrepreneurs and other interested visitors (or parties) with the information they are looking for in their own language or in a language they can understand. Official documents are available in at least the languages which were official at the date of publication. Other documents, of a non-legally binding nature, are frequently published in English, French and German. General information on the homepage, and in most sections immediately accessible from the homepage, is available in all official languages. Information immediately accessible from the industry sector and policy home pages is generally available in at least three languages: English, French and German. Specific information campaigns, targeted to all EU entrepreneurs and particularly to SMEs,


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29 are launched in all EU official languages. Specialised information in the deep levels of the website is generally available only in English. The use of the portal is free of charge; however users have to register to get access to information. Applications available via the portal include the following services: • NOISE (conformity submission): Using this application, manufacturers or their representatives can send their Declarations of Conformity with the NOISE directive electronically. • NOISE (equipment subject to noise limits): A public database for consultation of equipment subject to noise limits. • OSN: One Stop Notification (OSN) is a web based tool, allowing manufacturers of radio equipment

to notify, via a secure link and through a single procedure, their intention to place products on the market of Member States.

Source of information/website: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/enterprise-portal/

Contact: European Commission Enterprise and Industry DG • Communication and Information Unit R4 BREY 13/092 • B - 1049 Brussels (Belgium)


THE BEST RESEARCHER COMPETITION

Slovenia

30 The purpose of the competition is to support and stimulate researchers at the University of Maribor to cooperate closely with companies. The unique characteristic of the competition is that the best researcher is chosen only by companies which collaborate with the University on R&D.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The TechnoCenter, the technology transfer office at the University of Maribor, introduced the competition in 2006 and has been implementing it ever since. The procedure is the following: a public call is issued to all companies which collaborate with the University on R&D to award points to the researcher or researchers whom they work with. Researchers are graded, based on various criteria, which differ from year to year. For example: the availability of the researcher; the quality of problem solving: the innovativeness of solutions; respect for intellectual property and business secrecy; the researcher’s initiative; the quality of communication; the company’s increased profitability; the integration of the researcher in the company’s business; opportunities for future collaboration; the general impression created by the researcher.

Each point is worth a certain amount of money and a prize fund is created from companies’ donations, and is then awarded to the researcher with the most points. The winner is announced at the Meeting of Researchers and Entrepreneurs and presented to the media. Along with the best researcher, companies which grade researchers are promoted. The unique and innovative feature of the competition is that only the opinion of the companies counts. Research achievements as evaluated by the University’s habilitation criteria carry a small weight only when two or more researchers share first place.


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31 Funds raised in the first three years of the competition vary from 3,700 EUR to 8,000 EUR, which is a considerable financial stimulus for the researcher and his/her work, but the most important aspect is to motivate researchers through competition to strengthen collaboration with the economic sector and to pursue the university’s strategy to become more involved in regional development. On the other hand, by taking part in the competition and grading the researchers the companies promote their readiness for joint projects and knowledge transfer with the University. In addition, the companies are promoted in various publications and e-materials as good partners of the University.

Contact: Anton Habjanič, Ph.D • TechnoCenter at the University of Maribor http://www.tehnocenter.uni-mb.si Tel: +386 2 235 53 65 • anton.habjanic@uni-mb.si


T H E “ PÁ Z M Á NY P É T E R ” P R O G R A M : R E G I O N A L K N O W L E D G E C E N T R E S AT U N I V E R S I T I E S

Hungary

32 Regional Knowledge Centres foster the creation of research and technological innovation centres at universities. The Knowledge Centres are intended to co-operate closely with businesses and accelerate the given region’s technological and economic development, thus enhancing competitiveness both at a regional and national level.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The Regional Knowledge Centre projects are supported financially by the National Office for Research and Technology (the Hungarian government’s grant management organization) and implemented through a consortium. Universities and state-financed, non-profit or other research organizations, and companies located within 60 kms of the university can apply jointly. The consortium is headed by a university, and industrial partners must be involved in the project. There is no limit on the number of partners involved. The activity of the Knowledge Centres is based on research and development including basic research, applied research and experimental development with a welldefined professional focus. Objectives • to carry on internationally competitive, well-focused and application oriented research and development in a consortium

• to facilitate the commercialization of inventions, patents and other research results • to build a modern R&D infrastructure and provide companies with R&D services • to involve PhD students and young scientists in R&D activities • to extend international R&D cooperation • to foster collaboration between research institutes, enterprises and industrial actors • to increase the number of new start-up and spin-off companies and incubation centres • to upgrade innovation related skills and diffuse new technologies among enterprises • to ensure that future skills meet the innovation needs of enterprises and facilitate the access of enterprises to skilled and professional research personnel Results Altogether 19 Regional Knowledge Centres have been established in Hungary in the last five years, and these have been conducting internationally competitive, applicationoriented research projects. The significant innovation activities and collaboration with industrial partners have caused scientific and economic benefits for all participants, especially for the region. Employment has increased, and


T H E “ PÁ Z M Á NY P É T E R ” P R O G R A M : R E G I O N A L K N O W L E D G E C E N T R E S AT U N I V E R S I T I E S

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33 university and PhD students have been involved in research and development. An innovation-led, business-oriented approach has developed in higher education. Major sectors affected: automotive industry, info-bionics, genomics, neurobiology, mechatronics, information technology, nanotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, food safety, energy industry, e-science. Good Practice – Genomnanotech Regional Knowledge Centre (GND RKC) The GND RKC project was launched in 2004 and ended in 2009. The University of Debrecen and 16 contributing industrial partners executed a complex research program through a consortium, using a subsidy of 6 million EUR with a contribution of 3.5 million EUR of their own financial resources. The GND RKC had four scientific subprograms and a technology transfer program. The four scientific programs dealt with the following: 1. New approaches to the diagnosis and therapy of metabolic syndromes covering the highest morbidity diseases: from genomics to clinical applications. 2. Foundation of a competitive agro-biotechnology industry in the environs of the University of Debrecen: a

partnership stretching from genomics to production. 3. Industrial level development of drug candidates and functional foods and safety pharmacology services. 4. Biomedical measurement methods and nanotechnology. The project achieved its two main goals: it launched translational R&D activities focusing on developments that are considered to have major significance in the environment of the University of Debrecen and exercise a major influence at the regional and national level, and it set up the basis for technology transfer in the region. The R&D activity in this project resulted in 22 patent applications and the development of more than 100 new technologies. A new industrial culture and a significant number of jobs have been created and the University of Debrecen has become a key player in the region with respect to life sciences and related interdisciplinary research. The industrial partners of the University of Debrecen underwent a dynamic development during the project: the average net income growth per company had been 22 % before starting the project, and climbed to 55 % between 2005 and 2008. The number of employees increased annually by an average of 15 % per company.

Contact: Genomnanotech Regional Knowledge Centre E-mail: gnd@med.unideb.hu • Website: http://detti.unideb.hu


T E C H N O L O G Y T R A N S F E R D AY

Italy

34 A Technology Transfer Day (TTDay) consists of a series of pre-arranged bilateral meetings organized at a single venue for SMEs working in the particular field examined during the event. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors In pre-arranged bilateral meetings, participants have the opportunity to explore the possibility of future collaborations, such as licensing agreements, development cooperation, joint ventures, commercial agreements with technical assistance or manufacturing agreements. TTDays can be organized not only as stand alone events, but also at exhibitions and conferences: these events can bring

an added value for companies; they can organize extra meetings and start co-operation with other participants at the event. The event involves not only companies, multi-nationals with or without R&D functions, and SMEs, but also public and private R&D institutions and universities. The technology transfer days are particularly focused on public and private organisations which offer and/or demand advanced and innovative processes and technologies. The TTDay can be introduced by a scientific seminar, during which innovative technology profiles can be presented and the participants have the opportunity to discuss the issues raised. Results The most important element of the Technology Transfer Day is the technology profiles catalogue. This document can be produced in paper format but also as an online catalogue, and enables the meetings to be scheduled effectively. Registered participants can enter their technologies and/or their cooperation requirements in the catalogue, and anyone identifying interesting contacts to meet in the catalogue can request a one-to-one meeting.


T E C H N O L O G Y T R A N S F E R D AY

Italy

35 One of the aims of the Technology Transfer Days is to initiate future collaboration and to promote the transfer of knowhow between the suppliers and users of technology who attend the events.

TTDays are organized following an established format that has demonstrated success on many occasions at national and international level, and that could be taught for transfer.

Contact: Centuria RIT • Pari Chiara • c.pari@centuria-rit.com


Czech Republic

CLUSTERS

36 Clusters are seen as an important tool for the development of competitive economies and innovation. They are defined as “a network of interconnected firms, institutions of knowledge production, supporting institutions (e.g., centres for technology transfer, science parks etc.) and customers connected in the production chain which creates added value.”

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors A clustered environment can be likened to a system in which change is managed and in which this change is implemented on the basis of synergy, critical mass, consensus and motivated cooperation. The cluster approach allows a recognizing and strengthening of the infrastructure supporting businesses in a way that current intervention in economic development fails to achieve. It is understood as a holistic view of the core categories that affect economic competitiveness, which are education, research, development and innovation, the promotion of entrepreneurship, investment, industrial property, and the development of supply chains, and it also encompasses social inclusion and sustainable development. These systemic functional abilities predispose cluster environments to become a strategic tool for increasing competitiveness. General contributions of clusters: • They create conditions that allow innovation to be stimulated, including more efficient use of research

and development. This contributes to growth and a return on investment in public sector institutions such as a tertiary education and research institutes. They improve the performance of individual businesses and create conditions for the emergence of new businesses that increase innovation and accelerate the process of the restructuring and diversification of industry. They attract more and higher quality inward investment, which may include research and development. Strong clusters generate an environment in which there are specialized skills, knowledge, research and development, know-how and qualified contractors who may be attractive to investors. They function as new sources of regional or local benefits, and put into motion a process of cumulative growth and development through the creation of critical mass and the external economies arising from it. They offer a comprehensive strategic agenda and framework for the integration and formation of policy that avoids duplication and overlap.

Around the world there are a number of clusters making use of local characteristics in global competition. The best known is probably Silicon Valley in the USA. The formation


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37 and development of clusters offer different ways to support regional development agencies (in the U.S. due to offshoring in the EU due to the lag in innovation, and in Africa helping with industrialization). The Czech Republic supports the cluster development of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, CzechInvest and the implementation, in 2007 - 2013 of the Operational Program for Enterprise and Innovation. Active support of cluster initiatives has already existed in the Czech Republic for several years. The aim of

this support is to use cooperative groupings as tools for the creation of innovations and the improvement of the Czech economy’s competitiveness. If is the company is at the stage of identifying or finding suitable companies to cluster with and is looking for suitable partners they would like to contact, if a university or region would like to participate in one of the cluster initiatives in their region, if they wish to provide details regarding their needs and the services they offer, they should contact the address below:

Contact: Czechinvest - Investment and Business Development Agency klastry@czechinvest.org


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I N N O VAT I O N E U R O P E

38 Innovation Europe is a web portal providing a global platform for Europe’s most innovative companies, products, research and applications and highlights delivery and successful exploitation of innovative ideas. The main reason for the development of this portal is the fact that the key to growth in Europe is innovation. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors By promoting partnerships and co-operation within Europe, Innovation Europe is driving improvements in knowledge transfer and cross-border collaboration, and is helping to bridge the gap between research and development. Innovation Europe promotes an environment where academia, research and business can collaborate in order

to accelerate the innovation process and gain a global competitive advantage for Europe. Innovation Europe is produced by Roxby Media Ltd. Roxby Media is an international publishing company specializing in business-to-business and professional publications targeted at highly selective audiences in specific fields. For organizations operating within these highly-specialized fields, it has always been essential to reach and influence key audiences selectively. Roxby Media has developed a unique publishing service for such organizations, maximizing the effectiveness of communications by controlling the editorial environment in which they appear. As can be seen from the screenshot, Innovation Europe offers several services and products to users:

Source: http://www.innovationeu.org/


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These include up-to-date information on innovative European countries. Users can find information on European clusters which are seeking to improve and strengthen their performance and innovativeness. Clusters are more than mere user-producer linkages between industries. They are drivers in today’s knowledge society comprising networks of interdependent firms, knowledge-producing institutions, intermediaries and related customers, all linked

through complex value-added chains. In recent years, European and national policy measures have increasingly targeted innovative industry clusters. A wealth of practical experience on cluster management and development has been accumulated and can be drawn on by clusters in Europe. The information, which users can find free of charge on this web portal is very useful and the site is easy to navigate.

Website: http://www.innovationeu.org/

Contact: Roxby Media Ltd • The Diary House Rickett Street • London - SW6 RU1 • Phone: +44 (0)20 7386 6100 • Fax: +44 (0)20 7381 8890 E-mail: inbox@mar-media.com


MICRO CREDIT PROGRAM

Hungary

40 The program is managed by the Venture Finance Hungary Plc. and the Bács-Kiskun County Foundation for Development of Enterprises. The aim is to develop micro enterprises that cannot be entirely, or sufficiently financed with commercial banking methods, by improving their credit options. The main reason for this program is that the small credit needs of micro enterprises are difficult for the banks to handle, and due to these problems the relative transaction fees are too high, and enterprises would find it difficult to meet the bank's collateral requirements.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The Venture Finance Hungary Private Ltd. Company and the Bács-Kiskun County Foundation for Development of Enterprises signed a contract in 2008 in order to finance micro credits for the micro enterprises of the region. The program helped to ensure the necessary financial resources and supporting constructions for the development of the infrastructure and investments of the region’s micro enterprises. The goals of the credit products are the following: • Financial services in order to manage the “incomplete markets” arising from market failures. • To give assistance to the target group in order to ensure they can acquire and retain Hungarian and European Union subsidies. • Financial assistance for disadvantaged sections of society in the fight against poverty by enhancing

the establishment of enterprises and by improving the development of self-employment. Beside the general goals mentioned above the program provides financial expertise for enterprises which require credit. This consultancy activity involves financial advice, assistance in the credit process, mediation between financial institutes and market actors, writing personalized financial analyses, submission of tenders and competitions and organizing workshops and conferences to bring together all the parties concerned. The targeted micro-credit applicant: • micro enterprises • turnover not in excess of 715 000 Euros (or a new enterprise) • its activity does not fall under de minimis restrictions • has not so far been able to get into the bank credit loop • has well-conceived and promising business plans • already possesses at least 20% of the planned developmental resources


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The concrete results of 2009: Requests received

145 000 Euros

Requests accepted

140 000 Euros

Granted credit

152 000 Euros

Average credit

20 000 Euros

Contact: Péter Csonka PhD • Bács-Kiskun County Foundation for Development of Enterprises www.bacs-lea.hu • csonka@bacs-lea.hu • +36-76-485-585


S TA R T: U P S LO V E N I A

Slovenia

42 Start:up Slovenia is an all-Slovenian competition for start-up companies, which offers opportunities for start-up companies to present themselves, compete with their business models, connect with potential investors, and get professional support, financial rewards and publicity.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The competition is organized by Venture Factory, a business incubator at the University of Maribor. It aims to stimulate the development of entrepreneurial activity in Slovenia and to promote the importance of innovative entrepreneurship. Although it is an annual event, the learning process runs throughout the year. In this way the entrepreneurs are not only better informed, more skilled and better prepared for the final competition, but also more innovative and competitive on the market. Project Start:up Slovenia therefore includes: • Start:up workshops, organized all around Slovenia with the help of regional partners and focused on business plan elaboration, funding options, talks with entrepreneurs; • Start:up schools, organized in university centres and conducted by experienced professionals who have faced the challenges of entrepreneurship and have the proper know-how in the field; • 100% Start:up forum, an all-day event packed with useful information on start-up business models,

networking, and examples of good practices; • the international conference on entrepreneurship and innovation: PODIM. The Start:up competition begins with the registration of competitors – companies which have been operating less than three years, which have not received any major venture capital investment, whose founders are still the majority owners and are not part of a bigger well established company, and whose operations, products and services are based on their own knowledge and development. All applications are then evaluated by the expert jury based on the judging criteria. The winner is declared at the end of the international business conference PODIM, and is presented


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43 with the honorary title “Slovenian Start-up of the Year” and a grand prize. All the services and events of Start:up Slovenia are free for participants and competitors. At the last two competitions, 75 start-up companies entered the competition and 15 of them went to the finals; more than 2,000 participants attended Start:up workshops, schools, forums and

conferences; both of the winning companies received financial investment from a venture capital investor; the winning companies also received the grand prize of 10,000 EUR, places in the CEED top class program, worth 5,000 EUR, and increased visibility in public (at the last competition there were more than 45 journalistic contributions in different media).

Contact: Urban Lapajne • Venture Factory (Tovarna podjemov) http://www.tovarnapodjemov.org +386 2 229 42 78 • urban.lapajne@tovarnapodjemov.org


WE TECH OFF

Italy

44 We Tech Off extends the range and reach of I Tech Off, the first business incubator for the ICT sector developed in Emilia-Romagna, to other sectors, enforcing it with strong cooperation, and sharing and improving the contents, in particular in terms of internationalization, contacts with the market and networking with existing enterprises.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors Promoted by ASTER, the Consortium involving the EmiliaRomagna Regional Government, 5 Universities, 3 National Research Centres and the Entrepreneurial Associations of the region, together with the collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Development, the service is operative in the Emilia Romagna Region from 2008 until 2012. The development path of We Tech Off supports 60 entrepreneurial projects in the assessment phase of the feasibility of the entrepreneurial idea (pre-incubation) and 40 enterprises in the starting phase of their business activity (incubation).

need to assess its feasibility. The incubation phase lasts 18 months, but can be extended for a further 6 months; it is dedicated to neo-enterprises or to those close to foundation. The post-incubation phase lasts 12 months. It is aimed at firms that have already completed the incubation phase and offers a set of support services for business growth, such as fund raising, personnel search and networking activities. Analysis To have access to the service, it is necessary to follow the guidelines given for the presentation of a business project. The call for proposals opened in 2008, on September 5th, and will close in December 2011.

The development path is structured in three phases: preincubation, incubation and post-incubation, corresponding to the different access conditions, services and aims of each phase.

The purpose of We Tech Off is to promote entrepreneurship culture, sustaining projects with strong innovative characteristics. The business idea must be based on the contribution of original scientific and/or technological know-how, and provide for the application or the utilization of a technology.

The pre-incubation phase lasts 5 months and is addressed to those who are developing a business project and still

The actions designed to support the creation of new companies create benefits for the territory, in terms of a


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technological boost and also in the improvement of the competitiveness of the regional economy. These activities also assure a direct increase in the employment levels in the sectors of the various enterprises supported. I Tech Off and We Tech Off have supported the creation of a significant number of business projects, the establishment of start-up companies, created many jobs and contributed to Emilia-Romagna’s GDP. Innovation features mainly regard the development of a well defined support path that has proven viability in previous cases.

The transferable aspects include the organization model, the service packages for each business development phase and specific tools that have been developed to manage support services, monitor enterprise progression, analyze entrepreneurship spirit etc.

Contact: Aster – Science Technology Business Lucie Sanchez lucie.sanchez@wetechoff.eu • http://www.wetechoff.eu/


B U S I N E S S I N C U B AT O R S

Czech Republic

46 Business incubators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The number of small and medium-sized innovative enterprises is one of the criteria of the economic level of a country. Starting a business is very difficult for small innovative firms; however these firms often have a huge profit potential and in the future they can create many new jobs and bring other economic effects. Business incubators are founded to support the establishment of innovative firms. The business incubator is a facility (building), designed for new firms to help them in the starting phase of their entrepreneurial activity. It is space where advantageous conditions exist for starting firms. These advantages include for example low rent, a sharing of infrastructure, free services or services at discounted prices. The enterprise can stay there only for a limited period. The business incubators offer support to entrepreneurs through the so-called one-stop-shop and by sharing various equipment. It can cause a decrease in the operating cost of firms. The incubators also increase firms’ survival rate and increase the growth possibilities of start-ups and small firms in the early stage of their development. The incubators also enable the transfer of ideas into commercial form, so they

have been used as an instrument to support innovations and technology transfer. Other tasks of incubators are to contribute to increasing competitiveness and assistance in the creation of spin-offs. The incubators often serve as a catalyst for the commercialization of technology and the results of research. Business incubators also facilitate communication among incubated firms and so these firms can consult about shared problems and can advise each other. What is more, the range of products developed by incubated firms may be complementary, e.g. firm A produces hardware and firm B develops software for it. Results In the Czech Republic incubators have been operating since the early 1990s and at present there are about 30 incubators. Thanks to support from structural funds their number is continually increasing. In the Czech Republic they are often part of a science and technology park. Incubators can be established by municipalities, regions, non-profit or interested organizations and by private firms. The large number of founding bodies is one of the reasons why there is no accurate list of incubators. Only a minority of business incubators in the Czech Republic are aimed at innovative firms. Most incubators serve all types of firms. Business incubators in the Czech Republic can be supported from several resources. The most important is the PROSPERITY programme which is a part of the Operative Programme


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for Enterprise and Innovation. The aims of the PROSPERITY programme are infrastructure support to strengthen research and development links to industry, infrastructure

support for industrial research, technological development and innovation, and the improvement of the environment for technologically oriented companies.


THE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER O F F I C E AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F D E B R E C E N

Hungary

48 The Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office at the University of Debrecen aims to facilitate the transfer of research results achieved at higher education institutions into business and industry, as well as to spread innovation culture among those working and studying at these institutions.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors

UD TTO facilitates the application of R&D results and technologies developed at the University of Debrecen. As a non-profit transfer organization, UD TTO plays a mediator role between the university, companies and investors. Main activities: • Supporting innovative ideas and projects • Managing the knowledge map of the Észak-Alföld Region • Developing and maintaining a network with R&D enterprises in the region • Creating an online technology search service and an online-project monitoring system • Full management of intellectual property • Supporting spin-off foundations • Investment promotion in the R&D intensive sectors of the region • Licensing

• Initiation of innovation training, extending innovation culture • Creating an international technology transfer network - adopting international good practices, cooperation with international research and technology transfer institutes Regulations for managing IP at University of Debrecen According to the Intellectual Property Management Regulations the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Debrecen is responsible for managing IP created at the University. Figure 1 shows the innovation management system of the University of Debrecen. Achievements • UD TTO prepared the knowledge map of the University of Debrecen and as a result, a database was created with detailed information relating to 210 research groups • A project evaluation system was developed to screen university projects • R&D agreements to be signed by the University have to be reviewed by the TTO


THE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER O F F I C E AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F D E B R E C E N

Hungary

49 Figure 1: Intellectual property management and project evaluation system at the University of Debrecen

Intellectual property management and project evaluation system at University of Debrecen Reporting IP

Project evaluation

Patenting and exploitation

Continuous communication and cooperation with the researchers Intellectual product

Project evaluation

Project-monitoring

Spin-off

Invention disclosure forms

Project registry

VRS/ Unit

Rector decision

HU patent

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Licensing R&D service unit (as part of the University) y)

Unit: Relevant unit of the University

VRS: Vice rector for strategic affairs

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Notice N otice of of refusal refusal Explloitation and business incuba b tion

1st day

4th week

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• Partnership agreements were signed between the University and R&D&I companies • UD TTO manages 23 technologies and patent applications in 2010 • Nine spin-off companies have been founded in the past 5 years

12th month

6-36th month

• Licence negotiations have been started to utilize the University’s IP • A spin-off training programme has been organized in 2010 for graduate students interested in entrepreneurship

Contact: University of Debrecen Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office E-mail: tto@unideb.hu • Website: http://detti.unideb.hu


THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

EU

50 The European Investment Fund (EIF) was founded in 1994 as a joint venture between three shareholder groups: the European Investment Bank (EIB) (62%), the European Commission (EC) (29%) and a number of European financial institutions (30 from 17 countries, making up 9%). EIF’s main task then was to provide financial institutions with infrastructure and guarantee instruments for SME finance. Profitability (N/A) Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors In June 2000, EIF was restructured and its shareholding structure was modified with the EIB becoming the majority shareholder, culminating in the formation of the EIB Group. Since the 2000 restructuring, EIF has continued to provide portfolio guarantees for institutions involved in SME finance. EIF is Europe’s leading developer of risk financing for entrepreneurship and innovation. Uniquely for a European body, EIF’s core objectives are to: • earn an appropriate return for its shareholders, through a commercial pricing policy and a balance of fee and risk based income • contribute to the pursuit of Community objectives As a ‘Fund of Funds’, EIF indirectly (via local financial institutions) supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) providing:  • equity instruments through venture capital, growth and lower mid-market funds and private equity, to improve the availability of risk finance to high growth and innovative SMEs. 

• guarantees and credit enhancement through securitisation, to financial institutions such as banks and guarantee institutions, to improve their lending capacity and the availability and terms of debt they can offer to beneficiary SMEs. EIF is active in the enlarged Europe which includes the 27 Member States of the European Union, EFTA and Candidate Countries. Through its venture capital and private equity interventions, EIF plays a crucial role in the creation and development of high-growth and innovative SMEs by facilitating access to equity for these companies across the entire life cycle of corporate innovation. It does so by investing in venture capital and mid-market funds, from the very earliest stages of intellectual property development into technology transfer, to more mature phases of development. As one of the largest investors in European venture capital, supporting both well-known and first time teams, EIF has built a strong track record in the industry. Through this reputation, while maintaining a highly selective process, EIF takes significant minority stakes in funds which provides a catalytic effect on commitments from a wide range of investors, particularly in the private sector. The scale and scope of EIF investment, along with its added value on fundraising, allows EIF to promote best market practice and corporate governance for the teams


THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

EU

51 it chooses to support. As a result, EIF is recognized as a leading financial institution in the European private equity market. EIF cooperates with a wide range of financial intermediaries such as banks, guarantee funds, mutual guarantee institutions, micro credit providers, and public and promotional banks. EIF’s guarantee instruments consist of two main products supporting access to finance for SMEs: 1. Credit Enhancement-Securitisation (guarantees for securitised SME financing instruments)  2. Guarantees/counter-guarantees for portfolios of micro-credits, SME loans or leases (management of programmes of the European Commission) Website: http://www.eif.org/index.htm generic/enquiry_form.htm.

Contact: EIF headquarters 96, boulevard Konrad Adenauer • L-2968 Luxembourg Tel.: +352 42 66 88 1 • Fax: +352 42 66 88 200 • http://www.eif.org/generic/enquiry_form.htm


BUSINESS PLAN 1.4

Slovenia

52 Business plan 1.4 is a complete business plan software programme, which helps write and develop a business plan. Moreover, it is a complete software package for business model planning, which helps improve and develop the model in the future. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The tool was developed by the Venture Factory, a business incubator at the University of Maribor, and is available as a freeware programme in Slovenian and English. Business plan 1.4 helps you write a comprehensive business plan complete with text, tables with future predictions, financial analyses, graphs and illustrations. The tool is very practically orientated, has the function of a basic office writer program and offers useful advice and information on how to plan a successful business model. It is intended for start-up and small and medium sized enterprises. The tool is divided into four main sections: business plan content, financial planning, useful tips about the entrepreneurial idea and business plans in general and a document section. Financial planning is the most important feature of this software and offers the user the option to make financial projections and to carry out all necessary tasks relating to the financial side of a business plan. Since

the business plan is an ever-changing document, the user can always change the input data and adapt the projections to the current situation. The tool has been used many times since the service was launched and has more than 5,000 registered users. All calculations are done by the programme, thus providing major time savings for the user. Furthermore, the user has a smaller chance of making mistakes in calculations or forgetting to include an important piece of financial data. The financial planning can be easily adapted to specific business models and the predictions can be calculated for different time periods and with different growth factors. The program also enables the printing and saving of all calculated data in different popular formats such as PDF, DOC, or XLS. In these programs the user can further change and modify the data, which means the program is very adaptive and does not limit the use of input data. The use of the program can help differently skilled users, from total beginners to experts who have already written many business plans before. By saving time, and providing better quality business plans and presentations for entrepreneurs, this tool has provided great savings and a better competitiveness of the entrepreneurial environment.


BUSINESS PLAN 1.4

Slovenia

53 Financial planning, Cash flow statement

Contact: Urban Lapajne. Venture Factory (Tovarna podjemov) http://www.tovarnapodjemov.org +386 2 229 42 78 • urban.lapajne@tovarnapodjemov.org


F 1 R S T – F I N A N C I N G / F U N D S F O R I N N O VAT I O N , RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Italy

54 F1RST is a service conceived by Aster in 2000 whose objective is to provide information examination and assistance relative to the opportunities / incentive tools offered by facilitated forms of funding. Aster – Science Technology Business is  the Consortium among the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, five Universities, three National Research Centres located in the region- ENEA, CNR, INFM - and the Entrepreneurial Associations of the region.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors F1RST is an informative tool relating to EU, national and regional financing funds (Emilia-Romagna) in the following sectors: research and development; innovation and technology transfer; training and human resources and international technological cooperation. F1RST is intended for enterprises, universities, corporate research bodies, technology transfer and training entities, entrepreneurial associations, scientific and technology parks, local administrations, and banking institutes. The service is provided through: • the website: which permits a deepening of the opportunities for facilitated finance through illustrative documentation. • the newsletter: which provides a free weekly, custom designed bulletin - exclusively on issues of real interest selected during the registration process. • my F1RST: a personal page, for registered users, with advanced functions for independent profile updating, for access to the archive of all previously issued

newsletters, and for saving news based on specific parameters. • assistance and orienteering from the staff of F1RST. Results At the end of 2002, Aster decided to organize “Personalization Activities” to finance the service: the service allows third parties to provide their clients with customized information about funding. The service is intended for industry associations, brokers, consulting firms, and training organizations that wish to send to their members or users a free informative newsletter on loans for research and innovation. The parties have to pay an initial fee. “Personalization” allows users to present the whole of the F1RST website with their own graphics and also allows them to send personalized newsletters with information about the site’s major functions: • the F1RST website customized, in graphics, with all available features • a registration form to register users • the personalized newsletter • administration tools for the system • the opportunity to enter information to be sent exclusively to their users • the choice of keywords to be made available to registered users


F 1 R S T – F I N A N C I N G / F U N D S F O R I N N O VAT I O N , RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Italy

55 The web-services offered by F1RST, achieved the objective of becoming a point of reference for all regional (and national) R&D and technology communities who are interested in finding opportunities for funding and tenders

to finance innovative projects in their own specific sectors of interest. The model has proved to be successful and has become a benchmark and best practice case not only at national, but also at EU level.

Contact: Aster Science Technology Business Alessandra Borgatti, Antonio Renna • first@aster.it • http://first.aster.it/


S O U T H G R E AT P L A I N R E G I O N A L I N N O VAT I O N A G E N C Y

Hungary

56 The mission of the South Great Plain Regional Innovation Agency is to enforce the principle of sustainable improvement while increasing the competitiveness of the region. RIA strives to improve the international competitiveness of the region, and innovation and enterprise oriented improvements of the knowledge based economy, and to connect and encourage cooperation between innovation-related organizations to improve the economic appeal of the region. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors At RIA the aim is to establish a professional coordinator in the region and to create a well organized unity to support and to fulfil the tasks of the Regional Innovative Strategy in order to ensure successful cooperation between those involved in research and development, innovation, and industry, to improve the development of SMEs, and the transfer of technology; furthermore, to make a profit from intellectual property and set up a well structured network for innovation members. The tangible services of the agency are the following: • Participating as coordinator and bridge company in the actuation of the Regional Innovation Institute and its networks • Joining the Regional Innovation Strategy Plan • Coordinating the innovation management activities, technology-transfer and knowledge based activities of enterprises • Communicating with the innovation-related source demand, and informing source actuator institutions

• Encouraging financial investment in international programs • Organizing innovation-related training Long term objectives • Assuring a critical mass of economically useful innovative outcomes which is sufficient for the needs of investors and for long term sustainability • Establishing an optimal structure for pre-incubation, incubation and financial investors/start-ups, which provides a well founded base for the functioning of Universities, Research Institutes, industry developers, clusters and science parks based on synergetic cooperation • Assuring the complete integration of innovation management in the Pole Programme of the New Hungary Development Plan • Ensuring that innovation management keeps up-todate with the best worldwide practice • Preparation for the development of a partnersupporting integrated system


S O U T H G R E AT P L A I N R E G I O N A L I N N O VAT I O N A G E N C Y

Hungary

57 Members of the agency 1. Békés-County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion 2. College of Kecskemét 3. Griffsoft Plc. 4. Biopolisz Ltd. 5. Kőrös-Völgye Foundation 6. Duna-Tisza Regional Development Co. Ltd. 7. Laser Consult Technological and Business Consulting Ltd. 8. Titanium Ltd. 9. Tomori Pál College of Kalocsa 10. Lúdland Ltd. 11. Bács-Kiskun County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion 12. Axiál Ltd. 13. Baja Public Port Ltd.

Cooperative organizations: • University of Szeged • Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Science • DARFÜ Regional Development Agency • DEAK Regional Cooperation Research Center of Life and Material Sciences

Contact: István Molnár PhD. South Great Plain Regional Innovation Agency www.darinno.hu • molnar.istvan@darinno.hu • +36 62 549 500


T H E R & D I N F O R M AT I O N S Y S T E M

Czech Republic

58 The R&D Information System is a public administration information system for the collection, processing, publication and utilization of information about research and development, which has been supported by public budgets. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The R&D Information System administrator is the Research and Development Council, and the System operator is the Government Office of the Czech Republic. This system has the following basic purposes: − To support the R&D Council in preparing and negotiating the state budget proposal for R&D − To provide input data for R&D Efficiency Evaluation − To disseminate information on: • Calls • Current research • Past research along with results

The system started with the launch of the grant system in 1993. In the beginning it was a single data table of current projects. With the completion of the first projects, the problem of how to record past research had to be solved. The R&D Information System has the following subsystems (parts): − State Funding Providers − R&D Programmes, R&D IS of the Czech Republic − Tenders in R&D − Organizations Active in R&D − R&D projects − Institutional research plans − Results: publications, patents, etc.


Czech Republic

T H E R & D I N F O R M AT I O N S Y S T E M

59 Results Data object R&D projects R&D projects phases (year-based snapshots) Institutional research plans Institutional research plans (year-based snapshots) R&D results records (publications, patents, technologies) Pure R&D results Calls Research organizations Project coordinators Schemes Tenders State funding providers

Current number Increase per year Collected since 32 450 2 450 1994 95 000 7 500 890 4 700 550 000 420 000 400 4 600 26 000 140 429 25

Contact: R&D Council Czech Republic · rvv@vlada.cz

10 300 20 000 50 000 30 400 900 6 0

1988

2000


T H E I N N O VAT I N G R E G I O N S I N E U R O P E ( I R E ) N E T W O R K

EU

60 The Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) network was created by the European Commission in the mid-1990s. Its aim is to facilitate the exchange of experience and good practice among European regions, enhancing their capacity to support innovation and competitiveness among regional firms through the development and implementation of regional innovation strategies and schemes. Profitability (N/A) Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The IRE network currently brings together around 235 member regions from the 27 EU Member States, as well as from Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The regions are, in the majority of cases, represented in the network by a regional authority or a regional development agency. The IRE network is open to all European regions that are committed to developing their regional innovation systems. Member regions are gathered in the IRE network with the following mission statement: “Strengthening the global competitiveness of European regions by promoting innovation policies, and providing a unique platform for regions to cooperate and learn from each other.” Approximately 150 of the IRE member regions have already developed regional innovation strategies, or are currently implementing a RIS project, with support from the European Commission. Representatives from additional regions are partners in the current regional innovation policy impact assessment and benchmarking projects, or have participated in previous IRE projects such as the IRE

Thematic Networks, which ran from 2001-2004. All European regions working to enhance their innovation capacity, even those which have not been involved in an IRE project, can apply for membership of the IRE network. However the project financed by the European Commission to provide the Secretariat services to the members of the Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) network ended on 31 December 2008. The typical services included: helpdesk, partner search, info-point or the organization of study visits, which have not been available as of 1 January 2009. However the IRE Network will not stop its activities. Currently the European Commission, the IRE Steering Group and EURADA (the European Association of Development Agencies) are working on a new formula to continue the network activities without financial support from the EC. The IRE website is still available as from the 1st of January 2009. On the website you can find useful documentation covering the following categories: • Network Events • IRE Thematic Networks • Trans-regional co-operation • National networks • Regional Innovation Strategy projects • Trans-Regional Innovation Projects • IRE working groups of regions


T H E I N N O VAT I N G R E G I O N S I N E U R O P E ( I R E ) N E T W O R K

EU

61 • Mutual Learning Platform • Regional innovation policy impact assessment and benchmarking projects • IRE Award • Support Actions to RIS-NAC processes • IRE Steering Group • Regions of Knowledge 2 It is possible to search library archives, articles and other documents. A variety of promotional materials has been developed by the IRE Secretariat and by the European Commission in order to inform decision makers and the interested public about the IRE Network. All these materials can be downloaded from the IRE website.

Website: http://www.innovating-regions.org

Contact: N/A (The IRE Secretariat services ended on the 31 December 2008!)


PAT L I B C E N T R E - D E B R E C E N

Hungary

62 Patlib centres provide users with local access to intellectual property information and related issues. Patlib provides all information on intellectual property, access to the most important industrial property databases and to the brochures issued by the Hungarian Patent Office.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors Patent information centres located throughout the Member States of the European Patent Convention provide an opportunity for the public to consult information on patents. There are currently more than 320 centres all over Europe. PATLIB Centre at the University of Debrecen On the initiative of the Hungarian Patent Office the Patlib Centre, operating as part of the European patenting system, established its regional office at the University of Debrecen to promote its activities. Publications featuring specialised knowledge and other information are also available to University researchers and also to innovation stakeholders (inventors, SMEs) in the region. Patlib offers orientation in the fields of industrial property rights protection and copyrights.

The Patlib Centre offers free of charge consultancy to SMEs or any enquirer from the region in the following fields: • elementary concepts and the main institutes dealing with intellectual property protection • intellectual property under industrial and copyright protection • types of intellectual property protection • steps to be taken and conditions of patenting, utility model protection, and design protection starting from the idea itself • acquisition and maintenance of trademarks, product and company names, logos, slogans, flat or threedimensional shapes, colours, lights and sound signals, security holograms • conditions for obtaining protection abroad: extending rights to the Member States of European Union and the European Patent Convention countries • industrial property information sources, and use of IP-databases • the utilization of intellectual property and license agreements • intellectual property rights infringement cases, legal consequences and legal remedies


Hungary

PAT L I B C E N T R E - D E B R E C E N

63 Brochures: • Information about certain forms of intellectual property protection, invention disclosure forms, flowcharts • Intellectual property protection for everyone – a guide for inventors • Copyright law, royalties

• Industrial property classification systems • ESPACE-PRECES - patent documents of Central and Eastern European countries • esp@cenet patent database - more than 70 countries and regions • Community and international patent, trade mark and design databases

Access to the most important industrial property databases: • PIPACS − Hungarian industrial property database (in all the various formats) • E-register − Hungarian pilot electronic patent register

The Patlib Centre was set up in 2006 and is jointly operated by the Hungarian Patent Office and the University of Debrecen Technology Transfer Office. There are around 100 visitors per year asking for information mainly in the field of patenting and trademarks.

Contact: Patlib Centre – Debrecen University of Debrecen Technology Transfer Office E-mail: patlib@med.unideb.hu • Website: http://www.lib.unideb.hu/patlib


I H AV E A N I D E A !

Slovenia

64 I have an idea! (Imam idejo!) is a web portal dealing with everything connected with creating innovations. The portal is intended for all individuals seeking information about the process of innovation, innovative companies, innovators and other information connected with the creation of innovations. Available on: www.imamidejo.si. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors It is operated by the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI), which started within the Slovenian Centre for Competitiveness and Innovation (SCCI) special programme. The portal guides innovative individuals with fresh ideas through four different stages of the innovation process.

Picture: I have an idea! web portal’s front page

Depending on which stage the user is currently at, the portal offers developing procedures to get to the next stage and appropriate information regarding the process. The first stage is the Idea, which is defined as the result of an intellectual activity that shows potential for actual implementation in some creative form. The second stage is the Invention, which is a new idea, but already developed into a composition, device or process. The third stage is Potential Innovation. This is still an invention, but with clear proof of its usability. The last stage is the Innovation, which is an invention with a market value. During all these stages,


I H AV E A N I D E A !

Slovenia

65 the user is offered information on organizations offering services in the technical, financial and legal area, information on how to find partners and most importantly information on the right steps at a particular stage. The steps consist of the development strategy, learning material, marketing, intellectual property evaluation, the making of a business plan, management of a project and information on where to find the necessary capital or office space. All services on the portal are free and since October 2008, when it started operating, it has attracted many users. Currently it has 174 service provider organizations, 34 offered innovations and 8 presentations from innovators. Furthermore, the portal has resulted in the following benefits for the users: - Presenting the market for innovations and experts; - An Inventors’ Forum, which is a meeting place for all innovators;

- An Inventors’ Guide Book, which offers guidance through the key activities involved in changing an invention; - A list of innovators; - Examples of good practices, and a database of innovative projects; - The innovation guide; - News, events, public calls; - Interactive tools for writing a business plan; - The Innovation Management and IMProve questionnaires; - A special dictionary of words and expressions connected with the innovation environment; - The option to send a question, which will be answered by an expert; - Different publications connected with the entrepreneurial world.

Contact: JAPTI Alenka Pahor-Žvanut alenka.pahor-zvanut@japti.si • Tel: +386 1 530 98 29


R 2 B D AY S : I N T E R N AT I O N A L E X P O F O R U M O N I N D U S T R I A L I N N O VAT I O N

Italy

66 R2B – Research to Business is the first international exhibition event in Italy aimed at fostering co-operation between advanced research and industry on a national and international level. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors

R2B is the venue for the research system’s key players to present innovative technological solutions, research results, prototypes and applications, and market them towards the business sector, R&D managers and sponsors keen to support technology transfer processes.


R 2 B D AY S : I N T E R N AT I O N A L E X P O F O R U M O N I N D U S T R I A L I N N O VAT I O N

Italy

67 Since 2005, the annual exhibition has hosted some of the top Italian and foreign institutions and companies which, besides displaying research results and prototypes, offer highly qualified skills to potential far-sighted partners, industry members and company managers. The event consists of an exhibition area with national and international research products, events and initiatives that follow one another without interruption over 2 or 3 days of intense work, featuring meetings, specialist workshops, new businesses and young research talent, and international guests, and also provide visibility in the media. R2B Days address the current business sector needs for growth and development, connecting companies to the most important international research centers. Results R2B Days allow companies to introduce product innovations and to acquire competitive technologies benefiting from direct contact with the most advanced national and international research experience.

R2B Days plans to become a unique and defining annual event, able to provide solutions for enterprises from innovative research, from finance and from European programs through a rich agenda of conferences, round tables, forums and meetings. The event is intended particularly for enterprises which, in the light of the current market situation, need to renew products, productive technologies and organizations and can do this by coming into direct contact with the most advanced research experience, both nationally and internationally. Operators in the interested sectors, in particular owners of enterprises, production managers, technical managers and those responsible for R&D, can meet experienced researchers and scientists to find answers to questions relating to the improvement of their businesses. R2B Days is innovative in its approach, promoting dialogue and co-operation at a regional, national and international level; it also allows the exchange and confrontation of ideas, which is a basis for innovation.

Contact: Aster – Science Technology Business Debora Facchini • comunicazione@aster.it • http://www.rtob.it


T H E R E G I O N A L C O O P E R AT I O N R E S E A R C H C E N T E R O F L I F E A N D M AT E R I A L S C I E N C E S ( D E A K )

Hungary

68 DEAK, supported by 10 industrial partners and the Economic Competitiveness Operative Program, was established in 2005 and embraces the knowledge base of three faculties of the University of Szeged. On the one hand, the current research concentrates on material sciences including remediation and nanotechnological developments, modelling of imaging technologies, exploration of novel energy sources and finding new solutions to waste recycling. On the other hand research focuses on life sciences including cosmetological developments and strategies aiming to delay the aging process. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors DEAK Plc. provides administrative and technology transfer services and continues those regional knowledgecentre projects which have been implemented by the University of Szeged, the Biological Research Centre and their industrial partners in the South Great Plain region over the last few years. The general objectives of the Centre are the following: • to promote the development of a knowledgebased society in the South-Great-Plain Region by establishing and applying R&D results of a high standard • to establish a long-term cooperation by capitalizing on the skills of talented researchers in life and material sciences at the University of Szeged in the field of applied research where the targets of research, education and technology transfer can be

achieved through mutual encouragement • to establish a knowledge-base to be able to cover the whole process of innovation from the basic research to the appliance of patents and which will be able to align the activity of the University of Szeged more closely with the real demands of the economy by generating new projects in response to industrial demands DEAK as a project partner can participate in knowledge utilization venture projects that aim to use the knowledge available in Szeged. The firm also helps companies to utilize efficiently their innovation tax allowances. DEAK is a registered member of the international European Association for the Transfer of Technologies Innovation and Industrial Information organisation and successfully takes part in cross-border cooperation with partners in Romania.


T H E R E G I O N A L C O O P E R AT I O N R E S E A R C H C E N T E R O F L I F E A N D M AT E R I A L S C I E N C E S ( D E A K )

Hungary

69

Contact: Tamás Gyulai CEO • DEAK PLC. Phone: +36 209 209 573 • E-mail: gyulai.tamas@deakszeged.hu Website: http://www.deakszeged.hu


e s p @ c e n e t – E U R O P E ’ S N E T W O R K O F PAT E N T D ATA B A S E S

EU

70 The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 38 European countries. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation and is supervised by the Administrative Council. Profitability (N/A) Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors

In October 1998, the European Patent Office (EPO) launched esp@cenet, a network of free patent databases containing millions of patent documents from Europe, Japan, the U.S. and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Although the EPO was not the first patent office to make

patent data freely available on the Internet (the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was first in December 1994), the creation of esp@cenet was a watershed event in the history of patents. EPO revolutionized public access to international patent information, releasing patent data from its paper prison and changing forever the way patents are disseminated, organized, searched, and retrieved. No longer would inventors and entrepreneurs be forced to travel great distances in order to study patents at specially designated libraries. Students, librarians, and researchers were now able to search international patents for free via esp@cenet instead of using expensive commercial patent databases.

Figure 1: esp@cenet structure


e s p @ c e n e t – E U R O P E ’ S N E T W O R K O F PAT E N T D ATA B A S E S

EU

71 The EPO has continuously improved esp@cenet by adding millions of patent and non-patent literature documents, enhancing patent family and legal status information, upgrading search and retrieval capabilities and expanding online help and training materials. The esp@cenet Europe’s network of patent Databases offers more than 60 million patent documents – most of them patent applications rather than granted patents – from around the world. Patent applications normally represent the first publication of a new idea, appearing before journal articles are published or new products reach the market. The structure of the esp@cenet service is best described as a web of interconnected gateways and databases. (See Figure 1) As of 1 July 2006, the esp@cenet Worldwide database contained bibliographic data for more than 59 million patent documents from approximately 72 countries and regional patent offices and more than one million

non-patent literature (NPL) documents (European Patent Office). It is one of the largest organized collections of technical literature on the Internet. Patent documents available in esp@cenet include, among others, published applications, translated applications, patents, reissued patents, utility model applications, registered utility models, and search reports. It also provides access to more than 40 million facsimiles images of full-text patent documents in PDF format, patent legal status, and patent family data. The smaller EP and WIPO databases contain applications (‘A’ documents) published in the most recent 24 months by the EPO and WIPO, respectively. This innovation service is extremely important because patent literature is very useful for giving information about technological trends and competition, and it is standardized in the native language. The search options regarding esp@cenet database provide this information for free as well as the opportunity to download most of the documents.

Website: http://www.espacenet.com

Contact: Urad Republike Slovenije za intelektualno lastnino Kotnikova 6, 1000 Ljubljana info@uil-sipo.si


T E C H N O L O G Y WAT C H

Czech Republic

72 The ultimate goal of Technology Watch is to help companies make strategic decisions and thus improve competitiveness and innovative capacity. Technology Watch is intended as a practice facilitating the innovation process within companies and developing the potential of successful innovative business actions. The treatment, analysis and validation of the information allow companies to make better decisions about the course of research and development projects, investment and strategy design. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors By using the Technology Watch Tool over the Internet, Czech SMEs can have an easy and cost effective access to information on a variety of issues and find answers to complicated problems regardless of their geographical location. Furthermore, the fast dissemination of the technological information through this service enables SMEs to keep pace with cutting edge technology.

The focus of Technology Watch is to continually gather and analyse strategic information about technology and trends in technology. By locating and disseminating the information that is considered relevant, we provide a powerful tool to aid decision-making. Technology Watch falls into the broader category of ‘Competitive Intelligence’, which also covers strategic information about markets, products, competitors, legislation, etc. For most businesses, having strategic information on a global scale is a key element in obtaining and maintaining an advantage over their competitors. Main focus: o Facilitating the innovation process o Easy and cost effective access to information o Answers to technological questions and problems Results Supported by an expert team and covering a variety of fields and technologies relevant for Plastics Value Chain companies, there is a wide range of selective information options: - News references: Specific news items of interest to the user - Technological reports: Experts on specific technologies can give customers further details on request


T E C H N O L O G Y WAT C H

Czech Republic

73 - Customised dossier: News items about the sectors and technologies relevant to that user (with topics selected at registration), and access to the full text of reports published on the Web site - Enquiries: To be used if specific information (e.g. on technology, patents, quality) is needed over the course of a company’s development activity - Alerts: Customised, regular strategic information relevant to the user’s activity

Contact: Enterprise Europe Network CR · Daniela Váchová


B I O I N C U B AT O R C E N T R E AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y OF DEBRECEN

Hungary

74 The main objective of the Bioincubator Centre at the University of Debrecen is to support young innovative companies by providing access to a high value equipment park and laboratories, providing innovation and technology transfer services and improving their management. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The establishment of the Bioincubator Centre was supported by the National Office for Research and Technology (the Hungarian government’s research grant management organization). The Bioincubator Centre was founded on three pillars: • to provide a high value equipment park for the incubated companies • to offer preferential access to laboratory space • to offer innovation-related and technology transfer services. In the light of the current demands of enterprises the concept of “virtual incubation” has been introduced. In this context biotechnological companies in their spinoff or start-up life phases may also have preferential access to innovation services even if they have not moved physically to the Centre. The following services are available for companies.

General facilities • Office and laboratory space • Modern, fully equipped and air conditioned meeting rooms • Mail handling • Cleaning services • Proximity to the University and the city of Debrecen

Core research facilities: • Biomolecular Interaction Laboratory • Clinical Genomics Centre Core Facility • Proteomics Core Facility • Lipidomics Core Facility • Laboratory Animal Core Facility • HTS (High Throughput Screening) Laboratory • Molecular Strain Development and Fermentation Service Laboratory • Analytical chemical service laboratory Business support • Business plan development • Strategic advice • Advice on fundraising and grants • Information and access to business networks • Opportunities to engage with other innovative companies in the Észak-Alföld Region


B I O I N C U B AT O R C E N T R E AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y OF DEBRECEN

Hungary

75 • Access to facilities, centres of excellence and consultancies within the University of Debrecen • IP consultancy (forms of IP protection) • IP management (novelty search, patent filing) • IT-related services (including website development) • Legal consultancy and services (R&D contracts, licence agreements, IP-related contracts)

The Bioincubator Centre has three tenants in 2010. These young, innovative companies are actively involved in research and development in the field of biotechnology. Furthermore the centre has several virtually incubated companies, which also benefit from the lab- and business related services of the Centre.

Contact: Bioincubator Centre – Debrecen E-mail: bioinkub@med.unideb.hu • Website: http://bioinkubator.unideb.hu


A B U S I N E S S P L A N T H AT AT T R A C T S I N V E S T O R S !

Slovenia

76 A business plan that attracts investors, is a seven-module workshop, intended for entrepreneurs who want to write a good business plan and develop a business model with high potential in the process.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The workshop is organized by Business Angels of Slovenia, a venture capital investors club. This club represents the link between ambitious entrepreneurs at the early stage of a company’s growth, and the most successful Slovenian business individuals. The whole investor process always begins on the basis of an excellent and well presented business plan. Therefore, when an entrepreneur has a business idea, the next crucial step is to write a business plan, which will transform this idea into a business model. To write a business plan, the entrepreneur needs a great deal of information, research and knowledge from different business areas. Entrepreneurs at the beginning of their careers often have particular problems with writing a good business plan. The workshop is prepared by experts in the specific field, already established entrepreneurs and investors. It provides all important elements needed for a successful final result and, additionally, an opportunity for those participants who

show potential for an equity investment to present their business model to investors. It consists of seven modules: • Equity financing, foundations for a good business and business planning basics; • The methods and process of an effective business analysis; • A marketing plan, sales strategy and entry into foreign markets; • Development, intellectual property, the entrepreneurial team, potential risks and time scheduling; • Financial planning, projections and a standard equity financing clause; • Executive summary and presentation in front of investors;


A B U S I N E S S P L A N T H AT AT T R A C T S I N V E S T O R S !

Slovenia

77 • Presentation tryouts and suggestions for improvements. The workshop extends over a one-month period. The participation fee is 200 EUR, which includes individual consulting on a specific business plan. It is conducted twice per year and so far more than 60 entrepreneurs have used the opportunity to write a successful business plan, 10 of them have presented their business model to investors and 2 received equity capital. At the end of the workshop, each business plan is evaluated and all entrepreneurs have a chance to practise their presentation in front of participants and lecturers. In this way, the entrepreneurs receive valuable feedback on the strong and weak points of their business plan or presentation. The workshop offers a great opportunity for a successful start for the business and a good start is often the deciding factor that makes the difference between a success story and a failure.

Contact: BlaŞ Kos Business Angels of Slovenia kos@poslovniangeli.si • Tel: +386 1 30 70 933


TECHNOLOGY FORESIGHT STUDY IN THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION

Italy

78 Foresight is a systematic and participative process which, through the involvement of experts and members of the academic community, industry and policy-making, is intended to offer focused and shared strategic perspectives to help guide policy-maker decisions towards the achievement of the objectives concerned.

Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors Three technology foresight studies have so far been conducted by the Faber Foundation with the financial support of the Regional Operational Program − Objective 3 ESF − Measure D.1, funded by Emilia-Romagna, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the European Union − European Social Fund. The fundamental participants in these foresight exercises are − and must be − industry players and researchers from both private and public research institutes. The work plan of the foresight process can be summarize in 6 main steps: • Planning the project • Methodology definition • Development of the research context • Interaction between and within firms and research institutes • Writing and editing of the final report • Dissemination of the results

During the planning, it is essential to create a working group, which will define objectives and the area of the research. The interaction with the enterprises is a critical phase, as without their active participation, the foresight results will always appear to be an external, alien description of potential future events, rather than the description of the best path chosen by the enterprises themselves for a more effective future. At the end of the process it is important to publish the study and prepare a publication in order to disseminate the results through live discussion and the involvement of both those who contributed to its creation and other stakeholders not involved up to that point. Results The main aims of the technology foresight are: • to build a common vision regarding the expected evolution of the technology, in order to enable firms to become acquainted with these potential changes and be prepared to face them and to adapt to new developments in the best way possible. • to evaluate the impact of the evolution of the technology on the firm’s activity and organization of production and to create a strategic vision for the priorities required


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Italy

79 • to identify the new skill profiles required by the predicted technology trends, and to plan the necessary training plans, or the attraction of qualified human resources from other areas of the country/world • to select the necessary strategies and behaviours which will enable the firm to face changes and to “surf” on them, obtaining the maximum advantage from them • to create cooperation between participants through the definition of common paths along which various regional actors (enterprises, researchers, centres supporting the regional economy) will work together for a common goal.

The three sectoral technology foresight exercises conducted by Faber in the Emilia-Romagna concerned the following sectors: • advanced machinery • the food industry • logistics and the supply chain In each exercise the participation of companies and research institutes was encouraging, with between 30 and 50 firms and research labs involved in the panel activity. Through the analysis of technology trends, technology foresight studies provide a contribution to the discussion of the needs arising from the analysis and self-analysis of the sector selected. It is possible to develop a shared vision on emerging technologies which might change the international positioning of the industry in Emilia-Romagna and hence might require a major redefinition of product, process and production organization in order to guarantee competitiveness.

Contact: Fondazione FABER responsible scientific officer: Annaflavia Bianchi annaflavia@fastwebnet.it


EU

CORDIS

80 The creation of CORDIS was a DG XIII initiative - the Commission decision SEC(88)1831 allowed the service to be first established in 1988. Today CORDIS (The Community Research and Development Information Service for Science, Research and Development) is the official source of information on the seventh framework programme (FP7) calls for proposals; it offers interactive web facilities that link together researchers, policymakers, managers and key players in the field of research. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors CORDIS has these main missions: • To facilitate participation in European Research activities; • To enhance exploitation of research results with an emphasis on sectors crucial to Europe’s competitiveness; • To promote the dissemination of knowledge fostering the innovation performance of enterprise and the societal acceptance of new technology. CORDIS is an information space, filled with a huge array of accurate and up-to-date data on European research and development activities and capacities. At present, there are approximately: • 350 000 database records • 400 000 web pages • 60 000 downloadable documents New information is added daily, and all information is regularly updated and reviewed until it is archived (where it still remains available to users).

CORDIS is a well-known service with an average of over 300 000 users every month, mainly from the worlds of R&D and business, but also including policy-makers, business support organizations, journalists, etc. Each month these users collectively call up around seven million pages, and download as many as 400 000 documents. Each individual visitor to CORDIS looks for a specific type of knowledge to satisfy specific needs.

Source: http://cordis.europa.eu/home_en.html


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CORDIS

81 CORDIS is an interactive platform where information and knowledge can be exchanged, where partnerships can be formed, and where European research is turned into benefits for European citizens. Well over 100 000 registered users are regular visitors to CORDIS, exploiting interactive service facilities to leverage their business and professional interests. Although CORDIS is already a huge information space, offering many valuable services to visitors, the service is constantly looking for new ways of helping customers get maximum benefit from it. The use of CORDIS’s online services is free-of-charge; customers only need to cover telecommunication costs. CORDIS is just one information service amongst many, and is constantly looking for new link-ups to other sources

that can further expand the service. CORDIS is managed by the Publications Office of the European Union (the Publications Office), the publishing house of the European Union. CORDIS is a valuable resource for RTD, with huge databases and is one of the main information resources for researchers in the EU looking for funding possibilities, partners, programmes and EU policy in the field of research and innovation. The CORDIS key web pages and services are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish. The research *eu magazine, available via CORDIS, is published in English, French, German and Spanish, while CORDIS Wire announcements can be posted in English, French or German. Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/home_en.html

Contact: Publications Office of the European Union - CORDIS Unit 2, rue Mercier L-2985 Luxembourg CORDIS Help Desk Tel: +352 2929 42210 • E-mail: cordis-helpdesk@publications.europa.eu


Project GAMF

Hungary

82 The University of Szeged and the University College of KecskemÊt competed together in the competition organised by the National Development Agency in the framework of the Social Reform Operative Program. They established a consortium for the implementation of the project in 2009 with a full name establishment and the development of the necessary tools and environment to serve knowledge exploitation and knowledge transfer in the University of Szeged and in the Southern Great Plain Region. The project is designed to improve the scientific, innovation and economic potential of the participating institutions of higher education through cooperation with the region’s stakeholders. The goal is to facilitate the use of research and development results by the regional business sector. The project supports the optimal and targeted use of scientific resources in order to improve the knowledge-based economic transformation of the region. Profitability Initial resources for setting up the service Independence Soft factors Hard factors The activities involved in the project are the following: Methodology development: analyses, studies, strategies and plans to establish technology transfer activities. Development and implementation of new technology

transfer methods. Accredited training and education related to the objectives. Service development: installation of new technology transfer solutions. Collaboration and coordination activities in connection with technology transfer. Technology transfer advisory service and help-desk. Supply of technology transfer instruments and software. Dissemination. Technology transfer pilot projects: support for intellectual property protection and intellectual property management. Consultancy in the field of innovation, finance, marketing and technology transfer. Preparation for establishing spin-off enterprises: individual adaptation of updated laws. Searching for potential investors and industrial partners. Defining the optimal proprietary and investment structure of a spin-off enterprise. Spin-off financing and marketing activities. Creation of technology transfer network: establishment of regional institutional partnerships. Establish-


Hungary

Project GAMF

83 ment of local, nationwide and trans-national economicalindustrial partnerships. Creation of trans-national transfercooperation. The project started in August 2009. The experience of the first period has been favourable. Due to the thorough

preparation activities the links between the region's enterprises and research institutes have been established, offering more opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer. The total budget of the project is 2.1 million Euros.

Contact: Ákos Tóth • University College of Kecskemét www.kefo.hu • toth.akos@gamf.kefo.hu • +36-70-334-9922


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