Selected TTOs meet their PROGRESS-TT experts for the first time

Selected TTOs meet their PROGRESS-TT experts for the first time

Eighteen delegates representing 15 high-potential Technology Transfer Offices met their coaches for the first time at Confimprese in Italy on 1 June 2016. The event marked the launch of the first Intensive Capacity Building Programme of the project.

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The first “Meet the Experts” acquainted the TTOs with their experts.

The delegates were selected from the first PROGRESS-TT Capacity Building Call which ran from December to January 2016. The call’s objective is to build the capacity of up to 30 TTOs and Tech Transfer Funds through the selection of high-potential TTOs and matching them with experts who will coach and mentor them. The first meet-up acquainted the TTOs with the experts. Experts and TTOs will now work together over the coming months as part of the PROGRESS-TT Capacity Building Programme (CBP).

At the event, after an opening session directed to all the participants, TTO representatives were split into two groups for the rest of the morning. Half of the participants took part in the one-to-one meetings while the other group attended presentations on the CBP and the PROGRESS-TT best practices. The groups swapped places in the afternoon.

15 TTOs meet the experts of PROGRESS-TT's Capacity Building Programme.

15 TTOs meet the experts of PROGRESS-TT’s Capacity Building Programme.

The event was only the first step into a capacity building process which will last up to 12 months. It was an essential step to ensure a good understanding between experts and TTOs and to establish a sound basis for their relationship to develop from. Feedback from participants has been excellent. “Thank you for organising Milan, it was great to meet with our assigned expert and to start working with him. I already feel the effect of the project,” said Martina Pace, Manager of the Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Malta.

The event’s host, Confimprese, is a private non-profit organisation that brings together leading operators of the Italian industry and retail sector, and aims at encouraging the development of stores and brands in Italy and abroad.#

PROGRESS-TT kicks-off Capacity Building Programme with first 15 TTOs

PROGRESS-TT kicks-off Capacity Building Programme with first 15 TTOs

The Capacity Building Programme (CBP) of the PROGRESS-TT project aims at taking a total of 30 Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and TT Funds through an intensive programme of support based on a set of best practice and case studies and one-to-one coaching and mentoring by selected experts.

15 TTOs meet the experts of PROGRESS-TT's Capacity Building Programme.

15 TTOs meet the experts of PROGRESS-TT’s Capacity Building Programme.

All support activities revolve around four Critical Areas of Focus, identified through in-depth research done by PROGRESS-TT partners as the areas where intensive support will have most impact in building up Europe’s capacity for success in technology transfer. They are as follows:
1. Scouting ideas/technologies from Public Research Organisations (PROs) and incentivising researchers to disclose IP;
2. Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising for commercialisation;
3. Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders;
4. Securing TTO Staff skills and organising the TTO for optimum growth.

Of the 36 TTOs which applied for the PROGRESS-TT Call#1 launched on 17 December 2015, 15 with the highest potential for growth were selected to be part of the first CBP. Selected TTOs were then matched with a pool of 24 European experts using an automatic matching tool. Once the absence of conflict of interest was confirmed, the TTOs met with their experts for a day of discussion and planning. Central to the CBP will be the use of the PROGRESS-TT Library of Best Practice which currently holds 40 case studies illustrating a number of best practice identified and reviewed by independent TT experts. These case studies are freely accessible online at http://www.progresstt.eu/best-practice-library/. Each TTO will receive 12 days of expert support over the coming 6 to 12 months to implement actions that will enable them to reach the milestones set together with their assigned expert.

The CBP is funded by the PROGRESS-TT through H2020 and is therefore free of charge for the TTOs.

The list of 15 TTOs is as follows:
• Akdeniz University AKISMER TTM Antalya, Turkey
• Ozyegin University Istanbul TTO, Turkey
• Waterford institute of Technology, Ireland
• University of Belgrade Center for Technology Transfer, Belgrade, Serbia
• Ege University EBILTEM Technology Transfer Office, Turkey
• University of Malta KTO, Malta
• Erasmus MC Hospital TTO, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• National Institute of Chemistry – Advisory Committee for IPR, Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Koç University, RPDTTD, Istanbul, Turkey
• TTO of the Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon, Portugal
• Jožef Stefan Institute, Center for innovation and technology transfer (CTT), Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Politecnico di Torino, Research and Technological Transfer Support Area, Turin, Italy
• Tallinn University of Technology, Innovation & Business Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
• Cracow University of Technology, Technology Transfer Center, Cracow, Poland
• Tera Tehnopolis d.o.o Technology Development Centre Osijek Ltd. (TDCO), Croatia

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