PROGRESS-TT workshop: Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders


What will be discussed:

Entry level:         Mid-level to senior staff and/or a minimum of 5 years experience in TT
When:                 Friday, 13 October 2017
Venue:                Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (in Saraceno Meeting Room)
Address:             Campus San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873, Fondamenta San Giobbe, 30121 Venice, Italy (show in map)
Expert:                Tom Hockaday, Owner, Technology Transfer Innovation, UK
Available seats: 15
Fees:                    € 0.00*

*Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, PROGRESS-TT events are offered at no cost. You are to cover your own expenses and your participation will only be confirmed upon receiving your travel arrangements

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Voice your opinion

We would like to thank all of you who have supported and participated in PROGRESS-TT. Now that the project is coming to an end, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to report back to the European Commission.

By completing this short survey you can ensure that the voice of the user community is further reflected in the final report. Many of you have participated in training under the PROGRESS-TT and many have supported the project in other ways therefore, it is important to hear the impact of our outreach.

Please take 5 minutes to let us know your thoughts.

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Get inspired and learn from your peers

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261 attendeesPROGRESS-TT offers four different types of events, catering for European technology transfer professionals at different levels of their professional development, at no costs; the training sessions, for those relatively new in the field; the webinar, for those with a minimum of 3 years of experience; the workshop for those with a minimum of 5 years of experience; and the boot camp for most senior staff and head of TTOs.

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Led by ASTP-Proton, the project has delivered 12 out of 16 events (four training, three webinars, two workshops and three boot camps) with a satisfaction rate of 88% i.e. attendees rating the event(s) as very good to excellent. Register and save the dates to the last four events of PROGRESS-TT, see full list of upcoming events.

What people say about PROGRESS-TT training events:

“Very well organised and practical event with speakers clearly very experienced and experts in their field – lots of food for thought when I get home” – Miriam Walsh, TEAGASC, Ireland

“Case studies are a good basics for training and discussion but it is more interesting when case studies are integrated and combined with experts’ own experience and knowledge” – N.N.

“It was a profitable opportunity to exchange experiences with other TTOs” – Tiago Botelho, IRB Barcelona, Spain



New comers vs Repeaters     Level of staff      Yrs of experience

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Get professionally certified through PROGRESS-TT learning events

Get professionally certified through PROGRESS-TT learning events

PROGRESS-TT is currently exploring offering to beneficiaries of our Capacity Building learning events to receive certification, at two levels. First, at an individual-level: granting delegates having attended events a professional recognition based on the certification of training materials used in the training of TT professionals. Second, at organization-level: certifying whole Technology Transfer Offices based on the degree of involvement of their members of staff in the various learning events of the PROGRESS-TT project.

The novelty is in this second approach to certification which is ambitious, innovative and very much aligned to PROGRESS-TT’s mission of supporting the skill development of teams rather than single individuals. Indeed, a certification at organization level could be very valuable for TTOs, as it would indicate a strategic approach to learning, with selected members of staff attending learning events that are specifically relevant to their activities.

The rationale behind the work towards the certification of both individuals and teams having learnt with PROGRESS-TT is rooted in the importance of peer recognition for career advancement. For professionals working in technology transfer, obtaining a professional certification can be extremely valuable to signal to employers, colleagues and third parties that a professional has reached relevant and demonstrable core competencies in the field. In a survey to TT professionals employed in European universities developed within the PROGRESS-TT project, the respondents explicitly recognized the importance of certification for their profession. To this end, TT professionals try to attend certified training courses that allow them to reach the certification. In fact, to the question asking to indicate whether the accreditation of courses was perceived as important (on a 1-5 scale, where 1=unimportant and 5=extremely important), 50% of the respondents answered assigning the highest values of 4 or 5 (total average value equal to 3.23), and 23% of them assigned the value 3.

PROGRESS-TT expects the process for certification of past and forthcoming events to take a few more weeks to be finalised. Beneficiaries of PROGRESS-TT events will be contacted in due course to inform you of the outcomes. And if your team has already attended a number of PROGRESS-TT events, then consider attending more to achieve certification when it is available.

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Nine successful events have been delivered in 2016

Nine successful events have been delivered in 2016

As of March 2016 until September 2017, PROGRESS-TT is to deliver a total of 16 live events, which are the core activities of the Capacity Building programme, with no registration fee and open to European Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs). Led by ASTP-Proton, the project has delivered 9 events (3 training, 2 webinars, 2 workshops and 2 boot camps) throughout 2016 and 7 more events are scheduled in 2017.

The previously held 9 events were attended by 187 participants from 85 institutions in 24 European countries, of which the majority of the attendees (75%) are from TTOs in the East and South of Europe. The experience level of the attendees also vary across the nine events with more than half of the attendees are Senior staff and Heads of the TTOs and slightly less than half of the attendees have more than 6 years of experience in Technology Transfer.

Attendees breakdown - per country

With an average of 86% of the attendees rating the events with very good and excellent, the high level of interaction, networking and the use of the case studies are the most appreciated by all attendees. When asked what they find most valuable about the event, Levin Pal of Josef Stefan Institute in Slovenia answered, “interaction with other TTO people, loss of fear to be unsuccessful”, who attended three different types of events.

University of Milan hosts first PROGRESS-TT Workshop on 13 May

Technology transfer professionals from six European countries exchanged experiences on the subject of Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising researchers for commercialisation on 13 May at the University of Milan in Italy.

Jon Wulff Petersen, CEO of tto a/s in Denmark facilitated On behalf of PROGRESS-TT the event along with Andrea Basso of MITO in Italy. “We met with a very open and engaged group of people performing a challenging task”, Petersen said.

The one-day workshop was highly interactive and high-impact. As in most PROGRESS-TT events, participants found the use of case study most valuable.

One of the participants, Alessandra Orlandi of Humanitas Mirasole, Italy came home with a bag full of best practice. “A very valuable workshop strongly based on real cases to quickly improve the understanding of topics and get viable solutions,” she said of the event.

PROGRESS-TT thanks University of Milan for hosting the event.#