Next 25th October will take place in Brussels the seminar: Taking innovation to the market: 10 actions to make it happen, that follows up to the Digital Agenda Assembly workshop 3 -Translating research and innovation into jobs and growth, held in Dublin last 19th June 2013.
Strategically time-framed before the start of Horizon 2020, the seminar is aiming to develop new ideas for overcoming the “valley of death” between research and market. We will be discussing existing innovative and high impact initiatives in order to identify specific bottlenecks of greater impact and propose actionable policy ideas. The ultimate goal is to identify 10 actions to bridge the gap between research and market. Selected initiative cover both innovation in the ICT sector (how to bring new ICT products and services to the market) and innovation through ICT (how ICT can help innovation in other sectors by bringing together complementary ressources, reducing time to market etc.).
The “Valley of death” is a metaphor often used to describe the gap between research and its market application or commercialization. It is well known that European excellence in research is not reflected on the market positioning. Europe is not fast and effective enough to transfer knowledge from universities to companies. For instance, while Europe holds one third of global patents on Key Enabling Technologies, it holds no manufacturing facilities.
In the recent online discussion in this community and during workshop 3 in Digital Agenda Assembly, you shed light on crucial ingredients of the innovation process and how can organisations turn ICT research results and innovation into competitiveness and growth in Europe. Different models of transfer of research and innovation to the market were discussed, including how ICT could help to fill in the gap from research to product manufacturing.
In the preparation for the workshop, we are kicking off the discussion online. And let us start with a straightforward question:
Which are, in your opinion, effective and inspiring initiatives that succeed to transfer research results into marketable products?