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nosimoda's picture

Here is our proposed shortlist

In the context of the study, we have identified a set of inspiring practices:

First Tuesday Forum (UK)
iMINDS (BE) 
Security Challenge (Global)
Yeda (ISR); 
CTA (Es) 
Innovation Alliances (DE)
Knowledge Trasnfer Partnerships (UK)
Clusters Digiteo (FR)
Area (IT)
Nanoelectronics (FR)

Penrose (NL) 
IP Marketplace (DK)
Foundum (ES) 
Catapult (UK)
Emilia-Romagna startup (IT)
WellCome Trust open data hackathon (UK)
Principi attivi (IT)

What do you think? Any other worth mentioning?

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nhanssba's picture

Nice list, I'd suggest to add

Nice list, I'd suggest to add the TIS innovation park (http://www.tis.bz.it/) of South Tyrol, Bolzano (Italy)
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nosimoda's picture

interesting - more information?

Hi nhanssba - could you tell us why this centre in particular?

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Bart Hanssens's picture

TIS

Sure, they actively transform innovation into (local) business value, with IMHO interesting projects like Geo BI (http://geobi.info/), using social media for competitive growth (http://www.smart-regio.eu/), renewable energy, "smart" roads / mobility etc

If I recall correctly, TIS shareholders are 75% public sector - 25% chamber of commerce, driven by the need of diversifying the local economy (i.e.: what if tourism dwindles)

They've also organized an "Innovation Festival" (http://www.innovationfestival.bz.it/) with presentations on Open Data, Social Innovation, and Green energy.

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Sergio's picture

Foundum is a great way to

Foundum is a great way to convert theory into business, as it helps entrepreneurs to find all their needs in their ecosystem (funding, advisors, providers..)

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npujlaia's picture

more..?

Sergio, good initiative. Could you share more information? how did it start? which are the main outcomes / impact of Foundum?

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Valentina Tageo's picture

S2P – Switch2Product, third edition

A valuable initiative from the incubator of the "Politecnico di Milano" in its third edition: http://www.polihub.it/en/what-we-do/scouting/s2p-switch2product-third-ed...
Many universities offer services of mentoring, incubators, assistance in business planning and training for potential entrepreneurs. Maybe one of the core actions to reduce the gap between research and market is intensifying this kind of activities that could be successfully funded through Public-Private Partnerships.

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