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Workshop on Proof of Concept (PoC) in South Eastern Europe

Sep 21 2017
Sep 22 2017

Next 21 and 22 September the JRC is organising a workshop on Proof of Concept (PoC) in South Eastern Europe in Trieste, Italy.

The workshop intends to explore best practices in the creation and management of PoC support programmes and to consider possibilities for the creation of additional PoC support schemes in the region.

PoC support schemes would address the earliest and most risky element of the technology transfer funding cycle and enable researchers and PROs to validate discoveries and ease the process of maturing technologies to a point where alternative sources of investment (including private) become available. 

The conclusions of this meeting are also expected to feed into broader political developments, in particular in relation to the Berlin process.

Participants will include the European Investment Bank (along with the Fund) that plays a major role in the region through, among others, the Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility (WB EDIF).

Programme & media


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Proof of Concept financing (PoC) can facilitate the validation (prototype, demonstrator, proof of market, etc.) and assessment of commercialisation options for technologies developed within Public Research Organisations (PROs) and micro-enterprises/SMEs in South Eastern Europe.

The objective of providing PoC financing is to provide financial support to researchers to help them in successfully converting good research into good business. PoC funding is currently at a modest stage of development in South Eastern Europe and, in particular, in the Western Balkans.


Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

/jrc/en/file/document/173594Technology Transfer in Innovation System - Regional Innovation System

Atanas Kochov, Member of the Directorate-General Joint Research Centre's Board of Governors

/jrc/en/file/document/173602Proof of Concept (PoC) in South Eastern Europe: Best practices, challenges and opportunities for promoting technology transfer and innovation

Maddalena Furlan, AREA Science Park

/jrc/en/file/document/173597Proof of Concept 'FORMATs'

Eladio Crego Gil, Fundacion Barrie - Science Seed Fund for Galicia

/jrc/en/file/document/173603Fundación Barrié Science Fund. Impact and lesson learned

Frank Tooley, Program Manager, High Growth Ventures at Scottish Enterprise Ltd

/jrc/en/file/document/173604Proof of Concept (PoC) in Scotland

Laura Pontiggia, Policy Adviser, European Research Council Executive Agency

/jrc/en/file/document/173605The ERC Proof of concept Grant

Mattias Dinnetz, Project Officer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

/jrc/en/file/document/173606Joint Research Centre Proof of concept Programme

Dragan Šoljan, Adviser, Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility, european Investment Bank

/jrc/en/file/document/173607Western Balkan EDIF (Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility) - Support services pillar

Judit Hegedus, European Institute of Innovation & Technology

/jrc/en/file/document/173608Proof of Concept Funding

Lisa Cowey, Key expert for technology transfer, project 'Capacity building for Technology Transfer for the Western Balkans - EU4Tech'

/jrc/en/file/document/173622The Western Balkans and Innovation - a funding gap?

Mislav Jurišić, Advisor, Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO)

/jrc/en/file/document/173609Program logic, experiences, challenges and results of HAMAG-BICRO Proof of Concept Program

Julia Djarova, Executive Director EY

/jrc/en/file/document/173610From R&D to innovation: the choice of financial support