This document has been developed in the framework of the capacity upgrading activities delivered as part of the AEIP project.
By exploring this document readers can expect to gain a clear understanding of:
• How to capitalise on the green and social values that motivate and guide green start-ups in delivering sustainable innovations?
• How to support the process of growing a business idea to convert it into a profitable and sustainability-oriented business models innovation in cleantech?
• How to improve the sustainability profile of an existing business idea?
• How to integrate brainstorming from multiple stakeholders and build a business case
The following sections are organised following the same structure of the “Sustainable Business Modelling for Cleantech” webinar. A first section presents a brief overview of the relevance of sustainable business models patterns on innovation activities. Section two includes a brief description of the case study used during the webinar session. A third section describes the activities carried out during the workshop, and key results from the practical exercise implemented. A fourth and final section includes references and a brief vitae of the team behind the preparation and delivery of the workshop.
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Africa Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP) would like to share our handbook on on building capacities on Corporate Innovation!
Based on the needs assessment done at the start of the AEIP project, capacity upgrading activities will be implemented in light of enhancing individual, organizational and institutional knowledge & skills. This capacity upgrading targets African entrepreneurs, tech hubs and technology transfer actors, in a bid to facilitate technology and innovation partnerships between EU and Africa. The first training module specifically looked at the landscape of EU funding opportunities specifically designed to support the strengthening of African incubators/accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs. The second training focused on developing sustainable business models. The 3rd training session seeks to deep dive into matters of financing for start-ups. The 4th training focused on Technology Transfer Offices.
The 5th training topic was “Driving Corporate Innovation in Africa: Key Challenges and Opportunities”. It was organized in collaboration with Co-Creation Hub (Cc-Hub). Cc-Hub is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional space where work to catalyse creative social tech ventures take place.
Africa Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP) would like to share our handbook on building capacities of African Technology Transfer Offices!
As part of the AEIP project and based on the need assessment done at the start of the project, capacity upgrading activities will be implemented in light of enhancing individual, organizational and institutional knowledge & skills. This capacity upgrading targets African entrepreneurs, tech hubs and technology transfer actors, in a bid to facilitate technology and innovation partnerships between EU and Africa. The first training module specifically looked at the landscape of EU funding opportunities specifically designed to support the strengthening of African incubators/accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs. The second training in partnership with Afric’Innov focused on developing sustainable business models.The 3rd training session seeks to deep dive into matters of financing for start-ups with a particular focus to private funding in partnership with VC4A.
Africa Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP) would like to share our handbook on accelerating innovation in a time of a crisis : a tech hub effort!
A number of capacity upgrading sessions are developed as part of the AEIP project in light of enhancing the abilities of the African start-up and entrepreneurial eco-system to engage in collaborative activities with their EU counterparts. Capacity upgrading activities are also meant to strengthen the African innovation eco-systems on the basis of mutual exchange and learning with European counterparts.
The need to adopt digital technologies is forcing companies to re-think their approach to corporate innovation. For several decades, starting in the 1960s, innovation was concentrated in R&D centers at large firms, which gave those firms a competitive advantage in setting the direction of innovation and harvesting its benefits. However, starting in the 1990s, this model began to be disrupted by the confluence of new digital technologies, venture capital and increasingly-fast consumer adoption of new technologies. Companies started to build innovation ecosystems that evolved into an “open innovation” model. This was particularly valuable because many digital technologies are general- purpose, and thus the best experts are often outside the firm, and in other industries.
As new digital technologies are introduced at ever-faster rates, there will increasingly be opportunities to capture new markets and unseat incumbents. For large corporations, this scenario is double-edged; while they have an opportunity to unseat others, they also face the risk of being unseated themselves.
Digital technologies don’t just threaten large corporations, they can also be a source of immense value-creation. Thus, since adoption rates for new technologies have accelerated in recent decades, there is increased potential for rapid value-creation and value-capture for firms that can bring innovative solutions to market.
Are you interested to learn about the impact of academic technology transfer? Check out the research paper "More than money: the exponential impact of academic technology transfer" by McDevitt et al.
Please read the abstract of the research paper:
Academic technology transfer in its current form began with the passage of the Bayh‐Dole Act in 1980, which allowed universities to retain ownership of federally funded intellectual property. Since that time, a profession has evolved that has transformed how inventions arising in universities are treated, resulting in significant impact to US society. While there have been a number of articles highlighting benefits of technology transfer, now, more than at any other time since the Bayh‐Dole Act was passed, the profession and the impacts of this groundbreaking legislation have come under intense scrutiny. This article serves as an examination of the many positive benefits and evolution, both financial and intrinsic, provided by academic invention and technology transfer.
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If you want to learn more on how to empower Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation, please check our webinar materials here.
Check out an interesting book of Tom Hockaday "University Technology Transfer: What It Is and How to Do It". What is it about?
How do we transfer the brilliance of university research results into new products, services, and medicines to benefit society?
University research is creating the technologies of tomorrow in the fields of medicine, engineering, information technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence. These early-stage technologies need investment from existing and new businesses to benefit society.
But how do we connect university research outputs with business and investors?
This process, Tom Hockaday explains, is what university technology transfer is all about: identifying, protecting, and marketing university research outputs in order to shift opportunities from the university into business.
In this detailed introductory book—a comprehensive overview of and guide to the subject—Hockaday, an internationally recognized technology transfer expert, offers up his insider observations, opinions, and suggestions about university technology transfer. He also explains how to develop, strategically operate, and fund university technology transfer offices while behaving in accordance with the central mission of the university.
On December 8th, approximately 30 African and European members of Community of Practice for knowledge transfer held their 3rd meeting. The introduction was focusing on the future opportunities in Horizon Europe to better link the two continents, in particular in the field of Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment or Health, but also Digital, Industry and Space.
The AEIP and CcHub organised a workshop series on the 8th, 10th and 15th September 2020 on "Driving corporate innovation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunties". This workshop targeted corporate organisations and tech hubs interested in learning about corporate innovation, fostering their relationships and sharing their experiences in implementing corporate innovation activities. Specifically, the workshops aimed at:
- Driving understanding and equity in an innovation agenda within organisations
- Establishing structures and processes for implementation of corporate innovation
- Evaluating the return on investment of support for corporate innovation; and
- How to tailor tech-hub service offering to corporates
Presentations were made by seasoned experts from Africa and Europe. The attached document is a workshop proceeding of the presentations of the different experts, and contains the following presentations:
AEIP training: Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation, Session 4: Managing agreement and conflict of interest in Technology Transfer
On July 9th 2020, the fourth and last session of the AEIP training “Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation” took place. Central goal was to increase the ability to manage conflict of interest by learning the tools to organise and manage agreement.
The following aspects were discussed:
-Overview of key agreements
-Key clauses to look out for in agreements
AEIP training: Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation, Session 3: Overview on establishing and growing a TTO
On July 7th 2020, the third session of the AEIP training “Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation” took place. Central goal was to increase the ability to assess the need for a TTO function and initiate planning for the establishment of a TTO.
The following aspects were discussed:
-Drivers for establishing a TT function
AEIP training: Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation, Session 2: Intellectual Property basics
On July 2nd 2020, the second session of the AEIP training “Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation” took place. Central goal was to increase the understanding of the value of IP and the ability to identify different types of IP, their mechanism of protection and when to apply them. The following aspects were discussed:
-Types of IP and associated mechanisms of protection
-Which type of IP to use when
AEIP training: Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation, Session 1: Managing Impact of Research!
On 30th June 2020, the first session of the AEIP training "Empowering Technology Transfer Organisations as key agents of innovation" was organised. The session was devoted to the discussion on managing impact of research. The following topics have been discussed:
-Role of Research Institutions
-Value of Research
-Knowledge dissemination for Societal Impact
Deadline: 19 April 2020 - Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation - WHO, WIPO, WTO Executive Course on the intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade
The purpose of this course is to give you an overview of the interplay between the distinct policy domains of health, trade and intellectual property. The course describes how they affect access to, and influence innovation in medical technologies. The course was developed by, and draws together the respective areas of expertise of the World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is based on the joint WHO, WIPO, WTO Study Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation.
Curriculum: The executive level course consists of the following topics and a final exam:
- Policy context for action on innovation and access
- Issues on access from a public health perspective
- Health systems-related determinants of access
- Issues on innovation and public health with a focus on neglected diseases
- The role of intellectual property in innovation and access
- Trade related issues and access to health-related products
The booklet of Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership presents activities and importance of the initiative for both continents. It outlines the AEIP approach and innovation system strategy to build on the strongest potential of new partnerships and collaboration. Have a look at testimonies of participants and stakeholders involved! In order to access the booklet please download the file below.