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Fitt fostering interregional exchange in ict technology transfer


(Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer)

What is inria transfert barcamp
What is INRIA Transfert BarCamp?

  • 3-days residential interactive seminar about company creation

    • role-playing (participants develop and present their project)

    • coaching

    • teaching (INRIA Transfert staff & invited experts)

  • A starter for researchers - entrepreneurs

    • a realistic exercise of management of company creation & growth

    • an opportunity to express one’s ideas and to receive feedback

    • essential information, tools and contacts provided

  • Goal: convince the “would – be” entrepreneurs

    • changing mindsets

    • encouraging to enter the business environment

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Barcamp in practice
BarCamp in Practice

  • Internal event organised 3 - 4 times a year for INRIA staff

  • To built awareness of all aspects of company creation: development of the project, team construction, administrative steps, financial matters, challenges and possible obstacles

  • The “role-playing” concept

  • Focused more on “learning by experiencing” than on technical issues

  • The “camp” concept

  • Three days in residence, full-time interaction between participants, coachers and experts

  • The program is evolving within a fixed framework

  • The lectures and case studies are followed by working sessions with coachers and group work inside of the teams; two assessment sessions during the event.

  • INRIA Transfert provides the right peopleINRIA’s subsidiary, charged with supporting start-up projects, provides experienced coachers and experts from its staff and numerous contacts among business people, consultants and investors


  • Timing

    • First BarCamp organised in January 2008

    • The concept has been tested during 2008: 4 “regular” BarCamps and 2 “light” versions for students

    • The frequency is 3 - 4 times per year; it will increase after opening BarCamp to participants from other organisations


  • Stakeholders

    • BarCamp event: 16 trainees, 3 full-time trainers and 8 experts for projects assessment (jury) and coaching

      • To launch a BarCamp event: one person is enough, as the scheme is well described

      • To carry out the event: minimum 2 persons, 3 persons is optimal to better manage the time dedicated to coaching

    • Participants

      • Profile: open, curious, motivated to gain new experience, with research background, concerned and close to start-up projects, ready to work intensively during 3 days; age and experience do not play a role

      • Selection: INRIA members, priority to those who already have a start-up project at short or medium term; those who want to discover are welcomed if places are available; their participation boosts the group dynamics


  • Location

    • Near Paris, Vallée de Chevreuse

    • Organised at the national level, involving INRIA’s headquarters (Transfer and Innovation Department, general management) and INRIA Transfert, as well as regional TT officers

Pro s and con s
PRO’s and CON’s



  • Role playing and case solving with presence of high level experts renowned in Paris region; exchange between various actors is easy

  • Learning by experience during BarCamp work, even if the problems to solve are fictive

  • No ‘theoretical’ lectures, but overview of main concepts and lessons learned

  • Visible impact on motivation of participants with “entrepreneurship spirit”, which get stimulated by role-playing experience

  • Innovative concept; residential seminar

  • Some elements are necessary to succeed: strong and experienced organisation team, homogeneity of culture, quality of experts, construction of trainees group; if one or more of them are weak points, the risk of failure is high

  • It is difficult to try similar approach without the specific know-how (the best is to contact INRIA Transfert which can share it)

Why 1 2
Why ? (1/2)

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Why 2 2
Why ? (2/2)

  • Impact:

    • Participants express higher motivation to go into start-up

    • The future entrepreneur can realise the challenges he will have to face; this will help him to anticipate the problems and to take decisions

    • Examples of participants feedback:

      • “Yesterday I believed that technology was doing all by itself; I started to create a company and now I change the way I used to think about its development.”

      • “I understood that if I wouldn’t go into the start-up, being the technology creator, the company had no chances to succeed.”

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • The main part of success comes from unique competencies and know-how: training mode, relations with trainees, expert’s quality are determinant

  • The scheme of BarCamp is well funded, but still evolving, taking into account new ideas and improvements

Suggested readings
Suggested Readings

  • Link to bibliography:

  • Boosting the knowledge valorisation process: putting plans into action. - Direct your university towards entrepreneurship, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Technopartner 2006

  • Creating University Spin-Offs : A Science-Based Design Perspective; Elco Van Burg, Georges L. Romme, Victor A. Gilsing, Isabelle M.M. J. Reymen, Product Development & Management Association 2008

  • Link to code book:

  • Creativity, Start-up, University Spinoffs, Coaching, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship

  • Link to related websites: