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Università Politecnica delle Marche Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Gestionale e dell’Automazione. Transferring university technology and knowledge … an example @univpm. Sauro Longhi. [email protected] Knowledge Economy Forum (KEF VII) on
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Gestionale e dell’Automazione
Transferring university technology and knowledge …
an example @univpm
Knowledge Economy Forum (KEF VII) on
“Technology Absorption by Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises”
Engineering Faculty: short presentation
Student projects: to introduce in the technology complexity
Recent results on the creation of spin-off companies
My personal experience and activities on start-up activities
- Basic Sciences- Industrial Engineering- Civil / Environment Engineering - Architecture- Information Engineering
≈ 6000 students
11 Laurea courses (1st level) (bachelor degree)
12 Laurea magistrale (2nd level) (master degree)
≈ 160 Professors / Assistants
to improve constructive interactions between University and Small and Medium Enterprises by co-founding PhD fellowships (in high-tech fields) (50% costs by University; 50% cost by SME)
enhancement of PhD fellowships number
extension of research activities to integrate specific activities proposed by SMEs
improvement of the collaboration/cooperation between University and SMEs (an implicit knowledge transferring: the collaborations imply the transferring in high-tech fields)
Development ofelectrical vehicles with innovative propulsion and guidance systems, with main task to increase the autonomy, reliability and security.
Electrical vehicle powered by full cells with hydrogen alimentation:
Project developed in collaboration with and our PhD students
Student projects: it is a productive opportunity for introducing master students in the technologies complexity and in the project management aspects (high-tech fields)
International student competition: robot competition for developing a complex project, with hard constrains (time, costs, efforts, …)
Extra curricula activities: a “simulation context” for introducing to real industry activities, to real project management, to promote development activities (spin-off) (a simulation on technical aspects for the creation of hitch-technology companies)
an international student competition requires the implementation of a rigorous project management
Student projects Traiano: the design and the development of a mobile robot (mechanical, electronics, automatics, …)
Scientific conference activities
Some activities @ EUROBOT: mission to Mars
May 2008, Heidelberg - Germany
In the last years, the grow of research activities, laboratories at our University, has contributed to the creation of many different small enterprises in our Marche Region through the start-up of many spin-offs
17 spinoffs @ UNIVPM
in the last few years
3 at my department in the last two years
Tracking and Avoidance (marine field)
My personal experience:
Contribution to the creation of spinoffs
ALPIQUADRO (September 2008)
IDEA (May 2007)
SPES (February 1977)
Domotics applications for power management
An example of success: a complete presentation by the next talk
No complex infrastructures, but only “distribution” of knowledge
IDEA Laboratory at our Department
(innovative domotic application: domestic power management)
UNIVPM does not implement a structured enterprises, incubator, but it supports some facilities (reduced costs for laboratories, Internet, service, …)
No administrative costs of the company are supported:
we use an external agency (2÷3 keuro for year)
The members of the last two spinoffs are the winners of the last regional business plan competitions e_capital: 2006 and 2007
An competition open to all University Students for presenting a business plan for transforming an idea (innovative service, system, device, product, …) in a enterprise!!!
are support (no costs) for educational activities in business administration
The “condensation” of technical knowledge in an idea of business is only a “sufficient” condition, a “necessary” condition is to have money for the exploitation of this idea.
The role of the University of the success of a spinoff company:
(in high-tech fields)
The challenge is to provide "nice" money at start up and early stage avoiding that the founders introduce many constraints for the last stage.
==> Equal focus on technology and market development already from the beginning.
You should expect to spend
on market development
than technology R&D!!!!
The main suggestion of my colleague with a positive experience of spin-off start-up in Norway .