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1 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 1 Innovation Dialogue Forum Michael Guth ZENIT GmbH Centre for Innovation and Technology Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany T: +49-208-30004-56 Email: mg (at) zenit.de Towards a regional innovation system Becici, 8-9 November 2010 Some Experiences from North Rhine Westphalia

2 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 2 10 – 15 minutes (more details in discussion) 1.Some words about ZENIT as technology transfer and innovation player in NRW 2.Enterprise Europe Network (in NRW) 3.Technology Transfer and Innovation: Concepts and Schemes 4.Some lessons for the WBC Contents

3 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 3 nZENIT Trägerverein e.V. an interest group of over 200 primarily small and medium- sized North Rhine-Westphalian enterprises from all sectors nConsortium of banks nThe Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia Who we are ZENIT Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH founded in 1984 as a Public Private Partnership to support the structural change in North Rhine-Westphalia 1/3 + Supervisory board chairman 1.ZENIT as technology transfer agent

4 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 4 Our clients Consulting and Technology Transfer Services for... Small and medium- sized enterprises District councils and regional authorities The Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia Europe

5 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Enterprise Europe EU contact point for SMES concerning competitiveness innovation and technology transfer National Contact Point NCP SME - Support in participation in the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU eTEN - Support of telecommunication and information services eContentplus - Promotion of the production, dissemination and application of digital content EU Networks /National Contact Points NCP 5

6 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 2. Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in NRW

7 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation ZENIT GmbH &NRW.BANK Stakeholder Network SMEs Research Institutions Enterprises Universities Enterprise Europe Network Enterprise & SME policy Innovation & Technology policy 572 network partners in Europe Network partners in NRW Players in NRW The EEN network 7

8 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Enterprise Europe Network in NRW: NRW.Europa Germany: 13 network partners North Rhine-Westphalia: 723,000 small and medium-sized enterprises NRW exports amount of 140 billion 59 universities and universities of applied sciences, 60 non-university research institutions 50 technology centres and 28 technology transfer units (Source: Knowledgebase-nrw.de, 2008) Relevance for NRW 8

9 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 9 NRW 2009 Area34,088 km² Population 17.9 million Population density526/km² GDP521.7 bn GDP per capita29,160 Gainfully employed 8.7 m Private consumption*323.8 bn Exports138.6 bn Imports147.8 bn Foreign direct investments**187.7 bn * 2008, ** data: as of end of 2008 150 million people within about a 500-kilometer radius NRW located in the Center of Europe

10 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW NRW.Europa in a nutshell Central contact point for all EU-related information (one-stop shop) Early information about current EU topics and funding opportunities Short and fast routes to information and contacts in NRW Local access to specialist know-how and information Use of international network of contacts Technology offers/ Technology request -> Technology Transfer Internationalisation support (new markets for services, products and know how) 10

11 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Virtual Market place: Technology and business databases of the EEN network Central tools for partner mediation and for facilitating cooperations Structured technology/business offers and requests from all fields of industry/technology; world wide! Quality assurance through the network partners and the Commission (EACI) Currently some 10,000 entries! Access via websites of EEN partners (e.g. nrw.europa.de) Targeted email alert (automatic matching tool; ATM) Anonymous modus operandi; only the local EEN partners have contacts and reveal only after permission EXAMPLE of EEN Innovation Service 11

12 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW EXAMPLE of EEN Innovation Service Profile Detail (Request) Photovoltaic solar systems (08 MK 82EX 0JIA) A Macedonian medium sized producer of industrial pumps is searching for technology for photovoltaic (PV) solar systems. The company is interested in cooperation with a PV systems producer that will provide the necessary know-how and technology, while the company will specialize in certain phase of production and promote the PV systems on the South- Eastern Europe market. Preferred type of cooperation is joint venture, but is also open for commercial and subcontracting agreement. Country: Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Type: REQUEST Date: 07.06.2010 12

13 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW EXAMPLE of EEN Innovation Service Profile Detail (Offer) New modular compact technology of drinking water purification from harmful organic and inorganic substances (10 RB 1B1O 3HY1) Serbian SME has developed technology for purification of waters from harmful organic and inorganic substances using processes on electrochemically active micro alloyed and nanostructure solid materials. Innovation offers a kind of nanotechnology as a new compact technology of drinking water purification from all substances in ionic, colloid and molecule state. Serbian company is interested in license agreement, joint further development, testing of new application, adaption to specific needs 13

14 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW EXAMPLE of EEN Innovation Service EEN and WBC All WBC countries participate in network (but Albania) Not very visible E.g. only 25 technology offers from Serbia In Montenegro: Chamber, SME Directorate SMEDA and university of Montenegro (faculty of mechanical engineering) No transfers with ZENIT accomplished Limited participation in FP 7 14

15 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW 3. Technology Transfer Definition: what do we mean by TT…. TT-Schemes in NRW and Romania

16 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Innovation and Technology Transfer Innovation can be defined as: 1) the result of individual and institutional learning processes, the knowledge created by this and its economic application (ZENIT) 2) Innovation is the ability to take new ideas and translate them into commercial outcomes by new processes, products or services….) 1) We only speak about innovation when new knowledge is actually being applied in new products, services, organisational procedures or management procedures!! 1) Nedis, R. and Byler E. (2009), Creating a national innovation framework, in Science progress April(2009) 16

17 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Transfer In this perspective technology (knowledge) transfer is key for innovation processes to take place! Technology Transfer and Innovation are two sides of one medal BUT How does Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) function?? 17

18 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Traditionally the RTD&I systems both in market and in transition environments were (and still are!?) based on a rather linear way of thinking technology transfer/innovation Basic Research Product Demonstration/ Feasibility Applied Research Market The concept of innovation 18

19 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW X Basic Research Product Demonstration/ Feasibility Applied Research Market The concept of innovation X X It is not that easy! 19

20 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW It is more complex: Non – linear process Involving different actors (science, firms, governments, public) Complex feed back loops between the actors => Innovation is a system Elements of innovation are: 20

21 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Research may no longer be the only focus of science policy measures Pure technology aspects become less important Interaction of actors is equally important for the success of innovation policy (Transfer as critical element) A striking new element for policy measures are the links between actors!(Networks, Cluster, Exchange) What does this mean for Innovation Policy and related policy tools? 21

22 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Examples of TT schemes in North Rhine Westphalia 22

23 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Lessons from NRW IPT: The personnel transfer (IPT) can be seen as an instrument with a good cost-benefit ratio: Good instrument for regions with structural change For 40 % of firms the know how transfer was more important than the funding! Most of the young graduates (60 %) remained in the firm after the project (and funding) ceased (one year after the projects end) Focus on SMEs 23

24 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Examples from Romania The use of the European FP for building up networks (RoDi) A national financing scheme for TT infrastructures 24

25 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW FP6 Project: Romanian Days of Innovation RoDI Partners: RO Ministry of Education and Research Research Institute for Automation Design (IPA), Bucharest University of Agricultural Sciences in Bucharest ZENIT gtz (German technical assistance corporation) 25

26 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW FP6 Project: Romanian Days of Innovation RoDI What was it all about? Building up of two networks: IST and biotechnology Promotion of FP6 and FP7 participation for RO researchers Training seminars on FP 7 in all 8 development regions National FP6/FP7 conferences Sustainability and enhancement of the IST Network assured via a National Research Project: Prom IST PC7 26

27 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Programme of the National Authority for Scientific Research in support of TTI infrastructures (INFRATECH): Technology and Science Parks Business Incubators Technology Transfer Centres Centres for Technology Information Industry Liaison Offices Technology Clusters and Brokers 27 2nd Example from RO

28 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Infratech 28

29 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Exploiting synergies between EU and national resources! Networking is an important element for innovation. BUT: depending on the actual infrastructural endowment, the infrastructure up-grade must not be forgotten. Refrain from too strict legal codifications. A law is not really needed. Can be an obstacle in the implementation. Importance of a demand orientated approach. Not all > 60 TTI entities regard themselves as innovation service providers! Financial sustainability is a problem Lessons from Romania 29

30 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Innovation without Technology/Know how transfer is not possible! TT represents a key element of innovation policy (different motivations of the actors) We must not expect too much (financially, technologically) Incremental but permanent flows of knowledge and subsequent application may not be so appealing but still they are very efficient This has consequences for TT-schemes: smaller projects, broad approaches (technologically), involving people (transfer through heads, networks, local clusters, …) 4. Summary and Conclusions 30

31 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Most of the points discussed are general! They apply for Germany as much as for Montenegro Legal framework is an issue! Transition states tend to codify too much (national law for incubators, national cluster law, …): Think twice before you issue a new law in the TTI-field Networking (triple helix) versus bad-buddy-groups (closed shops, nepotism, cartels/trusts): Organise broad participation – even on the cost of efficiency. Identify project forms which create local/regional network (RIS, foresights, benchmarking workshops ) Specific Transition aspects? 31

32 Centre for Innovation and Technology in NRW Thank you very much for your attention! Contact: Michael Guth Phone ++49-208-30004-56 Mail: mg(at)zenit.de 32


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