The New Technology Transfer Process

Phase 1: Market Focused Invention

Focus

Integrate market perspective into the technical invention process, to add the “market-pull” to the “technology-push” invention process.

Addressed Problem:

Universities lack relevant market related knowledge

Objectives:

  • Stimulation of market-focused and market-motivated inventions and research.
  • Insight into market-based technology trends, environmental regulations.
  • Creation of market awareness on the inventor’s side

Process:

Market information input:

  • E2-Workshops, E2-Seminars and E2-Conferences

Building latent market awareness and basic understanding:

  • Faculty and Students will attend E2-Events.
  • E2-Curriculum: Entrepreneurship and business courses for engineering and science curricula.

Information and knowledge dissemination

Phase 2: Innovation Conception & Selection

Focus

Evaluate the technical potential of e-inventions and select those inventions with promising market potential. Find champions or mentors who are willing to bring the invention to the market.

Addressed Problem:

Most faculty and students are not entrepreneurs.

Objectives:

  • Evaluation and selection of e-inventions
  • Creation of e-business concept & business idea validation
  • Partnering for e-innovations
  • Formation of the management team

Process:

Evaluation and selection of e-inventions:

Faculty and E2 partner network will evaluate the “e-inventions”.

Partnering for e-innovations:

E2-board, E2-Mentors

Creation of e-business concept:

E2-Workshops, the E2-Seminars and the E2-Conferences.

Phase 3: Innovation Venturing & Exploitation

Focus

Start of a successful new CleanTech-venture or exploitation of the innovation by established industry partners.

Addressed Problem:

Finding human and capital resources

Objectives:

  • Funding of prototyping
  • Creation of new ventures and development of a funding strategy.
  • Nurturing the venture into an IPO or an acquisition.

Process:

Prototype selection and funding:

Presentation at E2-Workshops, E2-Conferences and the E2-Seminars

Start-up creation and seed capital:

Business plan presentation to network partners.

Early stage capital

VC contacts by partners.