Now we now what the purpose of a technology transfer centre is, but how do they think they canreach it. So what are they really doing and what makes this so called “innovation labs” soattractive?A technology transfer centre helps start-up companies with almost everything a start-up companyneeds to function well. As a starting company you can rent some office space for a small price.They also give a lot of advice about how to make a business plan; they will give you financialsupport in making this business plan. And they have a broad network of experts in a broad field.So you have contact with experts in the university, but you also have the business contacts thatcan help you facilitate your product. Of course if you have a lot of start-up companies in the same building there is the possibility that there will be fusions, because an innovative product could be better if they put their powers together.
CASE STUDY NOVAUCD AND ERASMUS MC INCUBATOR
Well the idea was to compare both the technology transfer centres that are related to theuniversity that we visited during our 10-day school trip in Dublin (UCD) and our own university.So we tried to figure out what the most important things are for these technology transfer centres.By reading a lot of information that we could find on the internet and information that we got inDublin, we started off brainstorming. Where could we find interesting similarities and differences between both centres? Things that we thought that are relevant are these ones, we’ve included thereason why:
Just some background information of the centres. This includes the year the centre was createdwhich could be of importance when comparing the successes of both centres. Maybe one of thetwo is less successful because it’s a younger technology transfer centre.
What are the facilities that the centres got? Facilities like office space, research rooms andcommunication channels. We consider these to be relevant to successful commercialisation of ideas. Office space can limit the amount of entrepreneurs in the centres, same with the rooms,communication between university, the industry, other entrepreneurs and other people that assistin the whole process is essential to successful commercialise ideas.
What do the centres believe they have to do, what do they think their role is.
Relationship with university
How do they work together, since universities do research and the technology transfer centres tryto commercialise these research results.
What are the successes, from the participants of the centres and of the centres itself? It could bean indicator of how well the technology transfer centres are doing.For each technology transfer centre we tried to find information for each point we mentionedabove. Afterwards we try to find the differences and similarities.