Objectives

Our aim is to promote knowledge exchange between academia and industry, in order to strengthen the cooperation and transfer of innovations from research labs into industrial exploitation. Our goal is also further strengthening the knowledge base and experiences of technology transfer professionals at public research organisations.

In the past events, we hosted more than 2500 participants, including investors, inventors, researchers, commercialization experts, start-up funders, industrial development experts etc. We have successfully organized several competitions to award the technology with the best business proposition, which led to successful start-ups and licensing contracts. Biannually we organise Research 2 Business pre-scheduled meetings in order to give the participants additional opportunity to meet and discuss possible cooperation. Researchers presenting their work being financed by Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) is another channel for enterprises to get familiar with recent discoveries and development opportunities.

Conference Prize for the Best Innovations in 2020

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The main objective of the special prize for innovation is to encourage commercialization of inventive/innovative technologies developed at public research organizations and to promote cooperation between research organizations and enterprises.

One of the main objectives is also promoting the entrepreneurship possibilities and good practices in the public research organizations.

Researchers are preparing business models for their technologies and will present them in front of an international expert panel in a pitch competition. However, they will need support in the form of both commercial assistance and financial resources to bridge the gap to the market and establish a start-up company or license out their technology. How shall they do it?

Pitch competitions in the last years resulted in spin-out company creation or licensing case development in at least one case per competition each year.

WIPO Enterprise Trophy (TBC)
The aim is to stimulate Slovenian SMEs to intensify their cooperation with public research organisations. We wish to expose as a good practice those SMEs that are constantly and methodologically using the IP system in their business activities.

WIPO Medal For Inventors (TBC)
The goal of the Medal is to award inventive and innovative activity of Slovenian public researcher and to recognize their contribution to national wealth and development. 

Key Stakeholders
The conference will involve different key stakeholders in the process (public research organizations as knowledge and technology parks as infrastructure providers), agencies, consultants, capital (VC, agencies, angels), SMEs, international enterprises, private innovators, etc.

Target Audience and Benefits
Target audience of the conference are technology transfer experts, researchers, students and post-graduate students with entrepreneurial ambitions, established and future entrepreneurs, innovators and also representatives from governmental institutions and policy-making organizations.