Feb. 1, 2019

Workshop on Transfer to Industry and Start-Ups

TETRAMAX welcomed more than 50 attendees from 42 institutions in 19 countries for the 'Workshop on Transfer to Industry and Start-Ups' at the HiPEAC conference in Valencia on 21-23 January 2019.

During the workshop different speakers from different countries shared their experiences on means and ways to improve both the industry transfer as well as stimulating people to transfer their knowledge in business ideas and startups.

Prof. Rainer Leupers kicked off the workshop with a presentation on TETRAMAX: Full Speed Ahead towards Innovation for European SMEs.

Prof. Hehsam Eldeeb talked about how they built an Industry Link for Academic Clusters & The Startups Incubator Program. The TARIEIC Incubation Program, an innovative resource with a mission to foster the growth of the competitiveness of the research-industrial innovation cooperation in electronics sector in Egypt, Renewable Energy, Smart Sensors and the Environmental Challenges. Deepen Local Manufacturing- Electronics Industry (DLMEI) is establishing strong ponds between research centers, universities and industrial entities in Egypt.

Helena Albelda, MegaMart2 ECSEL-JU-presented: 'The External Intrapreneurs'. The project focusses on strengthening European scientific and technical leadership in the development of complex systems.

Stefan Meulesteen, Director of Montr, presented a Startup Usecase: NB IoT Integration with Emergency Buttons and shared some lessons learned in starting a business: "drive for perfection, foremost in execution".

Prof. Avi Mendelson - Prof. Avi Mendelson talked about investment in the HPC related innovation activities within the context of Eurolab4HPC. Eurolab4HPC is a project, focused on strengthening academic research excellence and innovation in HPC in Europe. The HPC research centers or start-ups face different challenges because of its specific activity. It is sometimes hard to persuade venture capitalists or angel investors to invest in the product or the start-up in this area because of the lack of immediate ROI. Some suggestions concerning this came from the audience:

  • Make hpc more interesting by more communication and making the step to market easier and quicker.
  • Present more mature technologies to the VC.
  • Try to translate HPC into something that speaks to them.

Coordinator of the workshop Koen Bertels summed it up nicely at the end: "Its international collaboration what we need!"

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TETRAMAX is a Horizon 2020 innovation action within the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. As a Digital Innovation Hub, TETRAMAX aims to bring added value to European industry, helping to gain competitive advantage through faster digitization. The project partially builds on experiences with the TETRACOM project during 2013-2016. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and runs until Dec 2021.