1. Open innovation Challenges with researchers and students
Open Innovation Challenges are tech-transfer tools typically promoted by Innovation and Tech-Transfer agencies to help SMEs find ideas and solutions to their technological problems through the involvement of external contributors, such as researchers and/or or students.
HIT has been promoting these initiatives from 2017, linking the needs of local SMEs with solvers and solutions coming from our scientific shareholders (master and PHD students, researchers).
Through a EU-funded project (https://www.innochallenge-project.eu/), we have also developed a specific guide to Open Innovation Challenges that has been awarded as project of the month by the European Agency for SMEs (September 2019).
2. Proof-of-Concept: Industry-research projects for technology maturation
HIT promotes and supports processes of technology maturation aimed at developing and testing innovative research technologies simulationg their uptake in market-like tests and environments
In particular, we support our scientific shareholders in shaping technology “proof-of-concept” projects funded by both private and public actors (private Foundations, National funds, VC funds, EC programmes).
3. Access to research lab for analysis and testing purposes
HIT does not own facilities and laboratories but, acting as a single entry point to Trentino’s public research system, can easily facilitate the access to a rich set of R&D facilities belonging to our scientific shareholders, featuring specialized instruments and know how to execute industrial tests and analysis, such as:
- Mechatronics prototyping facility (ProM Facility – Trentino Sviluppo)
- Clean room for micro-nano materials characterization and fabrication (Bruno Kessler Foundation)
- Advanced instruments for chemical and physical analysis (University of Trento)
- High Throughput Screening, Next Generation Sequencing, Mass Spectrometry and other BIO-related facilities (University of Trento)
- Entomology, olfactory, agro-drug essay labs (Edmund Mach Foundation)