HIT promotes innovative formats to foster technology transfer

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).

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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).


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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)

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