Μεταφορά Τεχνολογίας & Υποστήριξη Καινοτομίας

Experiences from researchers - entrepreneurs in raising funds (LIFT Seminar, Heraklion 13/11/2000)

Ημερομηνία δημοσίευσης: 15/11/2000

It was a great success! 50 businessmen-to-be coming from 4 FORTH research Institutes and 3 Universities in Crete, the Crete Science and Technology Park, as well as from 5 new technology based firms and technology brokers attended the seminar co-organised by LIFT and IRC HELP-FORWARD in Heraklion. The seminar aimed at highlighting the main issues faced by researchers who created a company from research results and raised funds successfully. In particular, it provided an overview of the characteristics of different sources of innovation finance, the different players involved (e.g. banks, seed- and venture capital firms, business angels?) and the financial decision making process. The seminar stimulated active participation and a lively discussion on a hot topic for the research world of today: the commercialisation of the RTD results. The seminar contained presentations by: JC de Tauzia (LIFT office, LU) presented the whole process from the RTD stage to commercialisation (business plan, contents and function, sources of funding, etc). Hans Manhaeve of Q-Star Test NV, BE and Guido Braccini of Hi-Flier, IT, presented their experiences in the creation of a business out of RTD results. V. Tsakalos, of IRC HELP-FORWARD, GR, outlined the features of the national funding scheme to be announced by the GSRT on supporting the creation of spin-off companies.


LIFT (Linking Innovation, Finance and Technology) and the IRC (Innovation Relay Centres) network are actions of the European Commission, Enterprise Directorate, Innovation Programme. LIFT is an action of the EC Innovation Programme. Its aim is to foster successful commercial exploitation of the results of Research and Technological Development projects by improving links between entrepreneurs and the investor community