Technology Transfer & Innovation Support in Action

Growth

PRAXI Network serves its mission to provide effective technology transfer and RTD brokerage services to enterprises and RTOs by exploiting its accumulated know-how, tested tools, national and international pool of experts and associates.

Enterprise Europe Network

With an experience of over 25 years in technology transfer, PRAXI Network coordinates the Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas, the Greek member of the largest business support network in Europe, bringing together around 600 business support organisations from more than 60 countries. PRAXI Network promotes Greek technologies abroad, identifies potential technology, research and business partners from abroad on behalf of Greek enterprises and research organisations, and facilitates the transnational cooperation by providing added value innovation services. Company missions, matchmaking events, customised innovation services and seminars are some of the tools and practices employed.

Effective innovation management contributes to sustainable and continuous business growth, thus, PRAXI Network offers targeted support and benchmarking services to enterprises in assessing their innovation capacity and manages their innovation capabilities. In this context, strategic information and guidance is provided to RTOs and new technology based firms in respect to commercial exploitation of research results, licensing and spinning off/out.

Every year PRAXI Network facilitates about 40 business / technology / research partnership agreements. Extended innovation, audits and technology transfer services are offered to a clientele of over 2500 enterprises and research laboratories.

International Cooperation

PRAXI Network has a broad international spread of activities, beyond Europe, aiming at the development of strong research and technology ties with stakeholders from all over the world.

In cooperation with local stakeholders, Horizon 2020 training seminars, company missions, business and technology partnership events are organised in Third Countries. At the same time the local technology environment, capabilities and trends are mapped and are available to Greek and European firms and institutions, as implementation tools for their internationalisation strategy.

Currently, such internationalisation schemes, projects and agreements are in progress with China, Japan, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Countries, Central and South America, Arab and Middle East States, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Counties (formerly known as NIS).

European coordination office of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Science, Technology & Innovation Cooperation Center (CCSTI)

Responding to the objective of the ASEM-CCSTI initiative to set up an ASEM Coordination node in Europe, PRAXI Network undertook the necessary steps towards its establishment. Under the guidance of the General Secretariat for Research & Technology and under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs, PRAXI Network hosts the functions of the European node of ASEM-CCSTI in its premises in Athens, Greece. The official inauguration of the European coordination office for the cooperation between Europe and Asia in Science, Technology and Innovation, was announced during the "2nd ASEM seminar on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development", which was held on October 24, 2016 in Athens, Greece.

The node in principle acts as a liaison between the European and the Asian side by mobilizing relevant stakeholders at EU-Asia. It contributes to awareness activities and policy dialogue, explores links between industry and academia, disseminates research and commercial cooperation opportunities, identifies cooperation obstacles across the innovation spectrum (IPR, regulatory), as well as incentives for international cooperation. At the same time, it plays an important role in networking with other similar initiatives or stakeholders located in Europe and initiated by the EC, Member States, and Asian countries: SFIC, ASEF, KIST, etc. In conjunction with other bilateral or bi-regional initiatives (e.g. DRAGON-STAR), the ASEM Coordination Node in Europe organizes ASEM events both in Europe and Asia (such as the International Technology Transfer Convention 2016 in Beijing and the 2nd ASEM Seminar on Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Athens).

Strategic technology and business intelligence (technology watch)

Technology watch services are provided customised to companies and RTOs but also collectively to large organisations, as a service to their growth strategy. On behalf of SEV (Federation of Greek Enterprises), PRAXI Network has developed a technology watch mechanism, comprised of 70 experts in the fields of Health & Bio, Food technologies, ICT, Nanotechnologies, Energy, Environment and Transport. Within 4 years of operation this network of experts has developed into an entrepreneurial discovery mechanism: key technologies are associated with emerging markets. Research and business players with documented interest for the key technologies are invited to propose research-industrial partnerships, which as they mature and impact-assessed are presented to public and private bodies for further funding.

Cluster facilitation

PRAXI Network has been the motivator and acts today as the facilitator of two national Clusters: the Hellenic BioCluster (Hbio – www.hbio.gr) and the Hellenic Photonics Cluster (H-PHOS – www.hphos.gr).

The Hellenic Bio Cluster (HBio) is a coalition of Greek Life Sciences companies, encompassing corporate players in the sectors of Biotechnology, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Services. HBio is aiming at the promotion of the Greek Life Sciences business sector and the facilitation of business & research collaborations between Greek and foreign companies and research groups.

The Hellenic Photonics Cluster (HPhos) comprises approximately 20 innovative enterprises active in diverse areas of Photonics related Technologies (photonics instrumentation for industrial manufacturing & automation, telecoms, defence & security, cultural heritage, food, health, energy efficiency and conversion), supported by a talented academic community in the field. A milestone for the creation of HPhos and its later development is the development of the Greek technology platform PhotonicsGR by the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, as an active member of the European Technology Platform Photonics21.