Marco Cantamessa, Politecnico di Torino
Technical universities have been pioneers in setting up start up incubation programs, originally considering this activity as a means for technology transfer. Over the years, the scope of academic start up incubation has broadened. At the same time, start up ecosystems have progressively structured themselves, with novel actors (e.g., private for-profit incubators, accelerators, and corporate incubation programs) assuming important roles. It is therefore more than appropriate to reflect on the role of university incubators in contemporary innovation systems.
Welcome and short introduction (10’) “Entrepreneurial universities and the startup ecosystem – what is the role of university incubators?”
Marco Cantamessa (Politecnico di Torino and I3P, Italy)
Keynote speeches (20’+20’)
“A global perspective on university incubation”
Nikolay Stafunski, Program Director at UBI Global
Panel discussion and open Q&As
• Orestis Terzidis (or Jens Fahrenberg) (KIT, Germany)
• Esther Real (UPC, Spain)
• Seppo Laukkanen (Aalto University, Finland)
• Lisa Ericsson (KTH, Sweden)
• Nathalie Poupaert (UCL, Belgium)
• Alexander Dyachenko (Tomsk University, Russia)
• What is university incubation achieving in the overall context of startup ecosystems?
• Should we see non-academic incubators and accelerators as competitor or complimentary to academic incubators?
• What could the “ideal university incubator of 2020” look like?
CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) is a consortium of 12 elite European Universities in Science and Engineering (and architecture) with associate members from around the world.