Regional Workshop on Integrating University and Private Sector Development; the Role of STP’s
In a joint effort to promote a knowledge-based economy for the MENA region, the European Investment Bank (EIB), through the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), and the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) organized, in cooperation with a consortium formed by İzmir Katip Çelebi University Entrepreneurship House and Technology Transfer Office (IKC GETTO), the Dokuz Eylul University, the Izmir Institute of High Technology, Ege University, the Izmir Chamber of Commerce (ITO), the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry (EBSO), the İzmir Atatürk Organized Industry Zone (IAOSB) and the Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB), a 3-day workshop on cooperation models between Indigenous Industries and University, and on the role that Technology Parks, Innovation Cities and Clusters can play to bolster this cooperation and contribute to industrial development and job creation.
This workshop took place on the 8-10 May 2018 in Izmir, Turkey.
Why Izmir ?
Izmir has been selected to host this workshop, because the Izmir region is an example of a competitive innovation- and technology transfer ecosystem. The İzmir Regional Innovation Strategy that was prepared by the Izmir Development Agency (IZKA) in cooperation with Ege University’s Science and Technology Centre (EBİLTEM) and the İzmir Regional Directorate in 2012 stood at the basis of the 2014-2023 İzmir Regional Plan with the objective to increase the High Technology, Innovation and Design Capacity in İzmir. The Izmir region has been capable to form a strong innovation-oriented climate, in which a successful technology-based production environment has emerged. R&D and innovation have been recognized to be the most important tools for improved social wealth and sustainable development. Therefore, STI activities have been aligned to the strategic priorities and objectives stated in the İzmir Regional Innovation Strategy.
While many STP-IC&C’s initiatives focus on information and communication technologies, inspired by the success of Silicon Valley, the workshop has been oriented toward the linkages between academia and local, “traditional” industrial sectors, which represent the industrial reality and mainstay in most countries in the MENA region. Izmir’s development plans for sectors like agri-food, biotechnology, machinery, automotive components, and renewable energy equipment and the role that academia plays in these fields (education and vocational training, joint research contracts, technology transfer, incentives and infrastructure for university start-ups / University-Industry Business Incubators), may well serve as a reference for other countries.
The R&D and innovation activities in İzmir in cooperation with the infrastructure, human resources, public, private and non-governmental organizations have turned İzmir into a region with competitive power in the international value chain. The Science and Technology Parks in the Izmir region have played a key-role in this development.
Setup of the workshop
This three-days’ workshop was organized as a “case study” of the Izmir’s STI ecosystem and of the role that local Science and Technology Parks have played to integrate and strengthen the functioning of the region’s Industrial and Technology Development Zones (including Free zones), universities, R&D Labs, Public Research Centres, Application and Research Centres, Technology Transfer Offices, Design and Business Incubation Services, Shared Workspace Providers, etc.
The workshop consisted of working sessions, with in the morning testimonies from local stakeholders followed by interactive panel sessions where the local stakeholders exchanged their experience with the participants. The afternoon were used to visit the different governing agencies and actors on the ground, including discussions with the different tenants in the Science & Technology Parks, mentioned above.
Main issues addressed:
• What is the role for- and support from the local authorities; views from stakeholders?
• Private sector views on STP’s: Chambers of Industry, KOSGEB, individual firms, start-ups, etc.
• TTO’s terms of references and business models, can different TTO in one region co-exist?
• Cooperative schemes / contract-types (incl. PPP’s) between industries and universities, start-ups.
• How to raise the interest of the academic sector (students) for “old” industries…and vice versa ?
• Illustrations by success-stories and lessons from initiatives that were not successful
• Role and Business models for R&D-facilities, potential for PPP’s?
• Financial sector: Role and adequacy of banks, R&D-funds, VC-funds, business angels, crowd.
• Business beyond frontiers: Attracting foreign investment and facilitation exports for tenants.
For more information and details about the Summary Report of the workshop and the Presentations of the Turkish Speakers, click on the following link: