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Smart Villages, Cairo, 18-20th of April 2017

Smart Villages, Cairo, 18-20th of April 2017

Project Details

Regional workshop”Performance Indicators for
Arab Technology Parks, Innovation cities and clusters”

I/ Date and Venue:

Smart Villages, Cairo, 18-20th of April 2017

II/ Beneficiaries:

managers and stakeholders of Science and Technology Parks (STP), Innovation Cities, or Innovation Clusters.Each country will be represented by at least two participants with the exception of the host country.

III/ Background and Rationale

The Regional workshop on “Performance Indicators for Arab Technology Parks, Innovation cities and clusters” will be organized within a cooperation framework between ISESCO and the European Investment Bank (EIB) – through the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in their joint effort to promote the knowledge economy in MENA region. The national partners are the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and Smart Villages.

STPs, Innovation Cities, or Innovation Clusters constitute regional innovation ecosystems, where actors from the public, private, financial, and academic sectors (sometime called the Quadruple Helices) co-exist in a synergetic way, benefitting from shared infrastructure and the physical proximity. If properly governed and managed, STP’s can serve as a platform for the production and transfer of knowledge, the conception of new innovative products, technologies and services, and, subsequently the conquest of local and international markets, resulting in job creation and economic development. Not surprisingly, many countries have invested in STP’s as a part of their innovation and industrial competition policies. In practice, however, we see that STP’s not only are challenged by the complexity of STPs and by orchestrating the STP’s different stakeholders (e.g. Universities, Industrial Residents, Government Agencies and Financial Actors, like banks, Business Angels or VC-firms). STP’s also require adequate structures for auxiliary entities, such as «Incubators” and “Accelerators” to support the commercialisation of new ideas, and business start-ups. Likewise, both public and private sector need to have on-site, research laboratories and technology centres, which results should be disseminated and valorised by “Technology Transfer Offices”.
In 2015, the CMI, ISESCO and the ESCWA Technology Centre organised a first workshop in the El Ghazala Technology Park, Tunisia, on the performance measurement of STP’s, not only as real estate enterprises, butas an innovation ecosystem that nourishes the performance of their residents, by using the Business Model Canvas. This resulted in a follow-up workshop, organized by the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and ALECSO, which objective was to define set of Key Performance Indicators for Arab STP’s in order to assess their scientific performance. The workshop concluded with the selection of 30 KPIs for Arab STPs, to measure input, output and impact (see graph below):

IV: Objective of the workshop:

The workshop in Smart Village son the 18-20th of April 2017 aims to enlargetheset with Indicators to measure the quality and performance of STP-infrastructures and its different tenants and how they contribute to local economic development. The workshop will serve as a platform, where STP-managers and STP-tenants (universities, industrial tenants, research institutes, incubators, technology transfer offices, technology platforms, venture funds, research centres and entrepreneurship networks)will share their experiences in order to draw lessons about what is essential for them as a member of the STP’s ecosystem and what metric could be used, not only to measure their performance but also the contribution that the STP has on their performance.

V: Expected Results – deliverables

1. Understand, through thematic round table presentations and discussions by different STP’s and actors in the MENA region, the structures that have been adopted by individual science and technology parks to cater for Technological Development, Innovation, Knowledge Transfer, Entrepreneurship, commercialisation and internationalization.

2. Develop, assess and improve Key Performance Indicators for Arab Science and Technology Parks, in order to monitor the STPs functioning and their value proposition in Technological Development, Innovation, business start-ups and business development, jobs creation, as well as their economic and financial performance. Establish best practices in governance and operational management as well as in collective and interactive support activities.

3. Guidebook, summary report on key performance indicators for Science and Technology Parks.

VI/ Audience

The workshop will gather some 30-35 participants from the MENA region, such as:
a) Managers of science parks in MENA region
b) National Research Centres closely involved in science and technology parks
c) Technology transfer and valorisation officers
d) Incubators, and Accelerators
e) Financial institutes (VC, Business Angels)
f) University management

VII/ Conditions of Participation

1. To be designated by the competent authorities (ISESCO / CMI-EIB)
2. To hold a role in the management of science parks and science cities
3. Active participation (testimony, presentation, case study)
4. To complete the registration forms attached to this working document and send it by e-mail to

VIII: Working Language

English and Arabic