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“Being Professor – Doing Business”

“Being Professor – Doing Business”

Workshop at Romanian Steinbeis headquarters: 24 professors, cluster managers and representatives of ministries discussed how to combine work at university with successful entrepreneurship. The participants followed an invitation of Steinbeis Transfer Management S.R.L.

Steinbeis is one of the world’s most successful providers of know-how and technology transfer. Central to all projects we work on the success of our clients, co-workers and partners.

750 professors of German universities apply a proven model in transfering knowledge and technologies to the business sector. Becomming member of Steinbeis Network is profitable for the professors but also a win-win situation for the involved university and enterprise.

Jürgen Raizner, director of a Steinbeis Transfer Center since 1994, presented the business model of Steinbeis. An intensive discussion on detailes of how to benefit from this best practice followed.

A lot of Romanian professors and researchers act as entrepreneurs and sell services and technologies – additionally to their work at the university. Doing such business shows, that there is a demand. But why should every professor develop and establish his own business model, register a company, take care about administrating the legal entity instead of doing what a research likes to do best – to do research. Jürgen Raizner explained in detail how professors can enjoy the support and security offered by a centralized Steinbeis Framework. And this framework is available in Romania now.

Beside internal benefits regarding efficiency of doing business, participants understood that Steinbeis offers added values and synergies, such as

  • being linked with experts and competences of more than 1,000 Steinbeis Transfer Centers
  • better access to German enterprises as potential customers
  • significantly better reputation when acting in name of Steinbeis
  • availability of promotion tools and support in marketing

Several participants expressed their interest in joining the Steinbeis Network. Minimum three STC might be opened in nearest future. Jürgen Raizner works in Romania every month for at least some days. Individual meetings will follow soon. Now we thank the participants for the good and fruitful discussions.

The expansion of the Steinbeis Network in Romania is in line with the new work program that is agreed by the Mixed Governmental Commission Baden-Württemberg – Romania. Jürgen Raizner participated in the meeting (July 14th/15th).

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One Day, Two High-Level Meetings

One Day, Two High-Level Meetings

Minister Peter Friedrich visits Bucharest – and together with the delegation from Baden-Württemberg he is guest of honor in Haus der Donau. On this occasion USAMV and STM sign a MoU. Linking Baden-Württemberg and Romania: Members of the National Advisory Board for implementing EUSDR meet the delegation from Baden-Württemberg.

Assembly Meeting of National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board for implementation of EUSDR meets in order to discuss its work program. Special guest: Co-ordinator of Priority Area 8, Dr. Hans-Peter Herdlitschka. Jürgen Raizner participates as permanent member of the Advisory Board and informs about Danube-INCO.NET, the official support and coordination action which addresses EUSDR in fields of research and innovation.


Signing Ceremony of USAMV and STM

Prof. Doru Pamfil, Rector of USAMV Cluj-Napoca, and Jürgen Raizner sign the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Steinbeis Transfer Centre at USAMV Cluj-Napoca. Attending the signing ceremony: Minister Peter Friedrich, Baden-Württemberg, and Prof. Adrian Curaj.



Danube Academies meet in Ulm

Danube Academies meet in Ulm

From 16 to 17 of April 2015, high-level representatives of 11 Academies of Science met in Ulm. The 6th Danube Academies Conference focused on Innovation and Technology. Special attention was given on funding opportunities of EU programs H2020, EUREKA as well as to the Danube Strategy. Around 40 guests, among them scientists, industrial representatives, policy advisers and representatives of the EU-institutions participated in the event. Among them also Danube-INCO.NET representatives.

Jürgen Raizner, Director of Steinbeis Danube Center, and member of Danube-INCO.NET consortium pointed out in his presentation that innovation needs more than research. The economy and society have to be taken into account. This is one subject that is covered by Danube-INCO.NET: to linking stakeholders and decision makers from science, economy and public sector in order to solve societal challenges.

Funding opportunities, given by EUREKA have been presented by entrepreneurs who showed on concrete examples how they benefit from the funds. Clear message to participants was that both programs should be taken into account while EUREKA procedures are easier to understand and to manage than the Horizon program. The two day event also covered various and important aspects from social and political area. The European identity through migration and culture evolution was discussed as well as water-ethics and de-contamination.

Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, expressed his support towards the Danube Academies of Science via video message. He also took the chance to express his gratitude to all the people involved in the process of developing the Danube Region and their devotion to finding the best solutions to harness it at its true potential.

The 6th Danube Academy Conference was organised by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts Salzburg and the University of Ulm. Next Conference is foreseen to take place in Ljubljana 2016.

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