Innovation - Creation of new businesses and jobs
The European Commission is organizing a conference entitled "Innovation - creation of new business and jobs" as part of the implementation of the First Action Plan on Innovation. The conference, to be held in Luxembourg on 18 and 19 May 1998, aims to review contacts between the Commission, Member States and other interested parties.
The focus of the conference will be the creation and growth of technological businesses and the main factors influencing these processes. A first round table, held in Paris in December 1997, brought together companies, financiers, researchers and intermediary organizations. This launched the consultation process, providing the opportunity to draw out the main themes for discussion. In the wake of this round table, several working groups were established to cover these themes in depth. The May conference will provide the opportunity to review the work of these groups and take on board their first recommendations. A further conference is planned for autumn 1998, in Vienna, at which the Commission will present proposals for actions, which could be implemented within the Fifth RTD Framework Programme, based on the results of the consultations.
The three main phases in the creation and growth of new business will be addressed, in the light of European experiences, by the conference during parallel sessions. A fourth parallel session will look at wider national and non-European research and innovation support organizations. The four parallel sessions, with key topics, will be as follows:
- The gestation of the business project:
. How to foster and select projects;
. How to make a business project viable;
- The business start-up:
. The financing - start-up capital;
. Business support services;
- How to ensure growth:
. Additional investment;
. Diversification and internationalization;
- Technology transfer and business creation: an international perspective:
. Presentations from the USA, Japan and Korea; Germany, The Netherlands and the UK; France, Finland and Italy;
. Round table on "Transnational transfer of results of publicly-funded research - public and private perspectives".
The Commission will also present the most recent EU initiatives in the field, while projects and results from the INNOVATION programme will be highlighted. In particular, Technology Transfer projects, the QUICKSCAN patent searching service, CORDIS, and the Innovation Relay Centres network will all be featured in demonstrations and exhibitions alongside the conference.
The conference will be of interest to managers of technology firms, public and private business support bodies in technological fields, universities and research institutes and financiers. Participants will be able to:
- Obtain an overview of good practice, both in Europe and beyond;
- Establish direct contacts with decision-makers in other professions and countries, facilitating the establishment of partnerships and cooperation networks;
- Raise issues which appear critical to them;
- Contribute to the reflections and to the definition of actions at EU level.
For further information, please contact:
DG XIII - Telecommunications, information market and exploitation of research
Mr. Trevor Jones
rue Alcide de Gasperi
Tel. +352-430133461; Fax +352-430134989
E-mail: "Trevor Cyril.JONES"@LUX.DG13.cec.be