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Technology harvest & transfer for an Open Internet initiative

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - TETRA (Technology harvest & transfer for an Open Internet initiative)

Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2020-10-31

TETRA project will develop and implement business-support activities targeted at 'R&I Actions' and their third parties funded under the topic H2020-ICT-24-2018-2019 to help turn their research results into marketable products and services and prepare them for success in the market place. TETRA will identify and provide instruments and resources to assist ICT innovators to:
• Ensure the best use of their outcomes through specific exploitation strategies
• Support their uptake at local, regional, national and international level
• Assess the impacts at the level of the 'Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative' topic.
The long-term strategic objective is to assist the NGI initiative to develop a more human-centric Internet supporting values of openness, cooperation across borders, decentralisation, inclusiveness and protection of privacy; giving the control back to the users in order to increase trust in the Internet. TETRA project fully recognizes and adheres to the vision of the European Commission, according to which the principles why an NGI is set as a key priority are the following:
• A number of technological trends will thoroughly reshape the internet over the next 10-15 years.
• Europe should drive this technology revolution while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric.
• An internet for the people, that contributes to a more sustainable and inclusive society.
• Increasingly these technological trends influence each other and a program targeted towards the Next Generation Internet must consider them in a holistic way.
Within the 1st period, TETRA project activities were focused on analysing the business support offering of all NGI projects (RIAs and CSAs), identifying the needs of their main beneficiaries, setting up relevant structures for project management, communication and impact monitoring and preparing the bootcamps which are at the core of TETRA services. Consequently, 8 webinars were held, 1 bootcamp was organised with 10 training sessions attended by 51 innovators and 11 deliverables were submitted timely to the Commission.

The main focus of WP1 in the first 9 months was setting up the necessary project management structures. As a result, one Advisory Board workshop was executed in M3 and another one planned for M19 as described in the related deliverable D1.2 First Advisory Board Workshop delivered in M3. The objective of WP2 in the 1st period was to adjust TETRA’s planned services according to the needs of the sub-grantees of NGI projects and to develop the TETRA Value Proposition, including a mapping of NGI business support landscape and TETRA strategy. The strategy for recruiting NGI beneficiaries stems from the related D2.1 Report on Barriers and Challenges and D2.2 List of Recruited OII Projects with Description of Required Support. Moreover, master plans with insights to their development and suggestions on next steps were prepared for the participants of the first TETRA bootcamp (T2.3) and a pool of experts was created to provide business mentoring for bootcamp participants (T2.4).
The goal of WP3 and WP4 was to prepare relevant content on the topics of IP advisory (T3.1) transversal skills (T3.2) tech transfer (T3.3) sales and marketing (T3.4) investment readiness and fundraising (T4.1) brokering industry relations (T4.2) and international public contracts (T4.4) and to offer these services to the NGI innovators in the format of TETRA webinars and bootcamp trainings. Within this period, 8 open webinars and 10 closed sessions (delivered during the first online bootcamp to 51 participants) were held on these topics in preparation of and at the #1 TETRA build-up bootcamp. The concept of connecting startups and DIHs was developed, relevant DIHs were identified (T3.3.) and preparations made for the winners of the first bootcamp to clarify their mentoring needs (T4.3). Free-access materials were created about investment readiness (T4.1) and international contracts (T4.4). In WP5, a mutual learning workshop was organised in Brussels, gathering key ICT-24 project representatives; D5.1 Monitoring and Impact Assessment Plan, Guidelines and Recommendations was produced and the consortium started monitoring impact and reporting about the results of the first activities. In WP6, TETRA visual and online identity and the technical framework for promoting the upcoming bootcamps was conceived. Additionally, regular communication and dissemination activities were executed from e-mail newsflashes to website updates, in close collaboration with NGI Outreach Office.
TETRA will contribute to the expected impact of ICT-24-2018 V in the following ways:

• Shape a more human-centric evolution of the Internet
TETRA will support innovations strongly rooted in NGI to assess the market and scale-up by (a) contributing, in collaboration with the other CSAs and the RIAs in strengthening the NGI value proposition, (b) building innovators capacity to empower the supported projects with specific and dedicated training programs and enable the transition of their innovation to the market; (c) supporting the mentored project in scaling their activities and increasing their investment-readiness, facilitating the connection with investments, technology transfer and accelerator infrastructures.

• Create a European ecosystem of top researchers, hi-tech start-ups and SMEs with the capacity to set the course of Internet evolution
TETRA will create a pool of highly qualified mentors, coaches and trainers (TETRA mentors), with deep experience in innovation, business development and commercialization from a variety of ICT areas and areas benefitting from ICT (T2.3) give visibility to the supported projects through WP6 networking and liaising activities as well as through qualified introductions (T4.2.1) ease access to well-established international competitions and events and to DIHs, accelerators and enterprise networks (T4.2.2) create TETRA Advisory Board (T1.3) and OII Task Force and OII client service contact point (T1.4) and enhance collaborations and partnership among the mentored projects, during the boot camps and beyond.

• Generate new business opportunities and new Internet companies with maximum growth and impact chances
TETRA will set up a methodology that will support EU financed OII 'R&I Actions (incl. their third parties) in fully understanding market trends and needs and in implementing all the steps needed to successfully deliver to the market innovative products and services.

• New Internet applications/services, business models and innovation processes strengthening the position of the European ICT industry in the Internet market.
TETRA will provide a business-related support program, aimed at providing the organizations with skills, methodologies and training activities aiming at supporting them in building (and selling) marketable products. Special attention will be dedicated to ensuring that the NGI value propositions like usability, acceptability and security are embedded and well-integrated in the products/solutions.It will provide access to a wide community of mentors, coaches, business angels, venture capitalists, startup ecosystems, able to support organizations in better shaping market access strategies.
Digital poster for TETRA's first build-up bootcamp held in Sept and Oct 2020