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Nowadays, Science Parks can be complemented with Science e-Parks that provide crème de la crème knowledge to small as well as to large companies. The Science e-Parks decreases the expenditure for ...

Nowadays, Science Parks can be complemented with Science e-Parks that provide crème de la crème knowledge to small as well as to large companies. The Science e-Parks decreases the expenditure for the SME, the large company and the University and at the same time provide access to top quality advice. In the future, it would be possible for EU to require that applicants for EU funding also sign up to a Science e-Park during their participation of their funded projects.

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  • Jan Softa at Somerco Date: 2014-01-08. Enhance the EC member states competitiveness Part 15 - Science e-Parks Abstract Nowadays, Science Parks can be complemented with Science e-Parks1 that provide crème de la crème knowledge to small as well as to large companies. The Science e-Parks decreases the expenditure for the SME, the large company and the University and at the same time provide access to top quality advice. In the future, it would be possible for EU to ask if applicants for EU funding also sign up to a Science e-Park during their participation of their funded projects. Background Helping geniuses! Our slogan sums up whom Somerco aims to help. Somerco are a company that target to help researchers and innovators so that these geniuses can create prosperity and jobs in society. In spring 2011, I exhibited at the IASP yearly conference co-hosted by WTCA in Copenhagen.2 A focus area was the future of Science Parks. In this paper I focus on Science Parks you do not need to be physically located at. A so-called Science e-Park. Introduction Traditionally, entrepreneurs and SMEs locate at a Science Park in a nearby region. Large companies are more inclined to look around the world to find the best fit for them. Nowadays, Science Parks has the opportunity to operate in online networks that could provide crème de la crème knowledge to small as well as to large companies from business developers and other staff at Science Parks, patent attorneys, academia and other companies. I call it the Science e-Park. Plenty of national and international organisations as International Association of Science Parks (IASP), World Trade Centre Association (WTCA), Asian Science Park Association and American University & Research Parks (AURP) are interested in this approach. Knowledge transfer Tech/knowledge transfer is common between academia and companies, innovators and companies and between companies. This is a type of knowledge transfer that grants the receiving the right to use these technologies on a license agreement to produce products and services. There is much experience in tech/knowledge transfer when it concern innovations ready for production. Moreover, with the latest communication technology available to all it enables new forms of cooperation. It is not just social media with its possibilities to find new interesting 1 Science e-park = online – Science Park 2 IASP = International Association of Science Parks. WTCA = World Trade Centre Association.
  • Jan Softa at Somerco Date: 2014-01-08. professionals, but also our frequent use of smartphones and its apps that has a huge potential to help innovators get help from skilled professionals. A technology to break into the market in the near future is sematic web solutions that will help us find new ways to connect knowledge and interests. It will further increase these connections of best fit knowledge for how companies develop new innovations into new products. Our old experiences in tech/knowledge transfer and newer communication technologies could benefit companies R & D phase. Especially, if we would develop a Science e-Park with customized features that enables knowledge transfer over vast geographical distances. It means large companies no longer need their R & D department physically at the Science Parks or SMEs to find them in a nearby region. Benefits For European governmental agencies to promote an increased usage of Science e-Parks with customized features enhances the competiveness of companies in Europe. On such a platform, innovators from everywhere can share knowledge and be connected to experts for each phase from idea to commercial product. SMEs to the largest companies can choose to divide their R& D projects outside the immediate knowledge area that often are attached at traditional Science Parks, with its companies, universities and professional business developers. For innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs and their companies, universities and research institutes, Science e-Parks could give new opportunities that traditional Science Parks cannot offer if these do not have professionals in a particular science field that are of interest for the innovators and entrepreneurs. The Science e-Park is an open environment for many professionals and will be used as a complementary strategy for those located at a traditional Science Park and enable access to expert knowledge for those not located at traditional Science Parks. Employees In European Science e-Parks, the core employees or contributors of knowledge can be from Europe and in relevant cases complemented with other people outside Europe. It enhances the possibilities to offer best knowledge for different industry sectors. Public sector A large part of the public sectors contribution to R & D is funding of projects with value to science and society. For instance, in its applications to EUs funding programs, as in Horizon 2020, it would be possible to ask for how the project participants intend to go from R & D
  • Jan Softa at Somerco Date: 2014-01-08. into potential commercial products. Will it be managed by the R & D departments at a company? Are they using knowledge from business incubators at Science Parks, traditional as well as Science e – Parks? In short, what strategy are they adopting for ensuring a successful development of idea into a commercial product? A paragraph with this information in applications will be helpful for how the funders of R & D projects can evaluate projects while they are run and afterwards. Expenditure Expenditure is as one of the key figures companies focus on in their hunt for profit. This is valid in all parts of running a business as procurement, rents, good business credits and it also applies to the research and development phase of products and its services. EU- bodies can provide help in new business contacts, but I believe its strongest impact is decreasing company’s expenditure in R & D by providing funding. It increases the EU zones competiveness. In other words, the funding EU provides to industry has the biggest impact on the key figure expenditure. Science e-Parks is a flexible approach for knowledge sharing and can further decrease the level of expenditure companies has when they commercialize products and services. In the future, it would be possible for EU to ask if applicants for EU funding also sign up to a Science e-Park during their participation of their funded projects. Scenario - Start-up A start-up company in pharmacy with very promising science results that are not located at a Science Parks can a lot sooner receive knowledge from different parts of Europe or even the Globe by joining a Science e-Park. These companies do not longer have to wait as long to be adopted into an incubation program with its knowledge the traditional Science Parks provide or have to be dependent on finding a suitable office or industry location at a Science Park. Instead they can set up their business wherever they find suitable. Scenario - Large company In this scenario, Videoton who is a large Hungarian company in electronics has chosen to locate their R & D at a Science Park that suits most of their R & D interests. However, they also have other R & D projects that are not the best fit for the knowledge at this Science Park. By also adopting a strategy to participate at Science e-Parks they can find the best knowledge for also these projects. Thereby, the phase from R & D to commercial products and services are shortened.
  • Jan Softa at Somerco Date: 2014-01-08. Scenario – Mid-sized company A mid-sized company focused on biotechnology together with a university decide to let the companies R & D department be the ones leading a common project. There department has ideas for how to manufacture these products efficiently and decide with the university to complement with knowledge from a Science e – Park in order to complement with more experts in the latest science results in biotechnology. Scenario - Academia A physics department at a University has in their labs reached initial results that could be interesting to apply on products from many industry sectors. Beside, focusing on further increasing its cooperation with companies at the Science Park located at the University they also seek research cooperation with other companies outside on Science e-Parks that hold companies with different industry focus. Scenario - Open source As mentioned in the paper Research leftovers - research leftovers from projects funded by EU could turn into a competitive advantage if they were open sourced after two years. Since they are free to access and free to use expenditure for R & D are decreased. It becomes more appealing for innovators and companies to use them in their development of new products and services. If EU also have the opportunity to offer that the usage of these research leftovers in future projects are attached to a traditional Science Park or to a Science e-Park it will further decrease the R & D phase. The reason is that access to experts in innovation development and legal aid are easy to access. Consumers in Europe and elsewhere will get access to new products and services sooner than otherwise. The new products could be in areas as clean tech for car manufacturers or in software development for the interactive entertainment industry. Scenario - Agriculture A possible combination could be that a university and two companies has adopted a strategy to use the local Science Park with a lot of knowledge in modern agricultural methods and a Science e – Park with knowledge in software for a new software these three has developed for agriculture. In these scenarios, the Science e-Parks decreases the expenditure for SMEs, large companies and the Universities and at the same time offer top quality advice. It will be easier for them to maintain or achieve a suitable quality level for its products and services at a beneficial cost for these companies.
  • Jan Softa at Somerco Date: 2014-01-08. Draft proposals Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 1 - Designated tax to science Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 2 – Strategy to support the software industry Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 3 – Actions to support women in ICT Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 4 – Going abroad–Competitive assets Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 5 – Business incubators, financial recycling and incentives into reward Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 6 – Standardization as a tool to increase competitiveness Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 7 – Different types of innovations Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 8 – Open source from science to society Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 9 – Crowd sourcing and crowd funding Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 10 – Green VAT for business Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 11 - Keep talents in Europe Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 12 - Research leftovers Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 13 - Science Parks-Specializations Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 14 - Patent trolls Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 15 – Science e- Parks Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 16 – Expansion options (In progress) Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 17 – The locally developed infrastructure Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 18 – Treaty (Knowledge transfer) Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 19 – Different types of infrastructure Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 20 – Build infrastructure (In progress) Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 21 – Your small energy infrastructure (elsewhere) (In progress) Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Part 22 – Quick market entry (Medical) Enhance the competitiveness of EC member states Overview – Old and new key areas in order to increase the competitiveness of the industry (In progress) Input on threats against information society