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Insights from US trip on university innovation models

A summary and insights from trip to US on different models of university innovation and entrepreneurship programs internationally and at Virginia Tech, Harvard and MIT

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Insights from US trip on university innovation models

  2. 2. WHO I VISITED Virginia Tech • Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology • Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship • Innovate Living-Learning Community Harvard • Harvard iLab • Shorestein Institute for Media, Politics and Public Policy (Kennedy School of Govt) • Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
  3. 3. AND… MIT • MIT Media Lab • Martin Trust Centre for Entrepreneurship • MIT Collective Intelligence Centre • SENSEable City Labs Code for Boston (part of Code for America) MassChallenge
  4. 4. SOME INSIGHTS Artwork by Joe Kelley at Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology exhibition
  5. 5. UNI INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS Is there a message in here?
  6. 6. UNI INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS - Located in Business, Engineering or under Provost or VC directly - Range of approaches to entrepreneurship – some very hands on programs others rely on students to initiate and run with virtual wallet/points - Team size range 2-17 some also doing research - Most funding centrally provided with supplements from faculty prizes, places or industry places in incubators. US strong alumni, industry funding - Harvard and MIT innovations labs open to all students undergrad and grad can attend courses, events - Common challenges; gender balance, scaling up quantity without losing quality, coordinating strategy across university
  7. 7. UNI INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS - US strong alumni networks especially with entrepreneurs. Strong culture of ‘pay in forward’ - Advisory boards some Deans/senior uni exec, others completely external alumni/industry others mixed - Special status for entrepreneurs; flexibility in completing studies, can do internships in own startups, starters wallet - Integration of prototyping or mini maker spaces - Micro business challenges – 3 weeks 10 pounds - Models staff/researchers spinouts negotiate IP with uni - Mostly extracurricular. Model of visible and invisible curriculum - Entrepreneurship as attitude start in early schooling – make it fun
  9. 9. VIRGINIA TECH APPROACH - Live in residential program (2 years) - Focus on talent development not startups - Strong alumni entrepreneurship - Visiting entrepreneurs in residence – 2-3 days living in - Entrepreneur treks - Network of Investors, $2m available last year each investor has to commit $10k - Network of advisors - External alumni and industry advisory board - Support for student startups next steps in adjacent Corporate Research Centre – whole economic ecosystem around uni
  11. 11. HARVARD APPROACH - Harvard iLab open drop in/working space for students interested in entrepreneurship - iLab began 2011 LaunchLab 2014 - Open to any current student undergrad or postgrad - Run events, masterclasses, some faculties run their innovation subjects there - Accelerator program VIP program each team has a board get up - Competitions - LaunchLab ‘curated community’ 30 alumni startups coworking space can stay up to 2 years - Large no wealthy donors and alumni - Deans on Advisory board. ‘One Harvard’ campaign - Building Living Lab – wet lab for innovation
  12. 12. MIT APPROACH
  13. 13. MIT APPROACH - Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship - Open access space for all students. Workshops, events, hackathons - GPSA accelerator program. 17 teams each has a board and access to $20,000 if meet milestones as judged by board. Bill Arlet program - Final pitches MIT, New York, San Francisco - Shorter summer program 1 month - MIT Launch high schools program and free online course - 4 entrepreneur in residence’s run the programming - Mix undergrad, grad and PhD - New team ‘MIT Innovation Initiative’ pulling together coordinated approach/strategy
  14. 14. RESEARCH
  15. 15. VT INSTITUTE FOR CREATVITY, ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY - Research institutes work across all faculties - 3 labs including the Cube 4 story immersive 3D space - SEAD funding rounds - $500 students, $3000 interdisciplinary teams, $25,000 flagship project plus access to labs and facilities - Coffee mornings once a week where someone talk about their project - CubeFest series of events/showcases - a2ru transdisiplinary research publication/installations etc - VR collaboration
  16. 16. SENSEABLE CITY LABS Effect digital tech on urban environment and how changes the way people live in cities
  17. 17. SENSEABLE CITY LABS - Spin out from MIT Media lab - Funded through research grants and industry - Consortium model for companies. 3 year commitment set price for seat at table, access to IP, marketing - Can sponsor additional research per year for 2 research fellows - Can’t direct research but can identify challenge or problem - Have option to commercialise IP through MIT - Companies Philips, Audi, Uber etc - Fellowships and student placements
  18. 18. MIT MEDIA LAB
  19. 19. MIT MEDIA LAB
  20. 20. MIT MEDIA LAB
  21. 21. MIT MEDIA LAB - Interdisciplinary research lab founded 1985 - High level autonomy from university thanks to Nicholas Negroponte - 100% industry funded - 15 labs each headed by a professor - Sponsors fund general themes - Can’t direct research but have access to IP created - ‘Inventing a better future’ is current theme - Online courses open to any students internationally, finding collaborators - Blockchain hacks
  22. 22. WHAT IS UTS POINT OF DIFFERENCE - Strong focus on creative practice and methodology - Documented ICI strategy - BCII students – secret weapon - Social impact/enterprise focus - Cultural difference more relaxed focus on quality of life - Lifestyle, beaches, attitude - Gateway to Asia and significant Asian population for testing/prototyping
  24. 24. DIGITAL CIVICS - Collective intelligence Centre – Solve Colab - New kind of intelligence that scales. How to measure crowd intelligence? - Govt Singapore – future scanning - Code for Boston/Code for Australia - Reinventing media, sustainability fourth estate - Blockchain identity management refugees, stateless people - Reinventing public institutions - Politics is broken – how to fix it?
  26. 26. OPPORTUNITIES/IDEAS - International student program residential opportunity - ‘Cluster X’ fund teams for cross disciplinary projects, practitioner/faculty partnership projects - Blockchain hack collaboration MIT Media Lab - a2ru transdisciplinary publishing - MIT REAP - Investor networks - Mapping visible and invisible curricular/student user journeys - MassChallenge Bridge program in Australia
  27. 27. And we won….