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Meet Distinguished Partners and Sponsors of the 2018 University-Industry Interaction Conference

In less than a fortnight, the 2018 University-Industry Interaction Conference will bring together close to 500 university leaders, practitioners, CEOs, policymakers and academics from more than 60 countries in London, Europe’s hub for some of the world’s leading knowledge institutions, largest financial institutions, and the fastest growing start-ups. Already in its 6th year, University-Industry Interaction Conference is the largest event in the field of university-industry collaboration, entrepreneurial universities and innovation ecosystems.

The global event is organised and supported by a wide variety of distinguished partners and sponsors that are bound by a common vision of advancing collaborative innovation. Some are pioneers and industry leaders in the area of intellectual property management, while others specialize in accelerating and jump starting growth for entrepreneurial start-ups. The sponsors also consist of some of the world’s largest network organizations that bring together key players within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The conference draws knowledge institutions that individually and collectively investigate the topic of entrepreneurship and innovation, in order to chart more effective pathways for individuals, organizations and regions.

Meet the distinguished partners and sponsors of the 2018 University-industry Interaction Conference!



University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN): driving innovation and entrepreneurship through collaborative university-industry engagement

uiin_logoUIIN unites more than 250 global experts and 40 organisations from 25 countries who are committed to driving innovation and entrepreneurship through collaborative university-industry engagement. Dedicated to sharing knowledge, discovering solutions and building relationships UIIN hosts the largest conference in the field, educates the leaders of tomorrow through its workshops and is involved in generating new knowledge in various European research projects.  


University College London (UCL): connecting the right individuals and organisations with the right ideas

uclUCL is one the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities. Founded in the heart of London in 1826 to open up education to all on equal terms, UCL was the first universities in England to welcome students of any religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. Today UCL’s outstanding research and innovative teaching drive entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s major problems. UCL Innovation & Enterprise connects the great minds inside UCL with thinkers in the wider world. By doing this, it enables more of the incredible insights that flow up and down UCL’s corridors to have an impact on our local and global neighbourhoods – improving the way people think, work and live. 



London South Bank University (LSBU): transforming lives, communities and businesses for over 120 years


London South Bank University is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. It has been providing vocationally relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education since 1892. Established as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the original aim of London South Bank University was ‘to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women’, which remains remarkably similar today. The university works closely with industry, business, community and government partners, providing the high-quality applied research needed by each to improve and grow.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN): Helping companies innovate and grow internationally


Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the world’s largest support network organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide, to support SMEs in commercialising their innovation, finding new partners and scaling up their business internationally. In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is jointly funded by the EU Commission and Innovate UK.



Patsnap: Accelerate your innovation


PatSnap is the leading provider of Intellectual Property Analytics, for analysing tech trends, driving innovation, market planning, competitor intelligence and maximising return on IP assets. Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by R&D, business and IP professionals in thousands of commercial and not-for-profit organisations globally, including NASA, the Department of Defense, China Mobile and Vodafone. With a database of over 121 million patents PatSnap use proprietary machine learning technology to make IP work for all.



Bizkaia Talent: We recruit, engage and retain talent in the area of Bilbao-Bizkaia, Basque Country


Bizkaia talent strives to implement a comprehensive, distinctive and differential strategy for identifying, attracting, retaining and engaging talent within the Business, Technology & Science Community. By using platforms such as the Basque Talent Map (a networking and collaboration tool for professionals) and the Basque Talent Observatory (a knowledge-based tool that analyses the Basque Labour Market), Bizkaia talent facilitates collaboration between industry and academia.


The University of Adelaide: Committed to achieving excellence in education, research and engagement with the community


The University of Adelaide is a leader in entrepreneurship research, education, and practice. It offers a holistic entrepreneurial engagement platform comprising thought leadership, training, and incubation, augmented by a globally connected network. Through this platform the University works with local, regional, and international communities to create economic, social, cultural, and intellectual impact and value, while translating research into impact and generating income.



TEQMINETransforming innovation at universities


TEQMINE is a Finnish Artificial Intelligence start-up that provides AI solutions for technology and patent intelligence. Their vision is an AI that invents together with people, and one that empowers people to be more creative in technology and business. Patent Similarity SaaS is one of the solutions for people who need high-quality and easy-to-use technology and patent analytics. It helps students, researchers, staff and professors to create, evaluate, improve and analyze ideas accurately, instantly and easily.


Science2Society (S2S): Shaping the European research arena


The Science2Society project is improving the European Innovation system and allowing societies to receive the beneficial impact of knowledge, through the analysis of new paradigms; such as Open Innovation and Open Science. This is achieved through the in-depth study of seven schemes: Co-Creation, Co-Location, Collaborative R&D Projects, Intersectoral Staff Mobility, Big Research Data Transfer, University Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Marketplace. Science2Society sparks new scientific ideas, transforms them into products and services, and, ultimately, creates social and economic value from research.

European Analytical Research Infrastructures Village (EARIV)Research, analysis, innovation for industry, Europe-wide


EARIV is a joint initiative led by a set of transnational and regional initiatives that provide European industry with an integrated and coordinated access to Analytical Research Infrastructure (ARIs), in synergy with European universities and research centres and through a profound integration with local ecosystems. EARIV is driven by the potential of analytical research Infrastructures for creating opportunities across the entire value chain of innovation and product development, and to European global leadership.


Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE): Putting research into policy and practice


Now entering its 41st year, ISBE’s purpose is to enable excellence in small business and entrepreneurship across research, policy, practice and learning communities. ISBE’s members are its most valuable resource, offering vast reserves of knowledge and research. Through events and activities, ISBE aims to disseminate this research to business owners, policy makers and business support organisations where it can have genuine impact.


Embedding Entrepreneurship Education (EEE): Fostering a student entrepreneurship and a collaborative start-up culture in Europe

eee_compositeThis two-year Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project employs a bottom up approach in order to empower university staff, and create sustainable relationships for HEIs and other actors in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Intellectual outputs thus far include “EEE Teaching Toolkit” and “The Embedding Entrepreneurship Education Roadmap”. EEE Project will host the international launch event at the conference, the Mermaid Theatre on the 20th June, at 14:30. 


Work Experience into Higher Education (WEXHE): An innovative approach to graduate employability and entrepreneurial thinking


The three-year Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project unites 10 partners from enterprises, associations and HEIs to identify and analyse current provision of work experience in the HEIs located in 7 different EU countries. Main aims of the project is to increase the capacity and competences of staff in the universities and enterprises, support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and ensure that the skills needs of employers are understood.



Perkins+Will: Leading the way with healthy, SMART and collaborative design solutions


Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, Perkins+Will collaborates with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. The recipient of hundreds of design awards each year, and a progressive leader in corporate social responsibility, Perkins+Will is consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms.


AcademicLabs: We bring transparency in the scientific arena to revolutionize research partnering


The mission of AcademicLabs is to accelerate research and innovation worldwide, by bringing transparency and the sharing economy in the world of research and R&D. Via its online R&D matchmaking platform, research institutes, and universities to boost awareness on their activities, while enjoying insights on who is showing interest in them. What is more, the online platform allows industry, consortia, clusters, communities, and federations to instantly find the right research groups that fits their needs and collaborate with them.


The State of University-Business Collaboration in Europe: Towards and increased understanding of UBC


The ‘State of European University-Business Cooperation’ is a study commissioned by the European Commission, conducted in 34 countries, incorporating the academic as well as the business perspective. The aim of the project is to discover the modes and extent of cooperation between businesses and higher education institutions (HEI) in the European context. The vision for the project is “to unlock the potential of UBC as a primary focus for developing a European knowledge society”.


Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre: Excellence in university-business cooperation and science-driven innovation and entrepreneurship


The Research Centre at the University of Applied Sciences Muenster developed with its concept of Science-to-Business Marketing, the first strategic approach worldwide for a successful commercialisation of research competencies, capacities and results. The centre develops, tests and promotes new models, instruments and proceedings for research commercialisation that enable universities to market their research more effectively.


Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU): Promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and engagement


ACEEU envisions universities to become more entrepreneurial and engaged, ultimately generating a greater social, cultural and economic impact. To facilitate this change, the Accreditation Council for Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities (ACEEU), comprised of world-leading experts, has designed the world’s first accreditation programme for entrepreneurship and engagement at institutional level.




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