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Innovative governance for knowledge transfer in Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Elena Galán-Muros
Ca' foscari university of venice case study

Designed by the Promoting Innovation and Knowledge (PInK) office, the Octopus Initiative emerged in response to evolving governance structures and the imperative to enhance university-industry relationships. Focused initially on engaging departments in social sciences and humanities (SSH), the initiative aimed to dispel myths surrounding the relevance of SSH research to industry and foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge transfer.

Through strategic partnerships, collaborative events, and the development of joint labs, Ca’ Foscari has established itself as a hub for innovative research, entrepreneurship, and societal impact. The initiative’s success is underscored by its integration into the university’s strategic plan and the adoption of revised regulations on intellectual property and research exploitation.

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This case study is based on the 2022 UIIN Conference submission by Giovanna Berera, Head of the Promoting Innovation and Knowledge Office (PInK) at Ca’ Foscari, Samuela Franceschini, Knowledge Transfer Manager at PInK, Ca’ Foscari, and Erica Brandolino, Innovation Promoter in charge of Strategic Partnerships at PInK, Ca’ Foscari.

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