merlin ict

Funding in ICT project under FP7 and H2020 totals over 11.000 million € by the end of the current work programme. Stimulated and supported by these programs, many researchers in universities, institutes and SMEs have worked hard on developing new ground breaking technologies and disruptive services. But when it comes to commercialise the results or create a company, these researchers are unsure on how to proceed.

MERLIN project, funded in the context of the EC initiative Innovation Radar, wants to start changing this situation by organising a set of activities aiming:

  • To stimulate a greater interest in the scientific community to view their research results as potential opportunities to be exploited with the correct business model.
  • To equip researchers with modern, need-first and market-led methodologies that will help them to shape their ideas and outputs into innovations to be ready for market validation and posterior commercialisation.
  • To introduce the rich European entrepreneurship ecosystem and the opportunities it offers to create and support startups on their journey.

In order to achieve this objective, a number of activities have been planned in the context of the project. Among them, the main one is the organisation of 45 practical workshops covering state-of-the-art innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies in 8 European cities for market-oriented researchers. These activities will be complemented with the organisation of 8 meet ups with potential partners, customers and investors by the end of each year, and the invitation of selected participants to attend Startup Europe events. Both activities aim to widen their network of contacts and serve as an introduction to the European entrepreneurship ecosystem for them.

Moreover, MERLIN partners will also organize one-day hands-on tutorials on 5 scientific conferences to reach a wider audience, going where researchers go, and engage them with the activities organized by MERLIN and other ICT-32 projects. And finally, additional training on SME growth and new business models for public-private partnership will be provided through the organization of 4 webinars.

Please check out MERLIN website and follow them on Twitter (@Merlin_ict) to stay up to date with all the activities organized.

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