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International conference - USE-it!

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New concepts for successful spin-offs from universities, training concepts to improve entrepreneurial skills, access to international markets:

All this and much more was presented at the International Conference USE-it! which took place from 24th to 26th April 2002 at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in Bonn/Germany. The 120 participants from all over the world were invited to profit in their occupational fields from new, innovative concepts for the promotion of spin-offs from universities which have been tested and validated as 'good practice' schemes by the three EU-projects USINE, SPINNOVA and EMBRYO. The initials of these three projects coined the slogan of the conference USE-it!. 

USE-it! was organised by the coordinators of the PAXIS-projects USINE, SPINNOVA and EMBRYO, University of Bonn/EuroConsult (Germany), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the University Miguel Hernández Elche (Spain), and the University of Twente (The Netherlands). 

Topics of the conference were:

  1. A new concept of incubation - "pre-incubation" - which is tailor-made for academics with a business idea and based on two pillars: a customised training programme and a sale of pilot products prior to the creation of an own company
  2. How to set up, manage and insure a university-associated "pre-incubator"
  3. New web-based tools for customised guidance & advice to academic researchers, which assist them in developing exploitation plans and business plans in a way "learning-by-doing"
  4. How to help academic researchers to set up their own commercialisation plans and IPR-strategies
  5. How to create a favourable framework for the development and growth of innovative firms
  6. How to set up support infrastructures for technology-based ventures
  7. How to support early-stage entrepreneurs to access international markets

More detailed information on the three projects, the agenda and the presentations held at the conference are available on the website: