Coventry University's Intellectual Property Commercialisation Office has developed a Technology Transfer Internship Programme allowing participants to learn about and contribute to technology transfer processes operated within the University. The programme includes training courses from PraxisUnico: on 'Research Contracts', 'Fundamentals of Technology Transfer' and 'Essentials of Business Development'.
Between June and December 2014, having obtained a 'Higher Education for support to research and innovation' fellowship from the three Tuscan Universities - Pisa, Siena and Florence, six interns took part in the programme at Coventry University.
The group were guided and mentored by members of the IP Commercialisation Office, whilst working on both team and individual technology transfer projects within one of the University faculties or institutes. In addition, the programme incorporated work with the wider Coventry University Business Development Group and Coventry University London Campus, as well as guided visits to external companies including MIRA, Mercia Fund Management and the British Library.
"Overall, the experience at Coventry University, combined with the PraxisUnico courses, has provided me with a broad vision on technology transfer and acquisition of related technical skills. The process was facilitated by the competence and support of the Coventry University team and by the innovative environment at the University. Future collaboration between Coventry University and the University of Siena will be highly encouraged"
(Chiara, University of Siena).
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