Bursa Teknik Üniversitesi
Mimarsinan Mahallesi, Mimar Sinan Cd., 16310 Yıldırım Bursa, Turkey
Bursa Technical University was founded as the fifth technical university in Turkey and the second state university in Bursa in accordance with the decree of the Council of Ministers to specialize on certain technological concepts, such as ‘Robotics and Smart Systems’.
Bursa, which is one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country, is located in Marmara Region within close proximity to ports and railways. Bursa is considered as the center of the Turkish automotive industry with its 18 organized industrial districts. The textiles, rubber, furniture and food industries are equally strong in the city.
Founded in one of the most industrialized cities of Turkey, the priority of the university is to educate students to become competent engineers and independent researchers. The university comprises six faculties (Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Maritime Studies and the Faculty of Communication), two institutes (Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences and the Institute of Social Sciences), and a School of Foreign Languages. A range of programmes are taught in English, and the University hosts international students.
The education offered is rigorous and its quality is maintained by hard work of international lecturers. Bursa Technical University envisions itself as an international institution with the objective of internationalization across all fields, from activities to student/staff matters. Being new brings the advantage of structuring itself in accordance with European Standards. Flexible in establishing policies and curricular activities from fresh, university adopts Bologna Policies and ERASMUS activities with ease.
University gives significant importance and support to higher education. Co-operative projects and research play a key role in the development of research institutions, therefore staff and students are encouraged to build collaborative partnerships with institutions abroad. Bursa Technical University is an equal opportunity institution committed to diversity of people, thought, opinion and social inclusiveness.
Bursa Technical University recruits staff and students solely on their individual merits - independent of gender, race and religion. University promotes the gender equality in all activities. University adheres to regulations to create an environment where student and staff with disabilities can fully participate in all activities. Faculty and staff has been chosen from those with the background and capability to reach these preset goals.
I3P – Incubatore Imprese Innovative del Politecnico di Torino
C.so Castelfidardo 30/a, 10129 Torino
I3P is The Innovative Companies Incubator of Politecnico di Torino and is one of the most important university incubators at the European level. Founded in 1999, since now I3P has supported the creation of more than 222 technology-based start-ups in different sectors: ICT, Cleantech, Medtech, Industrial, Electronic, Automation and Social Innovation. I3P mission is to promote the creation of innovative high-tech start-ups, by providing business premises, strategic and specialist consultancy and a network of investors, partners and potential customers.
I3P offers its support to innovators coming from the Politecnico di Torino (professors, researchers, PhD and students), and to innovators coming outside the academic world, both at Italian and international level. Since its foundation, I3P has contributed to the creation of an interesting ecosystem, whose peculiarity is the capacity to generate a good equilibrium between technological spin-offs from the academic research and start-ups coming from “the market”, with more entrepreneurial competences and a stronger propensity to the market. Moreover, more and more start-ups are spin-offs of medium and big companies that want to launch to the market “non-core” projects and choose I3P as the ideal place where accelerate the development of their projects, by finding lot of competencies in the “Cittadella Politecnica” and opportunities in the services offered by I3P (consultancy, coaching, support to fundraising and business development).
In 2011, I3P launched TreataBit, a pre-incubation program designed to support the rapid growth of digital projects based on the lean start-up methodology. Since now Treatabit has supported more than 376 business ideas: about 268 projects are online and more than 118 projects have become start-ups. In 2017, 597 business ideas have been hosted, 123 entrepreneurial teams have been supported in the start of their business, 35 new start-ups have been created and 17 of these have been included in the incubation program.
In the last 3 years I3P has increased its capacity of attracting start-ups: in particular, in year 2015 the increase has been +48% in comparison with year 2014 and in year 2016 the increase has been +72% in comparison with year 2015. This shows that I3P has become a key focal point in the Italian ecosystem. From year 2011 to year 2017 the number of start-ups supported in the incubation program has increased from 136 to 222. The total employment in the 163 active startups is about 2100 employees and the total turnover is more than 114 M€ (in 2016). The total investments in venture capital received by I3P start-ups is about 58,3 M€ (from year 2007): 8 M€ in 2016 and 9 M€ in 2017.
Each year I3P promotes the “Start Cup Piemonte Valle d’Aosta” competition, which is the most important regional business plan competition at Italian level. Moreover, from 2011 to 2014 I3P has assured the role of secretary for PNICube, the Italian association of University Incubators. Each year PNICube promotes the “Innovation National Award” (the most important Italian business plan competition, with more than 3400 participants and 1100 business ideas) and the “Italian Master Start-up Award”.
I3P has developed an important experience in the definition and implementation of acceleration programs such as Treatabit.com. Focused on digital start-ups, in 5 years Treatabit has attracted hundreds of projects, by giving support to 276 business projects and helping the creation of 103 new start-ups. Some other examples of acceleration programs are the ones in partnership with big companies like Microsoft Italia (Biz&Dev Startup) and Intesa Sanpaolo (FoodIncubator).
In all these cases, I3P has demonstrated to be a good and skilled partner in order to start the experimentation and to develop the program in the following steps. I3P has offered an unique and specific value proposition which has attracted start-ups according to the strategic objectives of the partners. In particular, “Biz&Dev Start-up” has been used by Microsoft like a standard for other local initiatives.
At this moment, I3P has become ad advisory partner for Italian and international universities and public institutions giving support to start-up creation and acceleration programs.
I3P is a publicly owned company whose founding partners are: Politecnico di Torino, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Città di Torino, Camera di Commercio di Torino, Finpiemonte and Fondazione Torino Wireless. It is one of the first Italian incubator to be designed as “Certified Incubator” ex. Law 221/12.
I3P is one of the main promotor of incubation and start-ups support programs, and its activities are in synergy with the global economic and development strategies at local and national levels. In this way, I3P is also a key actor in the technological transfer domain, both of Politecnico di Torino and of other important research centres. Its focus are: technological innovation, research, social innovation and innovative entrepreneurship.
“Technopark Gliwice” Science and Technology Park
Konarskiego 18C, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
T: +48 32 335 85 00;
‘Technopark Gliwice’ Science and Technology Park is a modern centre of academic business support. The company came into being in April 2004 and it was founded by the three shareholders: the City of Gliwice, the Silesian University of Technology, and Katowice Special Economic Zone. The main activity of the park is creation and promotion of innovative and advanced technology companies and transfer of innovative technologies from the Silesian University of Technology and R&D units to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The area of Technopark Gliwice is around 2 hectares and it includes 2 modern buildings with more than 4000 m2 of surface, most of which is used for rental premises for modern enterprises. Currently Technopark Gliwice render services for 75 innovative companies. Several of them are representing the high level of technology, but the vast majority of them are newly created initiatives – a companies whose owners or employed persons are mostly university graduates, mainly from the Silesian University of Technology. Technopark has a well-developed offer for students, university graduates and entrepreneurs. The proximity of the Silesian University of Technology, access to modern, well-equipped premises and innovative devices, as well as numerous training and specialized consultancy run by qualified coaches, those are only some of the advantages of our institution.
Among services addressed to enterprises you can find innovation audits, mentoring and consulting packages and the opportunity to join the Virtual Business Incubator, which allows to register your company at a prestigious address without necessity to rent a room. In our park we focus on supporting academic entrepreneurship. Extensive cooperation with various science and technology institutions, universities, science parks, and foreign organizations, as well as a number of projects that have been realized, confirmed the role of the park in the development of entrepreneurship not only in our region.
Technopark Machine Park enables us to offer specialized services such as the production of machines’ elements and devices using methods of Rapid Prototyping, coordinate measurements or waterjet machining of objects – in 3D, and 3D design using CATIA and Solid Edge software.
One of many initiatives of Technopark Gliwice is The Day of Science and Industry, which is organized once a year since 2009. The idea behind the event is to present the latest achievements of innovative companies, universities and R&D units from the Silesian region, in the form of experiments and interactive projects. The project aims to contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and research among Silesia residents. Moreover, it is a great opportunity for the representatives of science and industry to meet and to establish cooperation.
Technopark employees have several years of experience in the field of academic entrepreneurship support. Our institution constitutes an extensive, constantly extending web of contacts and relations between companies operating in different areas. It is also a cooperation platform between science and business. Moreover, Technopark has an extensive knowledge about Silesia Region Innovation Strategy and policy. We are a partner of Marshals’ Office of Silesia Voivodeship within regional specialized observatories. We are responsible for ICT observatory delivering actual knowledge about ICT sector in our region. We identify, monitor and forecast ICT trends. We also render services such as audits and trainings for companies and local government.
Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Politecnico di Torino was founded in 1906 and has its roots in the Technical School for Engineers created in 1859. It is internationally ranked among the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, with 33,000 students (out of which 15% are international students coming from over 100 different countries).
Politecnico is a center of excellence for education and research in engineering, architecture, design and planning and it works in close cooperation with the socio-economic system. It is a comprehensive Research University where education and research complement each other and create synergies in order to address the needs of the economic system, of the local community and, above all, of its students.
Politecnico is committed to a strong internationalization process of its teaching, research and technology transfer activities: not only does it work in cooperation with the best universities and research centers in world, but it has also been signing agreements and contracts with important international corporations, as well as local businesses, meaning to be for the latter a focal point for innovation.
Akademicka 2A, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
The Silesian University of Technology (SUT), is the oldest technical university in the region and one of the most prestigious in Poland. It was established in 1945 as a scientific and educational facility for Upper Silesia, the most industrialized region in Poland, and one of the most industrialized in Europe. For over 70 years of its history, it has always been a public institution, playing a cultural and opinion forming role in the region.
15 educational units of the University – 13 faculties, one college and a scientific-didactic centre – currently offer almost 60 study programmes and about 200 specializations, including the whole spectrum of engineering studies. Aside from technical programmes, candidates may also study administration, business analytics, mathematics, sociology and management – including project management – as well as foreign languages and pedagogy.
The Silesian University of Technology occupies leading positions in both national and international rankings. It ranked 5th among technical universities and 13th among all universities in Poland in the “Perspektywy” Educational Foundation Ranking. Two study programmes: environmental engineering and logistics were considered the best in Poland, which allowed SUT to rank 4th in the whole country in terms of engineering study programmes. In the SCImago Institutions Ranking (SIR), an international classification of higher education institutions, Silesian University of Technology was awarded the 4th place in Poland and 17th in Eastern Europe.
Nowadays, SUT educates over 20,000 students at all three levels of study: Bachelor (and Engineering), Master and Doctoral studies. The Silesian University of Technology offers 11 programmes conducted in English. Until now, the Silesian University of Technology promoted over 180,000 engineers, over 4,500 doctorates and almost 900 postdoctoral. Graduates of Silesian University of Technology often occupy managerial, directorial and other high positions in industrial corporations, which can be proven by numerous rankings conducted by independent research institutions.
As a prestigious European technical university, the Silesian University of Technology hosts innovative research and development activities, and educates highly professional staff for the knowledge-based society and economy. It also actively stimulates the growth of the region and the local communities. Due to the constant improvement of processes and organization, the university is a friendly and open place for the academic community, in terms of work and development. High position and prestige of the university are built through self-improvement, partnership and cooperation of the employees, students, PhD students and the social and economic environment. These conditions favour creativity, innovativeness and transfer of technologies.
The University is very active in regional activities related to development based on knowledge, technology and innovation. The representatives of SUT took part in the preparations of Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) of the Śląskie Region for the years 2013-2020, defining the smart specialization of the region and preparing the RIS implementation plan. The University supports students and academic staff in entrepreneurial activities: starting-up own business and commercialising knowledge. In this area the following units actively support entrepreneurial activities:
Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer – supports the processes of formal technology transfer from the university to companies (including start-ups),
Academic Entrepreneurial Incubator – supports students in starting-up business, providing consultancy in: managerial, organizational, marketing, financial and personal areas.
In the area of academic entrepreneurship SUT cooperates with Technopark Gliwice which is located on the University’s campus. Studies in the area of entrepreneurship and management are conducted on the Organization and Management Faculty located in Zabrze. Students of other fields of studies, interested in starting up their business can participate in courses and training in entrepreneurship provided by Academic Entrepreneurial Incubator or Student Career Centre.
Üçevler Mah., 2. Sk. No:12
16120 NilüferBursa, Turkey
KOSGEB (Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Organization), established in 1990 by a special law, is a nonprofit, public organization responsible for the growth and development of SMEs in Turkey and functions under the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. Its mission is to increase SMEs’ share in economy by spreading culture of entrepreneurship and support development and competitiveness of SMEs.
KOSGEB communicates its support and services to SMEs through 4 different elements: Support Programs, Funding Sources (grants, loan interest support), Laboratory Services and Information and Referral Services. Entrepreneurial trainings are offered in cooperation with chambers, business associations, foundations, municipalities and universities as part of the Entrepreneur Support Programme. Upon completion of these programs successfully, trainees receive the right to apply for grants and loan interest support.
KOSGEB provides its services to SMEs through central or provincial directorates. KOSGEB Bursa is one of the biggest provincial directorates of KOSGEB considering the amount of financial support it provided. KOSGEB Bursa directorate organized more than 200 Entrepreneurial training programs for more than 5000 trainees in cooperation with different organizations. KOSGEB Bursa has also consulted more than 500 new startups and gave financial support (both grant and interest-free credits). KOSGEB Bursa Directorate has been serving as the project coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network East Marmara as part of the call for the European Business Network to be launched within the COSME (Competitiveness Program for Enterprises and SMEs).
KOSGEB is the member of World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organization (WAITRO) and International Association of Science Parks (IASP). KOSGEB's efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and to help SMEs improve their skills and technology have been supported by the international institutions, such as UNDP/UNIDO (United Nations Development Program/United Nations Industrial Development Organization), WASME (World Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises), ILO (International Labor Office), World Bank and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).