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Taking innovation to the market: 10 actions to make it happen

Tech4i2 and Ernst & Young for DG CONNECT

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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The “Valley of death” is a metaphor often used to describe the gap between research and its market application or commercialization. The European innovation ecosystem is not fast and effective enough to transfer knowledge from universities to companies and therefore European excellence in research is not reflected on the market positioning. For instance, while Europe holds one third of global patents on Key Enabling Technologies, it holds no manufacturing facilities. 

The Digital Agenda for Europe recognizes this priority and envisages a set of strategic actions, mainly in the context of Horizon 2020. 

Strategically timed before the start of Horizon 2020, the seminar aims at bringing together experienced practitioners with EC senior officials in order to develop new ideas for overcoming the “valley of death” between research and market. We will be discussing existing innovative initiatives in order to identify concrete bottlenecks to greater impact and propose actionable policy ideas.

The meeting will be opened by high level keynotes (e.g. Wim de Waele, CEO of iMinds and member of the Connect Advisory Forum on Horizon 2020), and continue with an interactive approach.

At this stage, only a limited number of initiatives are being invited to present to the Commission their experience. 

Tentative agenda




DG CONNECT representative:  setting the policy scene


Keynote speeches

Wim De Waele (CEO iMinds)


Introduction by Consortium

David Osimo (Tech4i2/Open Evidence)

  • Overview of the cases selected
  • Explanation of the work


Division in 2 subgroups. Each subgroup will discuss 3 cases :

  • On innovation in the ICT sector
  • On innovation enabled by ICT


Each case will be discussed to identify:

  • Lessons learnt
  • Key bottlenecks to greater impact
  • Possible measures to address these challenges





Subgroups wrapping up

Identification of 5 concrete recommendations



One rapporteur for each group will present the key recommendations


Final discussion

Identifying the most important recommendations


Wrapping up







Hashtag: #da13innov

The online discussion has already started on the Digital Agenda community.

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European Commission DG CONNECT
25 Avenue de Beaulieu
1160 Auderghem

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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