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Our aim

We create strong, mutually beneficial, links between TERRINet and industry, with a particular focus on start-ups and SMEs. Such activity is tailored to promote technology transfer from academic research to innovation in industry, to support small start-ups and SMEs by offering access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities, and to create links to established robotics industries such as to benefit from their expertise, their robotics technologies, and possibly their financial sponsorship.

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Initiatives organized by TERRINet

  • Assistance for startup creation. The TERRINet Technology Transfer Committee (TTTC) will provide advice and coaching for researchers in the TERRINet partnering laboratories. Technical support will be provided by the TTTC to help preparing applications (e.g. by providing guidance and feedback on proposals) to funding schemes for startup creation in each partner countries (for instance the Innogrants at EPFL).
  • Help with preparing and submitting patents. Workshops on IP and patent preparation will be organized for all academic researchers involved in TERRINet. Information packages will also be prepared and distributed. A database of TERRINet patents will be created, maintained, and advertised to industrial partners.
  • Training courses on technology transfer and on startup creation for academic researchers (e.g. Ph.D. students and postdocs).

TERRINet TTTC has access to local information in all 13 partner institutions in 8 countries. Feel free to drop us an email to guide you towards each specific initiative.

Access to the research facilities

Similarly to academic researchers, access to the TERRINet research facilities will be provided to industrial partners. Industrial partners will be given the opportunity to submit applications describing their needs similarly to academic researchers. The TTTC will be in charge of assessing the applications based on availabilities, relevance to the research goals of TERRINet, and potential opportunities for collaborations with academic researchers.

Industry Day

In 2019 the inaugural “Industry Day” will be organized with demos, presentations, posters, panel discussions and booths demonstrating research results from TERRINet.

TERRINet is planning to organize workshops with industrial partners and stakeholders that will serve as brokerage activities with the purpose to create links between academic and industrial partners to seek further collaborative funding either at the EU or national levels, and to brainstorm about and coordinate new research venues and new applications of robotics technologies.