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Assistance for startup creation

  • IIT has a Technology Transfer Office (TTO) which helps researchers to perfection their startup idea, evaluate the business plan, creates contacts and opportunities for funding (VCs, seed, etc.).
  • The TTO can also provide legal advice and can help to elaborate on the best strategy (market, financing, technological, etc.).
  • IIT has established (for internal startups/researchers) a “de-risking” fund (for a total of 5M euros) to support researchers in increasing the TRL of their prototypes with the aim of increasing attractiveness of funding.

Preparation, advice, and submission of patents

  • Part of the TTO is fully dedicated to patenting. This includes all stages of the preparation of patent filing (which is eventually executed through a specialized firm).
  • IIT normally analyzes the ideas before any action is taken.
  • A periodic evaluation of active patents is carried out (on a yearly basis) to decide whether to renew any given patent depending on consideration of potential marketability.
  • IIT does not provide patent survey services.

Industrial outreach

  • IIT can organize advertisement at any possible occasion. Normally IIT researchers attend all robotics related conferences and some industry fairs.
  • IIT is now a partner of the local “Digital Innovation Hub” in the region, which is a good means to reach industry.


Coronavirus pandemic

Dear TERRINet applicants and future users,

we sincerely hope that you are staying safe in these challenging times that we are facing at the moment. The current emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our lives. The recent and progressive lock-down forced us to reorganize our working routines in smart working modalities and to shut down the TERRINet infrastructures. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Trans-National Access has been suspended until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that we will keep evaluating the proposals submitted for Trans-National Access regularly. Indeed, despite access cannot be allowed for a while, the selected users will be queued and access will take over gradually as soon as the situation will allow it. We also inform you that a special application mechanism has been settled in TERRINet to mitigate the delays that will occur due to the COVID-19.

The Open Call no. 4 is currently open: we are accepting proposals under the new mechanism called "first come, first served". Proposals are directly forwarded to the evaluation panel as soon as they are submitted. Proposals submitted closer to the deadline will be dispatched after that. The deadline for the Open Call n.4 will be on May 31, 2020.

Do not hesitate! Get this unique opportunity to be granted with fully-covered access (including travel and accommodation costs) to 15 leading European robotics labs and 100+ best robotic platforms and to get in touch with leading robotic experts. 

For any additional questions, please, contact us at info@terrinet.eu

 Let's take this time of the world calming down to plan our future. 

Stay safe.  

TERRINet team