A research know-how transfer event aiming at strengthening the cooperation between the research community & the productive sector
Patras IQ aims to:
1.Foster integration of research&innovation in industry&market in order to develop new competitive products&services
2.Trigger an entrepreneurial spirit in researchers in order to focus their research in more marketable results
3.Attract investors that could utilize local know-how and invest in products & services
The 3 days event includes:
- Exhibition of innovative research products&services, applied research presentations
- Speeches by policy makers, financial actors& innovation&start-up ecosystem representatives
- Lectures on issues concerning technology transfer, knowledge management, IPR, and financial resources for innovative ideas
- Workshops for academic students&start-up founders on issues concerning soft skills building&entrepreneurial operations
- Innovative entrepreneurial ideas competitions final pitch events
- B2B meetings for developing synergies for new projects&business ventures.
More specifically, researchers present to the productive sector mature, research results that can potentially be exploited entrepreneurially&commercially. Moreover, problems that the productive sector is facing are being discussed in order for researchers to offer feasible solutions. The purpose is to familiarize both researchers&the productive sector with the knowledge management process of turning innovative ideas into more bankable projects, to offer conditions for building networks & clusters, and to explore alternative ways of financing innovation

Resources needed

The annual budget is 100.000 – 120.000€, while the co-organizers offer human resources (approx. 20 people) for the event to be organized and executed. Also almost 100 volunteers are supporting the organization.
The event is taking place annually on April (Friday-Saturday-Sunday)

Evidence of success

The 1st Patras IQ took place in 2012 and it was organized by University of Patras&the Chamber of Achaia. On 2015, the organizing actors were complemented by the Region of Western Greece and on 2016 by the Hellenic Open University, the Technological Institute of Western Greece and two Ministries; of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and Economy, Development & Tourism. The event has continuously been gathering more exhibitors, public opinion makers & visitors, since its 1st organization.

Difficulties encountered

-Establish a flexible Organization that will provide pre-incubation & acceleration services to start ups & research teams & provide efficient integration of new technologies to existing enterprises
-Pursuit funding resources from public / private sources in order to develop microcredit tools

Potential for learning or transfer

This practice is based on 4 helix pillars
1. Research (universities, technological institutes, research centres)
2. Entrepreneurship (chambers, industry, incubators, accelerators)
3. Policy making (ministries, regions, municipalities)
4. Open social actors (students communities, start-ups ecosystem, associations)
Effective practice transfer must include the establishment of a strong local collaboration among the representatives of these pillars in order to encourage entrepreneurial spirit among academic students & researchers and foster start-up attempts that will answer to existing problems of the industry by creating disruptions and novel solutions. The vision for Patras IQ is to transform it: from a successful Knowledge Transfer Event & a meeting point of Innovation with Entrepreneurship to a Hub, where applied research will meet real economy in a daily basis, in order to deliver products & services of high added value that will systematically claim a share in the global market
Main institution
University of Patras (leading organization)
Δυτική Ελλάδα, Greece (Ελλαδα)
Start Date
May 2018
End Date


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