USE-it! to present ideas for promotion of academic entrepreneurship

March 7, 2002

Brussels, 06 March 2002

The international USE-it! conference, which aims to present new concepts for the promotion of academic entrepreneurship, will take place on 24 to 26 April in Bonn, Germany.

The event will address issues such as how to support the creation of new, innovative firms from universities and higher education institutes. It will also look at which infrastructures and programmes could help make the spin-off process more efficient and improve the sustainability of technology-based new ventures.

The event follows on from three EC-funded innovation projects - USINE, SPINNOVA and EMBRYO - to validate successful methodologies for the promotion of innovative start-ups. The projects, part of the European Commission's PAXIS initiative (pilot action of excellence of innovative start-ups), have developed models, approaches and tools for the spin-off process.

The USE-it! event is being organised by the University of Bonn/EuroConsult Research & Education in collaboration with the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and the University Miguel Hernández Elche, Spain.

Three project workshops will be held to present the results of the validation projects. Thematic workshops and lectures from invited guest speakers will expand upon the topic of academic entrepreneurship and allow for further discussion.

For the conference programme and registration forms, please consult the following web address: http://www.usine.uni-bonn.de/use-it

For further information, please contact:

Birgit Wirsing
EuroConsult/University of Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53-55
D-53115 Bonn
Germany
Tel: +49-228-733073
Fax: +49-228-731982
E-mail: wirsing@uni-bonn.de

For further information on the three PAXIS-projects USINE, SPINNOVA and EMBRYO please have a look at the project websites:

http://www.usine.uni-bonn.de
http://www.spinnova.org
http://www.umh.es/observatorio/embryo

Remarks: The closing date for registrations is 18-03-2002

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

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