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Title: From%20Technology%20Transfer%20to%20Innovation%20Consultancy.%20Case%20study:%20AGIT


1
From Technology Transfer to Innovation
Consultancy. Case study AGIT
  • Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Thomas
  • Managing Director
  • AGIT mbH

2
The Aachen Region
3
Europe by Air
4
Former coal-mining areas in the Euregio
Meuse-Rhine
Stand 1989 Quelle IHK zu Aachen/
Maas-Rhein-Institut für Angewandte Geographie
und Lehrerbildung e.V. Die Wirtschaftsregion Aac
hen-Ein Grenzraum im Wandel
5
Science and research in the Aachen region
Aachen University of Technology
University of Applied Sciences Aachen
Jülich Research Centre
  • Main Faculties
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Architecture
  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Special Fields
  • Physical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aero-space Engineering
  • Nuclear, Energy and En-
  • vironmental Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Design
  • Research Priorities
  • Structure of Matter and
  • Materials of Research
  • Information Technology
  • Life Science
  • Environmental Precaution
  • Research
  • Energy Technology




6
Science and research in the Aachen region
  • RWTH -
  • Rheinisch-Westfälisch-Technische Hochschule
    Aachen
  • largest technical university in
  • Europe
  • 400 professors
  • 260 institutes
  • 28,800 students
  • 784 doctorate degrees p.a.
  • 2,056 postgraduate students
  • University of Applied Sciences Aachen
  • FH-Fachhochschule Aachen
  • 200 professors
  • 10,000 students
  • 850 postgraduate students
  • Jülich Research Centre
  • FZJ - Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • 1,100 scientific staff
  • 4,200 employees

RWTH, FH, FZJ
11/2002
Status of Source
7
Graduates at the Aachen University of Technology
(Winter term 00/01 and Summer term 2001)
2001
Zahlenspiegel der RWTH
Status of Source
8
Research and development An excellent network of
RD institutes
  • Public Research Institutes
  • Institute for Plastic Processing
  • Fraunhofer Institute of
  • Production Technology
  • Fraunhofer Institute of
  • Laser Technology
  • German Wool Research Institute
  • Helmholtz Institute for
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Laboratory for Machine Tools
  • and Industrial Organization
  • Academic Research Institutes
  • Aachen University of Technology
  • University of Applied Sciences Aachen
  • Jülich Research Center
  • Private Research Institutes
  • Ericsson Eurolab Germany Ltd.
  • Ford Eurolab
  • Philips Ltd. Research Laboratories
  • United Technologies Research Center
  • FEV GmbH
  • Mitsubishi Semiconductor Europe
  • Ascom

9
AGIT - Regional development agency
AGIT is the regional development agency for the
Aachen region. Its shareholders are the City of
Aachen, the districts of Aachen, Düren,
Euskirchen and Heinsberg, the Chambers of Trade
and Commerce and of Craft and representatives of
industry.
Main activities
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AGIT in 1983
  • Shareholders of AGIT in 1983
  • City of Aachen
  • WFG für den Kreis Aachen mbH
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • RHEGIT

1984 Opening of Germanys 2nd technology
centre 3.00 m² office space 6 companies 1984-1990
Construction of an extension Rental of 2
neighbouring buildings 10,000 m² occupied
space 40 companies
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Technology Centres managed by AGIT
Technology Centre am Europaplatz
Medical Technology Centre
Opening 1994 Space 4.250 qm2
Opening 1993 Space 14.000 qm2
Today 100 companies make use of office,
laboratory and production space totalling 18,300
qm2.
12
Duties of Technology Centres
1. Acquisition and counseling of technology- orie
ntated entrepreneurs
2. Provision of space
4. Synergy generating Organization of
enterprise cooperation
3. Services
6. Technology Transfer
7. Assistance when outgrowing the TC
5. Access to financing possibilities
13
Results of Technology Centres managed by AGIT
gt 230 companies established
90 still existing
125 found own premises in the region
gt 3,000 jobs created
Status of November 2002 Source tho
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Technology Centres in the Aachen region
In Summer 2001 the first cross-border Business
Centre was opened - on the border between the
Netherlands and Germany - Eurode Business Centre.
Status of November 2002 Source tho, co
15
Technology Transfer division
Foundation 1986 Task Link between research
and industrial application Infra-structure ?
Research institutes RWTH Aachen FH
Aachen FZ Jülich ? companies more than
1000 in the region goal ? reinforce the
competitive stance of the companies ? create
long-term employment
16
Technology- transfer for Industry
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  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology
  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies
  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology

Technology- transfer for Industry
  • Regionalisation of
  • Technology Transfer
  • TAE - Euskirchen Technology-
  • agency
  • TEG - Heinsberg-Aachen
  • Technological development agency
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies

18
Cooperative Projects - Technology Transfer
19
Cooperation Projects Computer Integrated
Manufacturing
20
Cooperation Projects Plastics Technology
21
Cooperation Projects Laser Technology
22
The development of a TT project from the idea to
the implementation
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RITTS Aachen
  • First generation project, co-ordination by AGIT
  • Duration 1995-1996
  • Phase I
  • Statistical analysis regional economy (esp.
    industry and employment)
  • Analysis of available innovation and technology
    transfer support
  • Analysis of roles and co-operation of innovation
    support organisations
  • Analysis of demand for innovation support (50
    companies, 10 from
  • each district)

Phase II Action plan including measures and
strategies
Phase III Implementation of measures
Status of November 2002 Source ap
24
RITTS Aachen
Conclusions of Phase I
  • Increase in productivity focuses more on
    rationalisation than on new products (not
    competitive in long-term)
  • Co-operation between companies is not well
    developed enough
  • Many factors inhibiting innovation within the
    companies
  • Not all company needs are met by local
    infrastructure
  • Region has many transfer offices, but companies
    are not sufficiently aware of them and support
    is poorly coordinated
  • Good support for technological innovation, but
    not for later phases of innovation process
    (marketing, financing)

Status of November 2002 Source ap
25
Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
  • 8 operational measures
  • 1) Co-ordination of co-operation between
    innovation support / technology transfer
    organisations
  • Background little co-operation, lack of clarity
    about tasks and
  • roles, divergence between quality and depth of
    services.
  • RITTS enabled open exchange and debate, chaired
    by
  • neutral experts.
  • Today, there is better co-operation between the
    different
  • organisations one example of this is

GründerRegion Aachen - a network of organisations
which provide start-up support
Status of November 2002 Source ap
26
Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
  • 2) Introduction of innovation management
    techniques in companies
  • Innovation management project (funding Objective
    3 region)
  • Background Different quality of advice, poor
    coordination
  • between consultants
  • Goal Develop methodology of innovation
    management,
  • introduce systematic approach
  • Training of innovation consultants
  • Development of instruments for consulting on
    innovation
  • support
  • Initiation of innovation processes in 40 SMEs

Status of November 2002 Source ap
27
Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
  • 3) Pilot projects to support company-company
    co-operation
  • Support for partnerships along the supply chain,
    which can eventually lead to the formation of
    clusters
  • Focus on 5 key technologies and support for
    development of
  • clusters
  • Life Sciences with medical technology and
    biotechnology
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Automobile technology
  • Innovative production technologies
  • Modern materials
  • Cross-border branch initiative INeurope -
    Medical and Biotechnology (www.ineurope.org)

Status of November 2002 Source ap
28
Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
4) Exploitation of ICT technologies in companies
and innovation support organisations a)
Regional initiative to encourage use of
multimedia in business and work
environment Teleworking centre, networks between
schools Distance-learning modules and training
programmes Participation in the European MIDAS
network
b) Aachen Competence Center e-commerce One of 23
competence centres supported by the
Federal Ministry of Economics from 1998-2003.
Training for SMEs to increase awareness of
risks and chances of e-commerce, e.g. on
security issues, mobile commerce, e-logistics
Status of November 2002 Source ap
29
Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
  • 5) Creation of an action plan for the Technical
    Development Agency Aachen-Heinsberg (TEG) and
    the Technology Agency Euskirchen (TAE)
  • These two agencies, located in the coal-mining
    and rural
  • areas of the Aachen region, were already planned
    prior to the
  • RITTS project.
  • The project confirmed the need for them,
    strengthened the
  • regional consensus and gave added impetus to the
  • centres demand-oriented approach to innovation
    and
  • technology transfer policy

Status of November 2002 Source ap
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Take-up of operational measures developed in
Phase II
6) Improvement of venture capital
financing Strong growth of venture capital scene
in the region, but not directly as a result of
the RITTS project 7) Company mentoring - not
realised Business angels scene gradually
developing in Aachen 8) Restructuring of the
Nordrhein-Westfalen government's Technology
Support Programme Recommendation drawn up
within RITTS project and submitted to the
Economics Ministry of Nordrhein-Westfalen But,
low participation of ministry in RITTS process
Status of November 2002 Source ap
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The results of RITTS Aachen in summary
  • RITTS cannot work miracles!
  • What it did achieve in the Aachen region
  • gave us greater sense of being in the same
    boat, being part of a team
  • confirmed what we already thought about needs,
    strengths and weaknesses of the region
  • helped establish a more systematic approach to
    regional development through its strong
    methodological approach
  • enabled us to confront truths about our weak
    points through the use of neutral consultants
  • helped kick-start individual projects
  • helped us be confident enough to lobby government
    about our needs

Status of November 2002 Source ap
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Coordination mechanisms - during and after RITTS
During RITTS Steering committee, including 4
districts and City of Aachen, Ministry of
Economics, Chambers of Trade and of Craft, Aachen
University of Technology 5 focus groups 5 working
groups
After RITTS - integration into existing
structures a) Regional Conference - a permanent
regional body which already existed b) Regional
development strategy - RITTS strategy and
projects were integrated into the existing
regional development strategy which already had a
monitoring and evaluation system
Status of November 2002 Source ap
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Regional conference regional development
strategy
1. A regional network of actors, in which the
participants contribute actively and responsibly
to the shared regional tasks, in order to
establish long-term and targeted structures for
the regional decision-making process. 2. An
updatable regional development strategy, which
contains an up-to-date political positioning of
the region and an updatable register of regional
initiatives and key projects and thus provides a
continual tool for und up-to-date information
source for regional structural
policy. www.regionalkonferenz-aachen.de
Status of November 2002 Source ap
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Regional development strategy
  • 5 strategic aims, the first two are directly
    linked to economic issues
  • Co-operative development of the economy and
    labour market
  • Integrated research, development and production
    location
  • Mobility and transport high performing and
    environmentally sound
  • Future-oriented environmental management, area
    management, utilities management waste removal
  • Sustainable living and cultural space reduction
    of innerregional disparities
  • www.regionalkonferenz-aachen.de

Status of November 2002 Source ap
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  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies
  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology
  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies

Technology- transfer for Industry
  • Regionalisation of
  • Technology Transfer
  • TAE - Euskirchen Technology-
  • agency
  • TEG - Heinsberg-Aachen
  • Technological development agency
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies

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AGIT as network partner of the BMBF in
the "STIMULATION OF INNOVATION IN THE NATIONAL
ECONOMY THROUGH SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL
INFORMATION" project
Objectives of the INSTI project Greater
utilization of patent information as basis of
the innovation process Increase of the
patent applications for useful economic
inventions Explanation on law questions Developmen
t of a national network made of patent and
innovation institutions
Procedure used by AGIT Public
Relations Trainings and reports Network of
regional innovations and patent
institutions Financial support for patent
applications Foundation of inventor clubs
AGIT's regional partners Patent registration and
layouts by RWTH Patent law agents Technology
transfer points Chambers of commerce Universities

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  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies
  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology

Technology- transfer for Industry
  • Regionalisation of
  • Technology Transfer
  • TAE - Euskirchen Technology-
  • agency
  • TEG - Heinsberg-Aachen
  • Technological development agency
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies

38
The Information Technology Forum at the RWTH
Aachen
  • Platform for the interdisciplinary
  • academic exchange in fields of
  • research
  • Departments of
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Projects
  • Information and Technology-
  • Information Technologys
  • methods and tools for
  • technical systems
  • Software- and Communications
  • Structures in technical systems
  • - Integrate existing
  • CIM-applications with
  • helf of generally applicable,
  • adaptabel and configurable
  • frames
  • Working Group Parallelism
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Modelling
  • Members
  • 9 Faculties
  • 35 University Professors

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REGINA e.V. Regional Club of Information-Technolog
y
  • Goals
  • Cooperation between companies
  • Dialog between Industry - Universities -
    Politics
  • Economic development
  • Members
  • 66 Industries
  • 17 Universities
  • 5 Consultants
  • 2 Institution
  • Activities
  • Meetings and Lectures
  • Joint projects
  • Trade shows and Presentations
  • Export promotion

Status of November 2002 Source Internet
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Information-Technology in the Aachen Region
Technical software solutions and systems
Software 260 companies 5.000 employees
Hardware 52 companies 9.000 employees
Dynamic Information-Technology Industry producing
  • Hardware
  • VOBIS
  • ELSA
  • Components
  • Mitsubishi
  • Isola
  • Software
  • GMI
  • IKOSS
  • GfS
  • AM-Informatik
  • Systems
  • DEBIS
  • Gesytec
  • ERICSSON
  • CAE
  • DATUS
  • PHILIPS

41
Kleben Project Technology Transfer Project
Development, Dissemination and Qualification in
Bonding and Joining
42
Biotechnology start-ups in the Aachen Region
These companies have been consulted by AGIT
Stand Februar 2002
43
  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies
  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology

Technology- transfer for Industry
  • Regionalisation of
  • Technology Transfer
  • TAE - Euskirchen Technology-
  • agency
  • TEG - Heinsberg-Aachen
  • Technological development agency
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies

44
International marketing
TOOLS
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Technology - oriented economic development
OBJECTIVES
  • to create employment
  • to strengthen the economic structure of the
    region
  • to promote the regions smooth transition move
    from an
  • industrialised mining area to a modern
    technological centre

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  • Industrial Policy
  • Encouragement of innovation and
  • patent applications
  • Regional innovation and
  • technology transfer strategies
  • Joint Technology
  • Transfer Projects
  • Production technology and
  • materials processing
  • Synthetic material technology
  • Laser technology

Technology- transfer for Industry
  • Regionalisation of
  • Technology Transfer
  • TAE - Euskirchen Technology-
  • agency
  • TEG - Heinsberg-Aachen
  • Technological development agency
  • Technological Fields
  • Information and communication
  • technology, Internet
  • Microsystem technology
  • Joining and bonding technology
  • Support for new Companies
  • Involvement for new companies
  • in technology transfer projects
  • validation of technology for new
  • companies

47
Aachen offers Advantages
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Thank you for your attention! b.thomas_at_agit.de w
ww.agit.de www.technologieregion-aachen.com
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