Applied Competence Cluster:
Transfer: Opening Up Markets
Good research alone is not enough: it also depends on the transfer of that research. So that lively and marketable ideas do not end up in a drawer but on the market where they belong, the Ruhr-Universität has created a transfer concept that consists of three pillars: the “Applied Competence Clusters”, coaching from the internal research and marketing association rubitec and patent scouting. Further offers such as consulting, seminars and competitions round off the transfer of research results to business.
Applied Competence Clusters: Competence from Research
The Applied Competence Clusters (ACC) stem in particular from the areas of research that have a high application potential. Their task is the fast and uncomplicated transfer of technology. They concentrate, or cluster, the specialist knowledge and experience, or competence, of a subject area (e.g. terahertz or plasma technology) and are responsible for their practical, or applied, implementation as real applications. To help achieve this, the ACC expand existing cooperations and establish new ones. For each ACC there is a strategic coordinator who assumes the functions of initiator and interface - as a “mover” – between academia and business and also within the university.
rubitec GmbH: Effective Technology Marketing
In 1975, the Ruhr-Universität started the era of transferring technology into practice in Germany with “Unikontakt” (“Uni Contact”). In 1998 this was professionalized with the foundation of the research and marketing association, rubitec - Gesellschaft für Innovation und Technologie der Ruhr-Universität mbH (“Association for Innovation and Technology at the Ruhr-Universität”). rubitec markets technological services and oversees the patenting and licensing of ideas, inventions and products from the Ruhr-Universität. Many contacts to companies and cooperation with other marketing partners – such as the Gründercampus Ruhr – enable effective technology marketing.
Coaching and Consulting: The Business Plan Competition
Is my idea innovative? Can it be implemented in reality? Participation in idea and business plan competitions gives intensive support to potential company founders. Here they have a coach from the world of business at their side to help them test and evaluate product and business ideas. The aim is to develop the business model, work out a business plan, determine the patent strategy and sound out possibilities of financial support. If this should become a success, investors will find this company attractive.
Further competitions: Play and Win!
Every year, rubitec runs two competitions for members of the Ruhr-Universität, in particular for academics: the transfer prize, which includes prize money of 10,000 euros, supports the development of knowledge from research and teaching into marketable techniques and products. In the inventors’ competition, rubitec rewards the three best inventions in any given year and recognises job-related inventions that are claimed by the Ruhr-Universität. The competitions both close on the 31st December of a given year.
Patent Scouting: So that ideas do not get lost
Supporting academics in a targeted way in generating, recognising and protecting inventions: this is the task of the patent scouts at the universities of Bochum and Duisburg-Essen. Sponsored by the North Rhine Westphalian Ministry of Innovation, patent scouting at both universities aims to acquire marketable ideas, evaluate inventions, advise academics and monitor the patenting process in order to increase the number of inventions registered by the universities.
Spin-offs: Standing on your own two feet
From research to practice, from idea to company: at the Ruhr-Universität there are numerous successful outsourcings that stand on their own two feet financially and market research results and innovative ideas. As regards subject, the spin-offs come from nearly all faculties and working areas of the university – from working systems and biochemistry to tunnel construction and traffic.