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From research and innovation to economic value for SMEs COWIN success and best practices to make it happen
On behalf of Ms Teresa Riera Madurell, MEP and Horizon 2020 rapporteur and Mr Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP, K4I Forum Chair and Structural funds 2014-2020, COWIN is pleased to invite you to a high-level event on “From research and innovation to economic value for SMEs: COWIN Success and Best Practices to Make It Happen”. The event will take place on Tuesday, 18 March (a Breakfast debate) at European Parliament in Brussels, with a networking cocktail the evening before.
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The aim of this exceptional event is to highlight COWIN’s best practices to pave the way for a successful support to SMEs in the framework of Horizon 2020. The COWIN Action members will share their experience from the smart systems and ICT hardware sector and explain how it can be applied and used in other sectors and at a European scale. COWIN is pleased to welcome the following speakers, including:

  • Khalil Rouhana, DG CONNECT Director for Components and Systems, Brussels
  • Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, COWIN coordinator, Yole Finance Senior Partner, France
  • Jean-Luc Mate, VP strategy & technology at CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SAS
  • Roberto Zafalon, R&D and Public Affairs, EU Technology Programmes Director, ST Microelectronics
  • Laurent Malier, CEO CEA LETI
  • Philippe Méré, Banexi Venture Partners
  • Martin De Prycker, Managing Partner, Qbic Fund
  • Guy Huylebroeck, Investment Partner, Qbic Fund
  • Katrin Geyskens, Partner / ICT – Digital Healthcare & Big, Capricorn Venture Partners

Registered participants include:
  • Members of the European Parliament
  • European Commission representatives ( DG RTD, DG Connect,)
  • EU Member State representatives
  • EU Joint technology Initiative members, Technology clusters and platforms (ENIAC, CATRENE, DHC+, ACQUEAU)
  • Corporate representatives (IBM, Deutsche Bank)
  • Journalists

The European economic recovery will be driven by innovations penetrating the market and generating growth and employment. Horizon 2020 – the Programme for Research and Innovation – is dedicated to make this ambition a reality.

Europe has largely invested for years in Research and Science, and it is recognized that bridging technologies to the market is the real challenge. With Horizon 2020, Europe puts a great emphasis on the innovation part of the value chain. Horizon 2020 will help contributing to bridge in supporting steps closer to the market through demonstrator, prototyping, pre- production and pre-commercialization.

The European Parliament and the European Commission develop policies and make funding instruments available. The success however will depend on how they are used by the actors of the innovation ecosystem.

During the preparation phase of the Horizon 2020 proposal, DG Connect launched the COWIN initiative, which is dedicated to encourage the commercial exploitation of FP6 and FP7 research projects results. This Coordination and Support Action initiated and led by Yole Finance is considered as an inspiring model for the different actions, which will be launched as part of Horizon 2020 and will be dedicated to the commercialization of innovation.

COWIN to make it happen by supporting the growth of SMEs

COWIN is a pragmatic and concrete action:
  • We successfully supported the launch and growth of 20 start-up companies exploiting collaborative research results;
  • We gave a new life to orphan technologies exploited by young and innovative companies that helped strengthening their competitive position;
  • We engaged more than 25 private investors to support new ventures in the smart system area;
  • We structured a relevant ecosystem for research and innovation exploitation, as a node in the network with a thematic focus: Smart systems.

A focus on ICT hardware – Key enabler to diffuse innovation and value within the whole European industry

The ICT hardware industry was a good field to launch COWIN. Indeed these Key Enabling Technologies present strong economic opportunities in enabling the ICT revolution in all the different European industries while helping to overcome major societal challenges. With a 13% to 20% growth rate depending on market segments, Smart Systems represented a 120 Billion Euros global market in 2011 and are expected to reach 210 Billion in 2017 (source: Yole Développement). Analysis performed by Yole experts demonstrate that the integration of smart components enable to multiply by a factor 3 to 10 the value of a system. New applications and uses are made possible through smart innovation from the Smart Phone to Smart cities, Robotics, Home care and e-health, but also higher traceability and Security.

Europe benefits of key assets to strengthen its leading position in the smart revolution with world class research centers, leading industrial companies, attractive applicative markets. COWIN action is a driving force for SMEs to get relevant positioning in this ecosystem.

Sharing COWIN best practices to pave the way for a successful support to SMEs in the framework of Horizon 2020

During this breakfast session, COWIN will share its experience from the smart systems and ICT hardware sector. The debate will gather innovation stakeholders and will address what can, and what we believe should be done to further develop the COWIN approach towards a truly sustainable model for exploitation of research results to the benefit of SMEs in Europe
This event is organized by COWIN.

About COWIN – www.cowin4u.eu

COWIN is a support action of the European Commission, successfully supporting the commercial exploitation of Smart Systems technologies funded by the European Commission. COWIN is supporting also companies and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of their projects. COWIN will support you to get in contact with investors and industrial partners to consider potential collaborations. We invite you to meet our experts during the COWIN Marketplace.
Géraldine Andrieux Gustin
COWIN Coordinator c/o Yole Développement
Email: andrieux@yole.fr - Phone: +33 6 75 800 829


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