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Spin-off Growth

Peer learning on technology transfer companies support

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Spin-off Growth project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730848.

The consortium is formed by Agência de Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo (Portugal), Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France), and Instituto Aragonés de Fomento (Spain)

The objective of the Spin-off Growth is to improve and enhance the innovation support actions, activities and services addressed to Universities and Research Centers (U&RC) Spin-off.


The objectives of the project have been:

  1. Improve the actions of the institutions for a more effective promotion of U&RC entrepreneurship.
  2. Improve the capabilities of the support institutions with the aim increase the number of innovative SMEs arising from universities & Research Centers and increase their growth and development.
  3. Develop capacities for designing, implementing and evaluating a specific program that supports entrepreneurs for the creation of spin-off companies
  4. Provide appropriate tools for institutions for the strengthening and consolidation of U&RC companies for better transfer knowledge.

During 12 months, the partners have identified and shared best practices based on our experience in entrepreneurship and business development within the knowledge and technology transfer framework. Moreover, the consortium has detected improvement areas of each organization for better Spin-off support.

The result is documented in this Design Option Paper (DOP), which tries to identify and document implementation options, guidelines and implementation alternatives that we have experienced and would recommend to other innovation support service agencies. The DOP is a realistic roadmap for most appropriate and effective support in a more efficient manner to the University Spin-off companies.

The consortium expect that the lessons learnt for analysing good practices, can be used for others business supporters actors in order to foster technology transfer and commercialisation through improvement regional innovation ecosystem which increase spin-off companies.

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DOP paper (pdf 3.983 Kb)