SPRIND is launching an initiative to provide new impetus for the transfer of IP to knowledge-based spin-offs. The kick-off was the publication of a position paper at the end of April 2022.
Together with a group of 12-15 universities and research institutions, the agency wants to open up new paths in IP transfer. The goal is to produce more knowledge-based spin-offs from the participating institutions more quickly, more efficiently, at the same time in a legally secure manner and subsequently in a more financially viable manner.

The project sees itself as a real laboratory in which the institutions develop, test and implement the models proposed in the position paper or other models for more efficient IP transfer. The participating institutions should consider themselves as an experimental community, united by the ambition to fundamentally simplify and accelerate IP transfer in spin-offs and to design it focused to the future success of the new company.

All universities and research institutions in Germany are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in this project through an open application process. The expression of interest should address the following questions:

  1. Why does your institution want to participate in 'IP-Transfer 3.0'?
  2. What does your institution want to get out of it?
  3. What is your institution's contribution to the experimental community?
  4. What is your contribution to the step out of the 'comfort zone'? How do you want to (challenge) yourself as an institution in the process? What ambitious goals do you want to commit to?
  5. How many start-ups do you expect per year to which the 'virtual participation' model proposed in the position paper could be applied?
  6. How will you be supported in your efforts by your leadership (scientific & administrative)?
  7. What 'road blocks' do you anticipate in this process and how do you plan to deal with them?
  8. Who is the main contact person in your institution for participation in this project and who will participate in the working meetings?

Further documentation on how to apply, can be found here (in German):
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The deadline for submission of applications is 21 October 2022 at 24:00.

The selection will be made on the basis of the submitted documents by 2. November 2022 at the latest. The first working meeting is scheduled to take place on 08.11.2022, during the FALLING WALLS conference in Berlin.