The main hall of the Ro Startup Conference (credits: Ro Startup)

A Look Back at the ROStartup Conference and Tech Transfer

Legal Solutions Jan 8, 2024

As we enter 2024, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the ROStartup Conference and its impact on the Romanian startup ecosystem. The conference brought together minds from across the region to discuss and develop strategies for supporting the local ecosystem. Here are three key takeaways from the roundtable on 'Tech Transfer' that I participated in:

  1. Legal Frameworks and Reality: While we have legal frameworks in place to facilitate tech transfer, the reality is often messier. To make tech transfer a priority for researchers, we need success stories that demonstrate its potential benefits.
  2. Private Tech Transfer Examples: The conference highlighted the importance of private tech transfer examples, such as spinoffs from software development companies that have successfully transitioned into product development. These cases can serve as valuable insights for implementing tech transfer strategies in academia and research spaces.
  3. Constant Involvement in Policy-Making: The conference emphasized the need for continuous engagement in policy-making processes. In emerging ecosystems, structure is crucial for sustainable growth. By participating in these discussions, we can help shape the future of the Romanian startup ecosystem.

It's essential to build on these insights and continue fostering a supportive environment for startups and innovation in Romania.

As we continue to discuss the importance of tech transfer and its impact on the Romanian startup ecosystem, let's examine some best practices and examples of successful tech transfer in the European Union.

  1. Standardizing Practices: The European Commission has previously emphasized the need to standardize practices for knowledge transfer and valorisation at EU and country level. This can help accelerate technology transfer and foster innovation across the continent.
  2. Smart Specialization Strategies (S3): Many EU countries and regions have launched initiatives to develop S3s, which aim at allocating public funds for research and innovation to the deployment of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs). These strategies have proven to be effective in promoting tech transfer and fostering innovation.
  3. Best Practices and Case Studies: The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a platform for sharing technology transfer case studies. These case studies illustrate how patents facilitate technology transfer from R&D-conducting organizations and promote market success.

By learning from these examples and success stories, we can continue to improve the tech transfer landscape in Romania and beyond.