The HZDR Innovation Contest 2018
The market potential of technologies can be demonstrated even in the early stages of their development. Therefore, the HZDR invites its scientific employees to participate in the HZDR Innovation Contest.
The HZDR Innovation Contest serves the identification and assessment of HZDR technologies and knowledge for their suitability as marketable products or services (both technology transfer to the business world and knowledge transfer to society). Therefore, the contest focuses primarily on how the innovation could be used as a product or service, and how its efficiency, adaptation to existing customer needs, and performance advantages in comparison to competing solutions are being presented.
The information event takes place on Wednesday, June 20, at 2:00 pm in building 114, room 202. All HZDR employees are invited to attend.
Benefits for the participants:
- Awards ceremony with prizes for the three best teams (1. €1.500; 2. €1.000; 3. €500)
- (Co-)financing for the further development of the idea from the HZDR Innovation Fund (the scope of the financing to be determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Qualification of the participants to assess technologies and knowledge for their suitability as a product / service (certificate)
Scientists and technicians / laboratory staff of the HZDR, in particular doctoral students, post-doctoral candidates and young working group leaders, who are interested in research and development, are eligible to participate. In addition to participants with concrete ideas, employees with a general interest in a greater competence in the exploitation management shall also be able to participate. These participants will be integrated, as far as possible, into the innovation teams formed during the workshop (see below). In the selection of the participants, emphasis is placed on diversity in terms of professional background and work experience. The participants apply using the provided template.
- To incerease the amount of HZDR transfer projects
- To identify and assess the technologies developed at the HZDR for their suitability as marketable products and services
- Focus: presentation of the product or service, its efficiency, adaptation to existing customer needs and performance advantages when compared to competing solutions
The contest will be organised as follows:
1. Call for proposals accompanied by an information workshop (submission deadline: August, 24)
2. Preselection of ideas by the jury, based on submissions
3. Submitters of the preselected ideas get the opportunity to participate in a workshop to develop their ideas and exploitation plan further with the support of external experts (1 day, September, 11)
4. Presentation of the further-developed ideas using predefined templates, evaluation of the presentations by the jury; awards ceremony (at the end of the workshop day)
5. Individual project planning with the innovation teams, further support and financing for the validation
At the core of the competition is a one-day workshop event, in which scientists and researchers interested in exploitation create an exploitation plan with the help of external mentors. Here, the focus is not exclusively on spin-offs. Technology transfer to existing companies (licensing, sale, order R&D) and the forms of knowledge transfer into society are also topics of the workshop.
The workshop day covers the following:
1. Training session organised by experienced external mentors: "1 * 1 of the exploitation planning" (approx. 1.5 h). The training session will also be useful for a variety other R&D project applications, e.g. addressed to the EU, the federal government, or the state.
2. Team formation (innovators, other interested scientists, mentors, student assistants; approx. 0.5 h). Each team will get a mentor best suitable for their project. For example, the innovation managers of the HZDR, as well as representatives of the partner organisations, such as Dresden Exists, Ascenion and High Tech-Startbahn, GWT and Paul Consultants, will act as mentors.
3. Elaboration of the exploitation plan in the form of a final presentation using the given template (approx. 4.5 h)
a) Contents of the presentations: Description of the product / service, the customer needs, the benefits and the individual characteristics of the product, the fields of application, the market, the competition, the possible transfer channels and the means of further validation of the idea (work packages, time, resources)
b) Presentations: approx. 15 min. per team
c) Evaluation: the jury will evaluate all the presentations; the awards ceremony will take place subsequently at the end of the workshop day
d) The jury is composed of experienced transfer specialists from the HZDR (innovation manageras) and the partner institutions (HZDR Innovation, engage, Dresden Exists, Ascenion and High Tech-Startbahn, GWT and Paul Consultants)
e) Mentors and jury members will sign a non-disclosure agreement
a.) Provided proof of principle; existence of promising research results or of critical knowledge/infrastructure; description of the way in which the results have so far been achieved (for example, naming of a precursor funding project); what can already be shown at this stage
b.) Clear description of the product or service idea
c.) Customer need and benefit, existing market interest (if applicable, LoI's)
d.) Application fields and market potential
e.) Competition (especially substitutes)
f.) Property rights (own patents and freedom to operate)
g.) Description of further steps required to achieve marketability