Innovation Technologies Center
Innovation Technologies Center (ITC).
Innovation Technologies Center is an harmonious unity of three key components –
educational institutions and research structures and commercial enterprises
engaged with market promotion (commercialisation) of promising scientific
achievements and developments.
of the ITC is to
generate the long term competitive advantages for the ITC actors by means of
integration of education, science and business.
The main actors
of the ITC
1) the university SPbSU ITMO, 2) the research center Vavilov SOI and its
subsidiaries and 3) small innovation companies – residents of the ITC
To achieve its
mission the ITC sets the following long term
1. Development of physical, telecommunication and information
infrastructure of the ITC.
2. Implementation of the system of activities
and creation in the innovation chain the links between the technical idea and
industrial production through the transfer system and by commercialisation the
results of scientific research and technologies which will be targeted at
effective use of scientific and research potential of SPbSU ITMO and research
crews of research structures and small companies.
of the science-intensive innovation business, creation of conditions for
involvement in the innovative activity scientific crews of research structures,
SPbSU ITMO students and teaching personnel, home and foreign innovation
structures, employees of commercial organizations, scientists and experts,
4. Coordination of the ITC actors interaction when preparing
educational programmes in the sphere of information technologies and
telecommunication systems, engineering and design training and manager training,
as well as mechanisms to adapt the students to the market conditions.
5. Implementation of the complex of measures and activities to
formulate the investment attractiveness of the ITC.
6. Enhancement the
prestige of the university and research potential.
Assistance to enhancement of the financing for the university research works.
To attain the
goals mentioned above , the ITC is carrying
out its activity upon the following directions :
1. It provides coordination with federal, regional and local
authorities, with governmental structures of Russian Federation and other
countries as well as with organizations of scientific-industrial complex of the
SPbSU ITMO of different patterns of ownership and other participants of
the ITC connected with implementation of national and regional investment
carries out the expertise, analysis and assessment of the innovative proposals
and scientific and engineering projects, marketing of corresponding products and
search for partners in the home and external market, organization of technology
between the ITC residents, as well as
transfer of technologies developed inside the ITC to Russian and foreign
3. It provides small innovative enterprises and firms,
situated in the territory of the ITC and some scientists, experts and scientific
crews, with laboratories and industrial areas, equipment for research and
engineering works, offices, show-rooms and conference halls on the contractual
4. It creates the ITC structure .
5. It takes part in the accumulation of supporting funds
and invest in innovations using
6. It takes part in the exhibitions and publishing activity, aimed
at innovative products and ITC’s companies technologies promotion,
provides technology transfer into home and foreign market.
7. Creates information resources
on the innovation activity of the ITC, potential partners
of innovative process, rights on the intellectual property, distributes
information and advertising products about the innovative products and
technologies through the network resources, etc.
8. It carries out
production and economical activity to execute main tasks of research, production
and business structures of the ITC.
9. It establishes direct contacts
with foreign organizations
and institutions in frameworks of the innovative
result of its activity the ITC:
the economical growth of universities ( creates well-paid jobs requiring high
• Promotes the rise of research works of the university
that contributes to:
- increase of the teaching level;
intellectual property creation;
transfer from the university to the industry.
FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES OF THE ITC
Achievement of the strategic goal of the
ITC – generation of the long-term competitive advantages for the ITC’s actors by
integration of education, science and business - assumes the following ITC
1. creation of infrastructure;
2. informational services;
3. innovative activity
4. educational activity support;
5. SIC consulting;
6. development of international
7. creation of partnership networks.
It is necessary to point that
separately each mentioned function is the necessary, but not the sufficient
element on the path of the synergetic effect creation, only their complex
realization will ensure the effectiveness of the ITC.
The functions are necessary to realize determine the list of services to be
provided by ITC for resident companies.
Creation of infrastructure assumes giving in rent to small scientific and
research companies the premises suitable for development of the
knowledge-intensive products. Tenancy is supposed to be accompanied with
rendering of additional services:
- conference halls and
rooms for negotiations;
- cleaning the
of the joint use.
Further all the set of the mentioned
services to be understood as infrastructure.
information services is connected, first of all, with access of resident companies
to such informational resources as electronic library, information data bases
(Consulting, Garant, etc.), electronic library of intellectual property, etc.
stimulation is based on the creation and
growing-up of small innovation companies to develop scientific and technological
ideas in the framework of specific profiles, on the assistance
for existing SIC development, and correspondingly, on rendering by ITCs such
complicated services as:
- incubating of start-up
- market analysis and forecast;
- market promotion and distribution of products;
- attraction of investments/co-financing the projects;
- project expertise;
- intellectual property protection, etc. колонна
The mentioned services, being as a matter of
fact the KIBS–services, can be rendered both separately and as a “portfolio”.
For example, incubating of the start-up companies assumes the expertise of the
project proposed (the expertise in turn is impossible without complex market
analysis), attraction of investments required to its implementation with the
subsequent protection of the gained intellectual property.
The educational activity first of all, is
aimed at training and re-training (in compliance with the market requirements)
specialists for the knowledge-intensive business. Implementation of this
function (in the form of educational programmes) will permit:
- to assist in training of high qualified specialists, being in demand
on the market, from the University students/graduates (by organizing the
profile programmes of the supplementary education and making suggestions aimed
at University basic educational programmes correction),
- to provide the employees/managers of innovation companies/authors of
innovation projects with necessary knowledge and skills in the field of
management and administration of innovations.
In that way,
to make the educational activity an element of the ITC’s business-processes
development, the latter has to ensure both educational programmes realization as
well arrangement of, trainings, etc.
Consulting of SIC is necessary
for creation of the specific environment for companies, as well as for
maintenance of their proper work. In this connection the ITC is to render
a wide range of services in the different aspects:
- certification and quality systems
- recruiting, etc.
Development of international
– is one of the ITC’s functions, which gives an
oportunity to bring resident companies ( especially, start-up companies) at
the new quality level by providing foreign investments and by opening new
markets for their products.
In this connection, the
ITC can render the following services:
- arrangement of official
- organization of conferences, seminars, exhibitions and
- customs services;
- visa support.
Creation of the partnership networks should
support the interaction between science, industry and education. In view
of that, this activity is the key one and it contributes the most part in the
synergetic effect creation. It is supposed, that this function will be
achieved owing to development of connections with participants
of innovative systems (including foreign ones), development of cooperation with
educational institutions, scientific centers, research institutes, search for
prospective partners (including foreign ones), attraction of investments
(interaction with industrial and financial institutions, funds, governmental
structures, etc, creation of the investor’s club).
are rendered both: by the ITC’s organization departments, and independent legal
entities - resident companies for which this activity is the sphere of their