Innovation and technology transfer network for development and economic growth


Project description

The project tackles moderate innovation performance, poor internationalisation of R&D and lack of knowledge sharing and cross-border cooperation in technology transfer in V4, Armenia and Georgia. It aims to strengthen collaboration and exchange of experience through network of professionals, series of events and an online innovation map. International network of professionals will bring together perspectives from academia, business and state administration. The events and innovation map will showcase scientific excellence and innovation ecosystems of all 6 countries involved.

4 pillars

Internationalisation and building long-lasting cross-border partnerships for future cooperation:

We will build a network of professionals across region who come from academia, business and state institutions and have strong links to innovations which will create a basis for future partnerships. International consortia needed for large funding programmes often require partners from academia and private sector from several countries.

Exchange of knowledge, highlighting scientific excellence and sharing best practice in R&D, and technology transfer across region:

There is a scientific excellence available in V4, Armenia and Georgia, which can be used by various stakeholders in all 6 countries. There are also good practice examples of local development based on R&D and innovations which can be source of inspiration and transferred to other regions. We want to share information about resources and success stories through network of professionals, events and the innovation map.

Promoting the innovation and R&D potential of Armenia and Georgia in V4:

R&D landscape and potential in Armenia and Georgia is unknown to professional audience in V4. The project will highlight excellence and opportunities in these 2 countries through events and profiles on innovation map.

Building capacities for technology transfer in Armenia and Georgia:

Armenia and Georgia can utilise V4's know-how in technology transfer and enhance their own technology transfer capacity. This will happen through participation in network of professionals, events and a study visit.

Online events

What are online events about?

A series of online events will highlight scientific excellence, best practices in R&D and technology transfer and share success stories of local innovation ecosystems in each of the 6 countries involved in the project.

General goal of the events is to encourage internationalisation of technology transfer through knowledge sharing across region, better understanding of local context and of available resources.

At each event 3 experts coming from different fields will share their perspective (e.g. from business, academia, government) and introduce R&D landscape and innovation potential of their respective country.

The events will focus following topics: excellent research infrastructure, R&D and innovation centres, state incentives for technology transfer, innovation and start-up ecosystem, success stories of academia-private sector partnerships, best practice examples of local development based on innovations and entrepreneurial spirit.

What will you get out of the participation?

When joining online events you will:

  • Learn about scientific excellence, innovation ecosystem, best practice and success stories in R&D and technology transfer in countries involved in the project
  • Understand different perspectives and needs of all actors involved in technology transfer (academia, business, public institutions and intermediaries)
  • Learn about the potential for technology transfer in respective countries
  • Be inspired by success stories
  • Get opportunity to expand your professional network

What will happen when?

  • Technology transfer and innovations in POLAND (Online): 18 January 2022 (3-5 pm CET, 6-8 pm AMT, GET)
  • Technology transfer and innovations in GEORGIA (Online): 15 February 2022 (3-5 pm CET, 6-8 pm AMT, GET)
  • Technology transfer and innovations in SLOVAKIA (Online): 8 March 2022 (3-5 pm CET, 6-8 pm AMT, GET)
  • Technology transfer and innovations in HUNGARY (Online): 12 April 2022 (3-5 pm CET, 5-7 pm AMT, GET)
  • Technology transfer and innovations in ARMENIA (Online): 10 May 2022 (3-5 pm CET, 5-7 pm AMT, GET)

What is the Network about?

Network4Growth project brings together a group of professionals from academia, business and public institutions from six European countries who are interested in mutual learning and exchange of knowledge in the fields of technology transfer and innovations. Within six months, it offers to them a unique series of online events presenting innovation landscape in Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and come for a study visit to the Czech Republic. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the closure of the innovation gap in Europe and to sustainable development based on innovations and knowledge-economy.

Network members

Project partners

The Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies (KInIT)

KInIT is an independent, non-profit institute dedicated to intelligent technology research. We bring together and nurture experts in artificial intelligence and other areas of computer science, with connections to other disciplines. KInIT combines the excellent competencies of academic researchers and educators with innovative companies, their needs and experience.  By involving the private sector, we seek to create a healthy research ecosystem that is connected to existing universities, the Slovak Academy of Sciences and above all to the international community.


The National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB) is an interdisciplinary scientific institute and a leader in IT system and software development for Polish science and higher education. It holds knowledge on almost every Polish scientist, including their projects and research apparatus. The institute gathers, analyses and compiles information on the research and development sector, which allows it to influence the shape of Polish scientific policy. OPI PIB develops intelligent information systems for the public sector and for commercial use.

The institute’s key areas of research include: machine learning algorithms, natural language processing algorithms, sentiment analysis, neural networks, discovering knowledge from text data, human-computer interaction, computer-assisted decision-making systems and artificial intelligence.

OPI PIB's research activity is driven by interdisciplinarity. Research is conducted in seven laboratories, which employ specialists in a variety of fields. The institute’s team of IT experts is supported by economists, sociologists, lawyers, statisticians and psychologists. This convergence of approaches is conducive to in-depth analysis of research issues, and serves as a driving force for innovation.

Institute of Innovation and Technology of Bialystok University of Technology (IIT)

Institute of Innovation and Technology of Bialystok University of Technology was established in 2011. Company took over the previously existing Experimental Production and Technical Services Workshop and there was also established Technology Transfer Office and Academic Incubator of Entrepreneurship and Chosen New Technologies. Institute is the Bialystok University of Technology’ special purpose vehicle (SPV) and it was created in order to build permanent and strong cooperation between business and science. The main task of Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is delivering the results of R&D works, which are carried out for the needs of companies. TTO supports the companies on every phase of innovative activity, including such tasks as working on the concept of innovative technological, production and organizational solutions, preparing documentation, prototyping, certifying, entering the product on market. Every year Institute conducts more than 100 R&D works. Another important aspect of Institute and TTO’s activity, is the direct and indirect commercialization of research works which are carried out by academic community.

Experimental Production and Technical Services Workshop (EPTSW) is the very important part of the Institute and its main field of activity is professional metal processing. Workshop has over 30 years of experience and actively cooperates with various types of companies from all over the country. A well developed machine park, qualified staff and specialization in low-series and prototype production, have allowed to develop an established position in the market.

Academic Incubator of Entrepreneurship and Chosen New Technologies was brought to life in order to supporting the innovative academic activity and also the entities deriving from the academic community. Incubator provides spacious, serviced offices to work which are available 24/7, and also the various services connected with the conducting the business.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest (UNIVET)

The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest (UNIVET) is a dynamic academic institution which recently started to promote innovation among its researchers and students. UNIVET is the only veterinary higher education institution of Hungary and acknowledged worldwide: a large part of its students are foreigners. The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest created internal processes to support IP protection and wants to foster cooperation with international partners. It has also introduced a Proof-of-Concept Fund which proved to be very successful and was scaled-up on request of the government to other Hungarian higher education institutions. UNIVET is looking for international best practice in technology transfer and for new partnerships to develop and strengthen its own innovation capacity. At the same time, it can share the lessons learned of the Proof-of-Concept programme and inspire other organisations.

Business and Technology University (BTU)

Business and Technology University represents higher education and research unit that integrates business and modern digital technologies. Teaching, education, and research activities are held by consolidating students, academic staff, and researchers. University Vision Business and Technology University will have a significant impact on the society and the environment in which it operates, by supporting innovations and pursuing entrepreneurship-based learning. University Mission Our mission is to offer our students a unique educational experience, develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills; give our students motivation and opportunity to become a competitive workforce on both, local and international markets, by creating an entrepreneurship ecosystem and integrating business with high technologies; demonstrate our potential on global markets by exchanging scientific papers, ideas, and innovations.

The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA)

The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) was founded in 1943 and is the highest state scientific self-governing organization in the country. Possessing more than half of the existing research potential of the country, the NAS RA, with around 35 affiliated research institutes and centers, is the main R&D performer in the country. The Academy promotes and carries out fundamental and applied research in different scientific fields, as well as coordinates basic research carried out throughout the country. NAS RA maintains wide international cooperation within the framework of cooperation agreements with academies and research organizations of around 10 countries. The NAS RA is a member of several international scientific unions including International Council for Science, InterAcademy Panel on International Cooperation and Council of the Academy of Sciences of BSEC member States. During last years NAS RA has been involved in many international S&T cooperation promotion projects and networks, including H2020 EURAXESS, Enterprise Europe Network, H2020 BSH project, FP7 IncoNet Eastern Partnership project, FP7 BS-ERA.NET, FP7 IncoNet CASC, etc.


With artificial intelligence and quality consulting services, we help to transfer academic knowledge and skills into practice. We want companies and universities to work together in a transparent and win-win way. We help them work together smarter by processing big data and using unique artificial intelligence. Our goal is to offer both sides a unified and simple approach to cooperation that will allow the supply of universities to be efficiently linked to business demand. Through unique artificial intelligence, we process large amounts of data from databases like Espacenet (patents), Web of Science (publications), project databases, non-public databases, etc. Thanks to these data sources and unique analytical tools, we are able to provide clients with unique information, relevant recommendations and quality services.

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Jana Kolomazníková

Network4Growth project manager




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