DTU Technology Transfer
Topic of the practice
Support programme for cleantech
Good Practice Information
DTU Tech Transfer has a dedicated support programme for cleantech inventors as part of the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster programme. They have a Proof-of-Concept fund for cleantech inventions and select cleantech projects/ideas/inventions to turn into business. Gap funding was available for around 30 projects in the period 2008-2013 (around 70,000-100,000 Euro of funding per project). The selection was done by an internal board consisting of scientists, business developers and an IPR specialist. The university will apply for the patent and becomes the patent owner when employees make an invention, but revenues on the patent are equally shared among three parties: the university, the department and the inventor (33% each).
Evidence of success
DTU funded on average 8 proof-of-concept projects each year with €70,000 to €100,000. These funds had to be used for prototype and small-scale demonstration activities (proofing the concept), and for market research, and commercial and technical assessment.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Viggo Aaberg Kærn
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster