As part of the projects of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Albania, in cooperation with the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA), and with the financial support of the European Commission, we are delighted to inform you about the opportunity to participate in our Triple Helix Competition in Albania for profitable, sustainable, competitive, and, primarily, innovative ideas!
If you feel that your knowledge is not recognised enough in the society, if you are frustrated because your scientific findings are never applied in practice, then this competition can help you stand out of the crowd, cooperate, and innovate!
This competition is geared towards fostering the cooperation between academia, business and government authorities to launch concrete innovations in the marketplace, based on scientific research. This is a perfect opportunity to develop and implement your innovative ideas and to see the impact of your academic work on the economy and society, and put on your product or service the highest quality seal of the OECD! You can apply for the competition on your own or in partnership with a company or government institution. If you are lacking business or government contacts, we can help you find the right ones.
Send your applications by June 30th and you can ask for our support in improving your project proposal or identifying the right project partners. The final deadline to submit the improved applications is October 15th, 2015. The winner projects will receive advice and technical assistance both on the realisation of the innovation itself, and on its launch on the marketplace. Such mature projects will then be able to seek additional financing from the Enterprise Innovation Fund (ENIF), which is also part of the Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (EDIF), a €145 million facility of the European Commission (EC) dedicated for innovation in the Western Balkans, the European Investment Fund (EIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), etc.
Please follow these links for further information regarding the Triple Helix Competition in Albania, the Western Balkans EDIF projects, an OECD publication on the successful implementation of the Triple Helix competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013), and a video (in the local language) of the competition winner, the established business-academia-government partnership, and their market-ready innovation, the “Omega"
Epoka University under leading of the Rector Prof, Dr. Prof.Dr.Güngör Turan, and Assoc.Prof.Dr.Eglantina Hysa gaves suggestions and Comments on Action Plan 2016 - 2020 “Support for the Development of Innovation Policies Based on the Triple Helix Approach”. The detailed sugesstions may be found here!