University and Business
Between 2011 and 2014 we carried out ten editions of visits to companies by professors from eight Catalan universities, involving 27 companies with a total of 675 university participants and 141 from the business world. The goal was to promote mutual knowledge between the university and business worlds, within a program that provides the academic personnel with first-hand knowledge of the challenges and situations faced by Catalan businesses. It also provides businessmen and women with a detailed vision of university facilities and projects.
After the latest round of company visits, the methodology for technology transfer that was developed continued in the Demand Forum, organized within the framework of the Festival of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council and the Parliament of Catalonia. Subsequently, the Open Innovation Forum (www.openinnovationforum.cat), an open innovation program promoted by the main Catalan universities, has given way to the opportunity for companies to launch their innovation challenges and for research centers and groups to propose solutions to these problems.