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TETRAMAX Newsletter, February 2019

Dear colleague

When proposing or executing EU projects, economic and technical impact nowadays is a key concern, yet hard to prove or even to capture. This newsletter highlights a one-pager summary of our learnings over five years in TETRACOM and TETRAMAX with some very concrete, and hopefully convincing, results on long-term impact of European tech transfer activities in ICT. You might find our methodology useful for your future project proposals.
I´m also glad about the successful conclusion of our first open call for “Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)”, with 4 out of 16 submitted TTX proposals granted recently.  This new instrument supports academic startup teams in a “pre-business-plan” stage, including around 25,000 EUR funding for creating and refining a business canvas as a first step towards a viable business model and potential investment acquisition. Presently, we have an open call for “Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary TTX” with deadline March 31. You are encouraged to submit. In the last call we accepted 3 out of 14 proposals, each funded by around 80,000 EUR.
In case of questions, please use our online help desk facility, write an email to, or just give a call to your national or regional TETRAMAX contact point. Next to this, you are invited to personally consult TETRAMAX team members at various upcoming events, including a booth and special tech transfer sessions at the DATE conference in Florence/Italy end of March. 
Looking forward to meeting you there and making plans how to jointly achieve impact!
Rainer Leupers
RWTH Aachen University
TETRAMAX Coordinator


You can find TETRAMAX at the DATE 2019 conference which will take place from 25 to 29 March 2019 at the Firenze Fiera in Florence, Italy.  DATE combines the world’s favourite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design.

We have planned several outreach possibilities:

  • 26-28 March 2019: TETRAMAX booth at the exhibition together with the Eurolab4HPC project and HiPEAC.
  • 26 March 2019: TETRAMAX workshop: TETRAMAX: Smart funding for digitation of Europe’s Industry. 
  • 27 March 2019: TETRAMAX matchmaking event in cooperation with Enterprise Europe Network.
Please share this information within your networks.  We would particularly like to encourage researchers and companies of the ongoing Technology Transfer Experiments projects and those who have ongoing requests on the TETRAMAX brokerage portal to attend the matchmaking event.
=> Organizations interested in attending the matchmaking event, and who would like assistance in formulating their technology offers or requests, are welcome to contact the TETRAMAX Chief Technology Broker, Wei Jan Wang:

Long-term impact of European technology transfer in the ICT Domain

Evidence from the TETRACOM and TETRAMAX projects

Academia-to‐industry technology transfer is on the agenda of most projects, but it mostly becomes a reality only after projects have finished and no infrastructure or resources for impact measurement are left. In particular, very few numbers exist about the long‐term impact, i.e. several years after project conclusion. The full journey from a novel research idea to an innovative product may easily take more than 5 years, but this is far beyond the cycle time of typical EU‐funded projects.  

With the TETRACOM and TETRAMAX project series, a unique opportunity came up to analyze longterm impact.  We can conclude that project impact, obviously at least for a period of several years until saturation, tends to grow over‐proportionally. Thus it seems more useful to capture and analyze impact metrics not primarily during the project runtime or only immediately following its closing, but with more long term and systematic methods.

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Results of the first Entrepreneurial TTX call

TETRAMAX is very pleased to publish the four experiments selected for financial support of its first Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX) open call.
Out of 21 submitted proposals we elected four projects for financial support: MIP, REMAP, TooFF.IN and UnifiedAOTool.

Open call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)

DEADLINE: 31 March 2019

This is a call for mid-term (12-18 months) application experiments, implemented between at least three partners from at least two different EU countries:

  • One partner providing a particular novel Customized Low-energy Computing hardware or software technology, 
  • One partner testing and deploying the technology in its dedicated - possibly even non-tech - products with its end customers
  • One partner productizing this technology as a “platform” for a long-term wider market.
Financial support is up to 100K.

Read more and submit your proposal

New TETRAMAX project video: NOxBox

We would like to share with you the latest TETRAMAX video! This time we present a Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiment: NOx.Box.

Workshop on Transfer to Industry and Start-Ups

TETRAMAX welcomed more than 50 attendees from 42 institutions in 19 countries for the 'Workshop on Transfer to Industry and Start-Ups' at the HiPEAC conference in Valencia on 21-23 January 2019.
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Successful R&I in Europe 2019

On 15 February 2019, ZENIT organized a networking event in Düsseldorf, Germany: Successful R&I in Europe, addressing participants from all over Europe.  The European Commission continues to attach great importance to strengthening the European network also on a local level. Therefore, TETRAMAX is reaching out to other innovation hubs and partners, which can be facilitators to connect researchers and potential business makers cross-border and reinforce the digital network also on a regional level (read more about our local activities in the next news item).
Eva Haas presented TETRAMAX at-a-glance to more than 50 researchers and entrepreneurs from all over Europe.  This pitch presentation resulted in positive interactions for the open calls and the technology brokerage portal and even a potential new digital innovation hub partner in Romania.

Strengthening the network on a multi-regional level

Joining forces on a multi-regional level means a more in-depth and solid networking structure. This is opening up a multitude of collaboration opportunities and transnational joint activities. TETRAMAX is investing in establishing a sustainable and strong network foundation by reaching out and promoting the possibilities of TETRAMAX on different occasions, on different levels, in different European countries.

TETRAMAX at EDI in Latvia

TETRAMAX coordinator Rainer Leupers and Koen De Bosschere, coordinator of HiPEAC were welcomed by Kaspars Ozols to present the TETRAMAX and HiPEAC project during a new member states workshop at the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science in Riga, Latvia.

Technology Transfer Experiment Techmo English ASR successfully accomplished

Techmo and Syslore aimed to adapt the Automatic Speech Recognition software to the international market by expanding the current version.  The product was finalized and caught the attention of  Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The company expressed its interest to use the results of this technology experiment in its AI products and by extension an interest in a speech recognition system for German market that will be built by Techmo.

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