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TETRACOM News March 2015

Dear colleague,

This newsletter issue offers you some information about TETRACOM´s latest dissemination activities, such as the TISU workshop organized by Koen Bertels. We also organized a large poster show at the recent HiPEAC conference in Amsterdam, where results of many Technology Transfer Projects (TTPs) from TETRACOM were displayed and discussed with the conference attendees. These events are highly important, since technology transfer is not only about technology, but also about bringing the right players (technology suppliers and users) together to discuss joint opportunities and finally transform visions into new products.

The bilateral academia-industry TTPs form the core mission of TETRACOM, and we just closed the 2nd call for proposals. Mike O´Boyle presents the key statistics below. The great response indicates that there is a broad European market for this very focused and effective form of technology transfer. TETRACOM is now managing and co-funding around 30 individual TTPs. Four years after the the first TETRACOM ideas have been conceived “on a napkin”, the project as a whole is now on a great path to success and wide impact.

Would you like to become part of this exciting story? The 3rd and final call for TTPs will be published in August 2015. As usual it will be open to all EU research institutions that have concrete plans for a transfer activity with some industry partner. The TETRACOM Steering Committee is looking forward to your proposals and is glad to consult in case of any questions.

Rainer Leupers
RWTH Aachen University

Results of the second call for TTPs

The second call for Technology Transfer Projects (TTPs), for transferring university-based technology to a partner company having operations in Europe closed on December 31, 2014.

We were delighted with the response: 43 proposals were submitted from 12 different European countries. In total, the proposals requested 1.304.000 € TETRACOM funding, complemented by 1.371.000 € matching funding from the respective industry partners.

Every proposal was evaluated by 2 reviewers from an external panel of reviewers. In order to provide a balanced evaluation, one of the reviewers came from academia, the other from industry. Partners of TETRACOM were not involved in the reviewing process and were excluded from participating in the call.

The ranked proposals were then considered by the TETRACOM Steering Committee, which selected 13 proposals for funding, subject to contractual agreement. A provisional budget of 356.874 € was allocated for the accepted proposals. The TTPs will start as soon as possible.

More info on the TETRACOM website.

TTP Poster Session

TETRACOM organized a poster presentation with all (concluded and ongoing) TETRACOM TTPs at the HiPEAC conference in Amsterdam on January 20, 2015. In total, 14 TETRACOM poster were presented during the Industrial Exhibition of the conference.

TETRACOM summer school course

Koen Bertels, TETRACOM partner, will give a course titled 'From Solo Performance to a Symphonic Orchestra' during the ACACES2015 Summer School from July 12-18, 2015, in Fiuggi, Italy. The course will consist of the following lectures:

  • Lecture 1: Basics of the business plan & guidelines for the 10 slide mini-business plan
  • Lecture 2: Marketing essentials
  • Lecture 3: HBS business case : Bang Networks : the first customer
  • Lecture 4: Presentations & feedback

For more info and registrations, visit the ACACES page.

TETRACOM Workshop On Transfer to Industry and Start-ups

The third TETRACOM workshop took place during the HiPEAC Conference on January 20, 2015, in Amsterdam. The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers interested in bringing their technology to the market and to better understand what instruments are available to do so.The workshop also reflected on ways to improve the transfer of EU research to industry: what instruments are needed and can be implemented efficiently to improve the transfer to industry.

More info on the TISU page.


  • July 12-18, 2015, TETRACOM course during ACACES Summer School
  • September 23, 2015, TETRACOM Main Workshop in Milano