The European Commission has launched a new three-year project “Bio Base NWE” to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE). The €6.2 million (£5.35 million) project will work mainly with small and medium businesses (SME’s) to help facilitate innovation and business development in bio-based technologies. The project will be coordinated by Bio Base Europe, the umbrella organisation for Bio Base Europe Pilot plant in Ghent and the Training Center in Terneuzen.
iStart offers support to innovative ICT starters. An iStart project mainly aims at supporting commercial development of an ICT related business idea, financially as well as by content-wise. The iStart program focuses on start-up projects with a certain technological inventiveness (broad interpretation) and with the potential and ambition to become a ‘born global’ company. Eligible projects are not necessarily limited to those in the iMinds research domains.
The UGent Doctoral Schools organize in collaboration with iMinds an interesting and hands-on workshop on the topic of Opportunity Recognition. The workshop is open to PhD students of all faculties that are interested in learning how to discover the business opportunities hidden in their research work, and how to develop the value proposition for such opportunity. This entrepreneurship oriented workshop will be of value to all PhD students who are interested in discovering the impact their research can have. The workshop will take place from May 13th till 17th 2013 in the offices of iMinds (Zuiderpoort).
In June the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation will be organised for the first time by Gent BC and the International Centre for Eremology. This TED-talk fits perfectly in that picture.
“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” says Allen Savory. Savory has dedicated his life to the combating desertification, and he has found a surprising solution that can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.