Panel Discussion


Wednesday, October 20, 2021


10:25AM CET

Technology Transfer in Europe

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University research technologies and everyday products are possible because of technology transfer - the process by which universities patent the discoveries unlocked in the laboratories and license them to businesses and entrepreneurs who then turn them into important and even life-saving commercial products.

Universities themselves can become microenvironments for innovation and entrepreneurship. A university that can’t demonstrate its impact on the industry and the marketplace will become less relevant in the future.

Watch the event to learn morea about how can a technology transfer office add value to a university and create economic impact as well as how technology transfer transforms the societies we live in.

Start Date

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

10:25AM CET

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Key topics of discussion

  • How can a technology transfer office add value to a university and create economic impact?
  • How technology transfer transform society?
  • For governments and investors, what is the best approach to support the technology transfer offices and projects?

Our Speakers

David DANA

Head of Tech VC Investments, European Investment Fund (EIF)

David is heading the Tech VC Team of the EIF, where he has been working for more than ten years. Previously, he has been in charge of EIF investments in VC funds in France, Israel, and of the Luxembourg Future Fund. David was also overviewing EIF activities with Accelerators.
He has been investing in all the sectors covered by EIF investment programs, such as ICT, Life Sciences, and Cleantech. To date, David has made 60+ commitments in VC funds (approx. EUR 3bn of commitments) from micro-seed strategies to growth financing. David is a regular speaker in industry conferences and tech events.

Peter Cowley

Serial entrepreneur and parallel Angel Investor

Peter Cowley, a Cambridge University Technology Graduate, founded and ran over a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 40 years. He has built up a portfolio of 75 angel investments with nine good exits (including one that is 107X his investment and returned all the cash he has invested) and thirteen failures. He is a board member of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN), President Emeritus of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), former chair of the Cambridge Business Angels and was UK Angel of the Year 2014. He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is on the board of nine startups. He is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Judge Business School and is on the investment committee of the UK Angel Co-fund. He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities.

René Ebert

Managing Director at SIBB e.V

René Ebert is the Managing Director of SIBB - The Digital Business Association of Berlin - Brandenburg and leads a team of 14 very committed employees. He started his professional career in the IT world at IBM Deutschland, then gained further experience at the IT Company m+s Elektronik AG.

The further professional development perspective and the longing for his hometown led him back to the German capital. In the middle of the 2000s, htook a new position at the Federal German IT Association BITKOM to set up a new department there. After more than 5 years of successful work there, Mr. Ebert changed to the payment service PayPal. However, management tasks in the IT association business did not let him go completely and Mr. Ebert was appointed managing director of the Berlin-Brandenburg IT association SIBB.

Yoram Wijngaarde

Founder and CEO at

Founder of which was launched in 2014 in Amsterdam to provide insights and intelligence about the world's most promising companies. Top tier venture capital firms like Sequoia, Insight Partners, Balderton, Atomico, and world-class corporates like Google, Amazon, Stripe, McKinsey, BCG, EY, Deloitte, Unilever, Pepsi and others use Dealroom software and data to stay at the forefront of innovation and discover the world’s most promising companies. Before founding Dealroom, Yoram was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Nomura Securities and NOAH Advisors in New York and London. Yoram has a cum laude Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Moderated by

Ștefan Koritar

CEO & Managing Partner at Grai Ventures

Stefan Koritar is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at Grai. For the last 15 years, he had a crucial role as an ecosystem builder in the Romanian technology industry, working at different organisations and levels, gaining experiences in areas such as product management, community building, business innovation and go to market strategy. With these skills as a focus he worked with companies in the automotive, banking, eCommerce, and telecommunications industries. Stefan is also a representative to the Startup Grind and Product Tank communities in Romania, the biggest global startup and product management communities, bridging know-how and best practices between countries and organisations.

Learn more about how technology transfer can transform industries and markets

Thursday, April 23rd

4 pm CET/11 am EST

Who is this event for?

  • Academia leaders and scientists, who want to learn more about the benefits of commercializing their work and research findings.
  • VC funds that want to understand and get involved at an early stage of a deep-tech project.
  • Government representatives, who want to learn about the economic added value of technology transfer offices.

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