OPEN EUREKA. Taking an Innovative Idea to the International Markets

OPEN EUREKA. Taking an Innovative Idea to the International Markets 2016-10-21T09:35:02+00:00

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Moderator: Ms Ana Tomasek, EUREKA Secretariat, Belgium
Panellist: Mr Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, EUREKA Secretariat, Belgium
Panellist: Mr Barlow Manilal, Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa
Panellist: Mr Francisco Marín Pérez, Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, Spain
Panellist: Ms Matsi Modise, South Africa, SIMODISA START UP
Panellist: Mr McLean Sibanda, South Africa, The Innovation Hub
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Innovative SMEs account for the bulk of job and productivity growth. However, African and European SMEs do not know about the advantages of equity finance, are unaware of what is involved in raising finance, attracting equity investors, or how to convincingly articulate investment proposals.

These factors provided the foundation for setting up a new investment readiness programme by EUREKA, a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network launched in 1985 to support market-oriented innovative R&D projects of industry and academia across all technological sectors. With its decentralised network of 41 member countries (including the EU) and 3 associated countries (South Africa, Canada and South Korea), EUREKA is a unique R&D&I platform that offers support to European and South African companies, research centres and universities, enabling them to develop and bring their innovative products and services to the global market.

The objective of this session is to explore new insights on what it takes for SMEs to be investment ready based on recent experiences of the E!nnoVest pilot programme and to explore new strategies, tools, and needs in fields such as investment sensitisation, fruitful matchmaking and preparing entrepreneurs to access finance. This session is organised for policy makers, Regional development agencies, Accelerators, Incubators, and SMEs.
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tomasekMs Ana Tomasek
EUREKA Secretariat, Belgium
Moderator

Ms Ana Tomasek is strategic advisor to the Head of the EUREKA Secretariat. She is responsible for strategy development and innovation policy at the Brussels-based international secretariat of EUREKA – the European platform supporting international, market-oriented R&D. Ana also manages the EUREKA InnoVest Programme which aims to boost the investment awareness and readiness of Eureka innovative SMEs, promote these companies towards the investment community and actively facilitate investment matching with experienced investors. Before moving to Belgium in 2014, Ana was based in Zagreb, at the Business Innovation Croatian Agency (BICRO), where she worked as EUREKA and Eurostars national project coordinator, managing programmes supporting national and international collaborative R&D projects. Ana has private sector experience from when she was based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she worked on the preparation of project proposals and in international project management, including EU Framework Programme and Slovenian projects funded through EU structural funds. She has held a number of lectures and seminars on topics related to project preparation, management and the EU Framework Programme.
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nunesMr Pedro de Sampaio Nunes
EUREKA Secretariat, Belgium
Panellist

Mr Pedro de Sampaio Nunes is from February 2013, the Head of the EUREKA Secretariat. He has an extensive international experience including African countries and keen interest in international collaboration on matters of Science and Technology, mainly in its industrial application. Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, a civil engineer, was previously Portuguese Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, a Director at the European Commission, responsible for several R&D programmes focussed on energy and information technology and deputy Director-General for the Secretariat for Portugal’s accession to the EU. Pedro de Sampaio Nunes is Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of Portugal.
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manilalMr Barlow Manilal
Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa
Panellist

Barlow Manilal assumed his role as CEO of TIA in April 2015, bringing with him extensive experience in project management, project engineering and manufacturing in the automotive environment gained at Toyota and Mercedes Benz. Prior to this he spent 14 years at the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), of which 7-years as CEO and 3 COO. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Technology & Management and a Masters from the University of Pretoria and is currently pursuing a PhD in Programme Management. Throughout his career, he served in several strategic roles, such as President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transportation of South Africa, memberships of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transport World Africa; Federation of Supply Chain Management Associations of South Africa; and the Automotive and Manufacturing Industry Advisory Council to the University of Johannesburg. Under his stewardship, the AIDC has won numerous national and international awards, amongst them; the National Business Award for the Top Performing Parastatal, on three occasions; nominee for ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the National Business Awards in 2012; Winner of the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) ‘Public Sector Visionary Award’ in October 2013; Winner of the Oliver Empowerment Awards in the Category of ‘Most Transformed Public Sector Award 2014’ and finalist in the Oliver Empowerment Awards: ‘Public Sector Leader Award 2014’.
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perezMr Francisco Marín Pérez
Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), Spain
Panellist

After graduating from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as Telecommunications Engineer and completing the Senior Management Program (PADE) at the IESE Business School, Francisco Marín Pérez started ELIOP, the firm where he held various senior positions and whose activities he expanded throughout Latin America, Turkey and India since the 1980’s decade well into 2009. Since 2010, as Partner and Director of Future Plus, he managed a private equity fund and held several executive positions in the management of technology based firms. In 2015, he is appointed Director General of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial – CDTI), a public agency of the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain. In June 2015 he was appointed by the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness as Spanish EUREKA High Level Representative and EUREKA HLG Chairman from July 2016. Along with his professional undertakings, he has featured an intensive associational activity, as Chairman of the R&D&I Commission of AMETIC, President of the Forum of Innovative Companies, non-corporate board member of COTEC and Vice-Chairman of the R&D&I Commission of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE).
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modiseMs Matsi Modise
SIMODISA START UP, South Africa
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Ms. Matsi Modise is the Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs in South Africa. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd, and her experience ranges from Investment Banking and Enterprise Development. She currently sits on the Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund; The Innovation Hub, Orange Corners and the Barclays Africa Shared Growth Advisory Board. She is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers community and was named Top 50 youth to attend the WEF 2016 Annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
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sibandaMr McLean Sibanda
The Innovation Hub, South Africa
Panellist

McLean Sibanda is an engineer and patent attorney. He is the Chief Executive Officer of The Innovation Hub South Africa and President of the African Division of International Association of Science Parks (IASP). He has extensive experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has held senior and executive roles in a number of private and public sector organisations in South Africa. He has served as an Expert to the African Union (AU), World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Department of Science and Technology on drafting of intellectual property legislation as well as review of Tanzania National System of Innovation. An immediate past board member of the CSIR, past acting executive director of the Innovation Fund (2008-2010) and Technology Innovation Agency Group Executive for Commercialisation until 2011; he currently serves on the boards of the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), IASP and African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
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