University of British Columbia Research Enterprises (UBC-RE) today announces a partnership with the International Danish entrepreneurship Academy, IDEA, and the official launch of the Flintbox application in Denmark, branded IDEA Bridge.
IDEA will become a channel partner for Flintbox in Denmark, offering the national implementation of the application - IDEA Bridge - to its membership in order to improve the Danish innovation sector and accelerate early stage technology transfer, research tools and new business concepts to commercial products and services. Flintbox currently has over 4,000 users in more than 100 countries, and more than 60 member organizations in Canada. The partnership between IDEA and UBC-RE is a milestone for Flintbox, marking the first channel partnership in Europe, and the first outside of North America.
“The purpose of IDEA is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among students and fully trained professionals from higher education, increasing growth and bridge building to the surrounding society,” said Ivan Tyrsted, Head of Development for IDEA South, which will be in charge of the implementation. “Flintbox provides the perfect fit, enabling us to offer IDEA Bridge to our 75 member organizations and companies in Denmark to promote their innovative research, exchange ideas and technologies, and connect with an international community.”
"We are very pleased to partner with IDEA for the first launch of Flintbox in Europe," said Stephen Smith, Flintbox Project Director. "Denmark has a thriving research community, and IDEA's mandate to advance innovation and entrepreneurship is a perfect fit with our focus on promoting easy and open access to innovation across countries and continents."
From the 5th to the 7th of June Meira Larose, Director of Operations for Flintbox will be in Kolding for the final signings of the partnership agreement and to begin the implementation of the Flintbox platform.
Flintbox (flintbox.com) is a knowledgecenter that with its intellectual property matchmaking system, is redefining how industry and research connect, interact, and exchange IP. By combining direct access to innovation with a network of members and users from more than one hundred countries around the world, Flintbox provides a superior platform for both research and industry to build relationships. Flintbox was developed at, and continues to be managed by UBC Research Enterprises (UBC-RE), a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of British Columbia.
IDEA (idea-denmark.dk) is a network of more than 75 institutions, organisations and companies promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Denmark. By financially supporting projects, development activities and research, facilitating experience exchanges and developing courses, education and networks, IDEA increases innovation growth and builds bridges between higher education and business. IDEA is financed by state grants as well as donations from both Danfoss and municipalities/counties.
For further details please contact:
Ivan Tyrsted, Head of Development for IDEA South
T: +45 6011 1393 / E: ivt[.]idea.sdu.dk.