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In this edition IXA news, edition 25
IXA valorisation news
IXA workshops
Entrepreneurship education news
Funding news
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IXA valorisation news
VU professor Davide Iannuzzi wins NWO Physics Valorisation Prize 2018
The tenth NWO Physics Valorisation Prize will go to Prof. Davide Iannuzzi, professor of Experimental Physics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He has won the prize “on account of the valorisation of his own research and the attention he gives to facilitating valorisation by others”. Iannuzzi has not limited his valorisation efforts to his own start-up Optics11 BV, however. As the leader and shaper of the Demonstrator Lab, a VU-based facility that is open to all knowledge institutions in Amsterdam, he plays an active role in spurring on entrepreneurs.
Read more.

Elsevier Artificial Intelligence Lab opens in Amsterdam

In an exciting joining of forces between science and business, the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) and information analytics business Elsevier announce the opening of the Elsevier AI Lab. The lab, situated on ICAI’s grounds in the Science Park in Amsterdam, will help further establish the Amsterdam region as a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) center of excellence at a national and international level. The collaboration allows Elsevier’s data scientists to work closely with data scientists in academia, contribute to education and science, and pursue a PhD. Academics in turn gain a better understanding of how AI is used to innovate research platforms to solve real-world societal problems. Read more.
EU report: AUAS is an example in entrepreneurship education
Compared to other European countries, The Netherlands is leading the way in integrating entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education, according to a report that was commissioned by the OECD. The AUAS is mentioned as an example for other institutions. Read more (in Dutch).

Physics2Market grant for research to improve cold-stress tolerance of plants

Researchers of University of Amsterdam's Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) and Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have found a way to improve the plant's resilience to low temperature stress. The first results are promising and the agricultural sector has already expressed its interest. For the further development of their method, the researchers have now received a grant from the Physics2Market Fund of IXA. Read more.
Checklist and flowchart for researchers - Collaborating with software developers
More and more research results lead to software applications such as apps, sites, virtual or augmented reality, games, web applications and web modules. Developing these applications entails collaboration with software developers. To facilitate the software development process, IXA has developed a checklist and a flowchart. The checklist leads you through the process. The flowchart provides an overview of the departments involved in the various phases of development. Read more and find the checklist and flowchart.

AUAS researchers will make Amsterdam roofs climate-proof

Amsterdam is going to build smart blue-green roofs on housing corporations. On these roofs extra water can be stored under the green surface, so that the houses and their surroundings are better protected against extreme rainfall or drought and heat. This project has won a European subsidy of € 4.8 million. The AUAS is examining the effect of the green-blue roofs on the city and is also studying the feasibility of the project.
Read more (in Dutch).

Amsterdam Life Sciences Café: Personalised Prevention (November 22)

The Amsterdam Economic Board and EY welcomes you to the next Amsterdam life sciences café – this time with the topic ‘personalised prevention’. Personalisation takes an increasingly prominent role in the sector. This time we focus on how food gut and genes interact with your overall health. What is Personalised nutrition? Can tailor-made dietary advice result in health improvement? Can we prevent DMT2 in the future? Read more and registration.

Information meeting: 'Who will pay for it?' (November 26)

As an entrepreneur you are looking for the best way to let your innovation land in healthcare. You know who will use your innovation and you are curious: Who will pay for my innovation? How is this organized in various countries in Europe? To answer these and other questions attend the information meeting 'Who will pay for it?' This meeting offers you an overview and take you along the various innovation routes to follow. In addition, they examine what the best route for your innovation is, both in the Netherlands and in a number of other European countries. Read more and registration (in Dutch).

Ahti Connect - Evidence-based policy: How Amsterdam applies data in practice (November 29)
To bring a medical innovation to the market, very thorough research and large amounts of evidence are required. However, the (quantitative) reasoning of policy changes in the city are often no more than a report of a few pages. Even in the case of very large transitions, such as decentralization of the social domain. This makes it easy to realize personal hobby-horses, which can have major (negative) consequences, both financially and socially. Join the discussion at ahti Connect on Thursday, November 29, from 15:30 – 18:00. Read more and registration.
IXA workshops
Patent workshop (8 November)
What is a patent? Why should I apply for it?
What can I use it for? What’s in it for me?

The patent workshop offers a highly interactive program, with much room for questions and discussions. Read more and registration.

How to fund your idea (29 November)
In this workshop we provide an overview of the financing possibilities in the different stages of the valorisation process. We are going to discuss the various types of valorisation grants and funds. The utilisation paragraph will also be discussed. And we will cover other forms of financing, like crowdfunding and collaborating with a company. What is a company looking for and what are important criteria for them to collaborate? Read more and registration.
Intellectual Property and Research Contracts (13 December)
What should you take into account in collaborations with an external partner? What do you need to settle in a contract? Who is authorised to sign and should Intellectual Property (IP) always be included in a contract? In this workshop we will answer all these questions and we will also discuss IP and patenting briefly. Read more and registration.
Entrepreneurship education news
New entrepreneurship teaching cases: SRXP and Tony Chocolonely
As part of the IXAnext valorisation program that stimulates entrepreneurship education, the city of Amsterdam has financed the development of ten teaching cases featuring successful local start-ups and/or scale-ups. These cases are developed by teacher/researchers who are affiliated with institutions for higher education in Amsterdam that offers entrepreneurship education.

Two new cases have been completed: Fin Tech company SRXP (by Enno Masurel / VU) and social enterprise Tony Chocolonely (Maarten Hogenstijn en Nesrien Abu Ghazaleh / HvA). The new cases will be presented on Monday 10 December, from 15.00 until 17.00, at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam: FLOOR HvA debate center, Wibautstr 3b, room 02A30. If you wish to attend please register via the HvA website.

Previously launched entrepreneurship cases are Metrica Sports and Optics11.  All the cases consist of a written case and an introduction video. The cases can be used at any level, but are especially suitable for late Bachelor and Master level entrepreneurship courses at universities (of applied sciences), and also for executive education. The new cases will soon be made available on the IXA website.
Challenge for Master and PhD students to explore entrepreneurship based on a CERN ICT technology
On October 25 and 26 ACE, Nikhef, IXA and CERN-BIC organized the first challenge for master and PhD students to develop their own business concept in a two day session at Start-up Village. Read more.
Funding news
Funding possibilities

Do you have an innovation, concept or an invention that needs further development? The Physics2Market Grant and Academic Proof of Concept Fund Amsterdam are available to Amsterdam researchers who seek ways to transform their project to a practical application.

The Physics2Market grant
With this grant IXA stimulates the receiver to validate physics related research towards exploitation in cooperation with an industrial partner. The Physics2Market grant is meant for situations in which companies are hesitant to invest but need further confirmation that a science-based concept can become reality before they agree on cooperating. The budget for each grant ranges between 10 and 35k€.
Find the terms and conditions on our website or contact business developers Peter van der Donk (IXA UvA-HvA) or Art Bos (IXA VU).


Academic Proof of Concept Fund Amsterdam

In a Proof of Concept study the conceptual, social, technical and/or economic feasibility is determined. For example, by addressing one of the following questions: Can an experimental setup be scaled up to a full production line? A mobile app is much appreciated by some participants as a demo, but what happens if used by laymen on a larger scale?

An application for the APCA fund can be done at IXA. The application may not exceed 45k€, of which 50% is a loan and 50% needs to be matched (cash or in kind) by the applicant. Read more on our website.

PPS projects granted within Amsterdam UMC

Various projects within Amsterdam UMC have received funding through the PPS Allowance from Top Sector Life Sciences & Health to stimulate R&D in public private partnerships. This funding is a financial instrument to help consortia consisting of research organisations, knowledge institutes, companies, and health foundations to realise their innovative ideas. The funding per project varies from 100-200k€. Read more.

Amsterdam Student Investment Fund (ASIF)
ASIF is €1m venture capital fund that invests in startups founded by students or recent graduates in Amsterdam. The fund is itself entirely student-run and will invest between €25k and €100k. Half of the funding is provided by the University of Amsterdam, while the other half will come from a group of about twenty angel investors, most of which have close connections to the Amsterdam start-up ecosystem. Read more.
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