Opinions wanted as conversation opens on incentivising innovation
UCL Advances is seeking the opinions of UCL students and staff from across Europe on how to incentivise world-changing technological innovation throughout the EU.
UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship is working with NESTA –
the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – to design a
series of challenge prizes which will spur Europe’s research community,
entrepreneurs and businesses to innovate to overcome some of the
biggest challenges of the century.
As part of the project, the division is seeking a wide
range of opinions – from staff and students at UCL to industry, civil
society and decision makers – on how to incentivise innovation across
health, transport, energy, creative materials and the bio-economy.
Opinions and comments will feed into the design of EU
challenge prizes which will run from 2015 as part of the European
Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.
“It’s an honour that UCL Advances has been recognised as an
ideal partner to lead this project to accelerate innovation in Europe,”
said Timothy Barnes, Director of UCL Advances.
“Just like the X-Prize has accelerated prize-sector space
transport and exploration, we want to develop similar prizes which will
accelerate technological solutions to some of the most pressing
challenges we face.
“This is the chance for people across the UCL community to
have a real impact on the potential direction of innovation in Europe at
a defining moment. I’d urge everyone who’s interested to get involved
in the discussion.”
More information and details of how to contribute to the conversation can be found by contacting Timothy Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org