June 15, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Tech Transfer Connects Innovative Ideas with the Marketplace
First in a series of posts inspired by the MBIT Playbook
The Mayors Bistate Innovation Team has come up with a playbook of ways in which the Kansas City community can use Google Fiber to spark economic development while advancing academic and social opportunities. This will be a series of videos, graphics and articles that will illustrate real world examples of each play in the MBIT Playbook.
Technology transfer defines the process in which research created at local universities, medical facilities, and hospitals is transferred to a wide range of users in the business world in order to create new products, applications or services.
This area is featured in the Playbook because a high-speed fiber network can speed up portions of technology transfer that require large amounts of data to be transmitted from researchers to commercial investors and entrepreneurs looking to create businesses and products out of these ideas. Actions, such as the creation of state technology transfer support organizations and identifying appropriate funding, will assist in increasing the efficiency and visibility of technology transfer.
The fiber network will help fuel innovation in research institutions and connect these organizations with executive talent and startup entrepreneurs in order to create a booming arena of new business in Kansas City’s future.
In this video, U.S. Source Link Director Maria Meyers introduces technology transfer in a university system. Later posts will feature Tim Sylvester, creator of Integrated Roadways, who points out the importance of speedy tech transfer to Kansas City’s growing entrepreneurial arena, and Toby Rush, CEO and founder of EyeVerify, who takes us through his experience with technology transfer during the creation of his recent startup.
View the full Playbook here.
Other interviews on tech transfer: