A network of partnership and technology transfer specialists connects all INRAE centres to provide assistance and support to researchers during this process. Partnership project engineers help set up and negotiate partnerships. Working in conjunction with researchers, the partnership and innovation managers pinpoint results that can be exploited and help identify and develop projects in line with the strategies for the innovation fields. Finally, the commercialisation managers promote the inventions to support the technology transfer to our socio-economic partners and business creation.
A strategy for each project
With this organisational structure, the Institute can roll out a partnership and transfer strategy focused on innovation based on the invention declaration and exploitable results. All researchers are encouraged to declare their inventions and consider the best partnership and exploitation strategy for the invention. This may be take place through a partnership to continue research, efforts to bring the invention to maturity (pre-maturation and maturation), or even the creation of a start-up. These partnerships also rely on national innovation initiatives, namely the SATTs (technology acceleration transfer companies) and competitiveness clusters.
Support in creating start-ups
Creating a company is one way to drive innovation and imagine disruptive products or services. INRAE has helped create more than 228 start-ups since 1999. Entrepreneurship days are organised to provide assistance on start-up creation plans, with testimonials from start-up leaders.