A delegation of more than 15 Serbian government and innovation agency representatives participated in a special week-long innovation training workshop in Israel late February, organized by MATIMOP, the executive agency of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The workshop focused on the Israeli innovation support system, spotlighting Israel’s best practices in technology transfer management, international cooperation programs, technology incubators, and the activities of venture capital funds in Israel.
The workshop was organized by MATIMOP as a pilot initiative in cooperation with the World Bank’s Private Sector Department, for representatives of Serbia’s Innovation Fund, an organization dedicated to providing funding for innovation in science and technology, particularly through cooperation with international organizations, donors and the private sector. Representatives of Serbia’s Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, and Business Technology Incubator of Technical Faculties also attended the workshop, held in Tel Aviv from February 26 to March 1, 2012.
Workshop participants had the opportunity to hear presentations by leading Israeli experts and government representatives, including by Dr. Shaul Freireich, the Deputy Chief Scientist of Israel, who spoke about the work of the Office of the Chief Scientist – its programs, the evaluation process and the issues accompanying knowledge transfer and IP. Presentations were also given by Yaacov Michlin, President and CEO of Yissum, Technology Transfer Company of Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Yossi Smoler, Director of the Technology Incubator Program; and Mr. Oded Distel, Director of the Investment Promotion Center at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
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