On November 10, 2015 we entered into a strategic partnership with the Association of Top 500 Innovators. Cooperation between Leonarto and the Association will include among other things identification of promising inventions by the participants of the “Top 500 Innovators” program, located in multiple innovation centers in Poland.
The “Top 500 Innovators” program, launched in 2011, is the largest training program in the history of Poland for those involved in research and research commercialization. Under the framework of the program, Polish scientists and representatives of innovation centers take part in a 9-week training program at the best universities in the world according to the Shanghai ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities), such as Stanford University, Berkeley, Cambridge University. With classes run by eminent practitioners, including representatives of VC funds, study visits and internships in the most innovative enterprises, the program participants learn how to effectively commercialize research results. The program aims to improve the skills of Polish R&D personnel in cooperation with the industry, research management and commercialization. Implementation of the program is to contribute to the best possible use of national and European funding for research, so as to ensure effective transfer of the results of R&D activities to the economy.
By the end of 2015, 500 people from the best Polish research centers and technology transfer centers will complete the program. The program is funded entirely by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.