Barcelona Technology Transfer Group

What is the Barcelona Technology Transfer Group?

The Barcelona Technology Transfer Group (BTTG) is an initiative launched by IESE MBA Students in order to create a platform bridging individuals from research & development labs, companies and educational institutions in Barcelona with the ultimate goal to generate cross-functional, fruitful and lasting interactions among them in an attempt to identify the process and mix of skillsets required to more successfully prototype and commercialize products of high value to society.

Find more information on the dedicated website: http://www.bcntech.eu/

The main objectives of the program can be summarized as follows:

  • To encourage and assist inventors and founders, particularly of spin-offs, to round out their management team and enter into the process of a new company or product creation.
  • To identify the process and mix of skillsets required to move successfully from a concept into a new and beneficial commercialized product for our society.
  • To generate cross-functional, fruitful and lasting interactions between the individuals from R&D centers, companies, educational institutions and IESE.
  • To create a program providing enough time for the teams to get to know each other in a low risk, high rewarding environment.
  • To allow MBA participants to experience the real life of a startup, provide all teams with valuable insights and tools on topics related to new venture creation and product development, and access to the know-how of subject matter experts in the different topics.

Program structure

The program is an 8-month collaboration between the product inventors and founders of spin-offs in Barcelona and a group of 3 to 4 IESE MBA students working specifically on each of the selected projects. As part of the program we will organize a series of five workshops for the participants in order for them to work together in collaborative environments and to learn what each individual is capable of contributing. The first part of these workshop will consist on a series of talks based on different themes related to technology

transfer and new venture creation which will be given by entrepreneurs, companies and IESE faculty.

As illustrated in the Program Timeline below, in the time between workshops, we expect teams to get together and continue to advance their ideas in their own time. It is not our intention that the BTTG activities become solely a “presence” based program, but rather that a yearlong program with periodic check-ins where teams present their ideas, are in touch with individuals with new skills sets, and shuffle teams, when necessary, during the program.

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Selected Projects

Dapcom Data Services

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DAPCOM Data Services is a spin-off company participated by the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), currently being incubated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

DAPCOM is commercializing a lossless data compression technology. This technology was originally developed to be used in space communications, where technical requirements are very stringent, both in terms of compression ratios (how much a given amount of information can be reduced) and time (how fast can it be achieved). This patented technology, called FAPEC (Fully Adaptive Prediction Error Coder) implements several features that make of it one of the most complete data compression solutions. It can be used in multiple scenarios, becoming an all-in-one compression solution, that either can be used in space communications or in multimedia compression or even more specialized scenarios such as medical imaging, genomics, online gaming or multispectral data compression.

The objective of the project within the BTTG program is to select two new markets to target and design the best go-to-market strategy for each of them, approaching as well the first potential clients.

Eurecat – Context Aware Mobile Services (CAMS)

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EURECAT is a leading private R&D center in Catalonia, with already 7 spin-offs and the authorship of 73 patents. EURECAT works closely with the private sector by providing innovative solutions to boost the technological competitiveness. CAMS is a back-end software solution for mobile applications in the retail, entertainment and tourism sectors. It improves the experience of the end-user when being close or at the business premises through personalized information presented on the fly on a mobile app. As example, it could be applied for improving the shopping experience at a mall or the sightseeing experience at a museum. Among other features, CAMS includes real-time proximity services based on micro-location, contextual information, user profiling and a recommender. As a strength, CAMS can be integrated with the existing applications and business intelligence processes of the customers.

During the BTTG program, EURECAT aims to define the business plan and the go-to-market strategy for the CAMS technology and to start contacting early adopters in the retail and tourism sectors.

Ateknea City Air Monitoring

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Ateknea provides business and technological excellence to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to develop their ideas into profitable innovative solutions. Ateknea Solutions has offices in 6 different European cities (Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Cracow, Lisbon and Valletta) and offers a vast engineering and scientific experience applied in diverse fields ranging from health, energy, environment, transport, to agriculture and ICT. In addition, Ateknea helps innovative SMEs to get access to funding from the European Commission and throughout private investment mechanisms. Ateknea has developed, for the first time, and thanks to a novel gas calibration and a miniature engineering work, a low-cost, reliable and portable air quality sensors together with temperature and relative humidity measurements. The overall goal is to internationally exploit a dense and fast pollution mapping tool for main cities based on these sensor devices that permits to better understand the pollution in the city and define proper air quality actions. In order to achieve this goal the portable sensors – recently named Ateknea-Air City Monitoring (A2CM) sensors – will be installed in the metropolitan buses permitting a high spatial and temporal resolution.

During the BTTG program, Ateknea aims to collaborate with IESE in the areas of customer validation mainly city councils – the main target of our platform technology – in order to enhance the requirements and technology as well as to define properly the business model and the pricing strategy.

Interested Entities

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BTTG key dates

  • Kick-off Meet&Greet: last week of September
  • Workshop 1 – 22/10/16
  • Workshop 2 – 19/11/16
  • Workshop 3 – 28/01/17
  • Workshop 4 – 11/03/17
  • Final event –  22/04/17