Fearing self-enrichment, universities make things needlessly complicated for entrepreneurial scientists. This should change, argues Hans Clevers."Help scientists turn their companies into major ones."
Better cooperation between knowledge institutions and SMEs can take high-tech innovations further, argues Hamed Sadeghian. In addition, we need to look at better conditions for open innovation.
Companies are constantly testing new products in the marketplace; scientists should do the same with research, Eveline Crone believes. Because innovations are only successful if we actually use them.
The original purpose of patents was to share new ideas and encourage invention. Today, it often obstructs innovation. This needs to change, argues Ernst van den Ende.
At Kendall Square in Boston, the hotspot for start-ups, it is completely natural to try new things, fail, learn and try again. That is the vibe that the Netherlands also needs, says Miao-Ping Chien.
To get innovations off the ground, research and new businesses are needed. Students are by far the best entrepreneurs, mainly because of their resilience, Professor Peter Rem contends.
A conversation with Maarten Steinbuch, Professor of Systems and Control at the Eindhoven University of Technology four days a week, and an entrepreneur one day a week.