Progress Tech Transfer Fund
Progress Tech Transfer Fund is a technology transfer fund that invests in technologies for sustainability.
Resources of the fund are provided by the European Investment Fund and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, under the ITAtech financial scheme. Additional investors are expected to join.
The fund can invest in technologies and intellectual property from Italian research institutions and Italian universities. Its distinctive feature is the focus on low-maturity technologies (TRL 4 and higher) in need for proof-of-concept and follow-on investments. The fund provides initial financial resources, an unmatched set of complementary competences, and strong ties with industrial partners.
MITO Technology, the Italian-based leading intellectual property licensing and consulting company, is the strategic advisor of the fund, that provides connection with investment opportunities and scouts the most promising initiatives in the field of sustainability. The advisor puts forth over sixty man/year of experience in university-industry relations, complex technology licensing deals, IP due diligence and evaluations, as well as a deep expertise in intellectual property law and management.
The fund’s management team includes professionals that blend competences in the field of technology management, intellectual property, venture capital, strategic advice and business development and become good friends of the inventors in the journey towards deploying promising technologies and turning them into disruptive business opportunities.
Sustainability means using technology to tackle the grand challenges that the mankind faces in the contemporary world, from green energy production, storage and saving, to water preservation, from waste management to sustainable crops, from new eco-materials to improved production methodologies.
In order to help researchers, TTOs and inventors to submit their investment proposals at PoC level and organize their work, Progress Tech Transfer created a web portal where calls are published three times a year at regular intervals. Anyone interested in calls can access the portal at http://www.progressttfund.it, register and start uploading the required information in the predefined fields. Dates of opening and closing calls are published regularly on MITO’s homepage and social profiles.
Progress Tech Transfer Fund is supported by InnovFin Equity, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) set up under the Investment Plan for Europe. The purpose of EFSI is to is to help support financing and implementing productive investments in the European Union and to ensure increased access to financing.