Technology Transfer and Innovation

Technology transfer has become a fundamental aspect of university activity (so called third mission) and plays a key role for the innovative activity of firms.

University technology transfer refers to three main areas: univeristy-industry relations; academic entrepreneurhsip and spin-offs; patenting. 

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been working on all these areas and specifically on academic entrepreneurship and spin-offs. The CII is also involved in projects aimed at strenghtening the ability of universities to fulfill the 'third mission' and on the efficacy of university-firms relations.

Here below are some of these projects.

  • Database of Italian university spin-off (, in collaboration with NetVal (the Italian University Association for Technology Transfer) and the Institute of Management of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa).
  • Contamination Lab Univpm ( It is a permanent lab for enhancing the entrepreneurial attitudes and competences of students.