From researcher to entrepreneur
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Detecting Innovative Ideas
Identifying and supporting entrepreneurial thinking – that is what FFI promotors are there for. In the scope of the BMBF-funded project "FFI Fraunhofer Funding for Intrapreneurship | Fraunhofer Venture Lab", 17 of such promoters support Fraunhofer researchers with all issues of entrepreneurship within the Fraunhofer Institute. Javier Gutiérrez Boronat, FFI promoter at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, explains how the promoters work and how important it is to spread a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and action.
Mr. Gutiérrez, what is the story of the FFI promoter idea?
In 2014 we started an internal program at Fraunhofer IIS for improving our innovation and project management processes. The aim was to strengthen the awareness of entrepreneurial thinking and action in all of our approximately 900 colleagues. At around the same time the FFI funding project was initiated. With an internal contact person for these activities, who served as a multiplier, we were able to link both projects.
What is the promoters' job at the institute?
I found out that an FFI promoter has many different functions. On the one hand we are the interface between the institute and the FFI group; we communicate the programs and activities to the institutes and always have an eye on topics and people that might benefit from these programs. On the other hand we help our teams through the process of different measures. At the institute we are their sparring partner and offer support for identifying and planning the next steps.