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Cambridge Enterprise has partnered with a unique consortium between the UK and Argentina. Led by the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing and sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund, the Cambridge–Córdoba Collaboration, or 3C, aims to strengthen the development of an early-stage technology innovation system in Córdoba, Argentina.
3C Programme is the result of knowledge exchange collaborations that started in 2018 between Argentinian and Cambridge-based organisations leading innovation and technology transfer.
Led by the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this international consortium also includes Camnexus, St. John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge Enterprise, Global Shapers Córdoba and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.
3C Programme brings together:
The collaboration among the participants of this project dates back to November 2018, when a group of researchers, technology entrepreneurs, and innovation experts from Cambridge visited Córdoba, funded by a grant from the British Council. Following the visit, Amy Weatherup, i-Teams Programme Director, and Dr Jessica Ocampos, Cambridge Enterprise IOP Associate, scientific entrepreneur, and Director of Camnexus, worked collaboratively with the Fundación Global Shapers Córdoba and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba to implement and develop locally the i-Teams methodology, to promote the formation of technology clusters.
The pilot programme was delivered in 2019, with a second, virtual edition during 2020, supported by more alliances with Ministry of Science and Technology Córdoba and CONICET Córdoba, among others. A third programme of i-Teams Córdoba is running in 2021 as part of the 3C Programme, with the support of the international consortium.
Through the 3C Programme the consortium is accelerating the commercialisation and social impact of a group of technologies developed in Córdoba, supporting the creation of commercial networks between Córdoba and the UK, increasing skills and technology transfer capacity, and sharing experiences with other regions of the country and other countries with similar economic profiles.
As part of the 3C Programme, Cambridge Enterprise delivered a six day training programme in March 2021 on the principles of research commercialisation, negotiation skills and the role of impact through research, drawing on learning from international experiences and contextualising to the local setting.
The training programme was aimed at professionals from across the research commercialisation spectrum, including those involved in:
With all sessions delivered in both Spanish and English to maximise engagement and accessibility, the virtual online programme format enabled the participation of 30 professionals from eight Argentinian provinces, nine universities, four ministerial organisations in science, technology and industry, and three private organisations comprising incubators and chambers of commerce.
Technology transfer is essential to achieve greater articulation between the public and productive sectors, and in this sense, the Cambridge Enterprise course proposes a highly innovative approach. It was especially interesting to recognise that there are common problems in every technology transfer process, beyond the context where the innovation takes place.Silvina Talamoni, PhD Candidate in Public Politics, Technology Engagement, INTI Córdoba. Cambridge Enterprise training participant, 3C Programme, March 2021
In a public institution like INTI (National Institute of Industrial Technology), whose mission is to promote the productive development of Argentina, the potential impact of this course is enormous, and we will continue working with the University of Cambridge and the 3C Programme consortium to exploit new mechanisms for collaboration and mutual learning.Silvina Talamoni, PhD Candidate in Public Politics, Technology Engagement, INTI Córdoba. Cambridge Enterprise training participant, 3C Programme, March 2021