In 2001, GCG collaborated on a program with the government of Armenia, the US Agency for International Development and other organizations, to develop, assess and revise the Armenian Information and Communication Technology Master Strategy. The Republic of Armenia funded the original project (devising an ICT master strategy) under a World Bank grant. GCG participated in all phases of the project, from developing the strategy in early 2001, to assessing the impact of the strategy. GCG provided yearly updates to the strategy and tactical plan for the years 2003-2004.
Canary Islands, Spain
In 2002, GCG conducted an assessment of technology-based economic development for the Canary Islands. GCG identified the Canary Islands’ assets and challenges for accelerated technology-based economic growth and as a location for emerging technology companies; analyzed technology clusters with promising futures in the Canary Islands; and developed a series of practical programs, policies, and procedures to be undertaken by the government, business, and academic sectors to improve the Islands’ competitive position.
In 2009, GCG developed a national program for the Chilean Economic Development Organization (CORFO). The main objective of the project, funded by Lockheed Martin, was to develop an “industry” of international business acceleration management and technology incubation in Chile. The program evaluated select Chilean incubators and trained incubator managers, CORFO staff, and entrepreneurs through hands-on workshops and business development activities. GCG offered training sessions on an array of topics: technology screening and assessment, technology business development, and international commercialization and incubator management. Additionally, the program assessed and selected Chilean technologies and provided them with international business development, by matching these Chilean enterprises with business opportunities outside Chile. The Chile program successfully produced cooperative agreements that opened new markets and opportunities for Chilean companies.
Bucaramanga Program: In 2013, on behalf of the Bucaramanga Chamber of Commerce, GCG developed and implemented a transfer, training and technical assistance program to promote high impact entrepreneurship in the region. A major component of the program was GCG’s online Innovation Readiness SeriesTM. In addition to providing training, GCG assessed the innovation environment in Bucaramanga and delivered recommendations for the region.
Colciencias Program (the Colombian Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation): from 2013-2014, this program assisted in setting up six new regional technology transfer offices (TTOs) across various regions in Colombia. Utilizing online curricula (The Innovation Readiness Series), and intensive sessions in Bogotá, participants were instructed in a wide range of topics related to understanding and maximizing the commercial value of technology, evaluating technologies, determining appropriate intellectual property strategies, delivering effective presentations to potential licensees and partners, technology valuation and licensing processes and other topics related to effective TTO management. GCG conducted on-site operational reviews for each organization at the beginning, middle and end of the project, and recommended specific action plans.
Colombia: Ministry of National Defense (Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, MDN). Started in 2014, the main objective of this project is the transfer of know-how to the Ministry of National Defense (Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, MDN) for the creation of a central technology transfer office (TTO). This program is funded by Bell Helicopter. GCG assisted in the identification of technologies with non-military commercial potential within the Armed Forces of Colombia and its related institutions; evaluation of the viability of these technologies given expressed market interest and the most appropriate target market(s) and commercialization strategies; creation of new private sector commercial opportunities for selected technologies; and instruction in technology transfer and commercialization best practices to serve as the model for establishment of a central TTO at the MDN. Over the course of one year, GCG trained MDN representatives in technology evaluation, market assessment and TTO best practices, as well as train selected innovators on how to commercialize technologies in the international arena. Through a process of evaluation and down-selection, with feedback to the innovators at each stage in the selection process, a final set of technologies will be selected for business development.
In 2008, GCG completed a pilot project for the Egyptian Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF). GCG evaluated forty-five Egyptian technologies for commercial potential; from the forty-five technologies, ten finalist-technologies were selected for commercialization in the US market. An international panel of judges awarded four winning technologies STDF grants and ongoing support and training to bring these technologies to the market. Additionally, GCG trained STDF managers in technology assessment and commercialization, at the IC2 Institute in Austin, Texas.
In January 2007, GCG began a two-year program with ValDeal Innovations, a competitive, for-profit entity serving as a model for wealth creation in the global knowledge economy. The first year of the program emphasized inventorying and assessing Hungarian innovation. The representatives of selected technologies were then trained and offered assistance in accelerating their international business development. The program achieved early measurable results: Hungarian enterprises achieved new and increased business, while also receiving training and guidance in a number of crucial topics, ranging from technology assessment to the creation of an effective national and international network for innovation and technology commercialization.
In 2010, GCG developed a pilot program with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to assess and commercialize Indian defense technologies and re-purpose them into global civilian markets. The program evaluated technologies from 26 national laboratories, with the goal of placing technologies with high commercial potential in civilian industries. Partnering with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), GCG provided a workshop in Austin, Texas to address best practices in technology incubation and technology transfer; and workshops in India, to provide training in technology assessment and commercialization, and education on managing incubation centers.
Funded by the US embassy’s “@America” cultural center in Jakarta, using GCG’s online Innovation Readiness Series training, almost 200 participants in Indonesia received instruction and guidance in how to pitch an innovation in a compelling and persuasive way to potential customers, partners and investors. In addition to the online portions, the participants met together for classes with Trisakti University instructors. This dual approach gave students the opportunity to go through weekly assignments and content at their own pace but still have a chance to discuss the concepts and applications with other students and faculty.
In 2006, the US Trade and Development Agency funded a GCG program to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for a Jordan Science and Technology Initiative. The team worked with a broad coalition of American and Jordanian private and public stakeholders to report on a joint public/private initiative to accelerate the development of Jordan’s knowledge –based economy and establish a high tech center for domestic and regional wealth creation. This research laid the groundwork for regional stakeholders and other interested parties to implement significant and sustainable economic-development programs in Jordan.
Kazakhstan National Innovation Fund: From 2005 to 2006, GCG provided business incubation support for the National Innovation Fund of Kazakhstan. The project assessed the potential for a successful technology-business incubation program in Kazakhstan and providing strategic guidance, manager training, and initial operational support for the opening of two business incubators in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2013-2015 Kazakhstan Technology Commercialization Program: The Kazakh government has organized a national Technology Commercialization Center (TCC) to manage the TCC’s work to create start-ups, license Kazakh technologies, and train managers. Starting in 2014, GCG is engaged in a program to promote technology commercialization in Kazakhstan, move technologies to the commercial sector, and assist aspiring entrepreneurs to work in international businesses. It is funded by the World Bank with operations supported by CRDF-Global in conjunction with GCG. An on-site GCG lead expert serves as a judge at a competition among innovators, conducts training for managers, and is exploring opportunities for technologies selected by the Kazakh government for funding and further development. Selected technology commercialization managers from the TCC also come to Austin, TX for an intensive week of commercialization training.
Since 2008, GCG has engaged in multiple programs in the Republic of Korea. (See active programs.)
Completed Korean program, KIAT/KATECH: In 2013 GCG and the Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology (KIAT) worked together to assess local technologies and train KIAT personnel on international commercialization, technology screening and assessing, technology transfer, licensing and technology business incubation. After technology assessment, five innovations were selected for business development coaching and guidance. As a result of that continuing relationship, GCG was asked to work with the Korea Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH), to help screen, assess, and provide international business development and commercialization training and guidance for selected KATECH innovators again during 2015.
In 2011, GCG launched the Global Bridge Initiative (GBI) program in Kuwait, working with its in-country partner, National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC). In addition to providing entrepreneurship training and identification of promising Kuwaiti technologies for commercialization, the program also implemented a new approach to enterprise creation: strategic technology transfer matches for Kuwaiti ventures with innovation originating from the US or other regions rather than from Kuwait alone. Kuwaiti technology transfer officers underwent intensive training on topics such as designing and managing disclosures, crafting intellectual property strategies, effective operations and creative resourcing, licensing, and negotiation.
In 2007, GCG delivered a workshop of six modules on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship for the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), in Kuala Lumpur. Over a four-month period, the workshop trained approximately fifty representatives of MTDC and other Malaysian organizations interested in accelerating Malaysian innovation in global markets. GCG ensured the transfer of this valuable knowledge beyond the participants, by training MDTC staff in the workshop curriculum, enabling MTDC staff to pass this knowledge to future Malaysian entrepreneurs and technology representatives.
INVITE Program: GCG worked with the state of Nuevo Leon between 2004 and 2008 to provide training, technology assessments, and business development for early stage innovations. In each year of the program, each of the innovators selected to participate moved closer to their goals for commercialization. In addition, GCG provided technology incubator management training for selected incubators in Monterrey.
CONACYT Program: In 2003, GCG worked with Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to provide training to technology assessors as well as to members of a national review board for technology screening and investment.
TechBA Program: From 2005 to 2015, GCG partnered with the TechBA Austin program to bring representatives of established Mexican technology businesses to Austin and provide them with training, office space and support to accelerate their businesses in the U.S. or international markets. Additionally, TechBA Austin worked with companies based in Mexico who were preparing for expansion, but not yet ready to open a U.S. office.
In 2002 and 2003, GCG delivered its Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialization (ATAC) program to Motorola. The fourteen-week ATAC program was designed to help organizations assess their technologies for commercial viability, analyze and validate markets for commercially viable technologies, determine the best commercialization strategies, and educate company employees in assessment and commercialization processes that are grounded in science.
GCG worked with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), a division of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of the Philippines, to provide a technology commercialization capacity-building program for their network of 18 technology transfer offices and Technology Business Incubators. The goal of this seven-month program was to advance the capabilities and know-how of the Filipino technology transfer ecosystem, through an initial evaluation of the ecosystem, followed by training and mentoring, in both Austin and the Philippines, of senior managers of each of the 18 institutions, with a view to driving long-term economic and industrial development through innovation in the Philippines.
Between 2003 and 2007, GCG designed and operated a program that provided knowledge-based economic development projects for Poland. The projects were funded through a Lockheed Martin-Poland offset agreement and included an assessment of technology commercialization in Poland. It established two new technology business incubators in Warsaw and Lodz, transferred the UT Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization degree program to the University of Lodz and established a technology commercialization “Innovation Center.” The program also delivered workshops for entrepreneurs and provided international business development to Polish technologies resulting in new business, customers, and partners in the US and other markets.
Russia and Ukraine
In 2012-2013, GCG collaborated with CRDF Global to provide training programs in Russia and Ukraine. GCG’s Innovation Readiness Series was delivered online to hundreds of innovators, and dozens of managers from the regions were trained as IR mentors to the innovators. The training was the first step for innovators to participate in a technology entrepreneurship program.
In 2014 GCG provided training to representatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Following that, GCG will assist in the identification of technologies with commercial potential in the international market; evaluation of the viability of these technologies given expressed market interest and the most appropriate target market(s) and commercialization strategies; creation of business engagement opportunities for selected technologies.