Interface’s global reputation for connecting business and academia was further bolstered with interest from two delegations from overseas this month (March).
Interface was invited by Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to meet with the international delegations to share our unique expertise and experience of how Scotland’s world-leading academic community is supporting business growth, innovation and technology.
A Flemish government body responsible for innovation and entrepreneurship is undertaking a review of activities and organisations within other EU countries to gain ideas to input into their policy for future role and functions for their agency. Scotland was amongst three countries selected and is an interesting comparison for Flanders since both are organised on a regional level but function within a national government framework.
The delegation was keen to understand the role of Interface and how businesses are supported through connections and collaborations with academia. Meetings were also held between the delegation and other organisations within the business support and innovation ecosystem to gain a rounded picture of Scotland’s support landscape.
A second visit with an Indian delegation made up of technology companies seeking to get an understanding of areas for opportunity to work with Scottish companies, support organisations and academia. In response to their key question “What are Scotland’s academic strengths and how do we access them?” Interface provided an overview of our expertise in supporting technology companies and the types of collaborative projects developed in partnership with the world leading researchers in Scottish universities, research institutes and colleges.
Interface has welcomed the opportunity over the past few years to showcase how Scotland is leading the way in enabling productive partnerships between businesses and academic research teams having welcomed delegations from a number of countries including Australia, Denmark, Ireland and other parts of the UK.
Photo by Matt Paterson, Scottish Funding Council. From left to right: Heather Rattray – Interface, Richard Buxbaum – Scottish Enterprise, Gary Bannon – Scottish Funding Council and delegates from Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship.