International Training Workshop on Managing Science and Technology Parks (STPs)

In collaboration with Bilkent Cyber Technology Park, Pardis Technology Park, and ICCBS Technology Park and Technology Incubation Center.
Date: 7-8 September, 2022
Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Deadline for Applications: 31st July, 2022

Introduction:
The first science park was established in 1970 by the University of Cambridge to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the industry, academia and the government. Science parks play a key role in attracting talent to bring forward technological advancement and innovation. It is an effective medium to attract entrepreneurs in desirable science and tech industries by providing high quality working space with a chance to work in close collaboration with the industry.

At a Science and Technology Park, businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to purpose built office spaces, laboratories and meeting areas designed to facilitate research in growth in various fields of science and technology. These parks are managed by special professionals who stimulate and coordinate the flow of technology and knowledge among the universities, research and innovation institutions, market and so forth. These technology parks have proven to be the bridge between converting innovative ideas into commercial products and services. 

COMSTECH in collaboration with Bilkent Cyber Technology Park, Pardis Technology Park, PAF-IAST Technology Park, and ICCBS Technology Park and Technology Incubation Center is organizing an international training workshop on “Managing Science and Technology Parks”. This workshop will analyze the path of development of an idea into a commercial product along with discussing the different models of accelerators, incubation centers and technology parks. Furthermore, the workshop will focus specifically on training managers and personnel that run the technology parks.

Target Audience:
Managers/CEO of technology parks, managers from incubation parks, university based technology incubation centers, consultants, start-ups, ORIC incharge, Scientists, researchers, policy maker/government officials, and academicians from the OIC countries are encouraged to participate.

Key Contents:
The training workshop will cover the following topics over Two days:

  • The growth of an idea and team: from idea to the end of incubation period.
  • Product and market development, fundraising and commercialization.
  • Accelerators: How to manage and support
  • Case studies of different types of accelerators and their development plan in Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.
  • Case study: Pardis Summit Event
  • Pre-incubation & incubation; Graduation policies & post-incubation interaction
  • Publication: Success stories documentation
  • Different types of Tech parks (public/private)
  • Assessment policies, financial, credit & investment services and marketing services in parks (national & international).
  • Case study of Pardis Technology Park: Planning, funding, government policies and execution.

About the Resource Persons
The resources persons will consist of managers and heads of various world renowned technology parks who will deliver lectures on key areas of technology park management.

Travel & Local Hospitality:
COMSTECH will arrange local hospitality for selected participants from OIC member states. Participants are expected to get their travel funding from their parent organizations/country of origin.

Registration Process:
Step 1: For Physical Participation please register at:https://forms.gle/zZFHLEPgq14DkVhp8

Step 2: For Virtual participation please register at:https://forms.gle/4Pa1WHVXz6rLa1Q66

Step 2: Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form along with your CV. Foreign participants must submit a scanned copy of passport.

Step 3: Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails.

Venue:
The workshop will be held at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The city with the backdrop of Margalla Hills and National Park was purpose-built as the capital of sixth largest globally and second most populous (in OIC) country Pakistan in the year 1966. Pakistan, according to the Forbes magazine, is a hidden treasure for tourists with rich cultural diversity, ancient history, diverse landscape, cuisines, modern cities, and locally produced items.

Technicial Focal Person

AminReza Khaleghian
DG for International affairs & PR
Pardis Technology Park- I.R.IRAN
Tel: +98 21 76 250 250 (Ext. 2130)
Mob: +98 912 358 45 77
Email: khaleghian@techpark.ir

Workshop Coordinators
Muhammad Haris Akram
Program Manager, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3
Email: haris@comstech.org
Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad
Program Officer, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3
Email: haseeb.ahmad@comstech.org

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