Five leading European institutions, led by the Universidad Politécnica de CartagenaCloud Incubator HUB, have launched a project to encourage entrepreneurship and business creation among ICT researchers across Europe.

MERLIN, an ICT entrepreneurship project funded by Horizon 2020, was recently launched in Madrid, Spain, as part of the Innovation Radar and Startup Europe initiatives. The aim of MERLIN is to reach a large number of researchers and ICT SMEs/start-ups, who have received EU funding, through thematic workshops, online materials and international conferences, by providing them with the knowledge, skills and network to innovate and generate market-led business models to exploit or support ongoing marketing efforts for their products. Participants will receive assistance from MERLIN and integrate with existing support and funding programs available to grow their innovations and bring them to market.

This is a fantastic opportunity for researchers, who are unsure on how to exploit their research results, to receive training in business skills which will help them evaluate past and future opportunities

Diego Alonso, MERLIN coordinator