Technology transfer offices at the Danish universities contribute to better commercialisation of research results. The technology transfer offices are organised in the National Network for Technology Transfer - techtrans.dk. Techtrans.dk is an open forum for public research institutions, private business and others looking for information about the innovative collaboration between researchers and companies. Techtrans.dk is operating the Patent Exchange, the only collected data base of published patents and patent applications from public Danish research institutions. The science parks and incubators at the Danish universities are organised in the association called FOIN (Forskerparker og Innovationsmiljøer i Danmark). Results of the commercialisation of public research results have been surveyed annually since 2004.
In 2010 a new initiative for the strengthening of entrepreneurial universities was launched. This initiative is supported by the Danish Growth Council, the Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority and DASTI. The promotion of entrepreneurial training at Danish universities is one of the priorities in this initiative.
The Danish Council for Technology and Innovation is responsible for the administration of a number of measures whose purpose is to promote innovation and dissemination of knowledge between knowledge institutions and enterprises. The high-tech networks focus on networking in certain R&D areas and there are several measures that have commercialisation and public-private partnerships in focus, like the Innovation Accelerating Research Platforms, the Innovation consortia or the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.
The Growth Fund (Vaekstfonden) supports Danish firms which have difficulties obtaining finance from other sources. The scheme is administered by a private venture capital company, and has a capital base of €30m. The large capital base makes Vaekstfonden one of the largest Danish venture capital agencies.
Business Innovation Fund and Market Development Fund:
A Business Innovation Fund (“Fornyelsesfonden”) of €100 million has been established in the period 2010-2012 with the aim of supporting innovation and market maturity within the green and welfare areas. The Fund has since then been converted into the Market Development Fund (“Markedsmodningsfonden”) which helps firms bringing their new products to the market faster and which makes it easier for public-sector institutions to obtain innovative solutions. An amount of €20m is allocated for the Market Development Fund each year from 2013 up to and including 2015.
Apart from making it a special responsibility of universities to cooperate with industry, Danish research and innovation policies include a large number of measures that are partly or wholly to stimulate public-private partnerships. The following policy measures can be highlighted: