OWIN is always looking to connect with new partners and build high-value strategic collaborations to expand the network and help companies develop. Today, the network is present in Belgium, the US, China and Australia.
Wallonia in Belgium, Texas in the United States of America, Beijing in China and the state of Queensland in Australia are four regions that have great capabilities to stimulate the creation of innovation and help new technologies access markets faster.
The business of working internationally is nothing new for the Texas A&M University System; however, advancing that international view to commercialization opportunities is a new development model pioneered with AWEX. Successful programs require the right partners and we couldn’t have hand-picked better partners for OWIN than AWEX and Coway.
Brett Cornwell – Executive Director, Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
AWEX – The Walloon Exports & Foreign Investments Agency – is a government agency responsible for stimulating economic activity in the Wallonia region. As such, it maintains close international trade relationships with most major markets around the world. AWEX can serve as the vital partner for companies to establish their presence in the Walloon region of Belgium in order to access the entirety of the European Union.
AWEX has a worldwide network of 105 Economic and Trade Commissioners and has been ISO 9001 certified since 2002. As a foreign trade agency, AWEX carries out a mission of promotion and information, benefiting both Wallonia and the foreign business community.
AWEX partners with you on your project, working closely with European, Belgian, regional and local authorities. It will help you plan for any global move, taking charge of your basic and real estate needs (researching properties and land), financial and fiscal interests (financial and fiscal optimization), talent recruitment and continued training and development, and even your legal interests.
Upon request, AWEX assists buyers, decision-makers, importers and foreign prospects by providing services, including:
- Providing information on Wallonia, its companies’ products and services and exporters
- Identifying companies in Wallonia for international partnerships
- Assisting in the exporting process (information on foreign markets, market studies, planning of marketing activities, establishing contact, financial support, trainings in international career, etc.)
- Help foreign investors by providing grants and adapted solutions, facilitating relations with public and private players, helping in the set-up process, explaining the regional business location policy and legal regulations
- Provide information and advice to foreign companies looking to establish, expand or reorganize their European operations and who would consider Wallonia as their ideal strategic location
Why Wallonia ?
Belgium is world renowned for beers, chocolate, comic books, diamonds… but not only!
With a population of about 3.5 million inhabitants, Wallonia, the Southern, French-speaking half of Belgium, truly is the heart of Europe, at the crossroads of the most advanced region of Western Europe. It has 9 major universities, 6 science parks, 300 research centers, one of the most business friendly tax policies of the world and more than 2% of the GDP is invested in R&D.
Renowned for its coal and steel, Wallonia has experienced strong industrial growth since the Middle Ages. For many years, heavy industry was the driving force behind the region’s economy. Indeed, Wallonia was the birthplace of the industrial revolution on continental Europe.
Today, the economic landscape has diversified considerably, and the main economic activities in the region are now centered on the industrial basins and the university centers. A region that naturally cultivates an international outlook, Wallonia takes pride in its know-how, quality products, modern communication and telecommunication infrastructures and its wealth of natural resources that have earned it its reputation. The export volumes are booming in all economic sectors and make the region one of the biggest per capita exporters in the world. Over the years, Wallonia has also proven to be a haven for international companies. The companies that opt to invest in Wallonia stand to benefit from these recognized skills and from a highly professional workforce whose productivity is 20% higher than the European average.
Hence, the Government of Wallonia labeled 6 poles:
- Skywin (Aeronautics and Space Industry)
- Biowin (Health)
- WagrALIM (Agro-industry)
- Logistics in Wallonia (Transport and Logistics)
- MecaTech (Mechanical Engineering)
- Greenwin (Environment and Sustainable Development)
AWEX is a founder of OWIN and is a member since 2013.
→ For more information on AWEX, visit its website: www.investinwallonia.be
The Texas A&M Technology Commercialization (TTC) is Industry’s Connection to the A&M System. For more than 20 years, TTC has been building bridges between academic research and business. It provides the link between the laboratories where innovative new technologies are being developed and industry partners that will bring them to fruition as a product.
The mission of Texas A&M Technology Commercialization (TTC) goes beyond simply licensing technologies developed by Texas A&M University faculty. We see commercialization as a means rather than an end unto itself. Ultimately, it’s a path to accomplishing two of the A&M System’s core goals: to do ground breaking research, impact education, and to make a significant contribution to the world we live in.
The TTC protects the new innovations, developed by A&M System researchers, through patents and copyrights and seeks to transfer the intellectual property to industry by royalty-bearing license agreements for commercial products that result in economic development and public benefit.
The TTC interacts with hundreds of companies each year as it seeks to find commercial partners to commercialize A&M System innovations. As a result, more than 1000+ license agreements have been executed since the TTC was established in 1992.
We look forward to working with you in commercializing new A&M system technologies.
Matchmaking Made Easy: The Open Worldwide Innovation Network
Since 2006, Texas A&M, The Walloon Exports & Foreign Investments Agency (AWEX), and the Research Valley Partnership (RVP) – which grows, expands and attracts business to the Brazos Valley – have worked together to create a best-practices model for developing international economic relationships. Through OWIN, we have connected Aggie researches to comminities abroad that can benefit from their discoveries. We have also matched A&M research initiatives with domestic and foreign sources of private investment to help fund them.
Thanks to OWIN, TTC is taking Aggie discoveries where they have most needed, to the farthest corners of the globe (including Europe and China). We are commercializing Texas A&M inventions in markets abroad and introducing Texas A&M University to entirely new groups of stakeholders. These potential private – and public – sector partners are excited about how the best and brightest minds at Texas A&M can benefit their local constituencies. They are sending research dollars back to Aggieland to fund new research initiatives. As you can see, TTC is expanding the Aggie family to include new partners who, like us, believe the pursuit of the public good is a noble endeavor.
The A&M System has been very lucky to find a partner like AWEX that sees the mutual local economic benefits of thinking internationally for commercialization opportunities from our respective universities.
Brett Cornwell – Executive Director, Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
The TTC is a founder of OWIN and is a member since 2013.
→ For more information on the TTC, visit its website: http://techtransfer.tamu.edu/
Coway, established in 2002 by Tsinghua University – a top university and the premier engineering university in China – is a State-level technology transfer center recognized by the government and a supporting unit of international technology cooperation. As such they have close partnerships with Tsinghua University’s researchers and the Chinese government and can serve as your vital interface with Chinese industry and the government to ensure success in this dynamic country.
Coway has years of experience in technology transfer and commercialization in China. With its broad, global network and extensive recourses, Coway devotes itselves to delivering professional services, including technology transfer, patent licensing, consulting, co-investment & technology incubation as well as public service. Coway is entrusted by Tsinghua University to commercialize Tsinghua University’s scientific and technological achievements, to carry out technology commercialization and technology management of International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) of Tsinghua University.
The business scope includes project assessment, technical and economic analysis, technical assets management, technical agent and trade, regulations and product consulting, seek domestic and international partners, international exchange and training etc. More specifically, Coway is dedicated to technology commercialization and multinational technology transfer through providing the following services:
- Technology promotion and technology transfer for both Chinese enterprises seeking desired technologies or suitable partners in foreign countries and foreign enterprises seeking technologies or partners in China through technology scouting and technology trade etc.
- Technology consulting including market investigation, market analysis, partner matching, resource allocation, law and regulation consultancy etc.
- GHG reduction project development consulting solutions for Chinese enterprises to save energy and conduct carbon credits transaction.
- Technology incubation support to create start-up companies based on the technologies or products with great prospects identified and evaluated by ITTC.
The company is committed to providing customers with a full range of professional service based on the spirit of innovation and integrity.
Coway is a founder of OWIN and is a member since 2013.
→ For more information on Coway, visit its website: http://www.coway.com.cn/
Trade & Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s global business agency, assisting exporters to break into emerging and established markets, and promoting Queensland as the perfect place for an Asia-Pacific headquarters.
Across the globe, you’ll find Trade & Investment Queensland’s representatives in 13 locations, and across the state, you’ll find Trade and Investment Advisers in major regional centers.
Queensland is ideally positioned at the international crossroad of the Asia-Pacific. This gives proximity to the growth markets of the world, as well as strong advantages as an investment destination.
The dynamic and stable economy, highly skilled workforce, reduced government regulation and tax policies that encourage growth offer businesses the best climate to expand and prosper.
Queensland is also the driving force behind export growth in Australia, with total merchandise exports accounting for about one fifth of the nation’s total.
The Queensland Government is a member since 2016.
→ For more information on Queensland Government, visit its website: https://www.qld.gov.au/
→ For more information on TIQ, visit its website: http://www.tiq.qld.gov.au/
Research Valley Partnership
Located in the center of the global mega region that is the Texas Triangle, Research Valley Partnership (RVP) serves as the catalyst of economic development in the Bryan and College Station region. The RVP works tirelessly uniting community, university and industry to facilitate innovation and rapid go-to-market strategies. RVP promotes strong business through prioritizing innovation, fostering a friendly environment, and building upon the foundation of Texas A&M’s global expertise in engineering, agriculture, animal health, energy and the biosciences.
The Research Valley Partnership operates the Research Valley International Gateway (RVIG), which helps businesses to rapidly and inexpensively enter the U.S. marketplace. The RVIG offers professional services and a premier executive office suite to early-stage established companies and has become the preferred soft landing zone for international companies wishing, in a first stage, to explore and capitalize on U.S. marketplace opportunities.
The RVP specializes in:
- Efficient and effective economic development services for our community
- Growing, expanding, and locating businesses in the Research Valley
- A gateway connecting business with community and university
- Focusing on innovative solutions and operating at the speed of business
- “Going to market”
Helping companies from Texas to expand in Europe and China, and offering Belgian and Chinese companies a gateway to the USA is really what we call a win win partnership!
Todd McDaniel – President & CEO, The Research Valley Partnership Inc. © SPW
RVP is an associate member of OWIN since 2013.
→ For more information on RVP, visit its website: http://researchvalley.org/
Madison County is a thriving research and innovation community with world-class capabilities in many areas including aerospace and biotechnology. Propulsion systems for the Apollo program and the Space Shuttle were conceived here, and now Madison County is poised to support efforts to explore Mars. The focus on space has given birth to many centers of excellence in fields such as propulsion, optics, and supply chain management for high tech projects, big data, solar winds, meteorology, satellites, and rotorcraft.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a highly ranked research university that anchors Cummings Research Park, the second largest park in the U.S. (fourth largest in the world).
Notable agencies and companies established in Huntsville are:
- NASA Marshall Space Center
- U. S. Army Missile Command
- U. S. Army Materials Command
- Boeing Research (Headquarters)
- Hudson Alpha center for Genomic Biotechnology
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Gunman
- Teledyne Brown
- A world-class ecosystem of some 400 small and mid-sized companies covering all areas defense, space related technologies, high-endmanufacturing, and commercial high- tech innovation.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
U.S. News & World Report rates The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as a Tier 1 institution while the Carnegie Foundation ranks UAH a “very high” research activity institution, on par with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Stanford University.
UAH is comprised of 7 colleges and 16 independent research centers, including diverse areas of expertise such as:
- The only hypervelocity testing facility on a university campus.
- Advanced Rotorcraft research center working on the future of vertical lift, safety, modeling, simulation, and cockpit design as well as drones (http://www.uah.edu/rsesc/capabilities).
- Propulsion center that works closely with NASA’s local propulsion center (Apollo, Space Shuttle, and now mission to Mars).
- Applied optics center supporting the International Space Station and the James Webb Telescope.
- World leader in Satellite based Atmospheric research (developed the only system that actually predicts lightning).
- World leader in solar winds and plasma research.
- World leader in Supply Chain Management for High-Tech projects.
- A very mature “Big Data” research facility through extensive collaboration with NASA.
- Interdisciplinary Biotechnology research with Hudson Alpha (top 4 genomic research lab) that will likely lead to collaboration with NASA requirements.
Perhaps unique to most universities, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is primarily funded through its extensive contract support to Department of Defense, NASA, and various other industries.
WBI – Wallonie-Bruxelles International
Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) is the agency in charge of the international relations of Wallonia-Brussels. WBI aims to foster contacts and to build partnerships between research and innovation actors of Wallonia-Brussels and other countries.
WBI main activities are:
- connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs with inspiring partners of excellence;
- facilitate academic programs, global innovation strategies and knowledge exchange;
- support internationalization efforts of Wallonia- Brussels academic institutions and companies, with a special focus on innovative start-ups and spin-offs;
- inform on developments in science, technology and innovation policies.
WBI creates and builds up international science, technology and innovation networks in an open innovation approach :
- academia : the universities and higher education institutions, the funding agency for fundamental
- business : the clusters and competitiveness clusters, the association of science parks of Wallonia
(SPoW), the association of 22 applied research centers of Wallonia (WalTech), the National Contact Point for Horizon2020 (NCP-Wallonie)
- public bodies : Innovation Agency (AST), Ministry of Research (DGO6), the Walloon Trade & Investment Agency (AWEX)
WBI operates through a network of Diplomatic representations (Wallonia-Brussels Delegations) and Scientific Liaison Officers. We also work in close cooperation with the AWEX’s network of 108 Trade Commissioners based abroad.