Victor W. Hwang

CEO and Co-Founder

He is CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation.

Victor is CEO and co-founder of Liquidity Corporation a company that makes the world¡¯s most technologically advanced filters for healthy drinking water. Liquidity is a winner of TechCrunch Disrupt the prominent startup competition.

He is well-known as a co-author of the book, ¡°The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley¡±, which explains how companies, communities, and countries can foster systemic innovation at large scale.

He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. with Honors, studying Government plus additional studies in Computer Science, Computer Architecture, and Operating Systems Design and graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago.

The Role of universities in the active ¡®Sharing Innovation¡¯s Benefits¡¯¡±

Prof. Sung-Mo Kang

President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea

He has served as President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (1991) and the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (2002-2003), Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (1992-1994).

His major awards include Korean Person of the Year Award in the field of science and technology (2014), Fairleigh Dickinson University Society of Pinnacle Award (2013), Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Induction (2009), ISQED Quality Award (2008), Chang-Lin Tien Leadership Award (2007), IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg CAS Society Award (2005).

He is a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), and was a member of the California Council on Science and Technology. He also serves on the advisory board of the Deliberation Committee of the National Academy of Engineering, South Korea; Global Agenda Councils (GAC) Future of Electronics, World Economic Forum; Global Universities Leaders Forum (GULF), World Economic Forum; International Science and Business Belt Committee, South Korea.


Mersin Technopark is an advanced university industry cooperation model where entrepreneurs and companies come together to offer higher value added products and services under competitive conditions by benefiting the knowledge and the research power of the universities. University-industry cooperation is important in the aspect of using the restricted resources wisely and transferring the knowledge required for economic development from universities to the companies. The integration of knowledge and manpower in the universities with the industrial production certainly contributes to the economic development.

Mersin Technopark, as one of the most important in Turkey, accomplished very important and meaningful successes by realised activities.

From its establishment in 2006 until now, 160 firms have functioned as sectors including food, informatics, mechatronics, electricity, virtual engineering, energy, health, automotive, design and medicine.

Over 570 R&D and support staff on 2015 with one hundred percent the occupancy rate located in Mersin Technopark with research and development activities.

Main projects and activities are On-Job Training Models in Europe and training of trainers¡¯ project, the increasing of international competitiveness of ICT sector in Mersin by creating Mersin Technopark ICT cluster project, green medical R&D and incubation center project, etc.

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Souphanouvong University

Souphanouvong University (SU) is one of five national universities in the Lao PDR.

According to the Prime Minister Decree on the Organisation and Activities of Souphanouvong University, No 099/PM, dated 3 April 2009, SU is a public national educational and cultural institution under the Ministry of Education. The University carries out the educational functions of preparing specialists, researchers and multidisciplinary scientific scholars; organising scientific research; protecting and promoting Lao¡¯s unique national and multiethnic arts and culture; and delivering academic services to society.

Current Situation Souphanouvong University currently runs 26 undergraduate bachelor degrees, each of 4 year duration; The Faculty of Education; The Faculty of Economics and Tourism; The Faculty of Agriculture and Forest Resources; The Faculty of Engineering; The Faculty of Architecture; the Faculty of Languages.

For the international relations and cooperation, Souphanouvong University has established academic relations and cooperation with 33 universities and organisations in neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. The main cooperation activities are focused on scholar and student exchanges, library book and computer supply, as well as co-organising international seminars, workshops and meetings.

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Tel & Fax: +856-71 410165     Cell: +856-20 5432 1444

The INSMEAcademy: Globally Proven Expertise from International Experts

Since March 2013 the International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises - INSME has launched a new service dedicated to its Members: the INSMEAcademy, a webinar-based training programme offering one seminar per month on relevant topics related to innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, strategic partnerships and many others.

During the one hour webinar globally recognized speakers from all over the world offer inspiring insights and share their expertise with participants. Moreover a Q&A session at the end of the webinar is considered an added value both for the Speakers and the Participants as it gives the opportunity to brainstorm on the discussed topic.

Thanks to a great line-up of speakers coming from all over the world, since its launch the INSMEAcademy touched on a wide range of hot topics at the top of the international agenda, among them:

    - Crowdfunding in Europe - Funding Innovation and Growth for SMEs
    - How to Drive Innovation with Regard to Sustainability
    - Commercialization of Research
    - Strengthening Sustainability of SMEs through Resource Efficiency
    - Engaging the 21st -century workforce - Global Human Capital Trends
    - Islamic Finance A Case Of Alternative Financial Solutions: A Trillion Dollar Industry.

The INSMEAcademy was proven to be a highly appreciated initiative by the global community of innovation stakeholders as each session welcomes on average ca.60 participants from 35 different countries with an increasing trend. The INSMEAcademy is not only a useful tool to keep up to date on innovation trends and methodologies in the global arena; the interactive nature of the webinar format allows participants to comfortably connect from their offices and network with a balanced mix of innovation experts to establish long lasting business relationships and implement the innovative approaches learnt during the training session.

The next session of the INSMEAcademy will be held in September and more information available soon on the dedicated section of the INSME website. In the meantime the calendar of the sessions held is available here.

Given the consolidated collaboration with WTA (INSME Member) the INSME Team invites you to take advantage of an exclusive opportunity: 5 free passes will be put at the disposal of the WTA Community to take part in the upcoming sessions of the INSMEAcademy. To get your free spot please send an e-mail to including the code WTA2015 and your contact details.

More information about the INSMEAcademy is available at this page or by contacting the INSME Secretariat at this e-mail address.


Venue: Puspiptek - Tangerang Selatan
Theme: Sustainable Innovation
Contact person
Siti Irma Suryani ./ email
Eryda Listyaningrum / email
Ira rahayu / email
Musni Ahyani / email

Tangerang Selatan City was elected to be host of 10th WTA General Assembly

As members of WTA, Tangerang Selatan City in cooperation with Puspiptek prepare to conduct Tangerang Selatan Global Innovation Forum 2016 (TGIF 2016). The city will welcome for few hundred representatives of cities and countries to sharing about innovation.

The 9th WTA General Assembly that was held in Daejeon elected Tangerang Selatan as a host of that forum and 10th WTA General Assembly.. As members of WTA since 2010, Puspiptek, followed by Tangerang Selatan on 2013 and supported by local resource are hoping for held the great event.

This is the most important international event held in Tangerang Selatan city in long years. Moreover this forum will also show to the guest not only about potential local resources but also innovation technology that we have in Tangerang Selatan. Therefore, one of the event that will be held is youth creativity competition on innovation technology.

The most important substantive event is 10th WTA General Assembly that reporting on new members, financial statement / WTA activities, selecting on the new host city of 11th WTA General Assembly.

The agenda of the 10th WTA General Assembly will include the Global Innovation Forum, 27th WTA executive board meeting, the Mayors Forum, the University President Forum and the UNESCO-WTA regional workshop devoted to the Sustainable Innovation (theme). Besides, there would be held Kick Of Science and Technology Park in Indonesia, National Coordination Meeting on Association of Indonesia Municipalities, Exhibition, and Business Matching.

In addition, the participants have a chance to how the city is by joining the post tour.

The Tangerang Selatan As The Host of Global Innovation Forum 2016

Tangerang Selatan, with its problem and potential, is a city striving to become a smart city with knowledge-based economy as the main sectors to support creative economy. We are eager to learn from other parties which have already advanced in growing its economy based on innovation. Together with PUSPIPTEK, we have a plan to develop a science and technology park, which will have a function as a hub for innovation and creative economy initiatives. We also want to embrace more local governments, center of excellences, also private parties in Indonesia and in other countries as well, which is in line with WTA mandate, that is helping to connect science and technology with regional development, share prosperity by promoting mutually beneficial cooperation and exchanges among cities around the world and contribute to human prosperity through the advancement of science and technology. Therefore, we are delighted to be the host for the Global Innovation Forum in 2016.

Historical Outline

Tangerang Selatan was established through Law Number 51 Year 2008 on the Establishment of Tangerang Selatan Municipality in Banten Province dated November 26, 2008 in order to improve services in government, development, and social fields as well as provide capabilities to utilize regional potentials of the southern part of Tangerang Regency.

Description of the City

Tangerang Selatan City is located on the eastern part of Banten Province, the population is 1.4 million with the area of 147.19 square kilometers. It consists of 7 sub-districts and 54 urban villages with various area and shares border with Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia; Tangerang City; Depok City; Bogor Regency; and Tangerang Regency. The population growth is more than 3.5 percent, high due to migration. The big population and high density require high capacity of the municipality in providing infrastructure and utilities.

Tangerang Selatan could be described as young city, It has urban characteristics, and is one of the satellite cities of Jakarta. Due to that, the municipality becomes a residential area and there are several big property developers providing housing and its facilities for the inhabitants. Many people live in Tangerang Selatan and work in Jakarta, so there are around 40 percent of the inhabitants commute everyday.

The city is closed to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The city has a significant number of Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Exhibition (MICE) facilities and a variety of accommodation options. It is home to the Science and Technology Development Center (PUSPIPTEK), which is the country¡¯s largest research center. With regard to the education, the city has two public universities and twenty private universities.

Economic Characteristics of the City

Since 2009, the economic performance of South Tangerang Municipality is quite stable, where the economic growth is always above 8 percent. The acceleration of economic growth was supported mainly by the transportation and communication; trade, hotel, and restaurant; and building sectors.

Interesting places

There are various interesting places in Tangerang Selatan. There are natural and water tourism objects like Situ Gintung. There are also shopping, culinary, and entertainment scenes. There are some historic sites and buildings with cultural values, such as monument, old cemeteries, and traditional houses that combine Chinese and Betawi cultures.

¡° Sheikh - Baha¡¯i Technopreneurship Festival¡± : fostering
Technopreneurship and Innovative Thinking

Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT)
Isfahan Regional Center for Science Parks and Incubators Development, under the auspices of UNESCO
International & Scientific Cooperation Dept.

1. Introduction

Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT) which is the leading and pioneering science town in Iran with the cooperation of Isfahan Regional Center for Technology Business Incubators and Science Parks Development, under the auspices of UNESCO organized the 11th Sheikh Bahai Technopreneurship Festival. The annual Sheikh-Baha¡¯i Technopreneurship Festival is held to promote and develop creativity, nurturing the culture of innovation, fostering Technopreneurship (entrepreneurship based on creativity and innovation), and introducing Technopreneurship as a tool for the development of economic growth inside different countries. Such an event automatically creates an interface between active participants of various fields of Technopreneurship, which in itself promotes further innovative thinking.

The structure of the Sheikh-Bahai Technopreneurship Festival is based on two general sections, Competition and Non-competition. Identification of the best technopreneurs, the best business planners, and the best technopreneur sponsors are carried out in the competition section. The non-competition section includes Exhibition, Idea Exchange Market and Training Seminars/Workshops.

This festival is annually held in Isfahan and it is a unique and original concept for the expansion of new ideas and out of box thinking in all fields of practice. Another similar event that was scheduled to take place for the first time was the initiation of the first National Olympiad on students¡¯ business plans. This event fell exactly under the heading and objectives of the annual Sheikh-Baha¡¯i Technopreneurship Festival, thus the combination of the two would greatly enhance the effectiveness and reach of each individual program. The parts of the festival which were unique to this festival were the admittance of business plans from universities across the country in the National Olympiad of Students¡¯ Business Plans and also the presence of international investors. Although at this time the festival performs as a national event for Technopreneurs in the country, in prospective it can grow internationally and include participants from the whole region. A short report of the 11th festival and its new events is provided bellow.

2. The competitive section of the Sheikh-Baha¡¯i festival

2-1 Competition of Business planners

The competitive section of activities planned for business planners was inclusive of two parts; open business planners, and national Olympiad for student business planning. Open Business Planners:

Business planners are the real and legal entities who have a new technology-based idea in mind to start their business with, and based on that they have prepared their business plan.

These plans are at first investigated in the business planners working group and those plans that have been prepared based on the appropriate principles of writing and rules of business plan writing will go for further assessment. The plans that have been prepared more closely to the principles of BP writing will be selected to go for interview stage. In the technical interview sections these plans are investigated technically and the best of them will be selected and introduced in the Festival.

There is no subject limitation for this section and both real and legal entities in the fields of services, industry, agriculture, new technologies, etc can attend this section. The criteria to which these business plans were judged upon are as follows:

The level of creativity and innovation in the plan

How well the given opportunity has been used for increasing income

Technical feasibility and practicality of the plan and the necessary capacity for investment

The capability and potentials of the team for implementing the plan

This year, 16 out of 100 plans were submitted to the secretariat of the festival, which after two rounds of arbitration reached the final stage of judgment. The final stage was conducted in person in a three-day festival. 3 were chosen as top plans by the Referee Committee and were awarded in the closing ceremony.

National Olympiad on Students¡¯ Business plans:

In this part which was held for the first time in the festival, 200 business plans were submitted from universities across the country. The Idea behind the start of this competition was to motivate Technopreneurs from an earlier period and to cultivate this way of thinking within the higher educational system. The first and second rounds of arbitration were conducted by the secretariat of the festival with the cooperation of science and technology parks of provinces whom are partners to the festival. This in itself, familiarized nearby science parks and incubators with the potential talent pool and new business ideas existing amongst them. After the first two rounds, 10 plans were selected to compete in the final stage. Eventually, the top 3 plans were chosen via in person arbitration, and were awarded in the closing ceremony.

2-2 Competition of Technopreneurs

Technopreneurs are those who have provided a new technology-based idea to the market through establishing a venture business in the form of a product or service. Such a competition amongst these innovative minds can lead to the creation and acceleration of productivity and efficiency improving methods of production and in general further stimulate the economic growth of a country. In the submission part of this section, more than 250 applicants submitted their ideas. The forms and applications were reviewed based on the assessment criteria by the technopreneurs working group and when necessary a visit or a telephone interview was conducted, this was arranged and followed by interview sessions where these plans were technically investigated and the best of them were selected and introduced to the festival. There was no subject limitation for this section and both real and legal entities in the fields of services, industry, agriculture, new technologies, etc attended this section. The conclusion was that 95 applicant companies were recognized eligible to compete. After a remote arbitration via telephone, 75companies out of 95 reached the face-to-face arbitration phase in categories of young, growing, developed, human sciences, and technopreneurship continuation. After which, 26 were nominated in the mentioned categories to compete in the final round of arbitration. The final round was conducted during the festival and 3 of the young companies, 4 of the growing, 4 of the developed, 1 from technopreneurship continuation, and 2 from the humanities technopreneurs companies were selected and granted awards in the closing ceremony.

3. The non-competitive section of the Sheikh-Baha¡¯i festival

3-1 Idea Bourse and the Sales and Distribution of Technology

In the idea bourse, 17 out of 110 plans submitted to the secretariat of the festival were nominated to introduce and attract investors. In addition, 16 out of the 60 received plans from the field of technology sales and distribution were nominated to be sent to these investors. Part of the reason to start an Idea Bourse and the Sales and Distribution of Technology by this festival, was to provide a chance to seriously engage innovation and idea owners with investors and capitalists within the country, furthermore with the attendance of companies from other countries like China, and Nigeria, it was a unique opportunity to introduce our idea owners to their foreign counterparts. Thus, within such an environment, negotiations between chosen groups of idea makers, investors, and experts from ISTT took place and consequently, reached a point where preparations for agreements in investments were attained. Usually these preparations will lead to prompt signing of contracts between investors and owners of ideas.

3-2 Exhibition of the Achievements of Technopreneurs¡¯

Alongside of the festival an exhibition displaying the scientific and technological achievements of k-based companies and owners of ideas is held. During the last festival that was held in an area of 1200 square meters with the presence of 50 companies, the technopreneur companies represented in the competition sections, technology owners, industries and companies, and science parks and technology incubators from various provinces displaced their latest achievements. According to the arrangements made, interested students, owners of knowledge-based companies, state governments and investors visited the exhibition.

3-3 Training Workshops

International training workshops are among the other programs during ISTT¡¯s Sheikh Bahai Festival. In the 11th annual festival, two international training workshops were held with the attendance of international and national trainers. The purpose of these workshops was to enhance the knowledge and skills of managers of science parks and technology incubators and also managers of private knowledge-based companies. There were participants from other countries too.

3-4 Idea Show

This is also a new initiative in ISTT recently to organize idea show events in which a pitching competition will be held and the owners of ideas, whether students or others, will be given 3 minute to pitch and to present their ideas. ISTT has already had successful experiences in this regard. It has successfully linked the investors with the owners of ideas during several idea show and pitching events.

4. Festival Winners and Awards

There are awards and prizes for the winners in different sections of the festival.

The categories in which the winners are granted awards include: business planners, National Olympiad for student business planners, Technopreneurs (young group), Technopreneurs (growing group), Technopreneurs (developed group), Technopreneurs (humanities group), Technopreneurs (technopreneurship continuation group) and Idea Shows. The sponsors of the event are also awarded.