institutions of UM's innovation ecosystem operate both inside and outside the
academic environment. They are part of the programme entitled Innovative Open technologies – IOT. Together with regional development
agencies, chambers of commerce and industry, chambers of crafts, technology
parks and municipalities, they aim to establish an efficient support
environment in accordance with the “one-stop-shop” principle. They participate in
international networks, such as Danube Transfer Centres coordinated by the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The Research and Arts Zone of the University of Maribor (RAZ:UM) is a
key integrative part of UM's innovation ecosystem. Its primary objective is to
establish and coordinate an entrepreneurial environment for students and
researchers and to strengthen UM’s leading position in terms of knowledge
transfer in the region. Among its key tasks are the provision of assistance and
the implementation of ideas produced by researchers from UM (students,
professors, etc.) and the transfer of know-how to the industry and the broader
In cooperation with Ventury Factory, the university business incubator, and UM TechnoCenter, the technology transfer office, the entrepreneurship and innovation consortium of RAZ:UM provides support for entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic environment and represents an important tool for the commercialisation of expert knowledge and technologies developed within UM.
Within the framework of UM's innovation ecosystem, Venture Factory assumed the responsibility for the development and implementation of various programmes for the promotion of entrepreneurship, business consulting and start-up incubation. The programme entitled Start:up Maribor has been designed for innovative individuals and teams engaged in both the development and marketing of new products in an uncertain environment.
As a technology transfer office, TechnoCenter UM aims to transfer new technologies and innovations to the industry. In addition, it provides professional advice during the research phase and in employee invention acquisition procedures at UM and assistance in industrial property rights protection. In order for the inventions to become highly marketable innovations, TechnoCenter UM conducts various activities, such as assessment of market potential, identification of relevant partners from the industry, negotiations for the sale and licensing of patents, conclusion of licensing agreements as well as assistance in the establishment of spin-offs.