The student participation at CIP FORUM 2011 of both graduated and still studying master students in intellectual capital management, innovation management and entrepreneurship is one of the many things that make the CIP FORUM events unique. The students are an integrated part of the event and are available as sounding boards for discussions about knowledge-based business from their studies and practical experience from having internships at leading edge corporations worldwide.
Educational backgrounds of the participating students differs but can broadly be categorized as originally stemming from business, law or technology. This background has since then been complemented by attending the School of Intellectual Capital Management (ICM), Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship (CSE), Göteborg International Bioscience Business School (GIBBS) or the ICM Entrepreneurship track. The Entrepreneurship Educations at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg offer a wide array of learning within the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009 the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education ranked the entrepreneurship programs in Gothenburg as the best in Sweden.
During the education each student has encountered different problems and managed knowledge assets in real-life projects resulting in different skill sets and specializations, ranging from entrepreneurial challenges to technology platforms. Many of the students have spent summers and master thesis work at firms such as Cargill, CIP Professional Services, Coller IP Capital, the Dow Chemical Company, Dow Agrosciences, Ericsson, General Electric, MAQS Law Firm, Morphosys, Nestlé, Nokia, PARC, Philips, PIPRA, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Rambus, Setterwalls, Sun Microsystems, ThinkFire, among others, where they have been able to practically apply their skills.
The School of Intellectual Capital Management has as its core vision to develop the new generation of highly-talented engineers, lawyers, and business managers. ICM is centered around an award-winning pedagogy consisting of a number of modules, each designed to simulate and reflect various aspects of the construction of knowledge-based business. During the education the students work practically with problem-solving cases focused on intellectual property, early packaging of knowledge assets and innovations. Some of the learning modules include designing open innovation platforms, brand and patent management, IP strategy creation, governing of technology standardization processes, license negotiation as well as contractual design of R&D collaboration, licensed based business models, franchising and secrecy policies.
CSE and GIBBS are educational platforms and a pre-incubator for venture creation. The schools mix students with various backgrounds and experiences in cross-disciplinary teams, GIBBS focusing on bio-entrepreneurs and CSE on technology entrepreneurs. The first year consists of partly shared courses with ICM, partly specialized entrepreneurship courses. The second year consists of full-time participation in real-life innovation projects. Through a well-developed screening process of external business ideas, the most promising projects, often stemming from university research, are selected to the schools. The students work in groups of two or three together with the idea providers (inventors) on the path to commercialization. Each project should have a potential to be funded within a timeframe of 9-12 months. Since the start in 1997, the schools have generated more than 35 new companies, making them the most renowned schools of entrepreneurship in Europe.
The ICM Entrepreneurship track is part of The School of Intellectual Capital Management and encourages and facilitates the students in bringing forward their entrepreneurial spirit, preparing and enabling them to start their own ventures or to become entrepreneurs in already existing organizations. It fosters personal development, group dynamics and venture creation.