I became a JEDI

First of all, Happy New Year! An occasion to share that I embraced the Joint European Disruptive Initiative. https://jedi.group/

Why I became Program Manager for JEDI?

– Disruptive Innovation is not only a matter of money you engage but how you engage it. Based on DARPA model we will do better. Having been Tech. Officer for DARPA vs being European Innovation Council Jury, I know supporting disruptive innovation isn’t easy while embedded in an existing normative system… starting with the selection of the projects! We aim to disrupt even the UE methodology of financing projects and support them through constant coaching and agile actions towards the financed team,

– Teaming up with 150+ personalities having already built the foundations of JEDI, European Industry & Science Leaders, successful Entrepreneurs… all driven by passion and personal engagement, will be an honor and additional reason to believe in the success of the future Europe of innovation and technological sovereignty, Europe we all love to see in action?!

– Being Program Manager for JEDI is assuming a personal Challenge and Responsibility… we must succeed in a limited time to impact positively the life of millions of humans…

May the Force be with us!

Published by: PhD. Florin Paun

Experienced in multi sector Industries, having been successful Scientist and R&D Coordinator myself, I chose to dedicate my professional life in helping other researchers to make come true their technological dreams by embracing a career in Innovation to support them in bridging the gap between new Technologies and Market. Scientists being more “Knowledge oriented”, one of my constant struggles was to complete the Entrepreneurial team with the right Entrepreneur on board… or reveal the “Entrepreneur” in them. Based on my multidisciplinary engineering background, evolving constantly in a multicultural environment, I upgraded my knowledge with innovation economics at MIT Sloan (in this particular positive tension environment) and started to learn operationally hands-on through successes and failures. Thus, I have seen, understood and qualified more than 200 projects of Innovation and Entrepreneurial ventures based on Advanced Technologies. More than 70ty of them become successful Technology Transfer agreements under my coordination and through amazing “champions” teams’ efforts I always built and sustained. All through my career I had the chance to be actively involved in Shaping Ecosystems and work with all the actors on their strategies of Innovation and Growth while launching R&D consortia, launching Agile Tech-Demonstrators or supporting Business Development for Competitiveness Clusters, Large Corporations, Start-Ups and R&D Laboratories. Shaping Ecosystems and Clustering Technologies around Business Cases carried-out by right Entre(Intra)preneurial teams is thus now a Belief. I also had the chance to understand that although important, the Human aspects are not enough to bring ideas to life through successful applications on the targeted market… Process, practices, tools are extremely important too and thus I developed new tools like, Asymmetries Compensation within Collaborative Innovation process, Demand Readiness Level vs Technology Readiness Level, Risk & Benefits Sharing Co-Development Contracts… this brought me to become an Expert in Challenging Business Models, in Selecting and Qualifying Innovation Projects and Ventures and… have the honor to become an European Innovation Council Jury Pilot Member. Myself as Multidisciplinary Scientist, Entrepreneur, Investor, Lecturer, Speaker & Innovation Advocate, I will be honored to meet passionate and hard worker entrepreneurs serving their dreams and the future of the humanity.

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