Inventors always retain a fair share of the possible monetary returns of any intellectual property. The commercialisation process also opens up possibilities for other funding and resources, such as the Business Finland Research to Business funding. After being successfully developed to a commercial stage, the invention will be able to attract commercial interest in terms of resources and bringing the invention to use for example in the form of an investment to a spin-out company, licensing or acquisition.
Aalto University's vision includes a commitment to building a sustainable and entrepreneurial society based on sustainable development. Aalto University's main goal in the commercialisation of intellectual property rights is to maximize the societal impact of the university by bringing the results of research, teaching and other activities into the best possible use. The Aalto Innovation Services advise academic staff in the development and protection of innovations and incorporation activities including technology transfers. Commercialisation project activities are supported together with Aalto Startup Center’s advisors.
Publishing and commercialization – Can I have both?
When following the guidelines presented in this page, it is possible to both commercialize and publish your research results.
Innovation Diary: Wood's trip from research to business
The diary follows the progress of one of Aalto's interdisciplinary innovation project WUUD - 'Wood modification technology for building cladding products' that received commercialisation funding from Business Finland and the team's thoughts during the 18-month process.
Aalto’s aim in the IP commercialisation is to maximize the societal impact of research.
Business Finland can fund research projects, where scientists take the development of an idea further while preparing for the commercialization of the idea into new business.
Business Finland provides funding for projects by research organizations and companies and reinforces the use of research within companies that strengthens the impact of research in society.
Innovation Services’ Researchers Practical Guide to Intellectual Property offers practical information about intellectual property rights, such as patents and copyrights.
Aalto University is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture. The ecosystem is powered by both student-led entrepreneurial activities and the university's own research and innovation hubs.
Research ideas are commercialized in Aalto's incubators and accelerators; students find unforeseeable pathways towards entrepreneurship. Building on this, Aalto fosters a thriving culture of innovation.
Aalto University has an internationally unique innovation ecosystem that offers a wide range of services to researchers and research groups. From Ideas To Impact® seeks the best possible commercialisation paths for research inventions.
R2B, or the Research to Business pre-incubator programme, is open year-round to original innovations and inventions based on research at Aalto University. The programme is especially for projects that are at the idea stage and that focus on technological research. Once these projects have incorporated, Aalto Startup Center can offer them its Business Generator accelerator programme.