Think NEXUS has seven partners, five from Europe and two from the US. The consortium includes a well-balanced mix of competencies, expertise and access to relevant stakeholder networks across the EU and the US.

GAC Group (GAC), Global Approach Consulting, is an international innovation consultancy firm specialised in innovation performance support. It was established in 2002 and has 200+ specialists, mostly with PhD or MSc, spread across Europe, South America, Canada and Southeast Asia. The headquarters of the company are based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; with offices in several cities of France, as well as in Romania, Singapore, Canada, Brazil & Germany.

The company has 6 departments: innovation, internationalisation, networks and platforms, and economic studies (including innovation strategies, territorial innovation development, evaluation and impact assessment etc), financial performance, & human resource performance). Thus, GAC specialists provides 360° support to innovation and cover the whole expansion value chain, from ideation to industrialization, from IP advice to Project Management, R&D public funding and new market access, from internationalisation strategy to its operationalization, legal document drafting to operational support. Our technical experts are consultants specialized per industry and knowledgeable in sectorial trends, issues and skilled on innovation projects to face industry and societal challenges.

GAC recently integrated the consultancy team and projects of inno TSD (now GAC), specialists in supporting inter-regional and international collaboration for innovation (500+ projects implemented since 1986): cluster and SMEs internationalisation, university‐industry cooperation, exploitation and IPR support, outreach activities, business incubator management, supporting start-ups and other innovative companies, impact maximisation, stakeholder engagement, as well as inter-regional connections and mutual learning activities.

Where innovation ventures to the edge of its limits – interinnov is a company catalysing the impact of world-class innovation, helping pioneers thrive in the global market. Our mission focuses on transforming the European powerhouse of Science and Technology into a tangible impact, getting Research and Innovation closer to the market and to the ecosystems that can benefit or contribute to it.

Involved in the context of the European Union’s Framework Programmes since 2009, interinnov is a partner in 16 FP7/H2020 projects with a prominent role in initiatives related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), such as the Future Internet PPP (FIWARE), the Future Internet Research & Experimentation (FIRE), the 5G Infrastructure PPP (5G PPP) and the Next Generation Internet (NGI). All these activities are supported by a global network of partners in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Website: interinnov.eu

Founded in 1987, the conduction of vivid research and development, focusing both on improving current products and solutions, as well as on exploring new technologies for future growth is a core topic of the company’s strategy.ATC is an Information Technology SME offering solutions and services targeting specific sectors including the media, banking and retail sectors, utilities and public sector organizations, as well as horizontal solutions focusing on Content Management, Enterprise Software, Web Applications, Human Capital Resource Management and eLearning, and Mobile Applications.The company provides a broad spectrum of value-added products and services such as consulting, customer training, installation and maintenance, warranty and post-warranty services, SLA projects, project management, and professional support in the ICT domain.

All ATC own products and services are based on early prototypes and/or “proof of concept” obtained through R&D Projects, whether funded by the Company, the Greek State or the European Commission. The ATC Innovation Lab (http://ilab.atc.gr/) carries more than 25 years of expertise in Research and Development. Having incubated most of the current commercially oriented ATC business units, we are committed to continue along this successful path: discover or conceptualize innovation first, then turn it into working systems through intense and continuous involvement in cutting-edge research projects. The focus is primarily given in areas that can offer the next big advance to ATC’s commercial offerings, but also in discovering new domains and create the next company targets.

Moreover, ATC has participated in a number of International Cooperation projects with the US, South East Asia, Central Asia and Africa. Especially with the US, ATC has participated in the H2020 project PICASSO, and was in charge of the coordination of the Big Data Expert Group consisting of over 30 members from EU and from the US. Last but not least, ATC is one of the founding members of the BDVA and is also a member of NESSI ETP.

Website: atc.gr

SPI is a private consulting company created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME and innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between private sector companies, science and technology institutions, and national and international public and private organizations. SPI has more than 80 full-time staff located in the various offices of the company – including in Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Évora and Azores), China (Beijing and Macao), Spain (Santiago de Compostela) and USA (Washington D.C. and California). In addition, SPI has an affiliated office in Belgium (Brussels) through the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN). SPI also has established professional and business network and operations in Brazil, Africa, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, India, Mediterranean countries and in other countries/regions of the world. Website: spi.pt

Inter-university Microelectronics Center (IMEC) is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and digital technology. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. Participating within the Think NEXUS project is the IDLab research group, part of IMEC and also embedded in Ghent University with its research activities. IDLab performs applied research and development of high speed and densely deployed wireless internet technologies and data science. IDLab has a research unit on 5G, NFV and Future Internet technologies; experimentation; international federation of testbeds with the US. imec.istart was granted first place in the European ‘Top University Business Accelerators’ ranking by UBI Global and was ranked the fourth best incubator in the world.

Website: imec-int.com

As part of the College of Science and Engineering, TLI bridges the gap between business and engineering. TLI’s corporate and academic programmes are developed with involvement from some of industry’s top minds. 

TLI’s mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology enterprises, and to empower executives and leaders, either high-tech professionals or managers, in their strategic vision to leverage technology to drive business development. This is done by showing them how to explore, manage and maximize growth in the grey zone – that area of the company where business engineering, science and technologies converge.

TLI is a match-making actor able to link the research and business world through skills such as technology foresight and forecasting, innovation, strategic management of technology and idea commercialization, new product and business development, science and technology policy, and intellectual property management and strategy.

Website: tli.umn.edu

US Ignite is a nonprofit organisationthat helps to accelerating new wired and wireless networking advances from research to prototype to full-scale smart community and interconnected national deployments.US Ignite spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities, including cities, rural areas, regions, and states.

US Ignite leads the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, which will enable experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices that will revolutionise the US’ wireless ecosystem while sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come. The PAWR Project Office is managing this $100 million public-private partnership to deploy and manage up to 4 city-scale research testbeds. PAWR is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Website: us-ignite.org