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How Can Smart Capital Stimulate Ideas? Prof. Jörg Rocholl, ESMT Berlin President, was interviewed at the CIV Deep Innovation Workshop

50_years_staatsratsgebaeude_1207“智慧投资人”如何能够激发创意?Ideas are very important in the process of innovation, but they would usually become nothing without proper funding. Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President of ESMT Berlin, shares: “Most of these ideas need a lot of capital, a lot of capital that needs to be raised in order to test trial phases, for example, and in order to do the marketing and the launching of the products.” ESMT Berlin, a leading German business school, is well known for its connections with the industry and VC funds, and operates the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center under its auspices. CIV will host its Research Award Ceremony and Cocktail in ESMT Berlin on Friday, September 16, 2016.

However, do the investors really know to estimate the potential of the presented ideas? According to Rocholl, “Certainly it’s very important to have highly specialized, highly sophisticated investors who actually know what to do when investment proposals come up.”

As a matter of fact, the presence of highly-educated investors in the Silicon Valley and Kendall Square (Cambridge, MA) ecosystems has given them a great advantage, as these investors can recognize sophisticated ideas requiring extensive research, and invest in them at a very primordial stage – enabling continued academic work. Thus, the presence of smart capital, able to understand the scientific background of new ideas, is advantageous for both the investors and the academia.

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