Success Factors in University and Industry Collaboration Workshop, May - June 2021 | MIT J-WEL

Success Factors in University and Industry Collaboration Workshop, May - June 2021


J-WEL Members:

Join us for our 2021 Success Factors in University and Industry Collaboration Workshop


Workshop Dates and Registration Information

Dates and Time:

Tuesdays from May 11 to June 1
All sessions run from 9:00-11:30 a.m. EDT.

How to Register: 

This event is an exclusive offering for J-WEL members.* Please email us to register.  Register by Friday, 5/7.

*Please note that, in order to provide participants with the most interactive and engaging experience possible, space is limited.

Workshop Description

Collaborations between industry and universities are critical drivers of the innovation economy. These relationships have long been a mainstay of research and development (R&D) — from creating the knowledge foundations for the next generation of solutions, to serving as an extended “workbench” to solve short-term, incremental problems, to providing a flow of newly minted talent. 

As many corporations look to open innovation to augment their internal R&D efforts, universities have become essential partners. As universities look to further develop their innovation ecosystems, and best prepare their graduates to thrive and define the workforce, they look towards collaboration with industry. 

Learn how to be successful in creating and further developing partnerships between your university and local and international corporations. This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the five success factors for creating strategic industry partnerships and how to use the Industry Partnership Canvas as your strategic tool in the process.

Outcomes: The workshop will focus on the following features and outcomes: 

  • Gain insights about the success factors for developing a strategic and systematic approach to collaborating with industry
  • Use the Partnership Canvas as a systematic approach to assess, and further develop a strategic partnership approach 
  • Develop a common understanding of what makes a partnership strategic and a common language to discuss this issue

Time commitment: Workshop (10 hours total) + homework

Certification: A certificate of participation will be granted for those attending 3 days of sessions and completing the associated activities.

Who should attend: University leadership, faculty, or staff tasked with industry connections and building innovation organizations

Workshop Preview

Want to learn more? Watch the video below for a short preview with Workshop Lead Dr. Lars Frølund.

Workshop Lead


Dr. Lars Frølund

Research Director, MIT Innovation Initiative & Visiting Scholar
MIT Sloan School of Management

Lars Frølund is the Research Director of MIT Innovation Initiative and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the success factors for university-industry partnerships, innovation ecosystems, and mission-driven research and innovation agencies such as DARPA. He is the co-editor of the book “Strategic Industry-University Partnerships” and “Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships with Universities” published by Sloan Management Review. He is on the board of the Danish Innovation Fund and was a Fulbright Scholar at MIT in 2016/17. 
Date & Time: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:45 to Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:45