International Association of Science Parks (IASP)
The International Association of Science Parks (IASP) is a worldwide network of Science and Technology Parks. They connect Science Park professionals from across the globe and provide services that drive growth and effectiveness for its members. Techno Park is a Board Member at this association.
Their members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.
The IASP is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation - WAINOVA. (Visit the website)
World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) Established in 1970, The World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit association to promote and encourage co-operation among industrial and technological research and development organizations (RTOs). It was founded under the auspices of the United Nations system and has consultative status with many of its specialized agencies. Today, TechnoPark is recognised as the Regional Focal Point of WAITRO.
The Association currently has 160 members in 80 countries and cooperates with over 500 other institutes and international agencies worldwide. Lately TechnoPark was appointed as MENA Regional Focal Point whose main responsibilities will be to determine the region’s needs and to initiate strategies and plans to make it a technology focus area. (Visit the website)
International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (INSME) The International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (INSME) is a non-profit association open to international membership. Its mission is to stimulate transnational cooperation and public and private partnership in the field of innovation and technology transfer to SMEs. INSME’s role is to create a link between SMEs, policy makers and intermediaries so as to enhance the level of support provided. In doing so, INSME acts as a hub, multiplier and disseminator of knowledge, a facilitator for alliances, a promoter of networking and a catalyst to encourage North-South and South-South international cooperation and political dialogue. TechnoPark is also identified as a Board Member of INSME. (Visit the website)
International Desalination Association (IDA) The International Desalination Association (IDA) is a non-profit association with more than 2000 members in fifty-eight countries. The membership is comprised of scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and is committed to the development and promotion of the appropriate use of desalination and desalination technology world-wide. TechnoPark is a member at the International Desalination Association. (Visit the website)
World Technopolis Association (WTA) The World Technopolis Association (WTA) was established in 1997 in Daejeon, Korea, as a multilateral cooperative international organization. The main goals of the WTA are promoting regional development and a shared prosperity through exchanges and cooperation among science cities and contributing further to the happiness and well-being of all peoples through the advancement of science and technology. TechnoPark is a Board member of this Association. (Visit the website)
Arab Water Council (AWC) The Arab Water Council is guided by one single vision: working on the best management capabilities of the water resources within the Arab World. This vision aims to maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Arab Countries. TechnoPark is a member of the Arab Water Council. (Visit the website)
Business Angels or ‘Angel Investors’ as they are often referred to are affluent and experienced individuals, who provide capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. Angels take a keen interest in the enterprises they invest in, often extending them consulting services, commercial support or even putting them in touch with suppliers, clients, and customers. A growing number of angel investors have organised themselves into groups or networks to share research, and to pool their investment capital. (Visit the website)