Private Investments in Research: A Rapidly Evolving Landscape | Delphi Economic Forum VII: New Realities
Committed to supporting initiatives that aim to empower the real economy, Qualco Group is more than honored to have sponsored the Annual Meeting of Delphi Economic Forum VII: New Realities, held from April 6 to April 9, marking a much-longed return to the town of Delphi. The event consisted of rather captivating panel discussions and sessions, where experts and acknowledged professionals exchanged their knowledge and insights, with the discussion under the theme “Private Investments in Research: A Rapidly Evolving Landscape” that took place on April 8, stealing the scene.
Georgios Nounesis, Director and Chairman of the Board, NCSR “Demokritos”, was the moderator of the panel, along with John Gkikopoulos, Chief Innovation Officer | Head AI & Analytics at Qualco Group, Michalis Vafopoulos, Founder & CEO of Linked Business SA, Ioannis Kaltsas, Head of Division, European Investment Bank, and Dimitris G. Angelakis, Founder & Chief Scientist at AngelQ Quantum Computing sharing their experience and expertise.
“Everything nowadays is driven by data, being part of our daily lives. Next-generation technologies have now become old news.”, as Mr. Gkikopoulos, Chief Innovation Officer and Head of the AI & Analytics Business Unit at Qualco Group, initially stated. “During the last couple of years, we have witnessed Covid-19 acting as the catalyst in the way we use these technologies.
He then posed a few questions that need to be explored: “How do we go from theory to practice? How do these ways of harnessing data become part of our lives? Our goal is to bridge the gap between academia and real-life while creating value in a tangible, sustainable way. How do we achieve this? First of all, by using technology as an enabler, making sure that a company, a unit, and a function can grow beyond its curve via identifying and structuring data. Secondly, with technology acting as a multiplier for human capital. And thirdly, by making sure that there is a significant ROI”, as he explicitly declared.
When it comes to Mr. Vafopoulos’ thesis, Founder & CEO at Linked Business, “The participation within an innovation ecosystem constitutes the ultimate catalyst. The whole point is centered around being an active member who thinks of ways to contribute and how to benefit from it at a second stage. And this culture is found in Demokritos NCSR.”
“It’s all about establishing a dialogue space between business needs and research findings. Here at Linked Business, we deliver services that derive from open data. To bring B2B Sales Generation, Digital Onboarding services into the market, we relied on leveraging our partnership with the research community.”, he declared.