ECOSF signs MoU with IRIS for collaboration in S&T Parks, Incubation Centers, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Initiatives in ECO Region
The ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Isfahan Regional Center for Technology Business Incubators & Science Parks Development (IRIS) - under the auspices of UNESCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the inaugural session of Training Workshop on Technology-Based Entrepreneurship for Developing Countries on April 25th, 2017 in Isfahan, Iran. Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro, President ECOSF and Dr. Mohammad Javad Omidi, Director IRIS signed the MoU on behalf of ECO Science Foundation and IRIS respectively; while Director ISTIC Dr. Sharifah Maimunah, Executive Director-Elect ECOSF Dr. Komail Tayyebi, SO ECOSF Engr. Khalil Raza and IRIS-ISTT International Cooperation head Ms. Mozhgan Yazdianpour witnessed the signing.
Under this MoU, ECOSF and IRIS will work together to further strengthen the mutual collaboration in development S&T Parks, Incubation Center and promotion of Innovative and Entrepreneurial Initiatives in ECO region. Through this initiative, ECOSF seeks to harness the potential and utilize the expertise of IRIS in development and management of technology parks in other ECO member countries. The MoU also provides a general framework to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the ECOSF and IRIS to promote scientific and technology based entrepreneurship and economic development in the region. This Mou will pave the way for ECOSF and IRIS to collaborate in the provision of scientific capacity building to ECO Countries. Under the MoU, IRIS will provide services in promoting their science and technology parks and incubators initiatives. Both organizations will also collaborate in the joint organization of events and programs such as conferences, training workshops, seminars, etc. in ECO member countries.
It is pertinent to mention that Isfahan Techno park is the first such park opened by Iran in 1996; wherein, over 400 companies and start-ups are currently incubating their technologies and products. Thus the IRIS and Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT) can provide good leadership in this regard.