Public And Private Sector Partnership In Digital Transformation


Today digitalization is spreading rapidly in all areas of life. Many sectors such as education, trade, finance, tourism, health and transportation are going through an intensive digital transformation and accordingly investments are being made in digitalization. All forms and stages of production in industry and broader scope are affected by this digital transformation. Therefore, it is important to realize this transformation process and adapt to it in order to benefit from the increase in efficiency, quality and competitiveness that digital transformation will bring us.

Within the framework of Competitive Industries Programme, increasing public and private partnership for the realization of the digital transformation is crucial. Within the scope of the program, the aim is to improve the functionality of the national innovation ecosystem by enhancing the innovation and management capacities of SMEs, which are the most important actors in the industry. The objectives of the programme are stated below as:

• Increasing the number of projects realized in public and private sector by developing university-industry cooperation,
• Raising awareness on social innovation and strengthening the skills and capabilities supporting social innovation,
• Faster commercialization of innovative products by linking innovative ideas with capital owners who will invest in these ideas,
• Increasing the functionality of the structures / facilities providing incubation services to innovative start-up companies and SMEs,
• Increasing access to finance by start-up companies and SMEs by expanding access to finance such as angel investment or venture capital,
• Developing innovative green products, processes, services, and support them during market access.


One of the most important elements of technology transfer is the establishment of a bridge between the university and industry. The role of the public sector is also important. In the public, university and industry cooperation model, which is referred to as the triple helix structure, universities are responsible for conducting scientific research, producing products that can be commercialized by the industry, and regulating and supporting the relevant markets in the public sector. Although different actors are added to this tripartite structure, university, industry and public sector form the basis of the system.

TTOs are involved in this system as facilitators. TTOs, established with the support of most public support in our country, undertake various tasks to ensure cooperation between public, university and industry:

• To match industrialists and researchers who have the potential to make projects with various methods,
• To advise both industry and researchers on project development,
• Identify appropriate national or international funding sources,
• Managing relations with fund-raising institutions,
• To mediate contracted R & D projects fully funded by the industry,
• To support the preparation and submission of project proposals,
• Forming teams and providing coordination in joint projects,
• Being a party to the contracts or ensuring the completion of the signatures,
• Providing project management services when necessary,
• Conducting information and publicity activities related to projects, researchers and services provided,
• To provide support to make the university's infrastructure available to the industry.