International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI)


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About the ITHI

The International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI)  as a non-profit institution was born in  in Aug. 2013, with a regional innovation  and  development research remit and rebuilt in Silicon Valley. The ITHI keeps four missions:


  1. Create new educational or training programmes to prepare people for the new  innovation roles, like those who are managing and  working in science parks, high-tech zones and innovation parks, technology transfer offices, venture capital  firms and incubator facilities and governments

  2. Serve as a think tank through consultancy, brainstorming new innovation ideas and models, like“triple helix spaces” and the World Innovation Network. 

  3. Conduct research on the triple helix concept, especially entrepreneurial university, and try to have collaborations  with other  organizations all over the world. 

  4. Disseminae the triple helix conception ---- publishing important  documents, delivering some  relevant information, organizing the collaborations based-on an international platform in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world.


A special feature of our Institute is to bring international scholars together for the “intelligent joint venture”, initially from China, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the US. We look forward to working with you to develop and practice the triple helix concept.

     2019-2022 Visiting Scholars Programme

  • Qualified candidates: must have a Doctorate Degree, exception available only for people who are working for industry and government. 

  • Purpose: Training young scholars with academic career.

  • Results: Publish paper(s) with you as the first author to improve academic capacity. 

  • Visiting term: From three months to one year. 

  • Training fee: $3000 - $5000, exclusive of travel, accommodation, etc. 

  • Limited to 3 persons every academic year. 

Press Release: See  

International Triple Helix Institute Receives 2016 Best of Palo Alto Award

Palo Alto Award Program Honors the Achievement

PALO ALTO September 15, 2016 -- International Triple Helix Institute has been selected for the 2016 Best of Palo Alto Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Palo Alto Award Program.

Each year, the Palo Alto Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Palo Alto area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Palo Alto Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Palo Alto Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Palo Alto Award Program

The Palo Alto Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Palo Alto area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Palo Alto Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Palo Alto Award Program

Palo Alto Award Program

Founded by Prof. Henry Etzkowitz

        Interview with: Henry Etzkowitz

       Prof Henry Etzkowitz: Innovation in Innovation... in a Triple Helix (Feb.5, 2015)

       MTCC2014 Prof. Henry Etzkowitz    

        Interview with Henry Etzkowitz, President of the Triple Helix Associati
on (Oct 8, 2014)

       Interview with: Henry Etzkowitz

Interview with: Henry Etzkowitz

          Henry Etzkowitz at the 2013 University-Industry Interaction Conference

          UTT Entrepreneurial Conference 2012 - The Triple Helix Model

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       The latest important publications: 

                  ITHI  2018 New Book : 

            The Triple Helix : 

            University -Industry -Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

             (The Second Edition), Routledge, 2018 

             by Henry Etzkowitz and Chunyan Zhou


1. The Triple Helix ---- Silicon Valley’s Secret

2. Triple Helix as a Meta-Innovation Model

3. The Entrepreneurial University in a Triple Helix

4. Firms in Triple Helix

5. Optimum Role of Government 

6. Triple Helix Spaces: Regional Innovation

7. The Incubation of Innovation

8. Triple Helix Technopoles: Clusters and Science Parks

9. Re-Inventing Venture Capital in the Triple Helix

10. Coupling Triple Helix Twins: the Balance between Innovative Development and Sustainability 

11. A Four-Dimensional Lens to Observe a Triple Helix

12. StartX and the Paradox of Success

13. The Triple Helix in Silicon Valley: The Sustainability of an Innovative Region

14. A Teaching University’s Civic Entrepreneurship: the Formation of A Cultural Cluster in Ashland, Oregon

15. Investment in Innovation

Working Paper:   Nine-Quadrants of the "Endless Frontier”: Triple Helix Technological Innovation Systems   May, 2016


To impel technological innovation in regional industries is key to a national strategy of innovation-driven development. This paper proposes a nine-quadrant model,  delineating  the relationship of the  Triple Helix innovation actors with three levels of technological innovation types —— independent innovation, re-innovation after import, and technological import —— and three stages of R&D activities from basic research to applied research to experiment & development.. The framework is utilized to develop a strategy to speed up formation of technological innovation systems  in the regional industries of China, Paradoxically, the Linear model and planned economy are  found to be in concordance with the non-linear model and a free market economy

Key Words:  innovation actors, university-industry-government triple helix for innovation, technological innovation system of regional industry, linear and non-linear innovation models, scientific research stages

For the full -text click here

University Technology Transfer: The globalization of academic innovation
 Edited by Shiri M. Breznitz and Henry Etzkowitz  --- Routledge, 2015


       Building Technology Transfer within Research University: An entrepreneurial   

       approach,  November 2014      

       Henry etzkowitz 

The second academic revolution: The rise of the entrepreneurial university and impetuses to firm foundation in Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach, Edited by Thomas J. Allen and Rory P. O’Shea

Chunyan zhou 

The path to the entrepreneurial university in China: A case study of Northeastern University, China. In Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach, Edited by Thomas J. Allen and Rory P. O’Shea. See 

Special Issue of Social Science Information ---- Silicon Valley: Global model or unique anomaly, Volume 52, No.4,  December 2013


        Guest editor: Henry Etzkowitz


        Find the contents at  

Book: Social Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Economic, Political and Cultural DimensionsSpringer, 2013 
        Edited by  Anders Lundström,   Chunyan Zhou,   Yvonne von Friedrichs,  Elisabeth Sundin
Find the contents at    

Paper:  Can a teaching university be an entrepreneurial university?: Civic Entrepreneurship and the Formation of A Cultural Cluster in Ashland, Oregon

by Henry Etzkowitz

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