Hérica Righi is an economist with a PhD in Innovation Management by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) and a Master in Scientific and Technological Policy by Unicamp (Brazil). She has 15 years of experience as innovation researcher and 5 years as Assistant Professor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Fundaçao Dom Cabral (FDC – a Brazilian Business School). At FDC she developed and implemented innovation processes among several companies (small, medium and large), she coordinated the Minas Gerais’ Innovation Research Center (CRI-Minas) where she worked with approximately 10 companies per year developing case studies and promoting debates about their main innovation issues. She also was responsible for an international network of seven universities from South American to improve the innovation process on this region, called Red Enlaces. Her main research interests are University-Industry collaboration, innovation management, innovation process, innovation policies, innovation on emergent countries, and entrepreneurship. Her work experience allowed her to have a better comprehension about tools and issues concerned the development and growth of companies and countries.