Posts con el tag ‘KIC Innoenergy’

The EU Commission’s Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook highlights ESADE’s expertise

The European Commission Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook was released last week, in order to “bring some fresh thinking as well as compelling evidence of the OI2 paradigm”, as the EU officials have stated.

The report, which recalls the origins of the Open Innovation concept and its potential to provide better solutions “to domains such as healthcare, transportation, climate change, youth unemployment, financial stability, prosperity, sustainability, and growth”. It also higlights that “these challenges provide a significant opportunity to create new shared value through innovation”.

We already see the influence of open innovation 2.0 which is taking the full advantage of strong seamless interactivity across all stakeholders, including users, across the whole innovation ecosystems: quadruple helix innovation! However, we need to continue actively searching for entirely new connections and areas between clusters.

New approaches create disruptiveness, and unanticipated opportunities. Therefore, it appears crucial for the public sector to catalyse a fluid, frictionless innovation space where all the stakeholders can share their ideas, prototype them and scale up the successes rapidly. Fail fast, scale fast!

The OI2 Yearbook also recalls the work of ESADE Professor Henry Chesbrough, who coined the term Open Innovation in 2003, and succesful experiences launched with the collaboration of ESADE, as the KIC InnoEnergy initiative.

If you’re interested in Open Innovation and the future of European Innovation Policy, take a look at the Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook!

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A conference on Entrepreneurship to inspire the KIC InnoEnergy students

ESADE Creapolis hosted last Friday a conference on Entrepreneurship and Fundraising to inspire the KIC InnoEnergy students at the ESADE Summer School over the opportunities of starting its own business and how to fund it.

The conference offered a panel of entrepreneurs, Business Angels and experts from ESADE and the KIC InnoEnergy that explained for more than 50 students their experience, their ideas and some tips to success creating their own company.

The entrepreneurs experiences, many of them coming from research institutes, were the most followed by the students, that questioned them over the challenges and steps they have made to become a successful entrepreneur.

Among them were many owners of start-ups focused on environmental issues like Goldemar, Enerbyte or the Architecture studio Noem. The students also received counsel from investors as the director of ESADE BAN, Fernando Zallo, or the founder of Seed&Click, Juan Alvarez.

The program also included a presentation on the services and opportunities offered by ESADE Creapolis and the KIC InnoEnergy Business Creation Service.

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An energy saving initiative, the best entrepreneurship idea among KIC InnoEnergy Msc candidates

A company focused on energy saving solutions for old buildings projected by Francesco Martinelli was awarded as the best entrepreneurship project among the KIC InnoEnergy Msc candidates in a ceremony held at the ESADE EGarage.

Five of the candidates for the formation programs of the KIC InnoEnergy presented last Friday their ideas to improve the energy consumption in order to win a full scholarship for the master. Al five finalists also won a two-day stay at Barcelona.

The jury, composed by members of the KIC InnoEnergy, highlighted the “deep understanding of the field of energy saving “and the “solid background and knowledge on technology” showed by Martinelli.

The idea projected a company offering integral energy saving reforms for old houses with a calculated cost and an energy saving planning. The jury valued the approach of Martinelli’s idea and his research on real costs of energy saving installations.

The ceremony ended with all the KIC InnoEnergy Summer School students and the finalists together for a networking lunch at the EGarage.

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Turning scientists into managers and entrepreneurs: KIC InnoEnergy students at ESADE Summer School

The students worked on entrepreneurship basics at the EGarage

One of the challenges faced by any scientist with an idea with potential commercial benefits is to turn it into a sustainable business. Lack of managing, entrepreneurship and marketing education is a handicap to bring innovation to the market. KIC InnoEnergy Education Program is going to solve that offering its students an intensive course at ESADE Business School.

From the 30th of June and during four intensive weeks, 54 international students participating at three of the KIC Innoenergy Msc programs in Renewable Energy, Smart Electrical Networks and Smart Energy Buildings and Cities, along with the PhD students, will learn Business Administration and Entrepreneurship basics in order to complement its scientific education, received at the main universities of Europe in that field; the Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Eindhoven University of Technology from the Netherlands, the Instituto Superior Técnico from Portugal, the KU Leuven from Belgium and the INP from Grenoble, France.

During the Summer School, which serves as a bridge between the two academic years the Msc students course through Europe, they will learn about Entrepreneurship Finance, HR and Operations Management, Product Development or Innovation and Strategy, among many other issues.

KIC InnoEnergy is a European company fostering the integration of education, technology, business and entrepreneurship and strengthening the culture of innovation to become the leading engine of innovation in the field of sustainable energy. The Consortium, backed by the European Commission, consists of 27 shareholders including industries, research centres, universities and two business schools. Committed to a seven years industrial plan, they will mobilize 700M€ of resources only for the period 2011-2015.

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