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Many of you will be very familiar with the Open Innovation Project but others may be reading about it for the first time. We plan to make regular posts regarding the project which began in 2011 and runs until the end of 2013. The project has brought together academic, business support and public sector organisations across North West Europe to develop and promote Open Innovation. The project is financed using Interreg IVB European funding.

Recent updates are as follows:

Boutique concept approved

We are very pleased that the plan to establish an Open Innovation boutique and a network of pop-up shops has been approved by the Joint Technical Secretariat. Planning is now underway to design, brand and set up the pilot boutique in Laval, France, which aims to showcase products from across Europe. Christian Travier (Laval Mayenne Technopole) the boutique lead is organising a meeting in Edinburgh on 23 November to discuss sourcing products and plans for the pop-up shop design which will move from site to site.

Recent and upcoming visits and events

Myself and Tom Cuthbert had the pleasure of attended Innovation Dublin last month where a series of exciting events were held including those aimed at showing the benefits of businesses having an open approach to development – and learning or being financed from “the crowd”. The Papilan Business Simulation workshop organised by Els was a fun and thought provoking way of looking at the benefits to a business of moving away from a rigid organisational structure to a more open one in which inputs from employees etc are valued. The result is a working environment which encourages creativity and innovation.

We look forward to seeing a number of project partners at the Converge Challenge at HeriotWattUniversity, Edinburgh on 22 November 2012, where student businesses from across North West Europe will pitch their business ideas with the winner receiving a market report to help develop their business idea. An “EPIC” event has been organised for 23 November by University of Edinburgh involving international student entrepreneurs. It will be a fast-paced, fun, and efficient way for businesses to meet and identify areas where they can share knowledge and collaborate.

Tom Cuthbert and and Hilary Roberts (University of Edinburgh) are attending the incubator Managers/Student advisers group organised by Gurpreet Jagpal (Gups) at UCL on 29 November. Tom will also attend the OI in Public Services Showcase at the British Library, London on the 30 and will also meet up with Jack Wratten to discuss Citrus Saturday and the transnational roll outs planned for 2013.

Website improvements

Meganexus, one of the London partners, is currently revamping the project website and making it a true repository for the resources created by the project. The launch is planned for December 2012.

It’s easy to stay up-to-date

Our new project blog has launched and we will provide regular updates there. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and ‘follow’ us on Twitter.

Graeme Rigg
Project Manager

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