Open Innovation Practitioners Consortium visits Cambridge


The 2nd European Open Innovation Practitioners' Consortium was hosted by Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge last week.

The consortium of leading European companies which includes Citrix, Deutsche Telekom, Friesland Campina, IMI, Philips,  HP, Qualcomm, Solvay, Tetra Pak as well as University of Cambridge, University of Bristol and Zeppelin University holds  its meetings at sites of interest in the Open Innovation landscape across Europe. Its mission is to refine best practices in Open Innovation while paying special attention to applying these in a European cultural, financial and regulatory framework.

Dr Peter Hewkin of Centre for Business Innovation Limited (CfBI) which organises the consortium said: "Cambridge is an  acknowledged hot spot for Open Innovation - the paradigm championed by Henry Chesbrough that companies do better by actively looking outside their organisation for sources of innovation as well as for potential buyers for innovations which they control but are not able to make use of internally".

Professor John Bell of Philips added "With activity across Europe we are keen to learn how to become as efficient as possible when handling both 'inside to outside' and 'outside to ansinside' innovation transfers."

The visit coincided with the start of a new one-year programme of collaborative research and benchmarking guided by the needs and interests of members of the consortium.

The Centre for Business Innovation also manages consortia on: Microfluidics, Inclusive Design and Novel Applications of Printing. For further information, visit

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The Centre for Business Innovation (CfBI) creates 'Connected Communities' which deliver 'Collaborative Advantage' for the benefit of their participants.

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