What is open innovation?
Based on the recognition that great ideas, technologies and commercialization routes can exist outside of our individual organizations, open innovation promotes a freer flow of innovation whereby large corporations take advantage of external research and paths to market by engagement with universities, small businesses, startups, economic development organizations and individual inventors.
Open innovation forums
The University of Akron Research Foundation’s annual Open Innovation events bring together 100 leaders from large corporations in the Greater Akron area. Attendees learn to reach beyond their organization to take advantage of innovation occurring in their broader communities through lectures and workshops led by Proctor & Gamble and other open innovation pioneers. To see if your organization is eligible to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I learn about open innovation?
- Henry Chesbrough’s seminar book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
- UC Berkeley Center for Open Innovation
- Joel West’s Open Innovation blog
- European initiative at OpenInnovation.eu