THE "GATEKEEPER" METHOD FOR MANAGING SUCCESSFUL OPEN INNOVATION
Ten years ago, a mature French SME took the conscious decision to invest in innovation by adopting an Open Innovation model for its organization. Within a few years, the company had grown thanks to a diversification of its activities which led to a continuous increase in turnover, 20 new innovation projects and over 10 patents filed as well as 30 strategic collaborations initiated with key players.
AN INSIDE-OUT TALE OF OPEN INNOVATION FROM LARGE COMPANY TO START-UP
A revolutionary concept for a new composite technology owned by Airbus Innovation Works is developed in several stages from proof-of-concept to prototype outside the company by a shifting group of partners up to its commercialization through a new start-up.
THE SNOWBALL EFFECT OF OPEN INNOVATION BETWEEN A LARGE COMPANY AND A START-UP
A start-up in the south of France was invited to join an Open Innovation programme set up by a major French industrial group. Thanks to a substantial investment and the references provided by its larger partner, the SME has been able to take its technology to a higher level and develop solutions for customers in the security, automotive and construction sectors.
WHEN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS CAN HELP TO REINVENT PRODUCTS AND ADDRESS NEW MARKET NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The experience of this German start-up shows how entrepreneurs who have top-class expertise and are open to external collaborations can create a successful new business. The key ingredients for a long-standing international partnership are trust, commitment, shared goals and mutual cultural understanding.
FROM R&D PROVIDER TO BATTERY PRODUCER THROUGH OPEN INNOVATION
NAWA Technologies was founded in April 2013 with a clear vision: to develop new technologies that improve energy conversion, storage, transport and efficiency by using carbon as the material of choice. A pioneering company based in the south of France, NAWA Technologies was set up thanks to a €2.5 million venture capital investment. With a staff of 25 employees, the company now owns its own pilot production line and creates new interface materials, as well as an innovative generation of ultra-capacitors and battery electrodes.
BUILDING THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE THROUGH OPEN INNOVATION
InFactory Solutions is an example of inside-out open innovation in which a young start-up developed an invention belonging to a large corporation (in this case Airbus) and commercialized it both within the mother company and with external customers. In light of the spin-off's strategic importance for the mother company, and after two years of independence, InFactory Solutions was acquired by another Airbus Company, TESTIA, in September 2018.
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