The contest is on! Apply now to get a chance to win one of the three prizes!
With the EU Prize for Women Innovators, the European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market. The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.
Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 20 October 2015 (12:00 – Brussels time).
An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the three winners who will be announced in 2016.
The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds (known as the Structural Funds prior to 2014).
The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
The company must have been registered before 1 January 2013 and have had an annual turnover of at least EUR 100 000 in 2013 or 2014.
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You can apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system.
Read the Application Guide for more details.
27 Jan. 2015
It's hard to predict the pace of technological innovation, but there are steps we can take to make it more or less likely. Robert Gordon and Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University join Chad Syverson and Steven J. Davis to discuss the influence of innovation on the US economy.
The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization championing progressive change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.
Broadbent Institute Fellows are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of distinguished scholars, policy experts, and leaders from the Canadian business community and civil society. They inform the Institute’s research and policy agenda and contribute their knowledge and analysis to further the institute’s efforts to impact public debate in support of progressive change.
Carlos Manuel Félix Moedas (born 10 August 1970) is a Portugues banker and politician, who studied engineering at university.
On 10 September 2014, Juncker accepted the Portuguese Government's nomination of Moedas as European Commissioner, and appointed him to the portfolio of Research, Innovation and Science, taking office on 1 November.
HMS’ edit distance challenge drew 733 participants, of whom 122 submitted algorithms. The submitters represented 69 countries. According to Harvard Business School Professor Karim Lakhani, who helped oversee the contest
Professors Boudreau and Lakhani write:
Harvard Catalyst’s experiment in open innovation was not only about finding novel solutions to difficult problems. It also was intended to explore how all aspects of the scientific research process could be systematically opened up: from formulating research questions to evaluating research projects and ultimately to encouraging scientific experiments that brought in new ideas and approaches to long-standing problems.
From OI Community | How Harvard Uses OI To Solve World-Class Scientific Problems http://t.co/5PmDMzfcVU— Henry Chesbrough (@HenryChesbrough) July 29, 2014
via Dyan Finkhousen, Head of Open Innovation at General Electric
"More recently, in an attempt to lessen the environmental impact of OS production and leverage the wisdom of the crowd, GE announced an innovation prize of C$1m to find technologies that will efficiently lower emissions"
"Another avenue being explored to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is carbon capture and storage, which OS production facilities are relatively well-suited for—though storage at scale is not yet economically viable. Two important commercial-scale test cases are in the works, however. The first is Shell’s Quest Project, which Shell believes will be able to sequester more than 1m tonnes of CO2 annually—equivalent to 35% of the CO2 produced by the facility. The second is the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, which will connect multiple facilities and store an expected 1.8m tonnes of CO2 as part of an enhanced oil recovery operation. If successful, the latter could store up to 15m tonnes of CO2 a year—impressive, yet less than one-third of the industry’s annual emissions."
See video of Dean Dutta of Johnson Graduate School of Business, Corneil University
OUI Innov se celebrará el jueves 25 en el Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid
Es lo que pretende OUI Innov, un evento impulsado por la Embajada de Francia en España para reunir a emprendedores españoles y franceses de base tecnológica en un espacio de intercambio de ideas, información y contactos que propicie el desarrollo de proyectos concretos.
En el encuentro, que se celebrará el jueves 25 de septiembre en la sede del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid,
Con ese objetivo, la Embajada, AFFI y la comunidad francesa de start-ups La French Tech han puesto en marcha OUI Innov, evento que promueve el emprendimiento e incentiva la innovación como motor de cambio y que reunirá el próximo jueves 25 a más de 400 inversores, emprendedores y expertos en innovación bajo el lema “Es hora de innovar”...
Los interesados en asistir al evento tienen plazo hasta el mismo jueves 25 para registrarse en la web de OUI Innov. La inscripción cuesta 30 euros y da acceso a todas las conferencias, sesiones de networking y actividades artísticas. El foro de inversores, en cambio, estará abierto solo a los 100 primeros en registrarse.
Filippi destacó que esta es la primera vez que el Gobierno francés organiza un encuentro de esta naturaleza en el exterior, si bien tiene previsto replicar la experiencia en otros países.
Los diplomáticos galos evitaron entrar en comparaciones sobre la política de innovación en España y Francia y se limitaron a comentar que “las estrategias son muy parecidas”. “Ambos países están enfocados en promover la internacionalización de sus empresas y tienen el mismo interés en cooperar y trabajar juntos”, zanjó Bouchet.
There are strident disagreements these days over every aspect of American educational policy, except for one. Everyone thinks it would be great if we could better teach students how to innovate.
So shouldn’t we be paying a great deal of attention to the educational method that produced, among others, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Wales, Peter Drucker, Julia Child, David Blaine, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs? They were all students in Montessori schools. According to a Wall Street Journal article by Peter Sims, there’s a “Montessori Mafia” among the creative elite. So maybe there’s something to the method Italian physician Maria Montessori came up with around the turn of the 20th century..
But research indicates that Montessori methods work even for disadvantaged kids who are randomly selected to attend
The main thing I learned there is that the world is a really interesting place, and one that should be explored. Can there be any better foundation for an innovator in training?
Its Master of Science in Management program (Grande École) was ranked 3rd worldwide by the Financial Times in 2014
Le Nouvel Observateur, 13-9-2014
Le livre de Jean-Michel Blanquer, ancien directeur de l'enseignement scolaire, est un éloge de l'expérience et de l'imagination mises au service du système éducatif.
Voilà un livre qui ne passera pas inaperçu dans les couloirs du ministère de l'Education nationale. "L'école de la vie", de Jean-Michel Blanquer, paru en septembre (1), tient à la fois du témoignage, de l'acte de foi et du discours de la méthode.
Témoignage de son métier d'abord. Jean-Michel Blanquer, professeur de droit, a occupé plusieurs postes clés dans l'Education – deux fois recteur d'académie, directeur de l'enseignement scolaire, autrement dit numéro deux du ministère de l'Education... Avant de prendre le poste de directeur général du Groupe Essec.
(1) Jean-Michel Blanquer, "L'école de la vie", Editions Odile Jacob, septembre 2014 (Fnac)
The best academics are those that build a form of public dialogue into their work. Like you lot, on Twitter: http://t.co/FoNYPFto6I— TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered) August 31, 2014
$650M gift to @broadinstitute should be a lesson for all universities in what can happen when people are allowed to break traditional molds— Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) July 23, 2014
On Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 am ET the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard made a groundbreaking announcement: philanthropist Ted Stanley has made a commitment of $650 million to galvanize scientific research on psychiatric disorders and bring new treatments based on molecular understanding to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
The Stanley commitment – the largest ever in psychiatric research and among the largest for scientific research in general – will support research by a collaborative network of researchers within the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, a biomedical research institution that brings together faculty from MIT, Harvard University, the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and collaborators worldwide...
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June 12 2014
Patent reform advocates have long argued that "patent trolls"—companies that do nothing but sue over patents—are harmful to innovation, not just a plague on big companies. A new study attempted to find out if there's any real data behind that accusation or if it's just a few sad anecdotes.
Turns out there is a very real, and very negative, correlation between patent troll lawsuits and the venture capital funding that startups rely on. A just-released study [PDF] (46 pages) by Catherine Tucker, a professor of marketing at MIT's Sloan School of Business, finds that over the last five years, VC investment "would have likely been $21.772 billion higher... but for litigation brought by frequent litigators."
The study defines "frequent litigators" as companies that file 20 or more patent lawsuits, which limits the definition to true-blue "patent trolls," or Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), the term used by the paper. The study covers the period from 1995 to 2012...
The figure reformers cited most often is the study by James Bessen and Michael Meurer, finding that trolls cost the US economy $29 billion in direct legal costs each year. That study is sometimes attacked by patent reform opponents because it's based in part on secret data provided by RPX, a defensive patent aggregator.
Tucker's study has the advantage of being based entirely on public information: the amount of patent litigation and the amount of VC funding are numbers that are known with certainty...
...Este libro presenta el resultado de una larga investigación en la que ya han participado más de mil profesionales, que ha aportado nuevas e inesperadas conclusiones...
"e-leadership, no dejes pasar la oportunidad". Por: Profesores IE | 06 de junio de 2014 Silvia Leal - Profesora y Directora de Programas de Tecnología de IE Business School blogs.elpais.com/via-ie-business/2014/06/e-leadership.html
Throughout 2013 the European Commission realised a thorough task of researching this field, in which the academic content of 1,091 training programs were analised of Universities and European Business schools, and surprising only 21 of these fulfilled the basic requirements of ICT employability. (IE Business School has three of the 21 programs)...
Durante el año 2013 la Comisión Europea desarrolló un profundo trabajo de investigación en este terreno, dentro del cual se analizó el contenido académico de 1091 programas formativos de Universidades y Escuelas de Negocios Europeas, y sorprendentemente entre los mismos tan solo 21 cumplían los requisitos básicos de empleabilidad TIC...
That’s the spirit with which we’re today opening up our lab in Nairobi, Kenya, to more than 200 guests for our colloquium, “Africa in the New Era of Computing.” IBM researchers and business partners will explain the strategy for executing Project Lucy, our 10-year $100 million effort to take on many of Africa’s grand challenges by harnessing IBM Watson and other sophisticated technologies.
To learn more about our approach to doing business in Africa, download Project Lucy: How IBM Research is Engagin in Africa.
How does a company like Google continue to grow exponentially while still staying innovative? Susan Wojcicki, Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising, discusses some of the processes and principles in place to make sure that the company doesn't get bogged down in the past as it keeps moving forward.
Google is known for YouTube, not Google Video Player. The thing is, people remember your hits more than your misses. It’s okay to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes and correct them fast. Trust me, we’ve failed plenty of times. Knowing that it’s okay to fail can free you up to take risks. And the tech industry is so dynamic that the moment you stop taking risks is the moment you get left behind...
Study findings can’t help policymakers & business leaders make decisions if the results aren’t in the public domain— Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz)
Sociologists routinely report that their papers are stuck in the review process for 2-3 years, says Prof. Sarah Soule — Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz)
The long publishing window for existing research journals slows down both science production & the use of results — Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz)
A non-profit open access general interest sociology journal offering up-or-down review in about 30 days. sociologicalscience.com
If you like the papers at Sociological Science, why not submit? Decisions in < 30 days, no R&Rs, peer review. http://t.co/uXuHsD94jy— Sociological Science (@SociologicalSci) February 27, 2014
This panel will explore the innovation ecosystem in Australia, including the role of universities, industry and Government. The role of universities will focus on successful innovation models, including through industrial research centres and start-up accelerator programs at the University of Melbourne.
Industry-led innovation pathways will also be explored, and successful start-ups will be highlighted. The Victorian State Government of Australia will outline their approach to supporting and driving an innovation ecosystem.
Teppo Felin, Todd R. Zengerb
Scholars have recently highlighted the promise of open innovation. In this paper, we treat open innovation—in it's different forms and manifestations—as well as internal or closed innovation, as unique governance forms with different benefits and costs. We discuss how each governance form, whether open or closed, is composed of a set of instruments that access (a) different types of communication channels for knowledge sharing, (b) different types of incentives, and (c) different types of property rights for appropriating value from innovation. We focus on the innovation “problem” as the central unit of analysis, arguing for a match between problem types and governance forms, which vary from open to closed and which support alternative forms of solution search. In all, the goal of this paper is to provide a comparative framework for managing innovation, where we delineate and discuss four categories of open innovation governance forms (markets, partnerships, contests and tournaments and user or community innovation) and compare them with each other and with two internal or closed forms of innovation governance (authority and consensus-based hierarchy).
The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering is an independent non-profit organisation of national academies of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology from 21 European countries. It was founded in 1992 upon French initiative by the members of CADAS (Conseil pour les Applications de l’Académie des Sciences). The Executive Committee meets four times a year. The Board meets twice a year. Euro-CASE acts as a permanent forum for exchange and consultation between European Institutions, Industry and Research.
Through its Member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise (around 6,000 experts) and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension to European Institutions, national Governments, companies and organisations.
The Official Journal 12/2013 is now available online http://t.co/JONO9nCBrR— EuropeanPatentOffice (@EPOorg) January 1, 2014
200,000 euros per idea and final 30 projects could get 2 million euros each. Company must be created in France.
Themes: Energy Storage, Recycling, Sea-life protection, Vegetable proteins and chemistry, Personalised medicine and the "silver economy"
A cette occasion, un tchat vidéo Glowbl permettra de donner la parole à
Nelson MACULAN, ancien Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Enseignement supérieur du Président Lula au Brésil. En direct de Rio
Peretz LAVIE, Président de l’Université Technion, Israël. En direct de Haifa
Young SOHN, Directeur général de la stratégie de Samsung, Corée. En direct de Hawaii
Mostapha Bousmina, Président de l’Université euro-méditerranéenne, Maroc. En direct de Fès
Sam Pitroda, Conseiller du Premier ministre indien, Président du Conseil national de l’innovation en Inde. En direct de Chicago
At a time when healthcare costs in the United States threaten to bankrupt the federal government, this new breed of Indian hospitals is performing the same medical procedures for 5 percent of the cost. That may not seem surprising—after all, wages in India are significantly lower than they are here—until you consider two points...
But how do they do it? Govindarajan identified three major trends that have allowed these Indian hospitals to cut costs without sacrificing quality of care...
But how do they do it? Govindarajan identified three major trends that have allowed these Indian hospitals to cut costs without sacrificing quality of care. The first is something he calls a hub-and-spoke design. Traditionally, Indian hospitals, like those in the U.S. and Europe, were founded in major population centers. In order to reach the masses of people in need of care, however, they began opening smaller clinics in more rural areas feeding into the main hospital, similar to the way that regional air routes feed into major airline hubs.
This tightly coordinated web cuts costs by concentrating the most expensive equipment and expertise in the hub, rather than duplicating it in every village.- See more at: http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/newsroom/articles/health-lessons-from-india#sthash.5cMl7WLv.dpuf
...Lee Kai-Fu, China’s foremost evangelist for innovation...
...Lee has detailed his personal life and career history in his autobiography in both Chinese and English, Making a World of Difference, published in October 2011 and currently available on Amazon.com.
At Carnegie Mellon, Lee worked on topics in machine learning and pattern recognition. In 1986, he and Sanjoy Mahajan developed Bill, a Bayesian learning-based system for playing the board game Othello that won the US national tournament of computer players in 1989. In 1988, he completed his doctoral dissertation on Sphinx, the first large-vocabulary, speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system.
Lee has written two books on speech recognition and more than 60 papers in computer science. His doctoral dissertation was published in 1988 as a Kluwer monograph, Automatic Speech Recognition: The Development of the Sphinx Recognition System (ISBN 0898382963). Together with Alex Waibel, another Carnegie Mellon researcher, Lee edited Readings in Speech Recognition (1990, ISBN 1-55860-124-4)...
Sydney Finkelstein, Associate Dean for Executive Education; Steven Roth Professor of Management
13 June 2013, BBC Capital, "What would big data think of Einstein?"
Just as companies that build their business on “best practice,” ensure that they will never do more than anyone else, companies that let big data dominate their thinking and management style will not be the ones who change the rules of the game in their industry...
GIANT, Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies
(it is necessary to book a few weeks in advance to visit -get a tour of- some of the participants installations) (+virtual tour of Grenoble School of Management)
www.giant-grenoble.org/en/industry-sitemap/giant-start-ups..."A decade’s worth of start-ups: 50 in all"...
As a founding member of GIANT, Grenoble Ecole de Management will leverage its long history of academic leadership in technology and innovation to spearhead GIANT's center of excellence in Technology and Innovation Management.
Grenoble Ecole de Management was founded in 1984 at the request of forward -looking companies—Bull, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Merlin-Gerin— operating in the Grenoble area.
Grenoble Ecole de Management quickly moved beyond the scope of a typical business school, making forays into technology and science...
GIANT members have launched two initiatives to help campus researchers better understand the procedures involved in certain EU research and innovation programs and prepare their applications. These are just two in a growing number of services that the campus now offers to encourage cooperation and leverage expertise. These most recent initiatives focus on European Research Council (ERC) grants and the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In both cases, GIANT is bringing in outside experts to ensure researchers benefit from an effective service and fully understand all the subtleties of these programs.
The ERC is a pan-European organization aimed at improving recognition, creativity, and effectiveness in the field of leading-edge European research. Following a competitive peer review process, the best researchers receive funding to conduct their research activities in Europe. Grants are awarded to projects led by both novice and experienced researchers, of all origins—the sole selection criteria is excellence in science.
To help improve candidate researchers’ chances of obtaining an ERC grant, GIANT sponsors training days given by a consulting firm. Candidates having participated in this training are invited to contact the firm once they have prepared their applications so that they can be proofread before submission. Candidates also benefit from personalized interview preparation in the presence of consultants and previous grant recipients.
In parallel, GIANT has launched a support service to answer any questions candidates may have and help them prepare applications (analysis, proofreading, etc.). The cost of training and assistance in preparing applications is covered by the GIANT Innovation Campus...
This session was developed in partnership with Time magazine and broadcast on CNN Money.
Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford. Charlie Rose profiles the company's founder, David Kelley and "Design Thinking".
Dean of Stanford Graduate Business School, Garth Saloner's mission has been to foster entrepreneurship across developing countries, which he believes will solve many of their global challenges. To achieve this, he has been promoting managers to become engines of growth for their economies.
THE WEEK caught up with Saloner to find out how innovation can be taught.
Why innovation, why India?
I think 'why India' is obvious. It is a rapidly growing economy. Why innovation? I have been coming to India for the last couple of years and I can see a shift in Indian business. Eight years ago, the conversation was about finding ways to match the emerging economies or how to meet their needs at a lower cost or more efficiently. Today, Indian businesses have become full-fledged and competitive. But, to be a global player, innovation is important. That is what we are targeting, and it is consistent with our own DNA as a business school.
How can innovation be taught?
Innovation can be taught [smiles], and we have learnt how to do that. Innovation requires three elements. First, you have to recognise the problem, and that needs analytical thinking. Business schools have been pretty good at that. Second, you have to come up with a solution, which is partly analytical and partly creative. I think business schools don't see themselves as teaching creativity. But, we have developed processes for creative thinking and on how to teach creative thinking. The third element is implementation, which is the biggest part of innovation. That is how you teach innovation, creativity and personal leadership.
When we think of innovation, it usually means putting two things together and coming up with a third one, something like jugaad. What is your take on this?
Karan Girotra is a professor at Insead in Fontainebleau, France. Serguei Netessine is the Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at Insead.
With the Winter holiday shopping season, fashion apparel retailer Zara has been the focus of media attention — the New York Times recently profiled the innovative fast fashion business model pioneered by Zara, while Elizabeth Cline's book on the costs of fast fashion has climbed up the sales charts.
Despite this very recent popularity, the novel business model of Zara has gone virtually unnoticed for over 30 years, allowing Zara's parent company, Inditex, to grow from zero to almost $20B in revenues. Why wasn't it copied immediately? How can it be so sustainable and continue growing? The answer lies in a different type of innovation that Zara used: Business Model Innovation.
We have long been fans of the Zara business model...
"A group of business schools and business associations this year launched a postgraduate course offering formal, practical training for would-be managers of ex-Mafia concerns. The course, which included visits to see Mr Turchio and the San Paolo, aims to train a cadre of experienced managers to be deployed across Italy. “We need professional managers to come in not only to keep a business from closing but to develop it so we can demonstrate that when the state takes over from the Mafia, that doesn’t mean job losses,” says Marella Caramazza, director-general of Fondazione Istud, a business school located near Milan, which is leading the course along with two other business schools, Bocconi in Milan and Luiss in Rome. “We must show that when managed legally these can be profitable businesses that bring employment to the community.”
One of the most important keys to creating successful new products and services is finding a balance between invention and innovation. And this can best be found by making sure creative minds aren’t just coming up with cool ideas, but also by teaming up with strategists and business executives to understand their markets. So write Roger Martin, the dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and James Milway, until recently executive director of the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Martin Prosperity Institute at Rotman.
These are their conclusions in the recently published article “User-Driven Innovation: Putting an End to Inventing in the Dark,” which appears in the Fall 2012 issue of Rotman magazine. (The piece is not available for free online, but can be downloaded for a fee here.) Martin and Milway argue that companies need to also clearly understand the difference between “innovation” and “invention,” which the authors describe as two discrete concepts...