Belgian professor delivers free master classes on open innovation

A leading Belgian professor will host a lecture and masterclasses on open innovation this week.

Hosted by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and InterTradeIreland, the innovation lecture and three master classes will be delivered by Wim Vanhaverbeke, professor of strategy and innovation at the University of Hasselt, Belgium, today and tomorrow at NUI Galway.

The events are free to attend and will be of particular interest to established organisations and businesses, start-ups, government bodies, academics, policy makers, and anyone interested in stimulating the local economy.

The public lecture this evening at 6pm will explain how firms that can harness outside ideas to advance their own businesses, while leveraging their internal ideas outside their current operations, are likely to thrive in this new era of open innovation. Professor Vanhaverbeke’s lecture will focus on the most common management problems when companies start open innovation.

Numerous companies have started to experiment with open innovation but for many the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected.

Professor Vanhaverbeke will also deliver three innovation master classes in Room CA110, Cairnes Building, NUI Galway.

The first today from 10am to 12 noon will look at how to expand open innovation to companies that are not directly involved in technological innovation, and how can to connect open innovation to innovation ecosystems.

The class from 2pm to 4pm will look at how can to extend open innovation to SMEs, while the third and final class tomorrow from 8.30am to 10.30am will look at the ‘Sanus case’ - a negotiation exercise where participants learn how to develop a Letter of Intent when a small firm has a patented technology and a large company has the potential to develop and commercialise the technology.

For further information or to register for any of the free innovation events, visit www.whitakerinstitute.ie or phone 091-492817.

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