International Circular Challenge 2021
On 5 July 2021, we organized an on campus Circular Challenge. Some twenty students and business representatives from India, Botswana, Kenia, Italy, USA and the Netherlands collaborated to develop new ideas to improve the circular business models of two start-up companies. Two companies (ECOR and IMPULSE ) presented their challenges. Teams developed new innovative & feasible solutions and presented these to an expert jury.
Workshops at ISPIM 2021 conference
At the virtual ISPIM Innovation Conference 2021 , 20-23 June 2021, some 550 researchers, managers, business and thought leaders shared their insights on innovation management. We discussed hot-topics: values-based, sustainability-oriented innovation, digitalization, new business models, ecosystems etc.
On 22 June, we organized two interactive workshops on co-creation: one on our experiences with long-term and special topics challenges, and one on new horizons of student/business challenge-formats for sustainable impact.
In break-out rooms, the contributors discussed with professors, researchers, consultants and managers from Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Australia.
Ecosystems as enablers of upcaling upcycling
Many companies use a business ecosystem to enable upscaling of their activities. To boost the impact of sustainability business models, identify opportunities and develop capabilities. Upcycling is increasing the added value of waste streams. Partners can play an important role. Even for companies that have moved from start-up to scale-up, the quality of their ecosystems, support systems, are essential for their success. In a research project, we focused on sustainable ecosystems in which societal and environmental contexts were studied.
On April 23th, 88 students, managers and professors from several parts of the world developed and discussed their negotiation skills. It was a truly global event: Europeans (from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, and Eastern Europe) collaborated in virtual teams with Asians (Indonesian, Japanese) and Americans. Results of research concerning negotiation performance were presented, business managers highlighted their cross-cultural negotiation experiences. A negotiation expert reflected upon these. Two HR-Managers gave their do’s and don’ts tips of recruitment. In an alliance game, the participants exercised the selection process of international business partners. Ultimately, we discussed success & failure factors of starting a business alliance.
European Sustainable Innovation Contest
The winning teams from the programs "Environmentally driven Business Development, "Fujifilm Future Challenge" and "Ecoventuring" presented and discussed their sustainable solutions with each other on 4 March 2021.
On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, FUJIFILM Europe GmbH proudly presented the second issue of Women4Women in collaboration with female scientists across the world to showcase their amazing stories.
Also in this magazine an article about the Open Innovation Hub Europe and the Fujifilm Future Challenge. Kelly Chan and Luiza Cumpanasu from Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands, share their story of winning the 5th (online) edition of this Fujifilm Student Challenge.
Kelly and Luiza had some doubts whether they had enough entrepreneurial mindsets. Nevertheless, they developed a winning product idea named “Auxulus”, smart contact lenses for people with high light-sensitivity. Inspired by the Netflix series Atypical, they developed and tested in a very international team their business idea.
Kelly: “it was my first working in a team full of ambitious and highly motivated people. It was a great learning opportunity. We bonded and helped each other grow in other ways as well. We all learned a lot about teamwork and how to develop essential skills in the business such as market research, data analytics and entrepreneurship”. The online character of the challenge made the team -according to Kelly - even stronger.
At October 16th, we presented concepts, results and experiences of student-business collaboration in green venturing of the ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S) project in Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. See press release.
At September 11th and 12th, students from Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands collaborated in five international virtual teams to develop new ideas to improve the circular business models. See press release.
You can find the hand-outs below
Spin-up Innovation Summit 2020.
May 2020 – The Netherlands. On 20 May, Scale-up4Sustainability (S4S) business partner ECOR participated in the online spin-up innovation summit 2020. Watch her presentation here.