The European Academic Network for Open Innovation (OI-Net) has been designed to promote cooperation between European higher education institutes jointly with European practitioner associations, companies, research and innovation centres for the benefit of the European economy. It aims to tune open innovation education in higher education systems and to raise standards in innovation education across Europe to ensure companies benefit from the education outcomes.
The target beneficiaries are: higher education institutions (HEIs) who wish to incorporate open innovation to its curricula, teachers and researchers of open innovation (who via OI-Net platform can access course modules, case studies, useful teaching materials, research reports, information on workshops, trainings, and share ideas and good practices with other community members); enterprises adopting, or planning to implement open innovation; students/graduates who plan their future in the open innovation field; and governance.
This ambitious networking initiative is the largest European project on open innovation education to date and involved 51 institutions and organizations from 35 European countries. It had at least one higher educational institution per European country involved in the project (with only one exception, Luxembourg represented by a research partner) as well as 10 other partners including public bodies, enterprises and associations, all active in the innovation management field either by teaching, researching or practicing, consulting, training. Through the cooperation in OI-Net, all partners were able to share their own expertise and insights on open innovation and teaching open innovation, validate own methodologies with colleagues and collect guidelines from the business sector regarding demand of skilled open innovation graduates. This multi-country/multi-sector approach was essential for the project studying the higher education and industry uptake in the field of open innovation in the entire Europe and the added-value of such multi-country partnership goes beyond expected.