The Open Innovation Forum is a program that allows companies to share their innovation challenges and get proposals from research groups and centers. Therefore, it is a great opportunity to meet the right collaborator to tackle your innovation challenges.
The submission process for innovation challenges follows these steps:
The Open Innovation Forum is divided into five areas of knowledge (food, healthcare, medical technology, chemistry and materials). Any companies and stakeholders that are interested in participating can send in proposals through the end of 2019. This way, innovation challenges will be received all year long. In 2019, several events will be held so that companies and problem-solvers can meet face-to-face.
The initiative is organized by Biocat, ACCIÓ, Universitat de Barcelona, Fundació Bosch i Gimpera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Parc de Recerca UAB, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and IDIBELL.
The first Open Innovation Forum was held at the Fira de Barcelona (Gran Via) on October 5, 2017. It saw nearly 150 participants from 54 organizations, who held 131 meetings to tackle 76 challenges, including developing geolocation tools for pharmaceutical products, new technique for encapsulating aromas, fragrances and bioactive ingredients, 3D printing materials, new molecules for the cosmetics sector and tools to predict market power costs.
The initiative was organized by Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, UAB Research Park, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, IQS Tech Factory, ACCIÓ and Expoquimia-World Chemical Summit.