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Open Innovation Forum

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. 

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How does it work?

The submission process for innovation challenges follows these steps:

  • Participants register on the online platform.
  • Companies provide a description of the challenge, explaining their need, which will be visible to potential problem-solvers.
  • The problem-solvers analyze the challenge, ask their questions and request pertinent information.
  • Companies get solution proposals. It will take roughly 60 days to receive a proposal after the challenge is submitted.
  • Work sessions with the research groups selected for having the most interesting proposals.


Open Innovation Forum 2019 – second edition

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 last meeting of the 2019 edition of the Open Innovation Forum will take place on November 19, 2019, at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB).

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.

In the two meetings of this second edition, a total of 34 companies and 62 groups and research centers have participated, and more than 120 meetings have taken place in total.

Open Innovation Forum 2019 – first edition

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.