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TTC Mid-term event – Open innovation in the greater EMR area (Advanced Materials)

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Jun 28, 2012


Aim of the event is not only to look back on the first 18 months of the TTC project, presenting intermediate results and successful cooperation brought to live so far. The focus will also be on “Open innovation (OI)”, as a promising approach for creating cross-border business cooperation in the high-tech fields Life Sciences, ICT, Energy and Advanced Materials focussing on the increase of innovativeness of SMEs within the Greater Euregio Meuse-Rhine area.

Although OI has been a buzzword in economy for quite some years now, the concept and its high innovative potential often remains still unused by many technology oriented companies. As a consequence this “new path to innovation” is followed to a very different extent in Belgium, the netherlands and Germany as well as the various business fields in practice. Even within the same business field some companies, especially in the Netherlands an “open” approach to innovation is pursued, whereas others still innovate in a rather “closed” way.

Basic principle of OI is an “open” exchange of ideas across the borders of a company. OI makes a company join forces with other companies, especially to find complementarities. “Thinking out of the box” of daily business by working together with people from other organizations and different backgrounds offers highly innovative potentials for a company. People might come up with ideas, none of them would have thought of without that opportunity of exchange. OI across national borders is a new and very special offer. TTC opens up new horizons: Not only borders of companies, but also borders of countries have to be overcome!

Outstanding international experts out of the Greater Euregio Meuse-Rhine area will give inspiring insights in OI by presenting ideas, processes and results, even to those, who have shrinked back from this approach so far. Likewise business representatives of cross-border cooperation consortia will present their best practices: Hear concrete business cases and learn from their practical experiences and take advantage of the funding options, offered by TTC and GCS! Be inspired to apply within the upcoming second call for tender within GCS (autumn 2012) with a cross-border cooperation consortium.

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