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The principle of open innovation is being applied to a city in Bielefeld for the first time, allowing valuable scientific findings to be gained. It is intended to enable future-relevant topics to be worked on together in networks of science, business, associations and other social groups in thematic networks. Within the framework of the project, Bielefeld is to establish international innovation partnerships through which the city will permanently increase its innovation potential. With a tangible culture of innovation orientation, Bielefeld should thus have the opportunity to develop into one of Germany's leading innovation hotspots, where the development and migration of talent and expertise are promoted. These goals and their implementation will create a scientifically based and evaluated transfer concept that will make it possible to transfer the principle of "open innovation" to other cities in order to ensure the future viability of cities and regions.
An Open Innovation City creates new framework conditions and networks - within the city, but also with strong sources of innovation outside the city limits. Therefore, innovations that are created through interaction with partners outside the city are also intensively promoted. In so-called innovation partnerships with particularly innovative cities and regions in the world, knowledge exchange is promoted and the city's competitiveness is strengthened.