Open Innovation in SMEs - The Power of Cooperation

Open Innovation meets medium-sized businesses! Together with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Ostwestfalen zu Bielefeld (IHK), we invite medium-sized companies to get to know the principle of Open Innovation on February 2, 2023, and to develop initial ideas for its concrete application in the process.


Ravensberger Str. 10G
33602 Bielefeld
Room : 2/10 | Forum


Start date 02.02.2023 - 14:00
End date 02.02.2023 - 16:30

Technological change, sustainability, new work and permanent pressure to innovate: More and more medium-sized companies are realizing that the pace of change has become so immense that they can no longer rely solely on their own creative potential to develop and successfully market innovative products and services.

Instead, they are dependent on knowledge, technologies and ideas from outside the company. This requires a new, open innovation process that promotes networking and cooperation with the corporate environment and thus strengthens innovative power: open innovation. The principle, which can be traced back to the U.S. scientist Henry W. Chesbrough, is already being successfully applied by numerous companies today and can be the key to competitiveness in the future.

However, new questions also arise for medium-sized companies:

  • How can SMEs benefit from open innovation?
  • What good experiences have other companies from the region already had?
  • And what do companies need to consider when implementing open innovation?

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce of East Westphalia in Bielefeld (IHK) and the Open Innovation City (OIC) project invite medium-sized companies to learn about the principle of open innovation and develop initial ideas for its concrete application in the process.

When? February 2, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where. Location: Forum; Room 2.10; University of Applied Sciences of Medium-Sized Businesses (FHM) Ravensberger Str. 10G, 33602 Bielefeld, Germany.

Registration is mandatory at:

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