Developing the Open Innovation Strategy for Austria
Austria was among the first countries worldwide to develop a comprehensive national Open Innovation Strategie. under the leadership of the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). winnovation supported the one-year development process, in which co-creation elements played a key role. Involvement of citizens was promoted with special instruments like stakeholder workshops. In a collaborative process, a proposal for action areas and measures was developed and concretised.
Launch of Open Innovation in Science with LBG
In 2014, the establishment of a strategic partnership between the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and winnovation marked the beginning of an unprecedented Europe-wide Open Innovation in Science initiative consisting of multiple projects. In 2015, the pilot projec „Crowdsourcing Research Questions in Science“ (CRIS) was successfully implemented, while the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS) was launched. All projects of the initiative aim to introduce Open Innovation methods in science.
Start of the establishment of a Global Research & Innovation network
To create a new global research and innovation network for the LEGO Foundation with the goal of transforming attitudes and behaviours related to learning, play and creativity, winnovation began the design process by researching the key characteristics of successfully operating networks. The results of this research can be found in the study „Next Generation Research & Innovation Networks: to inspire a network on learning through play“.
Research project with the Artificial Intelligence Institute
In most industries where we work, we have encountered a need for a sharper focus in enterprises’ open innovation activities. In response to this challenge, winnovation developed a software-based tool for the strategic orientation of a company's innovation activities. For this purpose, we entered into a partnership with the renowned Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI).
Gertraud Leimüller's book Innovator, Imitator oder Idiot was also published by Wieser Verlag in 2013.
More than 200 lead users identified
In 2012, the number of lead users and lead experts identified by winnovation passed the 200 mark: This is the number of people with especially advanced knowledge in areas relevant to our clients' needs who we have identified and connected with innovating companies. These users and experts sometimes came from very remote places, such as India, Singapore, South Africa, Iceland, Mexico, the US and Canada.
Birth of querspur innovation magazine
winnovation was hired by the Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club (ÖAMTC), the country's largest association with 1.9 million members, to design and implement an unconventional, high-quality innovation magazine. In this way, querspur was born, and the magazine is now published twice a year in print and online (querspur.at).
Appointment to European Commission Expert Panel
Along with 20 other leading experts in Europe, winnovation CEO Gertraud Leimüller was appointed to the Expert Panel on Service Innovation by the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. The Expert Panel supported the Commission in an advisory capacity and produced the report "The Transformative Power Of Service Innovation."
Two new methods developed
With support from ZIT (the City of Vienna's technology agency), winnovation developed the BENEFIT method for the systematic communication of technological innovations. In cooperation with the winnovation Academic Advisory Board and with funding from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), winnovation developed its Open Innovation Assessment (OIA) – a tool for the systematic analysis and development of a company's open innovation capabilities – and tested the new method in international pilot projects.
winnovation Academic Advisory Board established
In 2008, winnovation launched its first lead user projects in cooperation with Professor Marion Poetz of Copenhagen Business School.
The firm also underscored its research-driven consulting approach by setting up an international Academic Advisory Board.
Study on configuration of innovation networks
Together with Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger of Harvard University, winnovation conducted a study on the configuration of innovation networks for the Federation of Austrian Industries. The findings show how important heterogeneous actors are to innovation systems.
Inspired by findings from cutting-edge research and success stories from practice in the US, Gertraud Leimüller founded winnovation, Austria's first business consulting firm to specialize in open innovation. The company served its first customers in Germany and Austria.
Encounter with MIT research and "Democratizing Innovation"
During a research trip to the US in 2005, Gertraud Leimüller became familiar with MIT Professor Eric von Hippel, who is widely considered one of the academic forefathers of open and user innovation. Since the late 1970s, von Hippel's research has focused on how the sources of successful innovaton are very often found outside of the company's boundaries – especially among users.