Percorsi Erratici is an open innovation network of over 30 enterprises (mostly SMEs) jointly generating, designing and developing sustainable innovations.
Percorsi Erratici is a network of over 30 SMEs from different sector and of different size (mostly SMEs), sharing a methodology to deliver new products/services through an open innovation process.
Percorsi Erratici aims at providing an open innovation laboratory, where highly innovative business may be generated, meaning new markets and/or competitive advantage for the network members.
The project, conceived by CISE, is promoted by the Chamber of Commerce of Romagna and the Chamber of Commerce of Ravenna, to support cooperation among companies from different industries and of various sizes, pooling competences, ideas and resources.
Members get together along a process including input from experts of various disciplines, sharing of competences and technologies, brainstorming, feasibility check and business planning, shared IPR, business start-up. The process is open to participation of selected youths, with entrepreneurial attitude. The process is a funnel encompassing continuous refinement and selection of ideas, until a number of members engage in investing in max 3 start-ups, to be actually set up. Successful start-ups will pay a royalty to the network.
Percorsi Erratici members share a vision of responsible innovation, environmentally sustainable and inclusive, oriented towards improving the quality of life. Percorsi Erratici is relevant to the aim of supporting embedding of responsible innovation in RIS3 by means of support to open innovation.
For the entire first working cycle (2013-2015), leading to the creation of the first start-up, human and financial resources were entirely reimbursed by the chambers of commerce for an average € 20.000,00 per year, including staff and external expertise and services.
Evidence of success
From late 2013 (i.e. the launching of the network), over 50 among workshops and operational meetings were organized, ranging from inspirational talks, knowledge transfer events, brainstoming and fine-tuning events, living labs. Over 54 ideas for possible innovations were entered in the network platform. 4 ideas reached the feasibility-check stage and 1 start-up was launched (robotics).
Involving enterprises was the main challenge, open innovation being relatively new: it took a lot of efforts by the top management of chamber of commerce and of its innovation agency to convince companies to join in. Also, there was no previous experience available locally: it was built from scratch
Potential for learning or transfer
The application of the practice requires that the concept of open innovation is present within the local business environment, although not necessarily fully developed. Also, it is necessary that the business community is interested in – if not entirely familiar with – innovation concepts related to a thinking-outside-the-box and cross-contamination approaches. Also, companies must believe competition is not just about price.
Engage with healthy companies: innovation seldom happens when companies are challenged with making ends meet.
Make sure that the human resources involved are those most apt to react to stimuli, have specific competences to contribute, can commit their company.
Involve companies of different sizes and different sectors.
Promote innovation as a business culture, not merely identified by its results, new products or services or technologies.
Keep the network open to external cooperation .
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