Title: INSPIRE: Open Innovation for SMEs 
Type: European Commission – Horizon 2020
Coordinator: University of Brighton – United Kingdom 
Start Date: April, 2016 
Expected Conclusion: March, 2019
PartnersUniversity of Brighton, United Kingdom - ESADE Business School, Spain - Institute for Management of Information and Technology, Sweden - Kinno Consultants LTD, Greece - Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland - Innovation Center, Lithuania - Science & Technology Facilities Council, UK - Technology Innvation International, Luxembourg - Verhaert New Products and Services NV, Belgium.
Researcher: Wim Vanhaverbeke
INSPIRE is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission which aims to professionalize Open Innovation (OI) processes in European SMEs.
To achieve this goal, INSPIRE studies a critical mass of SME Open Innovation good practice cases and translates the findings into an Integrated Toolbox, a portal with resources appropriate for SMEs, their support agencies and other innovation practitioners in Europe.
The findings of INSPIRE are to be disseminated extensively to a wide audience (industry, policy, academia and civil society) to raise awareness and drive the formation of a living community which can share knowledge, experience and opportunities to promote better OI processes in SMEs.


Title: SSLerate: Accelerate SSL Innovation for Europe
Type: European Commission – FP7
Coordinator: TNO: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwerenschappelijk Onderzoek – Netherlands
Start Date: November 1st, 2013
Expected Conclusion: October 31st, 2016 (36 months)
Partners: TNO: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwerenschappelijk Onderzoek (Coordinator)-Netherlands; Lunds Universitet-Sweden, Lightingeurope Aisbl-Belgium, Fundacion Esade-Spain, Association Luci Lighting Urban Community International-France, Cluster Lumiere Association-France, Luce In Veneto Scarl-Italy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven-Belgium, Cluster d'Il.luminacio De Catalunya-Spain, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet-Denmark, Stichting Syntens-Netherlands, University College London-UK, Vilniaus Universitetas-Lithuania, Universitaet Basel-Switzerland, Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio-Finland, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen-Netherlands, Malmo Stad Malmö-Sweden, Comune Di Bassano Del Grappa Bassano-Italy, Hochschule Fuer Angewandte Wissenschaften Haw-Germany, Stavanger Kommune-Norway, Gemeente Eindhoven-Netherlands, The University Of Oxford-UK, Revo Media Partners Limited-UK.
Researchers: Wim Vanhaverbeke, Henry Chesbrough.
Summary: The aim of SSL-erate is to accelerate the uptake of high-quality Solid-State Lighting (SSL) technology in Europe by means of open innovation with and by bringing validated information to all relevant stakeholders. A coordinated European effort is required to address the European societal challenges (in particular health & quality of life in an ageing society, energy consumption and resource efficiency), to resolve the specific challenges of the Lighting industry, and to enable lighting solutions with a societal and environmental sustainability perspective, leading to a future in which Europe evolves to the global leadership in SSL systems and solutions.
To overcome the fragmentation in the lighting industry, a collaborative way-of-working, using open-innovation and smart specialization principles, will be taken as the guiding approach. The active involvement of various stakeholders will be realized through workshops, but also through the creation of a web-based SSL-erate Innovation platform, which is planned to continue beyond the duration of this project. Relevant (lighting and non-lighting) companies, but also other stakeholders (like e.g. public authorities, property owners, research institutes, (lead) users/citizens, entrepreneurs, architects, installers) will become active contributors to this accelerated innovation process by applying validated insights on ‘green business development’ and ‘lighting effects on health & well-being’ in SSL business experiments.

KIC InnoEnergy

Title: European Institute of Innovation and Technology - KIC InnoEnergy
Manager: Prof. Alfons Sauquet, Prof. Elena Bou
Contact Person: Prof. Elena Bou
Summary: InnoEnergy envisions paving the way for an independent and sustainable energy system enabling a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 achieved by successful commercialization of innovations, i.e. new products, services and business ideas. ESADE is one of the few business schools represented in the prestigious effort by the European Union to usher in a new paradigm of research institution comprised of business, academia and the public sector. Technologies do not exist in a vacuum, but rather, are utilized and shaped by social context, and further re-shape social norms. ESADE's role is to cultivate education and research on sustainable energy; basic and applied research, and its commercialization, diffusion and impact in a social space. Additional information on EiT-KIC Innoenergy can be found here: