Industry CAN Open Innovation

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What does open innovation mean? In short: to open up internal company innovation processes beyond company boundaries and to strategically use the innovation potential from the outside. In many companies, open innovation is part of the daily agenda because it offers employees new perspectives on their product or service. Lego, for example, appreciates the creativity of its own customers and regularly organizes ideas competitions in which everyone can submit their own designs for new sets. With this creative input from outside, new products are then created.  

"You get faster, better and more market-ready solutions when you involve outsiders with specialist knowledge in the process," says Henry Chesbrough, the founder of the open innovation process.

How can the open innovation process be implemented in industry, especially if the products involved are not as close as Lego? And which approaches are particularly effective and easy to implement? We want to look at these and many other topics from different perspectives.

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Peter Hornik
Managing Directors | Digital Innovation Hub Dusseldorf/Rhineland GmbH
He has been supporting founders as a business angel since 2006 and founded together with Dr. Klemens Gaida in Dusseldorf 1stMOVER. Since October 2016 he has been the managing director of the digihub Düsseldorf/Rhineland.
Julia Doll
Senior Expert Digital Services | KPMG AG auditing company
Before joining KPMG, Julia Doll worked at Vodafone as Head of Innovation & UPLIFT. She is an innovation enthusiast and a matchmaker. Open innovation is exactly her topic.
Carsten Dolch
CEO & Founder | FoxBase
He is one of two founders of FoxBase GmbH. Fascinated by databases, he worked for several years as an IT consultant in a consulting company. Today, with the Digital Product Selector, he sells an SaaS solution for digitizing B2B sales.
Mario Holt
General Manager Digital Sales and Services | ifm
Mario Holt has been with ifm since 2005. He is responsible for the Digital Sales department. In order to ensure the success of the company, open innovation and cooperation with external idea providers such as start-ups is a central aspect for him.
Victoria Blechman
Moderator and Co-Founder | moversXshakers UG
She moderates Industry CAN. Victoria is a freelance moderator, event and project manager and has been active in the startup scene for 10 years. She founded moversXshakers UG in 2018 with the aim of supporting the Cologne startup ecosystem with new events, programs and contacts.
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Industry CAN is made by FoxBase GmbH, a software company from Düsseldorf. Numerous companies, from small businesses to DAX 30 corporations, have already digitized B2B sales with the software solution they developed. 

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