“(Open) Innovation (Proces): Knowledge Meets Practice”

 5 June 2018 / Auditorium Eindhoven University of Technology


The flow of knowledge from institutions, such as universities and colleges, to SMEs stagnates. The practical translation of this knowledge into tools which SMEs can easily apply is usually lacking. Organizations in the meso level (like industry associations, consultancy agencies) however, are much more suited to transform this knowledge into a practical approach for SMEs.


During this Summit knowledge institutions share new knowledge and insights into (open) innovation (processes) with representatives of industry associations, consultancy agencies and governments. They translate these insights into practical instruments that are useful to small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, knowledge institutions can present their offerings in the field of internships and research, where the participants can match their question.

 For whom?

Representatives of sector organizations, consultancy agencies and governments on the one hand and knowledge institutions and SMEs on the other. But also anyone who is seriously interested in new knowledge and insights in the field of (open) innovation (processes).


In four blocks of three presentations each, twelve representatives of knowledge institutions will have the opportunity to present their new knowledge and insights. Each presentation takes half an hour. There is enough space between the blocks to visit the information tables of the institutions and to make contacts.

Contact possibilities

Each Knowledge Institution is given the opportunity to present itself and indicate cooperation opportunities. But the attendees can also explain their needs to internships and research. To this end, an app is developed that will work before, during and after the meeting.

In addition, all presentations and contact details of the present representatives of the educational institutions are presented in a Guide to the participants.

Proposed speakers

To be completed.

Advisory Board

  • The Advisory Board consists of representatives from Knowledge Institutions and SMEs. These include:
  • University of Maastricht: Prof Dr Paul Iske (chairman)
  • VNO-NCW/MKB Nederland: Thomas Grosfeld
  • Emergo: Lein Labruijere
  • PDMA: Rogier van Duin
  • TU/e: Bert-Jan Woertman

Knowlwedge Innovation Summit is organized by The Link Solutions and Jakajima.

Information: hans@thelink.solutions