"This project will help us understand how industrial actors (e.g., the ARENA2036 partners) can use emerging technologies to build innovation ecosystems of the future," says Dr. Ferran Giones, deputy director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research (ENI for short) at the University of Stuttgart.
At the University of Stuttgart, EINST4INE is researching the technological precursors of innovation ecosystems, in particular how Industry 4.0 technologies enable ecosystems to emerge. To do so, the researchers apply, among other things, the method of network analysis and other quantitative research techniques, as well as the analysis of patent data.
"We are very proud to be part of this unique group of world-leading experts in the fields of open innovation, Industry 4.0, digital transformation and innovation ecosystems," says Prof. Alexander Brem, holder of the Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitalization at the University of Stuttgart, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, and research leader in Germany's largest AI cluster Cyber Valley. "The project includes an exceptional training program for PhD students with unique international, interdisciplinary mobility and secondment opportunities in Europe, the U.S. and Australia," adds Dr. Petra Nylund, postdoctoral researcher at Professor Brem's institute.
EINST4INE is one of 114 projects selected for funding in a fiercely contested competition by the European Innovative Training Network (ITN) - the only one from the economic sciences. The consortium now stands to receive funding from the ITN's Marie Skłodowska-Curie program totaling four million euros. The University of Stuttgart's anticipated share is approximately 0.5 million euros. To kick off the program, 15 PhD students will be recruited in a worldwide campaign, with an expected start date in mid-2021.
About the EINST4INE consortium
In addition to the University of Stuttgart, the EINST4INE consortium includes the RMIT Europe (Spain), Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (Finland), Aarhus University (Denmark), Cambridge University (United Kingdom), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy) and Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy), as well as 15 industry organizations (including Arena2036) and two academic partner organizations. Also part of the EINST4INE consortium are RMIT University (Australia) and the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (USA).