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MegaNexus Ltd


Founded in 2003 through an initiative at University College London, MegaNexus Ltd has become one of the leaders in providing partnership management systems to multi-sector organisations within the UK.

Designed to work across a huge range of projects and funding streams, using unique patented technology, the web-based management information systems allow multiple sector organisations to share information securely and efficiently.

The most useful information we need on a day to day basis is not in a machine or a database, but is inside people. By creating a super network of opportunities, MegaNexus connect individuals to the right opportunities at the right time in the right way.

Contribution to the Open Innovation Project

One of the activities that MegaNexus headed was the creation of the Open Innovation website; the central source for information on all of the Open Innovation activities, partners and events.

Preceding that, MegaNexus will produce a data sharing solution to enable selected data from partner systems to be shared collectively with the other partners.

The platform will dynamically connect to all the partner databases and enable data to be analysed and viewed securely.

With this core data sharing capability in place, the platform will be connected to networking sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook to provide collaboration facilities and additional information to supplement the existing partner data.

Meganexus is contributing to the following events:


Project Team

Daniel Brown – Head of Business Development

Nadia Kuftinoff - Project Support

For further information

Please contact Nadia Kuftinoff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

KAHO Sint-Lieven / Catholic University of Gent

KAHO Sint-Lieven, member of the KU.Leuven Association, is a university college with a broad range of higher education programmes that are offered to about 6.400 students. It fosters a student-centered culture, and has earned itself a reputation in personal student counselling and coaching. KAHO Sint-Lieven is also at the forefront of research and cooperates with business and industry through several research groups. These close contacts have resulted in the development of successful spin-offs.

KAHO Sint-Lieven will actively cooperate with all partners to realise the objectives of the Open Innovation Project. It will play an active role in all the themes of the Project.


Open innovation and the community


KAHO Sint-Lieven will participate in lemonade days, entrepreneur hot-houses, incubator schemes and open innovation showcases (A4) and challenges.


Open innovation for small and medium-sized businesses


KAHO Sint-Lieven will assist businesses and intermediaries in embedding open innovation to increase capacity by: participating in a masterclass to implement open innovation skills within small and  medium-sized businesses; raising awareness of open innovation principles through breakfast sessions; searching for and delivering open innovation mentoring programme, and; providing input on mobile experience platforms.


Open innovation for universities


KAHO Sint-Lieven will organize training and incubation support in Open Innovation skills to the university research network, and connect them to existing business and development platforms.


Consortium members

Kaho are contributing to the following events:


For further information


Frédéric Leloup, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catherine Verriet, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council is one of 32 local authorities in Scotland,  responsible for the capital city  and seat of the Scottish Parliament with a growing population of 477,000 (approx 10% of Scottish total) and the driving force of the Scottish economy. The project is managed by the Economic Development Unit of the Council’s City Development Department, as part of its remit to promote and sustain the economic prosperity of the city.

Contribution to the Open Innovation Project

As well as being lead partner for the transnational project, responsible for coordinating activities across nine partner regions in North West Europe to promote Open Innovation, the Council is also:

  • Coordinating a local programme of initiatives aimed at companies, entrepreneurs, inventors, universities, academics and local communities.
  • Complimenting the existing business support infrastructure with new Open Innovation tools, resources and training to build the competitiveness of SMEs.
  • Exploring opportunities to engage with social enterprise in project activity.
  • Promoting a collaborative approach to innovation within and across key growth sectors of the local economy.
  • Building productive and sustainable collaboration  with national and larger corporate stake-holders.
  • Supporting an Edinburgh  technology festival aiming to become Europe’s leading launchpad for Open Innovation technology.
  • Supporting the creative and other innovative sectors to turn ideas into flourishing enterprises.

Events and activities

For further information:

  • Graeme Rigg: 44 (0) 131 529 3183,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Here are some examples of how businesses in Edinburgh are using open innovation to develop new services, products and markets.



i2Diagnostics Ltd

Krotos Ltd


Kassel University: Chair for Information Systems

The aim of the research at the Chair for Information Systems at the Kassel University is to develop theories, models and tools, which contribute to the design, implementation and management of IT-supported organizational structures and innovations. The emphasis is on the promotion of innovation, which is socially acceptable,  technically stable and economically sustainable.

The actual research activities can be separated into four areas:  IT Innovation and Management; Service Engineering and Management; Strategic IT Management, and; Collaboration Engineering.

Contribution to the Open Innovation Project

As leader of  the higher education theme, we want to carry out four main activities:

  • Putting Open Innovation Principles into practice

The objective of this activity is to develop open innovation practices for universities such as ideas competitions and ideas communities. An example of this activity is Co-Create Uni Kassel which was launched as a pilot in May 2012.

  • Open Innovation (OI) skills/capacity building programme

In this context we want to lecture at least two courses for managers of SMEs and integrate concepts for OI related skills in existing courses.

  • Virtual incubation support & development science

Considering this activity we want to set-up an internet- based incubator service for students & alumni to provide a better counseling for both of them.

  • Open innovation challenge platform development activity

This activity deals with an extension of the networking functionalities of the previously mentioned incubator service to enable start-ups to connect to established firms and researchers.

The Chair is involved in these activities:

 Case studies 

 Project team

  • Dr Ulrich Bretschneider
  • Marco Hartmann
  • Philipp Kipp
  • Shkodran Zogaj
  • Philipp Ebel


For further information

Prof. Dr Jan Marco Leimeister : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Video introducing Kassel


Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic member-led organisation working to support the local business community and our 2,000 strong network of member businesses. Our job is to ensure the interests of local businesses are heard. We can help any size of company at any stage of development to grow and prosper. As well as being selected UK Chamber of the year, we are also the current holder of UK awards for international trade and skills development and delivery agents for Business Gateway.

Contribution to the Open Innovation Project

The Chamber has taken on the role of helping local companies to adopt Open Innovation techniques to become more competitive, develop new products and services, expand into new markets and access further innovation support from elsewhere. We are involved in the following activities:

  • Piloting and developing an Open Innovation skills and capacity building programme targeted at local businesses.
  • Providing one-to-one  mentoring support for companies who demonstrate an interest in implementing Open Innovation principles and techniques within their own organisation.
  • Contributing to the development of local incubation services in partnership with local universities to assist commercialisation of the knowledge-base.
  • Drawing on our extensive business and investor links, resources and experience of transnational project working to otherwise support the Open Innovation project.


For further information

John Harkins: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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