In a new major final evaluation, Energy Cluster Denmark’s innovation model receives top marks from COWI for establishing and implementing many collaborations between almost 50 small and medium-sized companies and knowledge institutions throughout Denmark.
The top grade is mainly due to the unique approach that Energy Cluster Denmark uses in its innovation and development projects, namely focus on creating real innovation and new technological solutions with the companies’ needs and challenges at the center:
“It is unique that the innovation and development projects on all parameters are driven by a demand. The ideas arise in the industry and are linked to a specific development need. There is one or more (often large) potential end customers behind each development project. The project’s innovation model thus ensures demand and ownership and produces very concrete solutions to market challenges. ” it is stated in the evaluation prepared by COWI for the Danish Business Authority.
The evaluation also emphasizes that it is an advantage to have a neutral organization that is responsible for project management, as the innovation in the cluster requires competing companies to collaborate: “The collaborations would not have happened without Energy Cluster Denmark as a platform and facilitator , often between competing companies ”, concludes COWI.
CEO Glenda Napier from Energy Cluster Denmark acknowledges the positive assessment:
“We believe that concrete, challenge-driven innovation is the way to develop companies in the energy cluster. When small and medium-sized companies and knowledge institutions together develop new technological solutions targeted at a specific demand and an end customer among the large companies, we all develop. In this way, we strengthen the green transition and the companies’ competitiveness, ”says Glenda Napier, CEO of Energy Cluster Denmark.
Demand and innovation go hand in hand
In COWI’s evaluation, the participating small and medium-sized enterprises state first and foremost that the innovation projects would never have been launched without the program. It has been crucial that Energy Cluster Denmark has facilitated the composition of a team of companies and knowledge institutions, ensured progress and not least ensured the commitment and involvement of some of the energy cluster’s large companies.
The participants also emphasize that innovation teams are composed so that all participants win by participating in the project, and that all function as equal project partners rather than external suppliers. For small companies, the innovation model means that the companies both get access to collaborate with the large companies and partly get a sharply adapted innovation collaboration, which is specific to the individual company and adapted to a future potential key customer.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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