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Soft-landing support in foreign markets and international growth, marketing strategies, user testing and organization of living labs.
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UNCAP @ OGC Health Summit in Dublin


UNCAP partners and business development experts in Dublin

The UNCAP project has attended the OGC Health Summit in Dublin on the 21st of June, 2016, with presentations and a showcase, which has been held after the summit, presenting the various UNCAP technologies.

Also, the annual UNCAP Challenge has been held, and this year it has been awarded to the Italian startup company Chino.io.

Someone had said that the goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way. The UNCAP consortium is driving the project success into exactly this direction. Short before the finalization of the UNCAP Box prototype, the IPR issues together with standardization are coming into the UNCAP’s agenda.

Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT Digital) presenting service delivery models on the OGS eHealth Summit

Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT Digital) presenting service delivery models on the OGS eHealth Summit

The European countries strive to provide economical health care to an increasingly aging population; and people want to stay active and healthy in their own homes as long as possible. Therefore, the market potential of UNCAP is huge, keeping in mind that the UNCAP technologies shall satisfy that social needs. Together with these opportunities, there are also obstacles in front of our success. One of the main obstacle for market take-up of the UNCAP results is the standardization. Therefore, the participation in the OGC eHealth Summit with presentations displaying the various UNCAP technologies as well as service delivery models and interoperability requirements was an important step for UNCAP to start serious dialog with representatives of standardization bodies and organizations.

INI-Novation is the responsible partner for the market take-up of the project’s results but also for providing solutions in the area of IPR and standardization. Wolfgang Kniejski present the vision for the business development of eCare technologies, and the important impact that standardization has for the future project’s sustainability. The UNCAP partners participated in the OGC Health Domain Working Group. The group enables OGC to identify and work with a representative group of market participants in the identification and prioritization of use cases, business and technical requirements that will provide the most significant value, or mitigate the most significant risks in this arena. Through efforts to identify requirements, gaps in standards and opportunities for demonstration, the Health Domain Working Group contributes to development of open mapping standards in support of health marketplace requirements.

Co-creation of knowledge: lessons learned and the giCASES approach

Image: © INI-Novation GmbH - Como, 2016

Image: © INI-Novation GmbH – Como, 2016

The giCASES project is a “Knowledge Alliance” financed under the European ERASMUS+ program. The giCASES project will develop new methods for co-creation of knowledge, where industrial partners and universities will jointly develop new case based learning material. On 7 June 2016, the first giCases Dissemination Seminar was organised in Como (Italy) by our Italian partner Politecnico di Milano. (Source: www.gicases.eu)

The goal of the seminar, named “Co-creation of knowledge: lessons learned and the giCASES approach“, is to stimulate the discussion and exchange experiences on the co-creation of knowledge process. The seminar program included the presentation of some initiatives already implemented in the field of co-creation of knowledge and introduces the case studies that will be developed by the giCASES project.

Currently, INI-Novation is involved as a partner to support the implementation and exploitation of the final project results.

UNCAP Consortium on a meeting in Lund

DSCN3958May 2016 started inspiring with a Nordic flair. The UNCAP Consortium gathered in Lund (Sweden) for a two days project meeting. The meeting was important for all technical partners because of the finalization of the UNCAP Box prototype. Even more, the IPR issues were coming into the agenda. INI-Novation is the responsible partner for the market take-up of the project’s results but also for providing solutions in the area of IPR and licensing.

In Lund, the attention of the consortium was on the technical implementation of the UNCAP Box. The whole team of technical experts, members of the consortium, attended the meeting. The discussion was quite intensive because of the importance to finalize the prototype. It has to be entered for a pilot testing in the second half of 2016.

At that period, all UNCAP pilots, consisting mainly of care centers, care homes and hospices from all over Europe, have to implement the UNCAP box in their activities and introduce the system to their patients and their relatives.

The technical team of UNCAP at the meeting in Lund.

The technical team of UNCAP at the meeting in Lund.

Then, the second part of the UNCAP project will start with analyzing the impact from different perspectives: care improvement, life style and financial benefits.

In this regard, the consortium discussed several items very relevant for the market uptake: marketing research – analysis and studies in the field of e-Health and e-Care about user behavior and user needs.

The INI-Novation team at the right discussing the further steps (Lund, 2016)

The INI-Novation team at the right discussing the further steps (Lund, 2016)

Angela Ivanova (INI) discussed the progress of the impact analysis on Business and Financial Models and presented INI’s progress report “Exploitation and market replication”.

One of the main discussed topics were the process chain analysis of the UNCAP products that INI has already identified in its analysis work. A snapshot of market research findings was presented and the criteria of user acceptance were discussed. The topic is directly related with the technical implementation of the UNCAP Box and is complementing the work of the technicians to set-up the UNCAP product at the very begging with the possible desired functions or possible user training.

After two intensive working days, our host and partner from Sweden has organized an intensive and interesting sightseeing in Lund. It is always wonderful when we have time in addition to the project meetings to enjoy also the place where we are!

EUROPETOUR consortium in Lund. (May 2016)

EUROPETOUR consortium in Lund. (May 2016)

University building in Lund.

University building in Lund.

INI Team in front of a typical old-style Swedish building in Lund.

INI Team in front of a typical old-style Swedish building in Lund.


Participate in the giCASES survey on collaboration in GIS&T education


gCases logoINI-Novation is a partner in the European project named giCases, and we kindly ask you to participate in the giCASES survey on collaboration in GIS&T education.

The European giCASES project is investigating how higher education institutions are working together with private companies and public administrations in the design and delivery of GIS&T education in Europe. Therefore, giCASES would like to invite individuals and organizations from the higher education sector but also from the public and private sector to participate in a survey  on collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education.

This short survey is a unique opportunity for teachers, program coordinators but also GI professionals in the private or public sector to share their experiences with and views on collaboration in GIS&T education. In addition, the survey also aims to collect good practices in collaboration between higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of GIS&T education.

The survey can be accessed here.

giCASES is a Knowledge Alliance project under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. The project aims to enable and strengthen innovation in GIS&T education and practice, and facilitate the collaborative creation, management and sharing of knowledge between different stakeholders. The giCASES project will develop and test new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge management in the area of GIS&T.

The survey is the first step in the project, and will help the project partners to better understand current ways of collaboration in GIS&T education and the needs and expectations of different stakeholders regarding this collaboration. Should you have any comments or questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact the survey organizers.

Thank you in advance for your participation! We appreciate your time and valuable input.

The giCASES consortium.

giCases Kick-Off Meeting

giCases Kick-OffThe kick-off meeting of the giCASES project was held in Genova last 26-27 January 2016.
The event was attended by all the members of the Consortium.
giCASES has officially started on January 1, 2016, with an expected life of 36 months and ending 31 December 2018.

The wider objectives of this projects are:

  • to enable and strengthen innovation in GI education and industry
  • to facilitate the collaborative creation, management and sharing of knowledge.

These objectives are addressed by developing new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning within the Geographic Information (GI) sector, and facilitating the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

In particular, the specific objectives of this project are:

  • to improve the quality and relevance of GI courses provided by the University members of the consortium;
  • to facilitate the growth of new knowledge-sharing processes and tools between enterprises and universities;
  • to improve the management of knowledge by the partners.

The overall approach to address these objectives is to develop new learning material and processes based on case based learning. In the approach taken in this project, enterprises and academia will collaborate both when creating learning material based on real cases and also during and after the courses (through a collaborative platform).

Main results expected:

  • Creation of a repository of best practices on industry-academia cooperation to create and share knowledge in the GI domain
  • Definition of the focus, scope and requirements of the case studies
  • Specification of innovative collaboration methods, with best practices on different methods and validation of these methods in different settings
  • Definition of process, tools and methodologies for co-creation of knowledge
  • Definition of technical specifications for the set up of a collaboration tool (collaborative platform) and implementation of the technical infrastructure
  • A set of case studies adopted for case based learning and related learning material

The collaborative platform will also be used to make the project results (learning material and processes) available to other stakeholders under open licences, as well as to attract more content providers / stakeholders to contribute to the growth of the content base.

LILA Guidebook, October 2015

LILA Guidebook picBy applying the Living Labs approach and the principles of open innovation, the LILA Project provides the opportunity for European entrepreneurs to obtain user feedback about their products and services. The entrepreneurs understand business barriers to access local and the European market, and to understand user requirements.

“Prepare startups for European success” is our guidebook, presented during the EBN Congress in October 2015 and describing the whole process of LILA Labs.

Download it from here. 


First Partner Meeting in EuropeTour Project


12313695_656566314447019_2390141238596950419_nHappy gathering of ideas at our first meeting in the HeilbronnerLand with KLOSTERLAND, INI-Novation GmbH, Kreativ Reisen Österreich – Creative Tourism Austria, Creativelena, Bucovina Turism,Regione Marche, Future for Religious Heritage &Camino Lebaniego.

Cloud Expo Europe 2015 in Frankfurt

1 Cloud Expo LILA 2015The cloud has forever changed how users store data, collaborate on projects, or using apps. Cloud is supporting the development of so many innovative technologies in all areas such as healthcare, automotive, life sciences, retail, media, energy, or robotics, both in consumer and in enterprise products. Cloud market is one that is rapidly growing and evolving all the time.

According to its tradition always keeping up with new technologies and innovative trends, INI-Novation GmbH in cooperation with EIT Digital Accelerator visited the Cloud Expo Europe 2015 in Frankfurt.

Currently, INI-Novation is involved in several EU projects developing innovative technologies, apps, products, distribution chains and creative training courses. LILA Project is one of them supporting technologies on a very early stage and the LILA platform is an important tool in the working process of INI-Novation.
INI-Novation supports SMEs and start-ups with innovative ideas, prototypes, or products that help the end users in the daily and professional life with close interactions based on social media, mobile devices or other sensors at their private and public spaces. Cloud is a key enabler in their technologies. The soft-landing support in German markets, international growth, user testing and organization of LILA living labs with potential users in 2016 were the main topics on the meetings of INI-Novation GmbH.

Global Technology Commercialization Forum in South Korea

The Managing Director of INI-Novation GmbH, Wolfgang Kniejski, received a special invitation from the Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) to attend the Global Technology Commercialization Forum as a speaker and panellist. The event was held on October 27, 2015, in Seoul. The invitation was received as a result of the good business relationship between the two organizations and was high recognition of Dr. Kniejski as high level speaker and consultant in the area of international technology transfer of innovation management.


The Forum aimed to become a platform through which global technology cooperation can be enhanced by gaining better understanding of both Koreans and overseas entities’ needs and exchanging know-how on efficient global market entry strategies.

Guests from University of Texas IC2 Commercialization Center, Steinbeis Foundation, European Business Innovation Center Network, Samsung Electronics, Nomura Research Institute were among the speakers who delivered insightful presentations.

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Based on his more than 20 years’ experience in the area of technology transfer and innovation management, Wolfgang Kniejski presented SME support to access international markets and good practice examples from the activities of INI-Novation and EBN in the area of soft-landing and living labs organization through so-called LILA Platform and good practices created in the EU funded LILA Project.

20151027_153657 DSC02948The event brought together about 200 participants representing both domestic and foreign SMEs, global companies that have established their presence in Korea, diplomats from various embassies in Seoul, commercialization-supporting organizations such as INI-Novation GmbH, etc. Therefore, Dr. Kniejski was accompanied by Angela Ivanova, Business Development Director if INI Novation GmbH, as a guest of the Global Technology Commercialisation Forum.

DSC02988Engaging discussions on various topics with all speakers started in the afternoon. Some of the hot topics were finance support and fund raising for internationalization activities, European market, cultural differences, opportunities and barriers for business expansion.

Start-ups in the Internet Economy – Workshop in Cologne

E Commerce_Wolfgang Kniejski in CologneOn October 23th, Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Kniejski, Managing Director of INI-Novation GmbH and Business Developer in European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) was invited as a speaker in an “Entrepreneurs in eCommerce” event in Cologne: “Start-ups in the Internet economy – the European perspective”.
In front of start-ups, coaches and accelerators, Dr. Kniejski presented his approach for the development of business models and business plans at all stages of a company development process, from start-up to international expansion. “In particular, we dedicate to enter the so-called ‘soft landing’ process,” explained Dr. Kniejski, “by supporting start-up companies with an expert network and providing them the help in their efforts to enter international markets and to overcome the early stage challenges of existing barriers.”

Dr. Kniejski presented three support initiatives that are available for all eligible start-ups:
E Commerce_start-ups in CologneTESLA (Transnational Ecosystem Laboratory & Actions) project
With the support of partner organisations from Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands cross-border access-to-market opportunities are offered. The goal is to drive the internationalization of start-ups faster, giving them access to important export markets in the European Union.
LILA slide in presentation_E Commerce 2015• LILA- Lab web platform
LILA Project is a user feedback platform. It helps the entrepreneurs on their very first stage of product development by providing feedback from targeted users. Start-ups can test their inventions in different stages of their development, even when it is still an idea. Through LILA Labs markets in France, UK, Luxemburg and Germany can be approached. Key to the success is not the platform itself, but the successful networking of partners and the strong groups of user communities behind the LILA platform.

• EIT Digital Accelerator
Assistance is provided to later stage start-ups and scale ups that have already market evidence to show.. On this stage, the start-up is striving for internationalization. Therefore, the EIT Digital network provides the supported scale ups access to market, to experts and to investors on matchmaking events. Support measures in all of this three activity lines can even be provided outside Europe. As Wolfgang Kniejski replied on an entrepreneur’s question: “This is generally possible and we already created success stories. However, it depends on the personal networks and of the quality of the network partners of every business developer.”


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Darmstadt, October 2015