Strengthening its mission of being a community dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge that impacts the world, Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) created, in partnership with Copenhagen Business School and NOVA Medical School, the Nova SBE Open & User Innovation Knowledge Center, a knowledge center dedicated to the development and production of multidisciplinary scientific knowledge on innovation management, and more specifically on open and user innovation and user entrepreneurship.
The Nova SBE Open & User Innovation Knowledge Center will gather scientists and researchers from different backgrounds and will have Professors Pedro Oliveira and Professor Leid Zejnilovic as Scientific Directors. The center also hosts a panel of reputed academics from prestigious international universities, such as Professor Eric von Hippel from the MIT Sloan School of Management, who is known for his work on open and user innovation.
It will also be the host of Patient Innovation's leading research activities, including its digital platform that connects patients, caregivers, and other healthcare caretakers, allowing them to share the innovative solutions they developed to improve their health and quality of life.
The Nova SBE Open & User Innovation Knowledge Center will work closely with the Nova SBE Innovation Ecosystem – an innovation meeting point through which partnerships are established with companies to collaboratively innovate and develop solutions with social and economic impact.
The center's first major event will be the 2022 edition of the Patient Innovation Bootcamp, an acceleration program focused on scaling up and implementing innovative solutions developed by patients or their informal caregivers. The bootcamp was developed in partnership with Copenhagen Business School, NOVA Medical School, IESE Business School, Biocat, Glintt, and the Patient Innovation Association to help patients and caregivers further develop their innovative solutions and launch them on the market. The first working week of the Patient Innovation Bootcamp will take place from August 29 to September 2 at the Nova SBE campus.
It is also worth mentioning the recent decision to host in Carcavelos, next year one of the main European innovation conferences – DRUID23 – which will bring the main scientists in this area to the Nova SBE campuses between June 10 and 12, 2023.
Nova SBE's knowledge centers focus on developing applied and fundamental research, academic programs, and executive education. With the creation of the Nova SBE Open & User Innovation Knowledge Center, Nova SBE now has nine knowledge centers, each with a specific approach, working towards a more equitable and sustainable world.