Free international conference to help SMEs to innovate

Speakers from around the world are gathering in Edinburgh at the end of this month to help small to medium sized businesses find out more about 'Open Innovation'.

Most people recognise 'Open Innovation' as a term to describe how large companies seek to find new sources of ideas and exploit ideas outside of the recognised business structure but how 'Open Innovation' principles relate to Small to Medium Enterprises is less well understood.

The free conference collaborate to innovate: open innovation, SMEs, motives for and barriers to cooperation is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council. It will be held at BioCity Scotland  on 31 May and 1 June 2012.
The workshops will draw on examples from within Scotland , across the UK and from Europe to look at how 'Open Innovation' principles can be used by SMEs.

It will examine the role of intermediaries in stimulating growth, whether they are organisations able to find new partners or technologies or those able to provide resources and tools or process and product development.
It will provide an opportunity for Edinburgh based companies to meet with organisations and alliances that have formed 'Open Innovation' based initiatives to tackle issues such as asthma and the unravelling of complex information and problems facing the automotive industry in Europe.

'Collaborate to innovate' will also look at how to use Intellectual Property, how SMEs can use 'Open Innovation' intermediaries to find partners and new customers, and how to unlock creativity from within the organisation in a session entitled "Creativity isn't just out there, it's in here".

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