Learning Networks for First Movers



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Innovation is the work of First Movers

Innovation is done by persons whom we call First Movers: those who have taken up the task of moving forward first. The pressure is high: most First Movers supported by EIC have to come from being "unknown" to the market and the industry value chains into getting famous and performing in sales, and solve technology issues on the fly.

Strategy is key to collaboration

Successful collaboration is based on sound strategy that is supported by the relevant actors. So how do you do this under pressure?

The good news is that successful innovation strategies have been done. There are a few rules, but the tools are many, so ‘do the right thing’ is important. However, when collaboration issues get tough, it is difficult to untangle the situation, let alone find out how to intervene. That’s what a learning network is about.

A network mobilises practical knowledge

A learning network consists of eight First Movers, supported by experienced facilitators who provide ‘on the job training’, usually two days every month.

Characteristics of learning network are:

• Participants diagnose each others case, and may assist with interventions

• Transfer of tools is demand driven, it follows live challenges of the work of participants;

• Skills and tools are applied immediately, with a 4-6 weeks follow up

• Takes a total of 6-8 months, but is often continued by participants.

In this way, each participant is assisted to get their collaboration up and running.

Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Financial requirements

The main components of the cost per participant within this programme represent the fees of the two facilitators (650 EUR per day,) travel and location rent for the 4 face-to-face workshops. Depending on the number of attendees, the individual cost of participation might range from 6.000 EUR to 9.000 EUR for the entire programme.