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What is Open Innovation?

Open Innovation is a business paradigm that promotes collaboration between people and organisations outside the company to reduce financial risk and quickly achieve a competitive advantage.


  • A multidisciplinary approach that increases the chance of breakthrough innovation.
  • Increases speed of innovation and reduces time to market.
  • Reduces financial risks and increases returns on investment.
Why Pitcch?

PITCCH seeks to accelerate the market uptake of advanced technologies through different sectors.

Advanced technologies are the main drivers towards industry transformation and SMEs and Startups are an important catalyst for these innovations. Open innovation paradigm has proven its value in enhancing collaboration between Big Corporations, SMEs and Startups. Collaboration between SMEs, Startups and Big Corporations is seen as an important driving force to the competitiveness of the industry.

Project Scope

Climate, energy and mobility
Digital, industry and space
Culture, creativity and inclusive society
Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment
Civil security and society
Micro/nano- electronics
Industrial biotechnology
Advanced materials
Advanced manufacturing
Digital technologies

Consortium Members

All PITCCH partners are part of an established network ecosystem of multiple stakeholders, from companies to Technology Centres, from private investors to public authorities, and are involved in many international projects, including EU-funded collaborations. The PITCCH consortium consists of four technology centers, INL, the project coordinator, TNO - Innovation for Life, Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i) and RINA, and a digital agency, Vitamina.

INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory was created in 2008 to foster interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. INL was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain under an international legal framework to perfor ... m interdisciplinary research, deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges.

TNO - Innovation for Life

TNO- Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek- is a Dutch independent contract research organization, one of the major ones in Europe. TNO's mission is to connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost th ... e competitive strength of the industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way.

Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i)

Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i) is a spin-off of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) and has taken over all 60 staff members and competences from SEZ. S2i is a partner of the European Commission’s Enterprise Europe Network, which includes more than 600 partners ... in more than 50 countries. The network aims to support companies with a variety of issues regarding Europe, innovation, research, and technology transfer.


RINA is a global corporation that provides services across diverse sectors through a global network of 170 offices in 65 countries. RINA is the excellence behind excellence, a global corporation that leads industries to success.

Vitamina. digital agency

Vitamina. digital agency is an outstanding digital consultancy company working closely with innovation and businesses. Vitamina. digital agency is an outstanding digital consultancy company working closely with innovation and businesses. The agency ... aims to help brands improve the way they engage, talk to, and maintain their customers, using digital tools. From startups to global companies, Vitamina. works with ambitious organizations that see the digital as one of the engines of their success.

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