I research success factors in innovation clusters, with a particular focus on Open Innovation, startup culture and emerging technology. Future centers are crucibles of technological advancement, and maximisation of successful outcomes is a key challenge for private and public sector investors. Innovation models harnessing collaboration between ‘partner clusters’ or through ‘cluster twinning’ are exciting, providing start-ups with increased opportunities to share and cross-fertilise ideas, and ultimately drive products and services into new markets and territories.
Future Center Alliance focuses on Startup Culture
The Future Center Alliance is convening the 5th Future Center Summit in Israel from May 14th to May 16th, with a specific focus on “A Multi-perspective Experimental Exploration of the Startup Culture.” This will look at future centers, innovation hubs and start-up companies in sectors including technology, education, social affairs, the third sector, public sector, arts and sciences. Heterogeneity in future centers is increasing, one area of my research focuses on the composition of organic clusters and how new opportunities are being created across vertical markets though online networking and collaboration and physical proximity. East London’s innovation cluster (taking one example) comprises many technology start-ups, but is also a vibrant location for media, entertainment, fashion and traditional business service providers.
The summit begins (May 14th) in Tel Aviv at the Better Place visitor centre with an exploration of the questions:
How can a world-changing Future image be created? And turned into reality? How can Future Centers act together on a global level?
Better Place was founded in 2008 by Shay Agassi (formerly of SAP’s product division) and seeks to revolutionise the automotive industry through electrification.
Can a Future Center spread the start-up virus throughout an organization or a community?
will be explored during a visit to the Keter Plastic Design Innovation lab near Herzliya.
Sde Boker (charmingly termed “a Future Oasis in the Negev desert”) is one of the main centres for the development of future water technologies in the world, and will be the setting for an exploration of:
What are the secrets of bold moves for creating future-changing revolutions?
At the PISGA Educational Future Center in Be’er Sheva, discussion and workshops will be held to explore new ways to connect education, startup culture and the future.
A visit to the The House of the People in Sderot Rothschild will pose some unique questions:
How a revolution is born?
How protest energy can be leveraged into large scale social transformation?
How to create and sustain a totally radical and anti-establishment future center?
Hub Tel Aviv
Participants will visit the Ra’anana City Urban Future Center for its official opening, and a number of startups located in Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv. The summit concludes with a visit to Hub Tel Aviv, an incubator and space for social-environmental innovation.
On my last visit to Tel Aviv I was fortunate to meet with Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai. We spoke about regional technological strengths and challenges, particularly in transportation and education. The summit will provide participants with deep insight into Israeli innovation and the need for global collaboration on challenges such as water technology, sustainability and renewable energy.
The summit organisers are Dr. Ron Dvir, founder of Innovation Ecology, and Yael Schwartzberg, CEO of the Institute for Democratic Education.
Further Reading on Entrepreneurship and Startups
- Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub
- The Great British Entrepreneur’s Handbook 2016: Inspiring entrepreneurs
- Business Hacks: A Guide for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs
- Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
- The Fintech Book: The Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries