Promoting water-related innovation through networked acceleration: Insights from the Water Innovation Accelerator

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Promoting water-related innovation through networked acceleration : Insights from the Water Innovation Accelerator . / Gabrielsson, Jonas ; Politis, Diamanto; Persson, Kenneth M; Kronholm, Johan.

In: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 171, No. Supplement, 10.01.2018, p. S130-S139.

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T1 - Promoting water-related innovation through networked acceleration

T2 - Insights from the Water Innovation Accelerator

AU - Gabrielsson, Jonas

AU - Politis, Diamanto

AU - Persson, Kenneth M

AU - Kronholm, Johan

PY - 2018/1/10

Y1 - 2018/1/10

N2 - The current state of the water and sanitation sector has put water-related innovations high on the global policy agenda. However, the systemic complexity that typically surrounds such contexts call for actionable knowledge of how to enable and orchestrate innovative solutions by connecting different players via organized networks. In this study we explore and analyse the Water Innovation Accelerator, which is a virtual network-centred incubator model designed and implemented in Sweden. Framed by theory and research on open innovation, incubation models, and entrepreneurial networks we provide an analysis of the design, working and performance of the Water Innovation Accelerator. In sum, our findings provide empirical support for virtual accelerators as an effective means to aid the development and market uptake of water related innovative solutions. Its overall effectiveness builds on its ability to bring private and public actors with different assets and competencies together via its entrepreneurial network, where the incubator team play a critical role for identifying and encouraging network-embedded innovation opportunities. However, the perceived effectiveness of the acceleration process for SMEs seems to be contingent on whether they are positioned in later stages of the innovation process, as well as their proximity to the incubator network. In these respects, the study provides valuable insights that may aid researchers, incubation managers and policy makers in current and future efforts to accelerate water innovation.

AB - The current state of the water and sanitation sector has put water-related innovations high on the global policy agenda. However, the systemic complexity that typically surrounds such contexts call for actionable knowledge of how to enable and orchestrate innovative solutions by connecting different players via organized networks. In this study we explore and analyse the Water Innovation Accelerator, which is a virtual network-centred incubator model designed and implemented in Sweden. Framed by theory and research on open innovation, incubation models, and entrepreneurial networks we provide an analysis of the design, working and performance of the Water Innovation Accelerator. In sum, our findings provide empirical support for virtual accelerators as an effective means to aid the development and market uptake of water related innovative solutions. Its overall effectiveness builds on its ability to bring private and public actors with different assets and competencies together via its entrepreneurial network, where the incubator team play a critical role for identifying and encouraging network-embedded innovation opportunities. However, the perceived effectiveness of the acceleration process for SMEs seems to be contingent on whether they are positioned in later stages of the innovation process, as well as their proximity to the incubator network. In these respects, the study provides valuable insights that may aid researchers, incubation managers and policy makers in current and future efforts to accelerate water innovation.

KW - innovation

KW - acceleration

KW - entrepreneurship

KW - networks

KW - incubation models

KW - water innovation

KW - entrepreneurship

KW - water Innovation

KW - networks

KW - acceleration

KW - incubation models

U2 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.101

DO - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.101

M3 - Article

VL - 171

SP - S130-S139

JO - Journal of Cleaner Production

JF - Journal of Cleaner Production

SN - 0959-6526

IS - Supplement

ER -