Ron Weerdmeester

Innovation Manager

PNO Consultants

Personal Biography

Ron Weerdmeester is a law graduate of the University of Groningen and also holds a Degree in "Information Systems in Organisations" from Boston University. Ron is a PNO Innovation board member and PNO Consultants’ European Innovation Manager. He is project manager of various economic and technological intelligence activities assisting industries in their innovation needs. Apart from 25 years of experience in funding (from FP4 to HORIZON 2020) and excellent technology development projects with a European dimension, Ron has expertise in innovation strategy, intelligence and innovation funding for industry, academia and public organisations. His track record comprises the development of over 100 successful EU projects. Ron regularly gives training to SMEs, multinationals and research organisations on topics of European research and innovation policies, open-innovation project building, project management in networks, technology transfer and development of European partnerships.

Presentation Abstract

Funding (eco) innovation –  Granted!

How do you use novel ways of intelligence and funding to strengthen your innovation? How do you perform compared to competitors? And last but not least, how can you use public funding to enhance your innovation? These three elements will be examined in this presentation.

Innovation processes can be improved by using novel ways of intelligence to chart short- and long-term innovation trends (Discover) and integrating these in the analysis of customer and market needs (Define) to see how new external stakeholders can be involved in technological development (Develop) and ensure the necessary funding to realise the innovation (Deliver). By connecting these steps to intelligence based on unexplored resources, the impact of innovation increases, sometimes even exponentially. We’ll explore a few case studies of such an intelligence approach, give examples of publicly funded projects and a snapshot of available funding opportunities for your (eco) innovation, under the Title: “Funding (eco) Innovation. Granted!”

Presentation Time

Breakout IV: Opportunities and challenges from the circular economy

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 16:30 - 17:00

FEICA Conference