Innovation Centers of New England (ICoN)

ICoN helps Innovation Centers maximize their impact through collaboration with each other and the local innovation ecosystem.

ICoN's objective is to increase collaboration between Corporate Innovation Centers and their local innovation ecosystem

There are over 60 corporate innovation centers in the greater Boston Area

Over 60 innovation centers of Fortune 500 companies are working on solving tough challenges in various industries in the region

There are over 1000 other innovation players in the Ecosystem

Over 100 Institutes of Collaboration facilitate the Innovation Ecosystem

Over 1000 startups focused on a range of new growth opportunities: biotech, medical diagnostics, robotics, AI, blockchain, industry 4.0,

Over 60 universities contribute to innovation by providing talent, research, and collaboration with startups and industry

Most Innovation Centers want to connect with each other but struggle to do so

Benefits of Connecting

  • New Intelligence, Insights, and Innovation
  • New Consumers, Customers, and Channel Partners
  • New People, Partners, and Programs
  • New Technology, Competence and Assets

Challenges to Connect

  • NIH, Confidentiality Agreements and Corporate Restrictions
  • Unclear Agendas and Motivation
  • Consumed by Day-to-Day Activities


ICoN was founded by some of the most important innovation centers to improve this collaboration

ICoN has taken the lead in creating a series of offerings to improve collaboration

Monthly Speaker Series on Emerging Opportunities and Issues

A monthly closed event during which various innovation center representatives from member centers present their views on currently pressing issues globally and in the innovation landscape from their personal and their company's, centers perspective. Speaker and location provided every month.

Co-Workout Challenge

Periodic workshops where teams from member innovation centers work together to tackle global and individual innovation center challenges. Talent from innovation centers have the opportunity to work for another member's innovation center.

Intern Exchange Program

A talent exchange program of interns from world-class universities. During the program a collective intern data pool is updated twice a year to ensure talent exchange. Participating interns receive the possibility to rotate between centers, as well as partake in social and networking events.

University Open Innovation Consulting Program

Five teams from five universities in the local area work over a eight week period to identify business opportunities for new and emerging technologies.

Professional Training

The world's experts on leadership, innovation, and professional strategies come to share knowledge with members. This provides professional growths for corporate innovation center leaders, employees, and interns.

Corporate Innovation Center Social Challenge

Challenges

  • NASA: Grow food in hostile environments
  • Obama Foundation: Affordable Healthcare for all
  • UN: Decelerating climate change

Annual Conference

A talent exchange program of interns from world-class universities. During the program a collective intern data pool is updated twice a year to ensure talent exchange. Participating interns receive the possibility to rotate between centers, as well as partake in social and networking events.