Efficient Triple Helix collaboration fostering local niche innovation projects: a case from Denmark

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Collaboration between universities and their local stakeholders is becoming a key success factor for the growth of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. Efficient energy solutions are often facing challenges in innovation diffusion, which is in contrast to the growing demand for providing answers to key ecological problems. In order to present how an efficient Triple Helix collaboration could foster and support niche innovations, an applied research project is introduced. This unique university-industry-government cooperation brings a students' idea to a proof-of-concept project thus covers the entire innovation process. The selected case offers insights of how and why such initiative could emerge, as well as discusses its implications for future technological innovations and in particular those that are about to emerge in regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. Networking, win-win-situations as well as a strong problem orientation were identified as key success factors which may accelerate efficient future Triple Helix collaboration and cooperation for ensuring a higher innovation diffusion success.

JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue numberoktober
Pages (from-to)130-141
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

    Research areas

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Entrepreneurial university, Socio-technical systems, Triple Helix, University-industry collaboration