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Innovation Labs: Leveraging Openness for Radical Innovation?

Have you heard of innovation labs yet? A growing range of public, private and civic organisations, from Unicef through Nesta to NHS, now run or support units known as “innovation labs”. The hopeful assumption they share is that labs, by building on openness among other features, can generate promising solutions to grand challenges of complex, systemic nature. … Continue reading

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The 4th ESCies Workshop @ SOAS: Getting bold about the productive ambiguities that innovation hubs create

By Vera Petersson and Dr. Tuukka Toivonen. The main aspiration of our fourth ESCies workshop, held on the 21st of November at SOAS, was to get closer to the field and rethink key ‘entrepreneurial spaces and collectivities’ concepts in light of presented evidence. We enjoyed short presentations from members on a range of topics, from … Continue reading

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Incubators vs. Hubs at the Example of Accra

Use of the term “hub” has certainly been inflationary in discussions about innovation and entrepreneurship support. I believe that innovation hubs are a genuinely new (and exciting!) organizational form, but at the same time, “hub” has become a misnomer for many organizations where the label doesn’t quite fit, especially across Africa. This wouldn’t be such … Continue reading


“ESCies” in China

There is no such a thing called Entrepreneurial Spaces and Collectivities (ESCies) directly in Chinese. The most approximate thing I can imagine is social incubators in China, if we exclude various commercial incubators and high-tech innovation labs. In China, social incubator is the counterpart of the Impact Hub. By the middle of 2013, there are … Continue reading