Innovation requires a global perspective, which is a key reason for all the travel I do in order to meet with innovation leaders around the world.
Right now, I am in Sao Paulo, Brazil and being here I began wondering which countries do well on open innovation. Brazil is not on this list yet but I am quite sure their time will come. There is just too much potential in this land of opportunity.
So which countries do well on open innovation? This is my quick snap shot.
1. United States. No surprise here. This is where it happens. We have the companies, intermediaries/service providers, top academics and all the best conferences. There are simply too many to mention here.
2. The Netherlands. Philips built a campus that stimulates open innovation long ago and their focus on open innovation is shared by other companies such as AkzoNobel, DSM and Unilever. The Netherlands also has several interesting festivals and events on open innovation.
3. The United Kingdom. NESTA directed a strong focus on open innovation early on which among other things resulted in the spinout consultancy 100% Open. The IfM institute in Cambridge also does great work and among UK companies I really like Psion which has the most outspoken CEO I have met on open innovation
I had no problem on the top 3, but then it actually got more difficult which reflects the next countries on my list.
4. Canada. Perhaps a surprise, but this is where we had one of the first great cases on crowdsourcing; the GoldCorp challenge. Leading intermediary companies such as Chaordix and IdeaConnection are also based in Canada.
5. South Korea. The 5th spot goes to South Korea only for the efforts of LG which try hard to act as a global rather than Asian company when it comes to innovation. Other countries that I considered for this 5th spot were Germany and France.
One question I ask myself is: Where are they Nordic countries? They do well on innovation in general, but they just seem to miss out on open innovation. I hope we will soon see more activity in the Nordic region – and elsewhere of course.
Should your country have been on the list? Drop a comment and let me know why…