Home > Deep Innovation: Solving Humanity’s Big Problems Needs More Commitment 深度创新:解决人类难 题需要更多付出

Deep Innovation: Solving Humanity’s Big Problems Needs More Commitment 深度创新:解决人类难 题需要更多付出

1深度创新:解决人类难 题需要更多付出

Deep Innovation ventures – those that are enabled by basic research or a scientific breakthrough, and that usually require substantial resources and five to 20 years to materialize as a commercial success – are capable of transforming human existence. Unfortunately, they often begin with a group of scientists who are unaware of the commercial application of their work, or even of a problem in need of such an application. Therefore, they may end up publishing a paper and moving on to other things. How to prevent this is a recurrent theme in the present issue.

The authors outline and discuss a number of challenges – some financial, others organizational and cultural – which apply across multiple research domains. These include, among others:

  • Need for cross-sector collaboration
  • Academic silos
  • Need for institutional solutions
  • Finding problems for solutions
  • Need for patience and risk-taking

The authors point out that at the end of the day, the crucial factor for enabling Deep Innovation is commitment – and more commitment: commitment from the key players, including policy makers, investors, researchers, and entrepreneurs. This includes time commitment, commitment to high risk tolerance, commitment to invest capital – commitment to see the innovations make it across the valley and actualize their potential for doing good.

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About the author

Yesha Sivan – Executive Director (2013-2017)

Prof. Yesha Sivan the founder and CEO of i8 ventures (http://i8.ventures) – a business platform focusing on innovating innovating, he is also a visiting professor of innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School. Sivan’s professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments. He focuses on digital strategy (SVIT – Strategic Value of Innovation Technology), innovation and venture (employment black holes), mindful leadership (orange bike workshop), virtual worlds (3D3C platforms), and knowledge age standards. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught executives, EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise.

His personal blog is http://www.dryesha.com.

About the author

Robyn Klingler-Vidra – Lecturer, King’s College London; Fellow, Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Appeared in the issue: Coller Venture Review — 2016 -3 — Deep Innovation Issue

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