KIM model for accelerating innovation

How to improve the innovation system of public administration

The proposed solution is the definition of an innovation broker whose business model is the realization of innovation projects for entrepreneurs and public administration, matching supply and demand in an efficient and collaborative way.
We propose the use of an open innovation platform with richer profiles that will accelerate the innovation process.
This innovation broker will be a KIM chapter (KIM Cape Town), linked to an international innovation network that offer positioning to Cape Town entrepreneurs, technology owners and investors.

We focus in the challenge presented by Cape Town about the difficulties to introduce innovative products and services to a city, either technology proposals or requests.
Common problems to be solved are:
• Difficulties to implant solutions from a public point of view (long lifecycle projects, political uncertainties and reviews, it needs entrepreneurship values…)
• Capacity problems of the provider (i.e. it is a startup, it has no experience, economical risk or financing needs …) or not covering the whole solution as needed.
• Sustainability independence from public funds (no previous business model to adopt)
• Public source (or non-profit) of knowledge or solution that has to get business oriented to be implemented.
All this problems are about technology transfer, open innovation and business orientation of innovation ecosystems of the cities and public administrations.

We propose to improve innovation systems of public administration by performing these activities:
- Detect the needs, define the key indicators for solution and mapping them into a group of solvers
- Assess the proposals and improve them with a collaboration method will all the interested parts (coworking)
- Open the opportunities and solutions to integrate and deliver more value to end user
To perform that task, we base our solution in providing a platform to articulate the value proposal to city innovation requests (or other entities). This kind of platform is commonly known as open innovation markets where companies and entities meet and offer or request innovation from the network. KIM open market platform is richer in roles than other platforms: open challengers, open suppliers, investors, hunters and advisors.
Then we propose to create a KIM chapter as the organization that will accelerate all this process. There are examples in Barcelona, Andalucía and Uruguay.
Typically, a KIM chapter is formed by regional entities (like chamber of commerce, university, local government, institutions) that give an economic impulse at the beginning. But, the efficiency and efficacy of this solution is based on that the organization will get incomes only when a business transaction is made (a technology transfer or innovation project).

This mixed model proposed by KIM requires public authorities and institutions to engage at the beginning but the business model leads to independence and autonomy of the KIM chapter, so it does not require ongoing funding.
On the other hand, when we base on the realization of innovation projects, both administrations and entrepreneurs obtain direct and indirect benefits.
That helps to create a more powerful cluster of knowledge based companies and competitiveness.
We work with entrepreneurs and technology-based companies very fluently and perform optimal brokerage between supply and demand. Besides this direct improvement for Cape Town administration, entrepreneurs will be trained to participate in other global business with the same approach.

The citizen will perceive that the changes are going faster because innovation will be accelerated by the KIM chapter.
Since the government will be more transparent and open with their specific needs, little by little, people will be involved in the changes and feel more connected to a city that meets their needs quickly.
On the other hand, it will improve the ecosystem of innovation that links universities, entrepreneurs, administration and citizens, realizing that the investments made in knowledge are not expensive but have a clear return to the community.
The open innovation model will favor the attraction of talent and knowledge capital export from Capetown.

The open innovation process will be made by an internet-based platform, so it will save a lot of paper (i.e. processing proposals, burocratic processes…).
Public administration will define their needs and if climate issues are a part of the innovation agenda, people will work to achieve climate change projects.