The Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness comes from the report Morand Manceau "For a new vision of Innovation" (La Documentation française, rapport officiel, avril 2009). The report demonstrates the need to intensify the innovative capabilities of European businesses, underlining the necessity of adopting a broader vision of innovation and implementing public policies to that end.
Officially opened on January 11th 2011, the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness i7 was created and supported by two complementary organizations: ESCP Europe, the oldest Business School in the world, and Foundation Europe+, a Think Tank about European attractiveness and competitiveness.
Extract from speech from Christine Lagarde, Ministre de l'Économie, des Finances et de l'Industrie, sponsor of the i7 Institute inauguration: « I would like to encourage you and tell you how the French government wants to support this approach. In the race for innovation, if France wants to keep one step ahead, if it wants to maintain its competitiveness, it is through innovation that it will succeed, through a collective effort between companies which work more together and public policy makers who are at the service of research. »
The first report by the the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness, entitled "Open Innovation: What's Behind the Buzzword?", was revealed on November 22nd 2011in front of Pascal Morand (Dean at ESCP Europe), Pierre-François Kaltenbach (Partner, Operations Lead Europe, Accenture Management Consulting) and Delphine Manceau (CEO of i7 Institute).
Some prestigious guests debated during the round table: Jean-Luc Beylat (President of Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs France, President of Systematic cluster), Graham Cross (Director of Supplier Innovation and Innovation Acceleration, Unilever) et Dario Liguti (Director Marketing France, GE Corporate).
The Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness keeps working and is preparing a new report about "Sustainable Innovation" in collaboration with weaveAIR.