Ecosystem 180º Demo: Unleashing Innovation and Growth
Start generating more innovations and growth, faster. By optimizing entrepreneurship journeys.
Begin a journey of transformation and acceleration in your startup ecosystem. Ecosystem 180º plan, is designed to simplify the entrepreneurial journey, providing startups and entrepreneurs with timely access to essential resources. By understanding and responding to their real-time needs, Ecosystem 180º enables more strategic allocation of development resources, thereby fostering faster and more effective growth.
Main Features of Ecosystem 180º:
Watch this demo to learn how you can transform the way you are orchestrating and developing your startup ecosystem.
For further information about Ecosystem 180, check FAQs out or to schedule a one-on-one consultation, please reach out to us here. You can also request access to our demo to test it before any meeting with us.
The ecosystemOS team is ready to assist you with any queries and help you get started on this transformative journey for your startup ecosystem development plans.
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Discover the EU|BIC Playbook: A New Era of Innovation!
Unveil the groundbreaking EU|BIC Innovation Ecosystem Building Playbook and explore Startup Commons' instrumental role in defining the metrics of tomorrow's innovation ecosystems.
We're delighted to introduce the "EU|BIC Innovation Ecosystem Building Playbook" released in June 2023. This playbook is a culmination of collaborative efforts, offering a comprehensive framework for incubators, accelerators, and other innovation actors. And we're proud to announce that Startup Commons has been a key contributor, especially in the domain of ecosystem KPI measurement.
About the playbook
Startup Commons' Spotlight
In the section "Which Ecosystem KPIs to Measure and How" we've emphasized the significance of data interoperability in fostering an integrated approach within the EU|BIC innovation ecosystem. Our insights highlight:
A Word from the CSO of EBN, Bram Pauwels:
"For nearly four decades, EBN and the pan-European EU|BIC community has been guided by the belief in innovation as a powerful force for sustainable economic growth, social progress, and sustainability. United by their common mission and unique in their local contributions, EBN’s quality-certified EU|BICs play a vital role in regional development, job creation, and making a positive societal impact by providing resources, guidance, and connections for startups, SMEs and innovators of all kinds to thrive.
Increasingly, innovation can address systemic crises and create solutions across multiple dimensions including all actors of the innovation helix. Regional innovation ecosystems provide crucial leverage in addressing local challenges by connecting local resources and networks. They support the development of context-specific solutions, ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and local ownership - closely aligned with European strategies and initiatives such as the European Green Deal.
With the EU|BIC Innovation Ecosystem Framework we seek to provide a comprehensive roadmap for realising and strengthening local innovation ecosystems, driving pan-European and global innovation - ultimately to create greater wellbeing for all."
Join the Movement: Explore the Playbook and witness the collective efforts of many, including ours, in shaping the future of innovation in Europe.
Three use cases that contribute to create a single source of truth to help orchestrate your startup ecosystem
1.- As an ecosystem builder, I want to know the most common pathflows of the startups within my territory
Get automated data and insights about how entrepreneurs and startups move through the startup ecosystem: get to know what support organizations and events the entrepreneurs and startups are interacting with and at which velocity entrepreneurs and startups move through the ecosystem. The solution is based on one core application of ecosystemOS, Circle Pass, a modern identity management solution that enables data sharing and portability among individuals and startup ecosystem entities.
2.- As an ecosystem builder, I want to get ecosystem data I can rely on
Find out the foundational component that allows cities, regions and countries to take control of their startup ecosystem data for setting out the terms and conditions for the use of such data for the benefit of everyone. Watch below a short conversation with Khairool Adzelan, Manager, Ecosystem Development and Digital Innovation at SDEC, that summarizes the essence of this use case. Watch the whole conversation here and contribute with your comments in the global conversation.
3.- As an ecosystem builder, I want to coordinate the existing startup supporting services
Run a digital service to periodically understand the relationships and dependencies between the different support organisations and related existing supporting services that contribute to create a better startup journey experience within the ecosystem.
The startup ecosystem mapping app is:
All these use cases will be presented during our "Ecosystem Builders Who Tech" event during Slush 2022. If by chance, you can't attend to our workshop in Helsinki and you are interested in it, reach out to organize it in your facilities. Contact us also to check out our small-scale and short-term pilots for each of the use cases described above.
An interesting conversation with Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) about their journey as the startup ecosystem operator in the Sarawak startup ecosystem, Malaysia. Speakers include: Khairool Adzlelan Aman, Manager, Ecosystem Development and Digital Innovation, and Elizabeth Linli Charles, Executive, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Join us to learn from the experience of Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), our partner in Sarawak, Malaysia, in setting up the startup ecosystem operator function.
We are going to take you behind the scenes into one of our customer stories so you can see how things work in practice when those responsible of developing the startup ecosystem are committed to initiate the journey towards an orchestrated startup ecosystem that contributes to accelerate economic growth.
For our guest speakers from Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), Khairool Adzlelan Aman, Manager, Ecosystem Development and Digital Innovation, and Elizabeth Linli Charles, Executive, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, it is the set up of the ecosystem operator function that was the first step towards a more effective coordination in the Sarawak startup ecosystem.
In this webinar, Khairool and Elizabeth will take us behind the scenes into their own ecosystem operator journey to show exactly:
On October 18th 2022 @ 2:00 PM EEST
This webinar is ideal for national, state and city governments, public private organizations, economic development agencies, development financiers and foundations
In the end of the session, there will be Q&A and experiences sharing. Don't miss it out and book your place
Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC) is a company that is wholly owned by the State Government of Sarawak under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to spearhead Sarawak’s digital economy initiatives and transform Sarawak into a Digital Economy Powerhouse. Established in January 2018 its main objectives are to revolutionize Sarawak’s economy and industries as well as to spur socioeconomic growth and advancement.
Startup Ecosystem Development By Enabling Interoperability
Ecosystem Builders Who Tech is here again, bringing together startup ecosystem builders, data specialists and software engineers to discuss how interoperability improves the startup journey experience via the safe and secure exchange of data related to the startup journey and the supporting services.
We will discuss among other topics about:
Join us at our company headquarters in beautiful dark Helsinki on November 16, 2022 from 9:00 to 15:00 EET.
Please note that the workshop is presencial, and space is limited so register quickly to ensure your place at the event.
The Digiole team will be available after the workshop to answer any questions you have—so you can walk away feeling confident in your digital opportunities. Don't miss it out and book your place!
Feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance with your questions/suggestions.
Our most demanded startup ecosystem development workshop is back.
Pushed by market matureness, our most demanded startup ecosystem development workshop is back. Learn how to take your startup ecosystem to the next level, an intimate, private 2-day event where you will work directly with us to learn the core elements of accelerated startup ecosystem growth.
The Digiole team, backed by work experience with 30+ startup ecosystems, will share real-world cases from some of the most relevant startup ecosystems in the world and give you the hottest insights for ecosystem growth. Besides the fundamentals of ecosystem development (ecosystem development team, processes, best practices, measurements and more), we have updated our workshop with hands-on content related to data strategy in a multi stakeholder environment, which is essential for any ecosystem to stay relevant, competitive, and innovative amidst constant change.
The main objective of this workshop is to help you build a startup ecosystem growth roadmap with your ecosystem through knowledge, connections, strategies, tools and technology.
Number of workshops is limited. To learn more or request information, please visit https://www.startupcommons.org/startup-ecosystem-development-workshop.html and fill out the Request Pricing form. Your startup ecosystem will never be the same.
Private Beta Launch of the SaaS Startup Ecosystem Mapping App
Four months after our first commercialized startup ecosystem mapping solution, we are proud to share that the first SaaS Private Beta of the Startup Ecosystem Mapping App will be released in the beginning of September 2022.
The process to request access to the Private Beta is open now for 30 days. Startup ecosystem builders wishing to request an invite to our Private Beta may do so through the website www.ecosystemos.com or drop us a message at email@example.com for any enquiries or feedback.
All invitations are more than welcome but be informed that we will only work with a handful of them to make sure that every ecosystem builder can have a great experience.
The core features available for this release include:
Digiole’s next milestone will be the release of the startup ecosystem mapping app as Open Beta which will be an upgraded version of the one issued for Private Beta testing, which will also include new additional features.
The Startup Ecosystem Mapping App is the first 'Application Module' of ecosystemOS, with the vision to provide a 360-degree aggregated view of the innovation entrepreneurship environment with great accuracy.
We are looking forward to you joining us as part of this amazing journey that will bring better outcomes for the startup world.
If you have specific questions, please make sure to reach out to us. In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting things to come!
Road Trip! Digiole is going on a world tour in Fall 2022! Come and learn more about how to harness the power of your ecosystem data to effectively remove barriers for entrepreneurs, startups and other ecosystem actors.
There are many conversations going on around the need for ecosystems to get a 360-degree aggregated view of the innovation entrepreneurship environment with great accuracy but in reality too little with digital is being done to unlock ecosystem data that will eventually help make efficient decisions. Ecosystems are missing many opportunities because the true digital world (data economy, API economy, etc.) and how to implement it in their context is not well understood.
Starting from August 2022, we are going to activate a global tour to inform the cities, regions and countries about what is digitally required and how to gradually start implementing a relevant data infrastructure to harness the power of data to have a more accurate ecosystem analysis and benchmarking, remove barriers to entrepreneurs and startups and eventually improve the business environment.
The plan is to execute 5-10 exclusive sessions from mid August to November 2022. We will lay out:
And during Slush 2022, November 17-18, we will organize a final session to share all the captured learning and finding during the global tour with the global ecosystem building audience attending the Slush event.
It’s through interoperability that innovation entrepreneurship ecosystems will begin to break down their silos, use standards to harmonize its fragmented and incompatible systems and data sharing, and achieve better outcomes.
This digital approach is already being implemented in sectors like healthcare or transportation, but in the context of innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem development, there is no one that would be referred to as a global leader. This is the big opportunity for your ecosystem.
This Global Tour is not a final answer, but the beginning of a global conversation about the way to support the use of data in ecosystems. Put your ecosystem in the future path.
All the reasons why your startup ecosystem portal stucks and what you need to know to make the transition to a non-portal approach
For many years, the Startup Commons team has been invited to take part in different RFP processes and projects to develop and implement startup ecosystem portals with the aim to help navigate ecosystem actors (startups, supporting providers, investors, corporates, mentors, etc) more effectively within the ecosystem, improving the connectivity among them and therefore removing barriers to help anyone get access to the different available resources within the ecosystem.
And while we thanked the invitation, we decided to not participate in the majority of them due to misalignment with our own mission. We, as a company developing interoperability solutions for startup ecosystems, couldn't contribute to creating another silo. It is a matter of principles. When we properly evaluated each of those cases (we want to keep them anonymous for confidentiality reasons), we noticed that those RFPs and project requirements to build startup ecosystem portals had been poorly designed, targeting to develop portal solutions that were not reflecting the logic behind what startups and other actors need, and therefore contributing to a low impact for entrepreneurs and startups. Additionally, the RFPs and projects alike were fully misaligned with the direction the digital world is headed, with the technology, turning their back to the future evolution of the technology, developing short-term vision solutions with old techstack and technology architectures that will end up in inefficiencies or wasted resources. And what is most important, they became useless because information was outdated soon.
Once those startup ecosystem portals were delivered, we proceeded to evaluate their real impact, finding the following problems:
And while these portals became a good marketing tool to provide a good overview of many things, they simply failed in their efforts to serve the main purpose: help ecosystem users navigate within the ecosystem, giving them what they need at the right time.
This bad user experience encouraged the Startup Commons team to dive deeper in this topic so you can learn more about the next generation of online startup ecosystem portals. We simply call it the Non-Portal approach.
Building the startup ecosystem portal use case
First of all, one fundamental thing to understand is that geographical startup ecosystems are very fragile to political changes, where prioritization and maintenance of the supporting infrastructures for innovation and entrepreneurship are often very likely to be politicized. When a new government enters into power, it is very likely that existing strategies, budgets, key people, processes, tools, data and history are at risk to be changed, where significant learning, knowledge and progress will be lost and many things again start from the scratch and therefore ecosystems simply get stuck in their development. Therefore, as a first step, and before any digital development, there should be specific dedicated neutral entity with mandate from all ecosystem key actors, proper resourcing and long term approach, looking at the needs of all sides and representing all the key segments of the ecosystem, to become a neutral custodian of common ecosystem infrastructure and a hub for common information and data sharing, with sole focus for looking at the benefit of the entire ecosystem as a whole. We call it an ecosystem operator.
This ecosystem operator function is missing in the majority of the ecosystems, regardless of their maturity level. There are no sustainable resources defined for such setup, available for ongoing and long term data management and digital development efforts. And a typical reason for this is the lack of digital transition vision along with missing commitment to pursue it. Another related reason that is common in digital transition projects, is the typical separated relationship of “business” and “digital” teams, departments, or organizations. Where a more merged approach is needed for a team, where knowledge and expertise of both sides are embedded in one.
Regarding the startup ecosystem portals, they are also well known under different terminology like startup ecosystem one-stop shop or startup hub. In any case, when you hear an ecosystem deploys a portal, if you’re like an entrepreneur it means you can do everything you need to do for your startup in a single location, getting access to digital services and information offered by different ecosystem actors to help you navigate within the ecosystem easier, faster and finding support for the challenges related to the different stages of the startup journey, from formation to growth.
Entrepreneurs and startups are clearly in need of answers that are relevant to them and their unique circumstances. They are making decisions every single day. They come and go to different places and digital platforms to learn, connect, develop, sell, etc. They interact anytime, anywhere. If we think for a moment the amount of information that is demanded for entrepreneurs developing companies with all kinds of different business models, industries, strategies, people, etc, then it becomes clear that data is definitely a key asset that must be unlocked and properly managed. Therefore, with such reality, what should it be built to really help entrepreneurs, startups and other ecosystem actors?
Let’s reflect back for a while to review and understand some past portal approaches in order to understand what to build for the present and future:
The most basic portal - Yahoo!
The first and most recognizable portal I remember is the original Yahoo!, which had a directory view, in which the same information was provided to everyone and “forcing” users to navigate to find the information they need.
The Search Engine Approach
Google is the maximum exponent for this approach, providing users direct answers based on the questions (search queries) they make, with additional effort of trying to match the results based on the profile they can have on the user (language, location, search history, etc.) Users come to get answers when they have first identified that they have a question and know how to formulate that question, i.e. know the right keywords to ask
The Social Network Approach
And more recently, we have the social network approach, with Facebook as the clear example, with its ability to distribute/target messages with great (questionable) accuracy to users where they already are based on their profile and patterns, regardless if they have already identified or formulated the question.
With the previous references in mind, as a simple thought exercise, imagine an entrepreneur with a question that she/he can't even clearly formulate. Now imagine that via analogy of a medical condition and trying to find a useful answer via a portal with filtering type of intelligence without proper search. Now imagine being able to search via Google compared to that. It’s definitely better, but still far from what you would like to do, compared to if you could consult a real doctor with related subject matter expertise. And likely, you would definitely not want such sensitive information to be shared in Facebook to have such a public forum to collect your data and provide answers by drug companies or only commercial services that can afford to target you (pay for ads for you to pay for service you will get). But nevertheless the way you would like to get suggestions for actions to take would be optimal to get suggestions based on your profile without needing to know what to ask and whom. But naturally in such a way that you are not actually sharing your profile outside of your control and without being able to control what messages from who can even reach you (mute those that are not useful).
That’s the kind of experience we are visualizing. Entrepreneurs and startups should get responses for their ventures based on their local context, history, profile, achieved milestones, etc. and even getting responses and services without the startup having to ask or request a specific service, simply because there is intelligence that tracks them based on the ecosystem interactions and startups progress.
When considering solutions to cope with these challenges, we often see that key principles are missing or were not taken into account during the process to design the RFP/project. These principles are key in order to make sure that the collaborative and open nature of ecosystems is encapsulated by any solution that is implemented and deployed for the ecosystem, making sure that everyone is benefiting:
Transition to Non-Portal Approach
While we understand that perfect solutions don’t exist, the points mentioned above are not inconsequential, being enough to flag them here so that can be taken into account for similar future initiatives and also find additional inspiration by some insights for improvements below:
Ecosystems have a long way to go to activate this digital transition for ecosystem orchestration but it is definitely the right approach. However the decisions should have been made five years ago. We just have to look at when other industries like finance, telecom, healthcare, transportation, etc. started and how they are unlocking innovative cross-functional solutions by enabling interoperability.
This is the big void we are covering with ecosystemOS and I believe this is where we can best be in the world, helping ecosystem builders and operators to design, develop and deploy use case driven technology solutions, step by step, to enable interoperability and information exchange within and between ecosystems to help them make quick, secure and efficient decisions.
It's not Jules Verne's world. It is already happening. Reach out to us to find out how to start.
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