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Orchestrating Innovation

Innovation processes are complex and require collaboration. Finding the right type of project, approach and partners is an art in itself. That is why Innovation Orchestrators are active within TNO. They specialise in connecting parties. They activate and bring together innovation and technology experts within and outside TNO in all socially relevant fields for you. We call this approach Orchestrating Innovation (OI).

TNO realises the change

By using an Innovation Orchestrator you will have easy access to the TNO network of experts. They offer you up-to-date knowledge about social issues, such as digitisation, sustainability, safety and health. In this way, your innovation programme is aligned with the latest insights into how these societal issues should or will develop. Our orchestrators then go one step further. In order to realise the innovation, they involve and activate all relevant stakeholders. We bring together internal and external innovation and technology experts around your innovation issue. In this way, we help to minimise the chance that technological innovations may fail and create sustainable social and economic value. The Orchestrating Innovation approach boosts your chances of success.

Innovation Orchestrators provide insight

Within TNO, the Strategic Analysis & Policy Unit facilitates the network of orchestrators, constantly developing their skills and knowledge through a coaching and training programme. As a result, they have insight into the most diverse tools and instruments. In this way, our orchestrators will help you to understand the stakeholder network, the balance of power, the value network, and so on so that the desired change can be achieved even more effectively.

Independent organiser of innovation

TNO has been at the heart of innovation for more than 80 years. As a result, we know how crucial the organisation of an appropriate ecosystem (government, knowledge institutes, industry) is for the actual use of innovation. Given our high level of knowledge and actual experience, TNO is involved as an orchestrator in many complex innovation projects. As an independent director, we provide all parties involved with a common objective and a sustainable and fair distribution of costs and benefits.

Sample projects

The Innovation Orchestrators of TNO already play an important role during:

  • innovating with startups
    TNO is founder and manager of TekDelta; an extensive network of innovation managers from private and public organisations, startup founders and accelerators. A flywheel for innovation is possible by combining the power of large organisations with the agility of young fast scaling organisations. TekDelta ensures more and better collaboration between large organizations and tech start / scale-ups, through carefully facilitated matchmaking and knowledge sharing within the network.
  • smartification of the manufacturing industry
    Smart Manufacturing: Industrial Application in the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland (or SMITZH in short) is a programme set up by InnovationQuarter, TNO, Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Region and the Province of South-Holland. The programme connects 8 field labs (clusters of companies and knowledge institutes on innovative subjects) and offers companies practical and financial help to digitise, automate and/or robotise their production in order to boost their competitiveness.
  • JoinData (formerly known as Smart Dairy Farming)
    Under the name Smart Dairy Farming the cooperatives FrieslandCampina, Agrifirm and CRV worked together with TNO on an "electronic highway on which all information from dairy farmers and other players in the dairy sector is shared". This platform is now being widely rolled out in the Dutch agricultural sector under the name JoinData and forms the basis for the Precision Farming applications of the future.

Challenging innovations ahead?

Involve a TNO Innovation Orchestrator active in your field.


Strategic Business Analysis

The Strategic Business Analysis expertise of TNO provides insight in the innovations that sustainably boost the competitiveness of industry and the wellbeing of society. We fashion a flywheel for innovation... Read more

Lotte de Groen, MSc

  • Sustainable Ecosystem Development
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Orchestrating innovation


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