Smart Entrepreneurial Lab

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Contribute to a smart city where urban stakeholders learn to innovate together, co-creating solutions that enhance urban quality of life and generate new business opportunities.

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What is the goal of the project?

Researchers and students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences do practical research on suitable business models and advise organizations in setting-up, managing and scaling up a smart city project. The lab serves as a learning center and provides a clear point of contact for education, research and industry.

Together with partner Amsterdam Smart City we aim to contribute to a smart city where urban stakeholders learn to innovate together, co-creating solutions that enhance urban quality of life and generate new business opportunities.

What is the result of the project?

With the Smart Entrepreneurial Lab the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences focuses on:

  1. The urban innovation ecosystem. How do cities manage urban innovation? What tools, instruments, platforms and models are in place to connect and involve stakeholders, and how do they work? How are different smart city projects and initiatives connected and integrated? What is the vision and strategy? What can cities learn from each other? What new competences are needed on the level of city management?

  2. Smart city projects. How to set up and manage projects in which different stakeholders collaborate to get results? How to develop urban solutions as business cases that can run without government subsidies? How can pilot projects effectively be scaled up, replicated or mainstreamed?

  3. Entrepreneurship. How can startups actively contribute to urban solutions? How can smart city projects generate new business opportunities for entrepreneurs?

Smart city research projects are incorporated in this lab, part of the AUAS’ Entrepreneurship Program. It is a collaboration between two faculties of this university; Business and Economics and Technology.

What can other cities learn from your project?

In many cities “smart city” projects are set up, with the aim to use new technologies for improving urban sustainability, quality of life or services. Typically, they are supported by the municipality, and run in partnerships. How to organise such projects successfully? In this study, we analyse a number of smart city projects in Amsterdam, in their wider context, from a managerial angle. We focus on the following questions: How do organisations with different agendas, collaborate on smart city projects? What challenges do they face? What kind of value is created? How are risks and returns shared, and how are users involved? What is the upscaling dynamic of smart city solutions, if any? How can smart city projects be managed professionally? And what is the role of the Amsterdam Smart City platform? Our study provides fresh insights in current practices and lessons learned across a broad range of smart city projects in Amsterdam.

Check our report: 'Organising Smart City Projects: Lessons from Amsterdam'.
https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/posts/organizing-smart-city-projects-lessons-learned-fr

This publication is issued by Entrepreneurship, Urban Management and Urban Technology of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and has been established in cooperation with partner Amsterdam Smart City.

http://www.hva.nl/ondernemerschap/onderzoek/smart-city/smart-cities.html

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