Smart City Entrepreneurial Lab

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In recent years, many smart city solutions have been started in Amsterdam that contributes to the quality of life in the city. However, many of these solutions or initiatives do not succeed. Getting smart city solutions off the ground is not just about developing and applying technology: it demands new networking and management competencies. Solutions are not developed and implemented by one single company, but take shape in networks, at the intersection of technologies and industries, and with the involvement of citizens/end users. Here, the Smart City Entrepreneurial Lab intervenes.

Therefore, with a team of five researchers and with the support of students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences we do practical research on suitable business models and advise organizations in setting-up, replicating 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.

Recently, the Smart City Entrepreneurial Lab systematically analysed 12 smart city projects in Amsterdam from three domains – energy, mobility and circular economy and focused on questions as: 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?

The publication can be found here, under the head ‘Publicaties’¬†at the bottom of the page.

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