ISPIM - Call for Submissions


ISPIM Connects Ottawa is a three-day event that will bring together world-renowned innovation managers, researchers, and business and thought leaders to share insights on specific local and global innovation challenges. Hosted by local universities in partnership with industry and the public sector, ISPIM ConnectsOttawa seeks participation, submissions and presentations from academia, industry, research organizations, consultants, intermediaries, and policy makers.


Ottawa is Canada’s Capital City and it boasts a highly educated and skilled technology workforce, world-class research and higher-education institutions, strong startup ecosystems, and nearly 2,000 knowledge-based businesses. But, it takes more than that to stand out on the global stage.Invest Ottawa –the city’s leading economic development agency –recently completed its new strategic plan, which focuses on the city’s need to create local capability to be competitive in global markets, with the ultimate goal of cementing Ottawa’s status as a global technology hub.


With this goal in mind, ISPIM Connects Ottawa will highlight three local innovation challenges that are also of global importance:


Scaling Startups

  • How can we design and sustain a startup ecosystem in a way that enables new ventures to grow early, rapidly, and securely?
  • How can we help startups quickly reach a scale where they can make a real impact on the local economy and in global markets?


Adopting AI and Analytics
  • How can we move from hype to real customer value and competitive advantage?
  • How can we transform the use of AI and machine learning to enable SME innovation and growth?


Innovating with Government
  • How can we encourage collaboration between industry and government to drive innovation and provide benefit to citizens?
  • How can we use this as an opportunity to develop advanced capacity and capability in startups, SMEs, and large companies?
Submissions from academic, research, consulting, industry, intermediary and policy organisations are encouraged to focus on these main issues as well as:
  • Business model innovation strategies
  • Collaboration, networks, and open innovation
  • Futures & foresight for innovation
  • Innovative cybersecurity solutions for global SMEs
  • Innovation policy and performance
  • Machine learning applications in innovation management
  • Managing, designing, and measuring innovation
  • Managing innovation in smart cities and sustainable communities
  • Managing innovation in public
  • services & the defence industry
  • Platform-based businesses and marketplaces
  • Social, sustainable, and responsible innovation
  • Technology entrepreneurship
  • Training, teaching, and coaching innovation
Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCO, ProQuest ABI-Inform, Business Source Corporate Plus & Business Source International (forthcoming) and SCOPUS (forthcoming).



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