Open and User Innovation
Researcher | Speaker | Coach





Exploring and testing Open and User Innovation approaches to master the fuzzy front-end of innovation.



Sharing scientifically proven insights on Innovation and Tech Transfer via lectures, keynotes, workshops, and the INN2.BIZ blog.



Helping organizations like CERN, Fraunhofer, and Magna to implement Open Innovation methods and leverage their technologies.




Peter Keinz is Associate Professor and deputy head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna. Besides doing research and giving lectures, he shares his expertise with organizations from industry and the non-profit sector in order to help them become successful innovators.

His main interests and competences are the fuzzy front-end of innovation (idea generation), high-tech innovation (matching technologies with new market opportunities), and organizational design to foster innovation.

...and his approach to Innovation

Peter is a passionate advocate of Open and User Innovation. He strongly believes that organizations need to integrate external stakeholders into their innovation processes to stay competitive.

However, for organizations to really capitalize on Open and User Innovation approaches, they need to develop three core capabilities (see below).



Core skills of successful innovators

Mastering the fuzzy front-end

Leveraging high-tech innovations

Preparing the organization

Collaborative User Innovation

Collaborative User Innovation

Technological Competence Leveraging

Technological Competence Leveraging

Org Design for Innovation

Org Design for Innovation


News from the Open and User Innovation community, summaries of latest scientific papers, and best-practise examples of innovation champions.

WU to launch new pre-incubation program

10. September 2018

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, together with the WU Gründungszentrum, will be launching their new pre-incubation program GATE in October this year. GATE aims at supporting „sciencepreneurs“ in the commercialization of their inventions and the development of a complementary venture team. Check out the new GATE program and apply now! Overview GATE program

Call for Papers

30. August 2018

Once again the announcement: Special issue in the International Journal of Project Management on „Managing open and user innovation by projects: Sensing, seizing and transforming“:; we look forward to your contributions! — Peter Keinz (@PeterKeinz) 30. August 2018


Voices of network partners:

Julia Bauer, Fraunhofer Ventures

„We always enjoy working with Peter. He is brilliant in helping our researchers, who have a very technical background, market their technologies. Due to his scientific background, Peter always has good and profound ideas to tricky technology commercialization tasks. We hope we can extend cooperating with Peter.“

Julia Bauer, Fraunhofer Ventures
Heinz Pernegger, ATLAS Experiment, CERN

„Peter has the rare gift to inspire scientists to innovate with a fresh mind and open eyes. He guides us through the process on what seemed so hard: To bring our research to society and industry.“

Heinz Pernegger, ATLAS Experiment, CERN


Any comments on one of the blog posts?

Interested in a collaboration?

Don't hesitate to drop me a line:

T: +43 (1) 31336 5979

...or meet me in person at the new WU campus (Welthandelsplatz 2, 1020 Vienna).