• Do you have the right challenge for us?

    The more it is deemed impossible to solve, the happier we will be to do it!

    Contact us

    Do you have the right challenge for us?

    The more it is deemed impossible to solve, the happier we will be to do it!

    Contact us
  • Breakthrough in car brakes

    Bringing ceramic brakes from Formula 1 to consumer street cars in record time.

    Case

    Breakthrough in car brakes

    Bringing ceramic brakes from Formula 1 to consumer street cars in record time.

    Case
  • Accelerating the transformation of academic brainpower into extreme breakthroughs since 1999

    Accelerating the transformation of academic brainpower into extreme breakthroughs since 1999


What we offer

Over the past decade, iKnow-Who has focused on “Collaborative University Competitions”. Our mission is to transform multilateral industry-academia partnerships into rapidly growing client value – so if you have a challenge, please bring it to our attention. The more it is deemed impossible to solve, the happier we will be to do it!

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How we work

We design and manage Collaborative University Competitions; enabling breakthrough innovation through multilateral industry-academia cooperation for more than 15 years.

Read about our method

  • 20+
    CHALLENGES SOLVED
  • 25+
    Breakthroughs patent protected
  • 30+
    Universities involved
  • 100+
    University teams involved

Our clients:

Philips' Head of Research & Alliances on his Experience with iKNOW-WHO

People who make us great

IKnow-Who consists of a core team, close partners and a global network of experts in industry and academia.

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Kailash Suresh

University Collaboration Manager - San Francisco

Kailash Suresh is a technology enthusiast and has played multiple roles on developing customer centric products. He is experienced in leading cross functional teams, delivering executive-level presentations, business pitches and simplifying complex concepts into messages that resonate with the target stakeholders persona. He is currently working on analyzing the impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning and block chain technology on society and businesses. He has an Bachelors of technologies from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and MBA from Hult International Business School.
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Colin Harvey

Principal - London

Colin Harvey is an experienced professional with a background in the financial services industry.  He has worked in market risk management, developing and implementing analytics for the trading businesses and in trading.  He ran the GBP interest-rate option trading book at Barclays and was a Director in the Credit Trading business at HBOS Treasury Services.  He has interests in behavioural effects in economic decision making, finance and effective learning.  MEng in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Finance, MSc in Behavioural Economics and MBA from London Business School. Languages: EN, FR.
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Martin Ertl

Principal - Berlin

CTO – Head of Research and Technology, Chief Innovation Officer at Bombardier Transportation. Leading global R&D activities including innovation, IP, integrated planning, public funding, networks, academia and strategy. Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. Languages: DE, EN, FR.
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Dr. Rafal Dudkowski

Managing Partner - Warsaw

Entrepreneur, manager and consultant with many years of project management, training, consulting and research experience.  Areas of expertise include creation and implementation of Growth Strategies, R&D Management, Industry/University R&D Partnerships, New Product/Business Development, Technology Venturing and Strategic Innovation. Prior experience gained within Booz Allen Hamilton, HCG and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as well as start-up investor and entrepreneur. Languages: PL, EN, DE.
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Urban Emson

Managing Partner - Stockholm

Urban Emson has a wide range of professional experience working with sales management, business turnaround and innovation management in the role of entrepreneur, management consultant, SVP and CEO. Geographically he has deep experience from the Nordic countries, East Europe and Asia. MSc in computer science, MSc in management and an executive MBA from INSEAD/Copenhagen Business School. Languages: SV, EN, DE, ES and PL.  
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Marcus Ulmefors

University Collaboration Manager - Malmö

Engineer with background in low-carbon energy technologies such as wind, solar pv, nuclear fission, ocean waves, and concentrated solar. Professional experience in industrial software development and project management on mobile platform front-end. Interest in management, finance and international development. MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and University of California, Berkeley. Languages: SV, EN, ES, FR.
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Dr. Sigvald Harryson

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Switzerland

Sigvald Harryson is a Professor of Disruptive Innovation at HULT Business School in San Francisco. He also teaches at HULT in London and Dubai. Founder of HCG, InnoVentum and iKNOW-WHO. His first PhD was on Japanese R&D Management and his second one on Breakthrough Innovation. His book DISRUPTING INNOVATION – was recently published in co-authorship with Dr. Johan Roos to describe the iKNOW-WHO-method. See more at iknow-who.com/about/ Languages: SV, EN, FR, DE.
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