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Presented at the 2020 Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market & Complexity

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Steve Goldblatt; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


This research aims to provide diverse perspectives of Generation Z on open innovation to create a better entrepreneurial STEM curriculum. The critical research question explores what Generation Z thinks of open innovation, especially from the STEM education environment. Current IMSA students who are generation Z have been developing an open innovation perspective through IN2 center and IMSA inquiry-based curriculum. The IN2 allows students to innovate different ideas for their research projects. The IMSA inquiry stimulates students to work together for problems. However, it is rare to find a collaborative open innovation initiative that connects the various external sources of IMSA, such as IN2 mentors, Power Pitch, and TALENT, with internal research ideas and innovation activities from IMSA. Relying on a survey from IMSA students, this case study illustrates how Generation Z’s perspective can involve collaboration and open innovation essential to the current and upcoming society. The key implication from this survey suggests that STEM education and entrepreneurship programs for Generation Z should be collaborative, generating real-life opportunities around communities, such as internships, creating their start-ups.


Received the BEST BUSINESS MODEL Award



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