Innovation portfolios, a practical approach to navigate transformative innovation

TIPC Open learning series

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Tackling the climate crisis requires transformative system change – a fundamental shift to place sustainability at the core of our societal systems. But how can projects, programs and other initiatives assess their contribution to this transformation, before, during and after their lifespan?

Innovation portfolios are complex structures where projects, programmes and actions enable links with interconnected subgroups of projects and programs, by creating new strategic relations among multiple sectors, multiple locations and multiple levels of government. The application of challenge-led system mapping on innovation portfolios allows multi-stakeholders settings to explore strategic opportunities in terms of multiple nested and articulated innovation portfolios responding to different framings, financial logic and institutional.

In this workshop, we will learn when, how and why to use Innovation portfolios at real-life cases from Western Balkans, Gipuzkoa, Regional Innovation Scheme programme and other multi-location initiatives supported by EIT Climate-KIC

Main benefits in attending

  • Learn how mapping and analysis of Innovation portfolios can be used as a practical framework to recognize and understand transformations through linkages between projects and program
  • Familiarize with the process of mapping and analysis Innovation Portfolios
  • Learn from the practical experience of EIT Climate-KIC partners and projects


  • Cristian Matti; Head of Strategic research, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Waldo Galle, Change maker at VITO Nexus, professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Christoph Brodnik, Expert Advisor at Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy, at AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Carla Alvial Palavicino, Research Fellow, Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges

 Expert Panel 

  • Western Balkans: Mila Krivokapic (EIT Climate-KIC)
  • Regional strategy for transformation in Gipuzkoa & Debagoiena: Leire Cancio (Agirrecenter) and a team from Debagoiena 2030: Elena Herrarte, Jone Espilla y Dorleta Ibarra.
  • Regional Innovation Scheme Programme: Beatriz Camacho Avila, EIT Climate-KIC RIS Ecosystem Manager and  Eltisa Petkova, Project Coordinators, Cleantech Bulgaria
  • Moderation: Annalisa Spalazzi, Ecosystem Developer and PhD candidate, Gran Sasso Science Institute