Significant Achievements

Establishment of the MCI Innovation Lab

The MCI innovation lab is a space that fosters  innovation for researchers, students and professionals alike. The concept facilitates the innovation process in a unique setting. This is achieved by focusing on various stages of the innovation process, namely ideation, product development, process development, and commercialization. These focal areas are physically reproduced in the lab to allow a tangible innovation experience, which supports research, teaching and problem-solving related to practice.

The  center of the lab is the “igloo”, which is a sound-suppressing circular meeting and presentation room. The igloo also connects the innovation stages and thus emphasizes the iterative nature of the following innovation steps that are represented in the MCI Innovation Lab:

  • Creativity and ideation - Generate, discuss and analyze new ideas with helpful tools and methods.
  • Product development – Visualize and mock-up ideas for new products and functionality by handling various materials, smart building blocks and many other tools for rapid prototyping.
  • Process development – Display supply chain and other operation elements and visualize manufacturing and production processes.
  • Commercialization – Analyze, evaluate and adapt business ideas to move ideas, products and services towards market entry. Innovate, adapt and generate (new) business models in line with current trends and emerging technology.

 The MCI Innovation Lab was established with generous funding from the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation and support from the European Interreg 5A Programme.

Frederik Gottlieb, Innovation Consultant,

Establishment of the MCI Digital Twin Lab

The MCI Digital Twin Lab is a recently established hub to foster new and emerging technology trends in the digital era. It is a new space that enables researchers, students and professionals to explore the role of digital technologies as well as co-develop new applications and interfaces in terms of Industry 4.0 and digitalization. The Lab offers the following:

  • Virtual and augmented reality for digital prototyping modelling
  • Interaction with collaborative robots and remote human collaboration
  • Drone technology to transform physical spaces in virtual reality
  • Computer simulation to model production systems as digital industry 4.0 applications
  • Digital twins as virtual models to perform advanced analyses

The MCI Digital Twin Lab was established in April 2018 with funding support from the Fabrikant Mads Clausen Fond. The latest equipment consists of three virtual reality glasses, namely HTC VIVE and HTV VIVE PRO, as well as Microsoft Hololens for augmented reality applications.

Frederik Gottlieb, Innovation Consultant,

Silke Tegtmeier becomes new president of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB)


SDU TEI proudly presents that Silke Tegtmeier is the new ECSB president from November 2017 for two years.
ECSB is a non-profit organisation located in Finland, whose mission is to contribute to the understanding of Entrepreneurship and to the improvement of the performance of European small and medium size companies. With more than 400 full members and a network of 2000 ECSB friends from 38 European countries, ESCB is the largest pan-European association of researchers, educators and practitioners in Entrepreneurship. Through its affiliation to the International Council for Small Business since 1989, the European network is also connected to the global academic and professional small business community. ECSB organizes for its members high-quality conferences in order to facilitate and enhance the exchange of knowledge within the ECSB membership. Flagship of the ECSB is the RENT - RESEARCH IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS – conference which takes place in diverse European cities on a yearly basis. The RENT conference is among the leading conferences in the field of entrepreneurship and small business worldwide. The board of directors serves as the long-range planning and policy-making authority of ECSB, responsible to the membership, while the executive committee serves as a management resource to the president in the implementation of board policies.

Associate Prof. Silke Tegtmeier,

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