Welcome to the ESTI Academy

Learning by doing!


Partnership Practitioner

Multi-day Training


A program for setting up successful partnerships in practice based on proven experience. How do you prepare (both external and internal)? What to agree on first? How do you share knowledge? How do you measure the progress?

Open Innovation Culture

2-day Training


To collaborate with the outside world, a number of specific mindsets are needed. Learn through practical tools how to create an open innovation culture. What does this mean for leadership? How can you recruit and select people?

Networked Innovation Program

Year Program


Select, train and connect your Networked Innovation Champions. Tap into the tacit knowledge base and avoid repeating the same innovation cycles. The success lies in the human centricity, both internal and external.

Ecosystem Game®©

Serious fun Business Game


This interactive game offers a chance to experience the roles within an ecosystem in real life. Where are the shared and the conflicting interests? How do you balance contributing and collecting? Experience it: play the Ecosystem Game®©.


Labor Market Game

Interactive Workshop


This lively game offers insights into the challenges there are between education and the labor market. How do you improve the connection? Who takes the initiative? Who has influence? Learn from proven good practices.

Innovation Challenge

2-day Training


For working in open innovation, on shared problems, the innovation challenge is a proven instrument. But: what is a challenge? What is a ‘good’ problem? Which steps do you take to generate real solutions to real problems?

Ecosystem Day Program

1-day Training


The Ecosystem Day program is a proven way to immerse your organization in working together in ecosystems. What does it mean, both internally and externally, and how do you translate it to your own work environment?


Open Innovation in the Public Sector

1-day Training


Are you looking towards partnering with external parties from your public organization? With this masterclass we give you insights into how you can apply the proven principles of open innovation directly into your daily work.

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Human Centricity in Ecosystems

1-day Masterclass 


Organizations don’t work with organizations; people work with people. During this masterclass you learn how strong the human influence is. You also get pointers into inspiring people to have a positive effect on the shared result.


“We would like to thank ESTI (former Open Innovation Academy) for organizing the Ecosystem Game for our Upstream Gas Consortium (UGC). We asked Margot and team for a varied group of technical people from the oil and gas sector and they managed this very professionally. The enthusiastic way of playing the game was contagious. The game is interactive and teaches you during the flow the principles of ecosystem thinking and open innovation. It provided us and our consortium members more insight of how to innovate in building an open innovation partnership.”

René Peters Directeur Gas Technology, TNO

“Our team from EuroPartners Philips Research played the Ecosystem Game with an experienced specialists in R&D Public Funding projects. Despite the fact that we already apply the open innovation concept for a long time, still a number of eye-openers occured to us. We experienced the pre-occupied opinions we all have with respect to other parties. In this interactive game it became clear that the focus should not be only at the wins we could have from the consortium, but also what other partners could gain from us. Thinking a priori about what you want to bring and achieve – realizing that every partner strives for an individual win – are essential elements not only in the game but also in real practical cases. Margot and her team guided us through a real experience, we learned a lot and had fun. Well done!”

Tom Flaman, afdelingshoofd Europartners Philips Research

“In preparation for the innovation project “Fieldlab Smartbase” of the Ministry of Defense, we played the Ecosystem Game together with all the different parties and interests. In a playful way you learn what innovation means in the “triple helix”. You also learn what you may encounter when you enter a joint development project. Whether it is about IP, finances, reputation, availability of infrastructure, project leadership, or the combination of large parties with small parties: Everything is covered. You will become aware that in Open Innovation you are dealing with all these different interests. The Game adds to the realization that you need to be careful with the various interests of the participating parties, but also that various interests do not need to be showstoppers for achieving joint innovation. The pleasant and casual, yet business-like atmosphere which is created by the team, makes the game reflect the sometimes harsh reality. The Ecosystem Game is an excellent tool to bring parties with seemingly conflicting interests together for joint innovation!”

Luinenant Kolonel Edwin Leidelmeijer, Ministerie van Defensie

“Practice what you teach!”

– Susanne Toussaint

The collaboration with UvA

“Successful innovation today demands an ecosystem approach. The collaboration between ESTI and UvA is a good example of this. The work arenas of ESTI and UvA offer a valuable complementarity to each other. With this shared approach a unique program can be developed around ecosystems, which will be highly valuable for the participants, for instance state-of-the-art insights into themes as open innovation and knowledge absorption.”

Prof. Dr. Henk Volberda, Professor of Strategic Management & Innovation (Amsterdam Business School of the UvA)


Margot Nijkamp

Our Co-Founder Margot has been active on the human factor in (open) innovation for well over 20 year. She created and wrote the Ecosystem Game.