KONICA MINOLTA

Business Innovation Centre

A global strategy for meaningful innovation

At Konica Minolta we believe in fostering meaningful innovation, developing new technologies and growing creative ideas that deliver significant change for millions of people. As part of our strategy for achieving that we have created Business Innovation Centre activities across the world.

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What is BIC?

Business Innovation Centers (the BICs) are established in 5 major regions as the core engine of growth for Konica Minolta. The BICs’ mission is to gain a deeper understanding of our customers’ needs and deliver value to the world.

New lab and client innovation centre opening in Brno

About BIC Europe

In Europe, we're collaborating with academic institutes, startups and our clients. We propose ideas and shape them collaboratively with others into commercialised businesses.

Great ideas have their own gravity

Something magical happens with great ideas: they create a kind of gravity, pulling people in and helping to spark more new ideas. It's not hard to grow a great idea once the right people and resources are in place to nurture it.

Build the future with an industry leader in Europe

We're lucky at Konica Minolta to have a passionate team of people, working in cutting edge laboratories around the world, who are connected with top academics and industry peers. We want to extend that inclusive and collaborative network.

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Leading Edge Partners

The Leading Edge Partners Community programme is flexible so that we can work together in whatever way is best for you and your idea. We can connect you to other people in our network, for example introducing you to academics if you need research or to entrepreneurs if you need to create a company. We can act as a project incubator for companies, provide access to prototyping and testing facilities and even take equity in a business if the opportunity is right.

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We're now working with 113 Partners

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Be part of our network

Our BICs are becoming hubs for a global innovation network that will connect great ideas together in new ways, turn new ideas into successful products and take existing products into new markets. Konica Minolta's size and experience helps us to do this and we want more people to join our Leading Edge Partners.

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About you

To give you an idea of how we work with Leading Edge Partners, here are a few possible scenarios.

Offices and Labs around the world

Our research and development labs around the world are available to partners. Perhaps your project would benefit from being incubated at one for an extended period or maybe it would be useful simply to have a talk to our experts there.

San Francisco

Our North American BIC is based in Foster City, California

1051 E Hillsdale Blvd

Tokyo

Our colleagues in BIC Japan are based in Tokyo

1 Chome-1-1 Shibaura

Berlin

Our Berlin Facility is based the Kreuzberg District

Schlesischen Straße 27

Brno

The first laboratory for Konica Minolta Research & Development opened in 2015

Holandská 880/7, 639 00

Our Portfolio

  • Konica Minolta Holographic Optical Element (HOE)

    This prototype from our Tokyo lab explores full-colour holographic display with sensors and a camera. The glasses feature a transparent film placed on the right arm, just above the lens, and can be used for augmented reality.

  • Nextgen Workplace Services Platform

    This is an outline of a new concept being developed within the Business Innovation Centre - we will integrate broader technologies into the office multi-functional device footprint for connectivity, local compute power and applications store. You can nominate your ideas for function and features via our enquiry contact page.

  • New lab and client innovation centre opening in Brno

    The refit is complete - and represents our first Research & Development site in Europe

Areas of Focus

Hospitality and IoT

What new business streams could the IoT bring to a sector under pressure - namely hotels and hospitality? We've started to investigate this area by sponsoring a Masters Graduate study at UCL's Electronics and Engineering Department.

Augmented Reality

Our first investment was in an augmented reality SDK called Wikitude (see our Leading Edge Community page). Since then, we've been building an ecosystem of companies around augmented reality to address education, healthcare, field maintenance and many others.

Healthcare

This vast area of expertise, care and business is one in which Konica Minolta has existing business in imaging and diagnostic equipment. We're looking to expand this business through partnerships in these areas and in healthcare IT administration systems.

Digital Workplace

This is a solution 'field', not a specific technology. It's where people, devices and places interact - with varying degrees of success. A digital workplace incorporates collaborative technologies, real time location services, semantic engines to name but a few. All these are areas we're keen to develop and invest in.