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.Apply to be a LEP community member
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
In Europe, we're collaborating with academic institutes, startups and our clients. We propose ideas and shape them collaboratively with others into commercialised businesses.
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.
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.
Bernd heads a diverse team in Europe and is tasked with finding new, high-growth businesses for Konica Minolta in Europe
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.
Anyline specialises in high-accuracy optical character recognition and couples with augmented reality applicationsCommunity
A leading full-service business school, a faculty of the University of Leeds, and a top ten business and management research institution in the UK, with significant expertise in innovation strategy. C-TIE is a management research centre that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.Community
Braintribe aims to bridge the worlds of enterprise IT with leading-edge cloud technology. With a set of tools, databases and skills, Braintribe wants to simplify a complex data world through data modelling and operational modules. Really cool stuff!Community
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.Join Our Network
To give you an idea of how we work with Leading Edge Partners, here are a few possible scenarios.
As a Leading Edge Partner we can help you to develop the commercial potential of your research. Or connect your advanced research to near-term project incubations.Get in touch
Your technologies can form a core element of a new ecosystem, or blend with our own R&D and others to create a unique assembly of affordable, leading-edge value.Get in touch
You might be enjoying success in your chosen sector and too busy to think about expanding your business to other sectors. Our scale and resources can help you to do that without losing focus.Get in touch
We're open to co-innovating with companies of a similar size to us as well. As a Leading Edge Partner we can pair your expertise with ours and create new opportunities for value.Get in touch
The BICs can offer mentors, guidance and access to facilities. Get in touch if you think the companies in your programme could benefit.Get in touch
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.
Our North American BIC is based in Foster City, California
1051 E Hillsdale Blvd
Our colleagues in BIC Japan are based in Tokyo
1 Chome-1-1 Shibaura
Our Berlin Facility is based the Kreuzberg District
Schlesischen Straße 27
The first laboratory for Konica Minolta Research & Development opened in 2015
Holandská 880/7, 639 00
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.
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.
The refit is complete - and represents our first Research & Development site in Europe
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.
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.
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.
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.