Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

How to transform knowledge into a value proposition


TDoRE T-shaped Doctors in Residence –Doctoral training in RTOs and Industries

Most PhD students, Post Docs specialise and researches within a given thematic area (e.g. primary raw materials/secondary material, substitution, sustainability, environmental sciences, etc.). This specialization could limit their ability to generate innovations in the Raw Materials field if they don’t have the skills to connect with other fields of knowledge and the skills to transform new knowledge into a value proposition. For breakthrough system level radical innovations to take place, there is a need for “T-shaped” innovation champions. T-shape professional profile means a deep expertise or knowledge in a single field or discipline, represented by the vertical stroke, whereas the horizontal bar is the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts in other areas and to apply knowledge in areas of expertise other than one’s own.

T-DoRe offers an itinerary for creating and training T-shaped innovation champions through “Doctor in Residence” training within RTOs and industries, in the Raw Materials sector with a learning by doing methodology and following customer development  approach. 


Figure 1 T-Dore Itinerary

Participants understand now the power of lean start up and they are creating a business model based on the innovation related with the project/thesis work and at the same time practicing transversal skills as leadership, team work and communication. We’ve just have our second international training workshop at VTT –Espoo (Finland) where all participants meet and have opportunities for learning from their peers.  It’s a powerful learning experience that open the way to exploit the knowledge into money.


The project is part of the EIT RawMaterials which is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Their claim is Bridging business, research and education and T-DoRE Project is a key piece in this bridge

The project is been carried out by a consortium of

  • Research and Technological Centre: VTT and Tecnalia
  • Universities: Lappeeranta University and Mondragon University
  • Enterprises: Leartiker and Outotec

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