Our short-cycle innovation process

An innovative innovation process

The PCSI innovates in the field of cybersecurity. We work with an agile short-cycle innovation process. This is the first time that cybersecurity innovation projects have worked this way.

GO NO GO NO GO NO GO NO Expert brainstormsEvery 4 months Ideationworkshop Security radarIdentifies relevant themes Strategical selectionEvery 4 months Theme Selection Roadmap themes projects experience Experiment and validateEvery 4 months Stagedinnovation Validated idea Handover to 3 rd party Minimum Viable Product Validated MVP Prototype Explore Pilot Exploit Proof ofconcept

The PCSI innovates in the field of cybersecurity. In order to be able to switch quickly and to maximise the chance of success of the projects, we work with a short-cycle innovation system. We call this agile way of innovation 'Collaborative Orchestrated Innovation'. This is the first time that cybersecurity innovation projects have worked this way.

Explore the infographic to learn more about the process by hovering over the black dots.

The starting point of our way of working is our Cyber Security Radar. We periodically select the most significant and impactful trends by organizing theme selection moments three times a year.

Ideation workshops

During creative Ideation workshops, employees of all PCSI partners jointly generate innovative project ideas for each trend. In the end, one idea per trend is developed into a project proposal.

Dragons' Den

All project proposals are pitched to the PCSI steering committee in a Dragons' Den setting after which all are assessed based on various criteria. Criteria that are used include the 'Wow' factor, the advantages of the potential result and whether cooperation is crucial in achieving the result. If the assessment is positive, the project can start in the Explore phase of the staged innovation process.

Staged Innovation Process

The short-cycle innovation process has four phases, namely Explore, Proof of Concept, Pilot and Exploit. After completion of each phase, there is a Go/No-Go moment. Have interesting results been achieved? Is there enough support to take the project to the next phase? Does the project still offer enough perspective? Are we getting stuck? Have new insights arisen? After a thorough and well-founded decision, a project continues to the next phase or is ended.


The exploitation of results is a specific focal point in the PCSI. We have explicitly defined the final stage in our innovation process to be an ‘Exploitation phase’. Once projects enter this phase, we will structurally look for exploitation potential, be it transfer of results to a vendor, creating spin-off companies, publishing software as open-source or publications and presentations.

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