An innovative innovation process

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.

The process

Explore the infographic to learn more about the process.

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

We focus on collaborative working (all projects are staffed by TNO experts and experts from partners), shared information (prototypes that are developed can be evaluated with real actual data from our partners) and shared funding (each core partner contributes, and the Dutch government matches the contribution of partners).

By doing collaborative innovation, we leverage the scarce cyber security expertise to a level that individual partners cannot accomplish.

How does the process work?

PCSI Cyber Security Radar

The PCSI Cyber Security Radar contains the most current and relevant trends in the cybersecurity landscape. The trends on this Radar are the result of extensive literature study, interviews with cybersecurity experts and in-depth analyses. The Radar is updated periodically. Every six months, the PCSI steering committee selects the trends from the Radar that will be leading for the next innovation round. By keeping the Radar up to date, we can quickly and easily respond to current developments.

Ideation workshops

During creative Ideation workshops, employees of all PCSI partners jointly generate innovative project ideas for each trend. These project ideas are then further developed into project proposals. 

Dragons's Den

All project proposals are pitched to the PCSI steering committee during a Dragons' Den setting. All proposals 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 to achieve the result. If the assessment is positive, the project can start in the Explore phase.

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 either continues to the next phase or is ended. 

Exploitation of results is specific focus 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.


The PCSI strives for open innovation and wants to share as many of the results as possible with Dutch society. Therefore, after each Go/No-Go, it is carefully considered how the results achieved so far can be shared openly.

Open innovation

The PCSI has a membership model and embraces open innovation. This means that we are building to expand the PCSI with new members, both full (core) members, that both contribute in-cash and in-kind, but also with liaison members (contributing only in-kind) that are end-users, vendors, research institutes, universities etc. In this way, we aim to build a broad community to ensure adoption of PCSI results.