The Centre for Innovation, Leiden University’s think- and do-tank, works in partnership with academic and social organisations to innovate solutions with a human impact.

Our mission is to identify and explore transformative trends in the digital world, creating innovative methods, products and solutions for Leiden University and our partners. We are a team of interdisciplinary experts, designers and developers with a vision to put people first in innovation. 

What do we do?

At the Centre for Innovation, we focus on people and context. We develop learning experiences, applications, technologies, and methodologies, focused always on understanding, exploring and impacting root issues. Our innovations foster collaboration with Leiden University, academic institutions, international humanitarian organisations, civil society, government entities and the private sector. 

Our Maturity Model

Our multidisciplinary staff researches methods of innovation and applies this knowledge to create effective projects and processes. Our proprietary maturity model shows our project lifecycle, and innovations move through phases of maturity only through effective integration with the innovation ecosystem.

Our innovation priorities

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    People: Professional education, skills & knowledge development, culture change

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    Process: Readiness analysis, implementation planning & process management

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    Technology: Finding and validating a problem-solution fit


By working with the entire innovation ecosystem, we ensure long term vision and lasting implementation as innovations move through each phase of our maturity model. By prioritising people and context, we can create systems, processes, tools, knowledge & skills to foster innovation within organisations and for individuals.

Who do we work with?