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Isabelle Reymen is Full Professor Design of Innovation Ecosystems, in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Furthermore, she is Scientific Director of TU/e innovation Space, center of expertise for Challenge-Based Learning and student entrepreneurship at TU/e, a learning hub for education innovation and an open community where students, researchers, industry, and societal organizations can exchange knowledge and develop responsible solutions to real-world challenges. She combines entrepreneurial thinking with a passion for design processes and aims for system innovation.

Her current research interests focus on the design of collaboration processes for technology commercialization within innovation ecosystems. She has published in journals like Research Policy, California Management Review, Organization Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Technology Transfer, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. She adopts and contributes to design science methodology, which aims for research that is relevant and useful for practice. 

Academic background

Isabelle Reymen studied architecture and engineering at KULeuven. After graduating, she moved to the Stan Ackermans Institute at TU/e, where she studied design processes in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering, and received her PhD in Design Sciences at the department of Computing Sciences in 2001. 

With a background as designer, her focus moved from multidisciplinary design processes, to managing these processes, to innovation processes and entrepreneurial ecosystems. She got involved in research into the design of technology transfer offices and technology-based new ventures, and developed a strong interest in the design of business models and new ventures. She coordinated campus-wide technology entrepreneurship classes and became representative of entrepreneurship education at TU/e. She was granted many EU projects on entrepreneurial topics. In 2020 she became Comenius Leadership Fellow and was granted a scholarship for performing research on education innovation with a proposal entitled “Fostering Challenge-Based Learning through TU/e innovation Space”.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Assistant Professor, University of Twente

1 Aug 200230 Sept 2006


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