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Is an assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the TU Eindhoven ITEM Group. Previously he defended his thesis titled 'Designing organizations for innovation in transitioning domains' at TU/e (PhD) and at Aalto University (DSc) in 2018. As a lecturer, is currently responsible for the biggest entrepreneurship course on campus: Introduction to Technology Entreprenership (425+ students); and at Jheronimus Academy of Data Science the master course Data Entrepreneurship in Action III. Madis has been nominated for the Industria Teaching Award for three years in a row (2017, 18 and 19). He is also a pioneer of the LEGO Serious Play methodology at TU/e, introducing it in university education, as well as in support of R&D teams on campus. 

In research, focuses on organizing corporate (open) innovation programs, analyzing and designing innovation ecosystems in conditions of high uncertainty (e.g., low TRL) and governing (public) funding programs for R&D projects. Along with collegues, Madis authored three recent publications on innovation ecosystems, including lead authoring the design of the management tool Ecosystem Pie Model, published in Long Range Planning (see also Madis is involved in the 4TU entrepreneurship education research initiative. He currently supervises 2 PhDs and 1 PDEng, being part of the Smart Spaces Interreg project. In terms of sectoral focus, main expertise areas include energy and mobility.

Beyond and before university work, Madis has extensive experience in consulting energy corporations, having served in that capacity for some of the key energy market players in Spain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. His consultancy activities hve included designing and running corporate innovation programs and (user-centred) business development for new services. Prior to working at TU/e, he was the international marketing manager for a small manufacturing company and established three startup companies, one of which was sold. In his home country of Estonia, he has consulted and trained several top companies and written more than 30 articles for the management journal Director. Madis has also worked at corporate banking as an analyst and as a teacher of economics and entrepreneurship at the high school level (5 years). He has supervised a total of more than 70 student theses at the PhD, master,  bachelor and high school levels. 

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demand-side management Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
innovation Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
Innovation Zaken en Economie
ecosystem Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
cooling Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
Ecosystem Zaken en Economie
Multi-level perspective Zaken en Economie
Energy Zaken en Economie

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Projecten 2018 2021

Smart Space

den Ouden, E., den Ouden, E., Romme, A. G. L. (., Talmar, M., Khabir, S., van Broeckhoven, B., Sens, F., Chakraborty, S. & Nijssen, E. J.

Stad Oostende


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 2013 2020

4 Citaties (Scopus)
158 Downloads (Pure)

Mapping, analyzing and designing innovation ecosystems: the Ecosystem Pie Model

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Podoynitsyna, K. S., Holmström, J. & Romme, A. G. L., 2020, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : Long Range Planning.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access

Can these elephants also dance? Major innovation in power utilities

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Holmström, J. & Romme, A. G. L. S., 2 nov 2019.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresPaperAcademic

Power utility
Large companies
2 Citaties (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Designing an organizational system for economically sustainable demand-side management in district heating and cooling

Peltokorpi, A., Talmar, M., Castren, K. & Holmström, J., 10 mei 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 219, blz. 433-442 10 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
demand-side management
District heating

Intermediary role dynamics in system-level transitions: a case from energy transition

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Raven, R. P. J. M. & Romme, A. G. L. S., 1 aug 2019, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings.

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Transition process
Sustainable energy
23 Citaties (Scopus)
661 Downloads (Pure)

A multi-level perspective on innovation ecosystems for path-breaking innovation

Walrave, B., Talmar, M., Podoynitsyna, K. S., Romme, A. G. L. & Verbong, G. P. J., 1 nov 2018, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 136, blz. 103-113

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Multi-level perspective


Best PhD dissertation of IE&IS department award

Madis Talmar (Ontvanger), A.G.L. (Sjoerd) Romme (Ontvanger), Jan Holmström (Ontvanger), Bob Walrave (Ontvanger) & Ksenia S. Podoynitsyna (Ontvanger), 27 sep 2019

Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk

earning a doctorate

Nominated for Best Paper Award

Madis Talmar (Ontvanger), Bob Walrave (Ontvanger), Rob P.J.M. Raven (Ontvanger) & A.G.L. (Sjoerd) Romme (Ontvanger), aug 2019

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk




A framework for designing innovation ecosystems: a case study of the Dutch banking industry

Auteur: Gültekin, S., 31 okt 2018

Begeleider: Keskin, D. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Romme, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Talmar, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Creating stakeholder engagement in innovative urban development projects

Auteur: Meulenbroek, N., 30 apr 2019

Begeleider: den Ouden, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Talmar, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Keskin, D. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Valkenburg, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Designing a venture program for entrepreneurial education in the technical service industry

Auteur: van Genugten, J., 30 aug 2019

Begeleider: Bobelyn, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Cloodt, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Talmar, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Developing nascent innovation ecosystems to scale up experiments: a qualitative analysis of battery energy storage systems

Auteur: den Otter, W., 29 nov 2019

Begeleider: Van Boxstael, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Talmar, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Cloodt, M. M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Paving the way or blocking the road? : University-related support mechanisms for student-led entrepreneurship & innovation activities

Auteur: Selten, T., 30 nov 2018

Begeleider: Reymen, I. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Cloodt, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Talmar, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master