We hosted a corporate get-together last week together with Oracle. In a way this was a follow up to our work together on Open Alchemy but this time not a formal programme. The big idea was to convene a group of like-minded corporate open innovators and see what we could achieve together rather than separately. The evening was a resounding success and it appears that there are lots of opportunities for joined-up working. It is somewhat ironic that the ‘open’ in corporate open innovation does not include corporate peers as a matter of course. The sorts of benefits that were discussed were to SMEs (give them a market to pitch for) , Corporates (better identification of needs and potential partners) and Government (being more in touch with the needs of industry). From having run the P&G Open Innovation Challenge NESTA is aware how difficult it is for SMEs with good ideas to find the right door to open in any given corporate and we are also aware of the logistical difficulties of finding the right ideas and people from the corporate perspective. Maybe some sort of Corporate Innovation Group is one of the answers? I would be really interested to hear you views on this.