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Peter Popovics

Affiliated Research Fellow

Peter is a researcher, coach, and advisor who works with the most feared subject of any entrepreneur or innovation professional: FAILURE.

His primary research interest lies in transforming failed startups and innovation projects into successful initiatives, which has been the topic of his ongoing Ph.D. since 2017 at the House of Innovation and the European Institute of Japanese Studies. His research focuses on how serial entrepreneurs and innovation teams identify lessons learned and other intangible resources (e.g., professional network, customer data, distribution channels, IP assets, new innovation ideas, etc.) and transfer them from failed to subsequent ventures and innovation projects.

Apart from his research and coaching activities on innovation failure, he helps bridging the European and the Japanese startup and innovation ecosystems by supporting the market-entry strategies of startup companies. Japan has a special place in Peter’s heart as he studied and worked there for 10 years. He is an accredited innovation consultant at Innovation360 and a member of the Association for Innovation Management Professionals in Sweden. 

Prior to his PhD studies, Peter spent 10 years in the technology sector, most recently as Global Business Field Manager and Business Stream Director at a multinational technical service provider and as Sales & Marketing Director at an R&D 100 award-winning biotech company. Peter holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.E. in Environmental Engineering, both from Osaka University, Japan.