Knowledge Transfer that
kindles light bulb moments!

We organise high-quality technical and fact-finding visits in the fields of health and life sciences, research and innovation systems, social policy, engineering and environmental technology, smart cities, and the digital economy.

Who we are

Identifying innovation
gaps

We assist our clients in identifying innovation gaps and answering the important questions that help them thrive while responding to the challenges of tomorrow.

Engaged with diverse industries

We engage with customers from diverse industries and regions with focus areas such as health and life sciences, research and innovation systems, social policy, engineering and environmental technology, smart cities, and digital economy.

International fact-finding missions

We are a knowledge transfer business specialising in international benchmarking, international fact-finding missions, and facilitating R&D partnerships.

Why we do Discovery Trips

We envision a world where companies, organisations, and governments actively engage with their counterparts internationally to benchmark and learn from each other’s successes and failures.

Experience has taught us the value of international dialogue and exchange and the power it has to broaden and enrich mutual perspectives. We have perfected methods to design bespoke, experience-based Discovery Trips for decision makers, in industry and government, that shed new light on the issues and connect them with untapped possibilities.
How we innovate beyond borders
Experience has taught us the value of international dialogue and exchange and the power it has to broaden and enrich mutual perspectives. We have perfected methods to design bespoke, experience-based Discovery Trips for decision makers, in industry and government, that shed new light on the issues and connect them with untapped possibilities.
Establishing international dialogue
The name Tekiu is phonetically derived from the concept ‘tequio’, which for the Nahuatl people means coming together to build or repair a common good. We are passionate about bringing industry and government leaders from different countries together to learn and build that common good.
What Tekiu means

What we do

Discovery Trips are designed to push boundaries and take you out of your comfort zone: They offer international benchmarking through new insights, inspiring experiences, and valuable networking that extend your ability to respond to changes.

We organise high-quality technical and fact-finding visits in the fields of health and life sciences, research and innovation systems, social policy, engineering and environmental technology, smart cities, and the digital economy.

Our Discovery Trips create the circumstances for people to discover something new, with an emphasis on international and interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. We are in the business of knowledge transfer, international benchmarking, and business partnering.

We drive forward organisational thinking and help participants to break free from professional and market silos. Working closely with our clients, we design a program that sheds new light on critical subjects and strategically answers pressing questions.

How we do it

We envision a world where companies, organisations, and governments actively engage with their counterparts internationally to benchmark and learn from each other’s successes and failures.

Needs assessment

We help you identify innovation and knowledge gaps through pre-trip workshops and/or working with your staff if desired.

Bespoke design

We tailor your fact finding mission based on key focused questions and solutions you seek.

Discovery trips

We design your Discovery Trip to offer a range of perspectives on pressing questions and bridge those gaps to discover new approaches and opportunities.

Our Works

Bio-Industry decision makers explore the Swiss innovation system

We have guided a delegation visit for a group of UK decision makers from the Life Sciences industry and government for the purpose of exploring the Swiss biotechnology sector and associated policies. You can read about our achievements and services we provided in full detail by downloading the case study.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) explores the future of sustainable energy

We guided a delegation of business leaders and government representatives from Sweden to London to meet their counterparts and learn from UK energy systems innovation and policy initiatives. The 3-day ‘Discovery Trip’ featured visits to trade associations, energy regulators, innovative companies and investment banks.

Multi-partner International Projects

UK Business Exchanges for Development in Turkey (T-DEB)

Tekiu is running a Newton Fund-supported innovation collaboration project between Turkey and the UK focusing on three areas with a view to addressing societal challenges in Turkey: healthcare, environmental technologies and smart cities/digital economy.

Facilitating tailored exchanges, networking and first-hand experiences of the British and Turkish innovation ecosystems, Tekiu will deliver this project in partnership with Technology Development Foundation of Turkey in Istanbul, Bilkent Cyberpark and ODTÜ Teknokent in Ankara, and Teknopark Izmir in Izmir.

This project has received funding from the Innovate UK’s Newton Fund programme. The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of the 16 partner countries through building science and innovation partnerships.

Doing It Together Science (DITOs)

Tekiu is one of 11 partners in a pan-European project about Citizen Science. Running over 3 years (2016-2019) under Horizon 2020 funding and co-ordinated by University College London, DITOs aims to build the institutional and policy foundations for sustained deep public engagement in science and technology in Europe.

Throughout the project, Tekiu will run Discovery Trips for key decision makers across Europe to learn about Citizen Science and its relevance to current policy and research agendas. By establishing a channel for knowledge transfer between citizen science communities, policy makers and academics, Discovery Trips will help to build capacity for the movement and enable future contributions to policy and research. Follow the project on twitter: @TogetherSci

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 709443.

Our Partners

International collaboration and building long-lasting relations is at the heart of Tekiu. Our close relationships with a large network of partners around the world are the stepping stone to brokering discussions between organisations taking part in our Discovery Trips.

Where we operate

Tekiu’s Discovery Trips have connected innovative countries such as UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Turkey. With an eye to the global context, we work iteratively with our clients, responding to their needs to deliver a program beyond their borders and expectations.