Valeria Dammicco is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair Technology for Change. Her research focuses on the processes and dynamics of collaborative innovation development enabled by digital technologies, both in urban and rural areas. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2022 where she studied open design and fabrication workshops as potential drivers of entrepreneurial development in local communities. Valeria also holds a BA in Political Science (University of Bari, Italy) and an MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (Portsmouth Business School, UK).
Developing sustainable business models for collaborative spaces under resource-constraints: the case of rural Fabrication Spaces
I am interested in understanding which challenges affect the implementation of sustainable business models of collaborative spaces and in particular, open design and fabrication workshops. Fabrication Spaces are becoming increasingly widespread environments for the development of innovation capabilities in local communities. However, as an emergent phenomenon, their organizational forms are still evolving. This research advances a first step into the development of a categorisation of business models and business model challenges of fabrication spaces in rural and urban areas.
Understanding the venture emergence process of household innovators
The advancement in digitalisation of production and distribution channels have contributed to a significant increase in the number of individuals from the household sector who attempt to develop and commercialise a new product. My research explores how these nascent entrepreneurs commercialise their products developing a ‘minimum viable organisation’ alongside a ‘minimum viable product’.