The Network IQ Methodology

Network IQ Skills

Network Intelligence is the capacity to utilize networks for innovation and purpose-driven growth. 

Some people are very skillful in how they utilize their networks. For example, they are highly effective in building their ecosystem to get market insights, share resources, find clients, and build partnerships. But many people find strategic networking quite challenging.

This is why we developed a research-based methodology to help talented people learn how to optimize and power their networks.

Network IQ Index, a measurement of Network Intelligence, is based on a combination of 7 skills: Network Strategy, e-Networking, Engagement, Empowerment, Digital Communication, Collaboration for Diversity, and Influence.

These competencies are the necessary skill set for the post-Covid, digital workplace. 

Network IQ Webinar Series

Intro to Network Thinking

Network IQ Skill | Digital Communication

Network IQ Skill | Empowerment

Network IQ Skill | e-Networking

Network IQ Skill | Network Strategy

Network IQ Skill | Engagement

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Background research


Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis

by Daria Tataj 
with Preface by Manuel Castells

To increase productivity and create value, businesses and governments need to innovate. But how can entire regions, countries, and continents innovate in a fast-changing world where old economies have broken down? The book proposes a replicable, mass innovation model based on entrepreneurial innovation networks known as the EIT KICs.

‘Fundamental, innovative book on innovation that will reshape the way we think about innovation.’ – Prof. Manuel Castells, #1 Communication Scholar in the World

‘An outstanding book that can be added to the must-read list on innovation.’- Marisa Poncela García, Former Trade Minister of Spain

Book tour:

New York (2015), Warsaw (2015), Brussles (2017), Torino (2017), Madrid (2018), Dubai (2018)



Case Studies



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Network IQ Alliance

The project calls for harnessing the power of networked communities to scale-up and accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial universities, enabling them to:

  • build forward better ecosystems both physical and digital;
  • use existing and new networks more effectively;
  • direct better capacity building for stakeholder and client success;
  • optimise existing networks for better sharing, selling, innovating, partnering and fundraising;
  • build self-confidence, responsible leadership and change leaders;
  • address the innovation ‘stickiness factor’ for long-term benefit;
  • drive real social change at scale in the research and innovation community.

Network IQ Alliance partners aim to accelerate the health, manufacturing, green and digital transformation, and deepen the integration of industrial regions, which are Emerging Innovators with regions that reinvented themselves and became Moderate and Strong Innovators.

Through the Innovation Vision Action Plan, the project aims to execute and act on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Strategic Innovation Agenda. Network IQ Alliance is focused on transforming individuals and teams with skills to immediately reach out to their network, procure resources, achieve purpose and objectives for immediate success and long-term impact – all using technology.

During the pilot phase the project will:

  • support five innovative SMEs via multidisciplinary research teams;
  • train 130 students with nIQ skills for developing innovation, fundraising and global market access, including 15 students mentored;
  • train 15 academic staff and mentor 5 in nIQ to embed in their HEI’s innovation/entrepreneurship education;
  • train 15 non-academic staff and mentor 5 to embed nIQ in their HEI’s strategy and processes;
  • establish two nIQ ‘train the trainer’ centres at HEIs for popularising the methodology;
  • form one new collaborative partnership in the knowledge triangle.

The Network IQ Alliance results and outcomes will be successfully translated into real-world impact aligned with the priorities of EIT Manufacturing, EIT Health, ETI Digital and EIT Climate.