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Innovation ecosystems

Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World

This book brings together some of the key conceptual insights behind Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World and highlights actions that are already taking place or are being prepared for Europe. It is has been published by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
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Digital entrepreneurship: An idea bank for local policymakers

nesta digital enterpreneurhsip logoThis publication by nesta.org is an idea bank aiming to help local European policymakers and influencers create better conditions for entrepreneurship at the regional or city level. The publication is detailed and covers all the major areas on which local policy makers should address different challenges. The publication includes as Annex a Policy Action Guide with a template for policy makers to support the designing of a useful mix of policies to support digital entrepreneurship suited to different environments. The included guide contains ten-steps which comprise an idealised policy process and are not so straightforward in reality. Continue reading…

European Digital City Index 2016

edci_variables_in_colour_wheelNesta launched the 2016 version of the European Digital City Index (EDCi,) which describes the ‘fertility’ or attractiveness of different European cities for digital entrepreneurs. The Index is not a simple count of the number of new firms or capital flows, but a composite measure of the varied factors which matter to founders and young firms.

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Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems

orchestrating regional innovation ecosystemsThe book published by Aalto University, Laurea University of Applied Science and Built Environment RYM Oy, on 2015, gives a snapshot of developments in Espoo Innovation Garden in Finland. It shows in 27 articles what’s happening at this moment —through the work of the authors—but also points to the future, as their work continues within the Energizing Urban Ecosystems re­search program. Continue reading…

Social Innovation: A Decade of Changes

social innovIn recent years, many initiatives and events have been carried out to develop pragmatic and participatory solutions to social and environmental problems that have been made more pressing by the crisis and have been addressed inadequately or not at all by either the market or the state. At the same time, the significant changes in the economic and social context as well as in the policy developments, particularly in the EU, have led BEPA to update the initial report published in 2010 in order to reflect Continue reading…

Science, research and innovation performance of the EU

Science, research and innovation performance of the EUResearch and innovation are key to building a prosperous future for the EU. They therefore figure prominently in the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Semester process and underpin progress towards the 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission, from providing a new boost to jobs, growth and investment, to developing the digital single market and developing the Energy Union. This report presents an in-depth indicator-based analysis of the EU’s science, research and innovation performance and provides insight into the underpinning factors and drivers. Continue reading…

Geographies of Innovation

geographies of innovationGeographies of Innovation, created by the 300.000 km/s firm, visualizes and explores the location of innovation initiatives, companies and research hubs in Barcelona, how they cluster in urban space and which sector of activity they belong to. Continue reading…

Urban Startup Neighborhood

Startup-US-2016_Rise-of-the-Urban-Startup-Neighborhood-1The report, titled Rise of the Urban Startup Neighborhood, published by Martin Prosperity Institute, uses granular data from Thomson Reuters to look at micro-clusters of venture capital investment across America’s neighborhoods and five leading high-tech industries: software, biotechnology, media and entertainment, medical devices and equipment, and information technology services. Continue reading…

HOW INNOVATION AGENCIES WORK: International lessons to inspire and inform national strategies

Nesta report how innovation agencies workIn this interesting and well documented report, authored by Alex Glennie and Kirsten Bound, published by NESTA on May 2016, a number of international lessons to inspire and inform national strategies on how innovation agencies work are being presented. According to Dan Breznitz, the report pursues three ambitions. Continue reading…

MIT entrepreneurs: The world’s 10th-largest economy

mit-entrepreneurship-reportLiving MIT graduates who have started and built for-profit companies do not qualify as a nation. However, if they did, they’d be the world’s 10th largest economy, with gross revenue falling between the GDP of Russia ($2.097 trillion) and India ($1.877 trillion), according to a recently released report. Continue reading…