Five years after its creation, the site Portal of the Walloon clusters was redesigned. It now hosts 13 clusters supported by the Walloon Region: Automotive; Solid Waste; Green Building; Space; Micro technology; Nutrition; Clinical Research; ICT; Transport; Energy and Environment; Multimedia.
BusinessWeek Special Report on Innovation (April 2008) includes a number of intersting stories about the state of European innovation, Europe’s top inventors, and main innovation drivers. Included is a piece on Europe’s Innovation Hot Spots. European governments are making efforts to propel innovation on the continent by creating competitive clusters—areas with businesses, research centers, and educational institutions centered around a specific sector.
Bangalore, a city of 6.5 million in the state of Karnataka, southern India hosts a successful cluster of information technology companies, both local (Infosys, Wirpo, iGate) and multinationals. The paper “Localized advantage in a global economy: The case of Bangalore”
Browsing the library of OECD, I have identified quite a few books that are related to the topics that we are trying to address. The one presented below is one of the latest interesting books published by OECD. According to the abstract of the book…
The aim of the “Innovation Financing in the European Medical Device Sector” report is to identify innovation-financing sources for the European medical device sector and to provide a comprehensive overview of the direct, indirect and alternative innovation financing sources for this sector in order to analyse missing links in the financing of innovation in Europe.
One out of four companies within the European Union work in a cluster-like environment, characterised by a close cooperation with other businesses in the region and strong ties with the local business infrastructure. This is the result of the Innobarometer survey 2006 which interviewed 3,500 companies across Europe.