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Innovate, baby, innovate!

Oh, yes he can…get elected. We can not only credit this to his extraordinary political talent and his managerial capabilities in putting this campaign machine together and keep it humming along nicely. But we can also thank George W. and Dicky Vader for having made this possible, for instilling the desire for change into so… » read more

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Last week we met with Roland Strauss, the initiator and coordinator of Knowledge4Innovation, an initiative supported by ERRIN. It aims at engaging policy makers, the business and science communities and related networks in a dialogue on the future of innovation in Europe to promote the adoption of adequate policies, programmes and budget allocations. To this… » read more

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Finnish cluster programmes have been highlighted as good practice by the OECD and the training activities described below, seem to lead the way in Europe. Leena Zittling, President of the European ProClusters Association, whom I met during the Europe Innova conference in Lyon – she was a speaker at the cluster workshop -, sent me… » read more

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Hi there. I would like to share with you some interesting articles on innovation and regional development published this week in the Herald Tribune. Broader financial turmoil threatens biotech’s innovation and cash A biotech crash, if it comes, could threaten an industry that plays a vital role in turning scientific advances into usable medicines… Bulgaria… » read more

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Accelerating Innovation

I am at the Europe Innova conference in Lyon. In the Opening Session, one of the speakers, Luc Rousseau, Head of the General Directorate of Enterprises, who spoke on behalf of the French Presidency stressed, among others, how important innovation and entrepreneurship was to his country. He highlighted, in particular, the importance of eco-innovation, which… » read more

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Erasmus for entrepreneurs

DG Enterprise asks us to help them choose a name for a new EU mobility programme for young entrepreneurs. According to the information posted on their website, this new EU programme, like the ERASMUS programme for students, will promote mobility for entrepreneurs in Europe. It will offer people in the early stages of entrepreneurship (young… » read more

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DG Enterprise has published today its Communication on “Powerful clusters: Main drivers of Europe’s competitiveness”. It calls for more efforts for facilitating the emergence of world-class clusters in the European Union. The new strategy identifies persistent market fragmentation, weak industry-research linkages and insufficient cooperation as main barriers in the EU for achieving critical mass and… » read more

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Regions in space

ESA, the European Space Agency, has a new approach of involving and mobilising regions. As ESA outlined at a seminar in Brussels last week, ambitious space missions come with high scientific and technological challenges and need to be supported by cutting edge technologies in fields such as medical systems, technical textiles, nano materials, nutrition, energy,… » read more

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SSorry for the silence. But we are at the midst of the Open Days , the crazy days of the regional policy community in Brussels. More than 150 seminars and 7400 (according to the organisers) participants and yes, there is the “Investors Café”. While the European Week of Cities and Regions is no doubt a… » read more

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