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I have had the opportunity to participate in a Pro-Inno workshop on Open Innovation last week. Great initiative by the organisers, my compliments to DG Enterprise. Here are some thoughts: Open innovation (OI) has become an integral part of innovation strategies and business models of companies in recent years and has inspired policy makers to… » read more

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One surefire way to improve the EU’s innovation performance, entrepreneurship and competitiveness is to upgrade university-business links. To strengthen the role of universities in promoting economic competitiveness, regional regeneration and creating innovation hubs for business and the community is one of the priorities under the Lisbon Agenda. Universities should also be instrumental in developing a… » read more

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As a follow up to the ERRIN conference on “European Cluster Policy – What’s in it for the regions” that took place on 11 December 2008 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels ( see my previous blog entry ) I did an interview in early January 2009 with Antoni Subira, who acted as… » read more

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I wish you all a happy, creative and innovative 2009 and that the force may be with you! Back in October, without much fanfare, the European Commission has published an interesting survey on entrepreneurship in Higher Education Institutions. It confirms empirically what is commonplace by now, that the scope of entrepreneurial education in the EU… » read more

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The European Year of Creativity and Innovation has been launched this Friday (5 December) at a conference in Brussels. The day before, Euractiv published an interview with Education and Culture Commissioner Figel on the year’s significance, particularly in light of the current financial and economic crisis. Quote: As the EU charts its way through the… » read more

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European Cohesion Policy is becoming ever more important in strengthening competitiveness and innovation capacity in our regions. Compared to other important instruments such as the Research Framework Programme or the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme it does not only have ‘critical mass’ in terms of budget allocation, but it is also crucial in aligning national and… » read more

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Clusters are attracting more and more attention from policymakers in their quest to improve regional competitiveness. The development of world-class clusters has now also become an EU policy priority as illustrated recently by the European Commission`s Communication on “Powerful clusters: Main drivers of Europe’s competitiveness”, published on 17 October 2008. The attractiveness of the cluster… » read more

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I am just back from a full day ERRIN seminar and marketplace on entrepreneurship in Brussels, where we had speakers from DG Education, DG Enterprise and DG Research as well as lots of practitioners from ERRIN regions who are involved in diverse action schemes at the local and regional level to create the kind of… » read more

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In preparation of a talk I am going to give at ERRIN’s forthcoming marketplace on entrepreneurship on Tuesday, I have done a little Internet research on the financial crisis, entrepreneurship and innovation. Here are some thoughts and links: New data from the US suggests that tech companies now get the full blow of the financial… » read more

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