Triple Helix: Managing Regional Innovation Ecosystem - Webinar

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Webinar: 12th December 2017, 6 pm CET Time


Objective of the Webinar

This webinar aims to bring two distinctive perspectives from an academic and a policy and practitioner perspective. Both speakers will address issues related to the emergence, development, structuring and management of regional innovation ecosystems (mostly now in a context of smart specialisation), including strategies and challenges for policy and governance. Since we are in a Triple Helix backdrop, the interactions around universities, industry (in the broader possible sense) and government (all types) will be also in focus.

Target audience

Traditional Triple Helix members – predominantly academics and innovation consultants, specialising in innovation systems, knowledge transfer, university-industry collaboration, science parks and incubators, and other topics related to the Triple Helix model.

Talk 1: Regional innovation systems, new approaches to mapping potential and fostering co-operation - by Alasdair Reid

Regional innovation systems theory and policy has evolved considerably over the last 20 years since first emerging in the mid-1990s as a new strand of thinking. The capacity to map and analyse the capabilities, networks and outputs of RIS has grown and novel approaches to capturing and mapping data (quantitative and qualitative) are being experimented to support regional smart specialisation partnerships to develop strategies. In parallel, the policy instruments and policy delivery mechanisms are evolving to reflect much more open, complex and diverse types of co-operation that can occur within and across regional innovation systems. This presentation will provide insights from recent and on-going research carried out both the mapping of regional innovation ecosystems (including the context of the smart specialisation process) as well as outlining new policy approaches that can help strengthen regional innovation systems.

Talk 2: Reverse thinking regarding the place of SMEs in a regional eco-innovation system - by Christian Saublens

Today, most policy makers start to look how the regional assets are able to enhance innovation. This seems to have a limited effect. Shouldn’t they start to analyze what regional enterprises need to innovate and be competitive in order to redesign the support services? For a lot of reasons SME, representatives have difficulties to understand the intervention logics of public and academic stakeholders. This has for consequence i.a. a mismatch between the offer of public support and the entrepreneurs’ expectations. Should the actors of the innovation ecosystem better consider the enterprises’ needs, the type of innovation matching the 5 critical functions of the enterprise and the interactions between the enterprise with its customers as well as with public and semi-public actors.

The Presentation will focus on the following issues:

  • Policy support system of an innovation eco-system,
  • Innovation eco-system of an enterprise,
  • What type of innovation for each of the enterprise core assets?
  • How can policy makers detect and respond to the enterprises’ needs?
  • What can enterprises expect from the high education stakeholders?
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