Start up database, a starting point

Il Corriere delle Comunicazioni, an online italian fanzine, has published a start up database, divided in two parts: 1) a db with the start ups financed by venture capitalist or seed capital, and 2) a more general start up directory. The aim of the initiative is to point up a new important trend in italian economy: the attitude of many young people to play a game engaging their entrepreneurship. The db was realised by Politecnico di Milano and shows a growing phoenomena: + 120% of start up in 2014.

UE: Digital Action Day 2014

Schermata 2014-09-09 alle 10.54.04The EU will open on september 29, in Brussels, the Digital Action Day. The event is focused for discussing the digital competencies needed in EU to face the challenges of competition. Neelie Kroes, EU Commission vice president, will open the event. Digital competencies are crucial for the economic development od Eu countries. A british report, made by the UK Digital Skills Taskforce (interviewing hundred organizations and 4.500 UK teenagers) is focused on needs and actions (upload the report .pdf). For understanding the complexity of the situation see the Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2014

SME and big data, EU suggestions

EU did publish a Communication on the data driven economy in which suggests to Sme a way to exploit big data for their competitiveness. Big data are not exclusivity for corporation. As reported in Cordis website, Katalin Imrei, policy officer at the European Commission, explained dealing with big data: ‘The key here is better data analytics enabling more reliable predictions and evidence-based business decisions with regard to the SMEs’ own market, own customers needs and behaviours and business opportunities”. But to bring this about, SMEs, which produce smaller and fewer datasets than their larger counterparts, need high quality, reliable data and services to run new experiments leading to innovative products and services. Networking of data processing facilities, an essential component of the Commission’s plans, will be crucial in transferring knowledge and tools to them. Read here the whole Cordis news

Compare your region

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OCDE, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development did publish a website OECD Regional Well-being  where is possible to have a screening of wellbeing indicators, measuring eight different topics: Environment, Income, Health, Safety, Access to services, Civic Engagement, Education, Jobs. So the benchmarking is more extended than mere GDP. Through the website is also possible to compare regions.

The challenge is played at the ecosystem level

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Ambrosetti Club proposes a way to measure the competitiveness: the Innosystem Index. The company point up that the challenge for the growth is played to day at the national level. The integrated innovation ecosystem is determined by the interactions among business, academia and government. (The Quadruple Helix Model adds citizens). The most innovative countries have developed local clusters of excellence, but the lesson from Ambrosetti is that there isn’t a single model of success, nor an organizational/functional configuration of reference. Here you can upload the executive summary (.pdf/en)

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The report points out five priorities for the italian innovation ecosystem, and proposes 10 actions to support it.

Montenegro Country Outlook

MontenegroCO MontenegroOne of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the Montenegro Outlook: CO Montenegro
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National Conference: Education, science and business-Joint potential – Montenegro

Considering the mentioned objectives of the project, from 2nd to 4th of April 2014 was held National conference “Education, science and business-Joint potentials” at University of Donja Gorica and Hotel Maestral in join organization of Faculty for information system and technologies and Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, two national partners on NEXT project. National conference “Education, science and business-Joint potentials” was part of work package 2, Communication and Dissemination; measure 2.2; activity: organization and management of local actions in accordance with the Communication plan. Main aims of these conference are compatible with general and specific objectvies of project customized for Montenegro: 1. Presentation of NEXT project to business and research sector and disemination of information between these two sectors; 2. Identification of potential stakeholders in business and research sector in Montenegro; 3. Detection of problems in business and research sector related for inovation; 4. Recommendations for improvement sectors of development an research in business and research institutions; 5. Networking between bussines and research institutions; 6. Promotion of investment opportunities; 7. Presentation of future activities on project: work shops and roundtables, participation in the International Stock of Entrepreneurial Ideas and Day of Research.

Bosnia Herzegovina Country Outlook

One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the BiH Outlook: CO BiH

The smartest cities in the world

Schermata 2014-05-20 alle 12.49.36The IESE Institute did publish his CIties in Motion Index (ICIM), that establishes a ranking among 135 cities based on 50 indicators along 10 dimensions: governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, human capital, and economy.

If you want compare your city, you can go here

Serbia Country Outlook

Schermata 2014-05-11 alle 17.46.19One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the Serbia Outlook: CO Serbia