Smart Cities and RIS 3

In developing the new 2014-2020 Programme is crucial to be able to define a coherent policy for the Union launched with Europe 2020, connecting points (say Steve Jobs) to discover the plan. An article on URBACT website, can very clearly to rebuild the sense of Smart Specialization Strategy connecting two strategic approaches emerged in recent years, the triple helix and the open innovation, then contextualize it in an urban area. Peter Ramsted takes the smart specialization strategy, focused on a regional approach, to affirm the fact that cities have to carve out a role. This can use the approach of the triple helix, connecting to research centers and companies in the identification of a role and an autonomous physiognomy, and then rely on the contribution of active citizenship arriving to quadruple helix. The set of research, business, local government and citizens must rely on companies to seek their path, the more functional as the entrepreneurial proves open to the exchange of knowledge (in a logic of open innovation). In this way, lucidly argues the author, the smart city is not only a laboratory of technologies more or less innovative, but also points to the value of human capital and the involvement of citizens as a research tool for sustainable solutions. If you are interested, here is the article: Smart Specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon.

Innovation Workshop Living Labs towards smart communities Milan 18th March, 2015 h 10:00

Living Labs may represent a valid instrument to support territorial development policies, assuming the configuration of  tools for promoting user driven RDI in a given sector (such as e.g. eHealth, Domotics, or eInclusion), thus attracting investments and talents, or simply tourists into a region and leading to a permanent increase in growth and employment; or of territorial innovation models, for proactive behaviour of the public administration, grounding on a successful ‘mixture’ of technological, social and organizational  RDI activities to valorise local intellectual capital and increase knowledge for development.   The Apulian Living Labs intervention has been one of the “bridge” actions put in place by the Regional Government that have allowed the building up of the RIS3 of Puglia.   Scope of the workshop is to illustrate the experience adopted by three Apulian Living Labs and to work with project partners together with Living Labs representatives and Innovapuglia expert,  adopting the Living Lab methodology to identify needs and opportunities to be taken. The  NEXT technical assistance will give an outline of Marche RIS3 sectors and domain that can be investigated to foster the issues of discussion of the working group.

NEXT at GEC 2015

MI-CO NEXT partnered with GEC 2015 to organize an  international event focused on assessing and  evaluating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the  Adriatic region. The Adriatic Investor Forum will  be held on saturday march 18th, and aims to gather  all the NEXT partners and other stakeholders from  IPA Adriatic Countries, in order to leverage the  entrepreneurial opportunities in the region. NEXT  will also build up a branded booths in the exhibition area, to disseminate its activities, to host private B2B meetings, and to advertise the NEXT IS Platform

The crowfunding market in europe

Forbes, the US magazine, publishes the results of a Cambridge university study about the alternative finance sector. The Uk dominates the scene with worth 3,56 Bn €; this was the first european market, 10 years ago. France is following with its 70 platforms and funding worth 253 Mn €, and Germany accounts for 3236 Mn €. Netherlands (155 Mn €) and Spain (101 Mn €) are followers. The problem of the continental markets is the uncertainty of sector regulations

A map of startuppers in Italy. Where they are located and who finance them?

3,454 start-ups in Italy since the Star-Up Act come into force on 2013. 142 are located in Marche Region. 57.9% of them are in still in red balance, in while 48 thousand Euro is the medium of their capitalization. Only 9 have assets over 1 mlion of Euro (they are located between Milan and Bologna area). Here, the geolocation of start-ups (who they are, where the are, what they do, how many work for them, how much is their company’s assets and turnover), the map of bank creditors, the exit strategies and private fund investors; numbers and false mythos of this ecosystem, Source: