ICEIRD 2017 Key Takeaways

  • Without collaboration we cannot have innovation. All stakeholders (universities, industries, government, society/users) need to collaborate in order to trigger innovation and growth. Collaboration is taking new shapes through innovation. Actors are constantly changing their boundaries and ambitions and drive thus new collaboration forms.
  • In order to stay innovative, industry needs to take risks and invest in R&D by building upon the triple helix and the knowledge capital provided by universities. Conventional success is no longer valid and thus, innovative approaches are required as continuous disruptions require continuous innovation.
  • Local authorities (i.e. government) should reach out to their local/regional stakeholders and engage them in co-creating the future of the city. Similarly, the government should empower cities/regions to develop innovation hubs/centers in order to retain and incentivize local/regional talent (human capital, cultural and creative capital). Overall, governments should maximize their outreach and enable all stakeholders to become more visible in the decision making processes.
  • Technology transfer models are in high need of embedding local specificity and not just follow global successful trends. To this end, emerging technologies, Industry 4.0 and Sustainability are key shapers of innovation and of the way the actors collaborate and interact. Even more, research-led Startups & TTOs should be better integrated with the concepts of open science and responsible research and innovation.
  • There is also a need of better match-making collaboration models between investors and startups.
  • We need to learn from successful EU regions that implemented smart specialization and study their structural changes that brought success. Similarly, the role of the triple helix within the smart specialization framework requires a more in-depth understanding.
  • Business model innovation can prove to be a key tool for industries to exploit their innovation potential and stay ahead of competition.
  • What is the right mix of incubation/acceleration/mentoring and how these can better match startups needs.