Regional Policy

The Digital Cities Challenge

The Digital Cities Challenge (DG GROW) provides fifteen European cities which want to take advantage of the impact of digital transformation with free-of-charge high quality policy advice, coaching, facilitation and support, in their own language. The support helps cities to develop and implement strategic plans addressing economic growth and social welfare.  The Digital Cities Challenge…

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EC EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises), Social Business Initiative (SBI) follow up: Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises

The study strives to advance in understanding both organisation-level collaborative behaviours of social enterprises and contextual factors that can favour or hinder cooperation and understand further the social impact produced by cooperation relationships.   Overall, the principal purpose is to provide in-depth knowledge about cooperation relationships and their social impact across Europe and, simultaneously, benchmarking with…

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SME Innovation Financing Facility

This study was commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to assist in developing a new financial product in the form of credit lines to SME and mid-caps to encourage private sector-led innovation in Latvia and Romania and help these countries move higher on the EU’s Innovation Union Scoreboard. Click on the…

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R&D Attraction Networks-A report on stakeholder co-operation and STI diplomacy to attract investments in R&D

This report, conducted by Technopolis Group, addressed some of the location factors behind R&D and describes some of the instruments and policies that can be used to attract further investment in the area. It focussed on the situation in the Netherlands, and then examined the R&D attraction framework for five countries, namely: Canada, Germany, Denmark,…

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Unblocking technology and knowledge commercialisation in Peru

CONCYTEC, Peru’s government agency on science and innovation, needs to define the best policy solution to promote economic benefits from research. This includes commercialisation of knowledge and technology, and sets the challenge of collaborative work between universities (that produce knowledge and research) with the private sector. This is an issue that countries like Chile and…

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Conference personalised cure and care

DG Regio and the Flemish government are organising a high level conference on Smart Specialisation. One workshop within that conference is on Healthy Ageing, in particular personalised care and cure. Technopolis helps DG Regio and Flanders to organise the workshop, write a scoping paper, present this at the conference and draw the main conclusions from…

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Verschuivende paradigma’s in het ruimtelijk economisch beleid

Het regionaal economisch beleid heeft in de afgelopen periode een tweetal paradigmashift ondergaan. De eerste verandering betreft de keuze voor sterke regio’s (pieken in de delta) in plaats van het ondersteunen van achterblijvende regio’s. De tweede verandering is het overdragen van verantwoordelijkheden in het regionaal economisch beleid naar de regio’s zelf in plaats van een…

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Feasibility Study for the Design and Implementation of Demand-side Innovation Policy Instruments in Estonia

The Baltic office has conducted a feasibility study for the design and implementation of demand-side innovation policy instruments in Estonia. The aim of the study was to analyse whether and how the demand-side innovation policy instruments can be used in smart specialisation areas in Estonia (ICT horisontally in other areas, health and health technologies, better use of…

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