<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/esicnews/index_en.htm European communities Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:09:24 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![CDATA[Smart Specialisation Strategies – Focusing on Regional Strengths in Innovation Activities]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

Smart specialisation is a concept designed to promote the efficient and effective use of public investment in research and innovation. The goal is to boost innovation by enabling regions to focus on their strengths and thus, achieve economic growth and prosperity. Smart specialisation is based on strong partnerships between businesses, [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in Upper Austria]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

    Developing or re-designing initiatives to support service innovation  Upper Austria has taken a number of steps to further develop the topics covered in the ESIC expert recommendations. Several regional instruments to stimulate innovation in SMEs have been redesigned [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in Northern Ireland]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

  Creating a level playing field for technological and service innovation Northern Ireland’s existing policy mix is weighted towards R&D support and technological innovation. In terms of funding, the policy mix is mostly focused on product development and a comparable [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in Luxembourg]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

  ‘Activate’ demonstrating the potential of healthcare services Through the ESIC Initiative, Luxinnovation was able to set up a project focusing on healthcare as a service industry. Looking at both the business concept and the shifting of patient healthcare [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in Limburg]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

  Raising awareness about service innovation The province assumed its responsibility and gathered the main stakeholders to present them with the final ESIC report and to determine the main actions that should be taken. It was encouraging to see the intrinsic motivation [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in Emilia-Romagna]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

      Moving forward with the Smart Specialisation Strategy The European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme for the Emilia-Romagna Region has been prepared and transmitted to DG Regio, but it has not yet been approved. The [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Insights into the activities carried out in the Canary Islands]]>

Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

   Building a platform for regional and European collaboration One of the main initiatives has been the work on establishing an innovation platform. Thanks to the ESIC policy recommendations, the peer review discussions and other contributions made during the [...]

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Shedding light on service innovation ]]> Published : Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Every now and then people ask “what exactly is service innovation?”  It seems that many find it difficult to comprehend the concept even if it is not exactly rocket science.  A service innovation is just a new solution on the market. It comprises novel or significantly improved services and offerings, [...]

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Emerging Industries Conference 2014: Now Open for Registration]]> Published : Mon, 27 Oct 2014

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION: RINASCIMENTO IN MILAN, 13-14 November 2014

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Enterprise Europe Network celebrating 7 years of support in Turin, helping small companies innovate and internationalise ]]>

Published : Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Through local business and innovation organisations, this EU-co-funded Network helps SMEs find partners in Europe and beyond, and provides an integrated range of support services to businesses, such as advising on European legislation or helping SMEs find financing for their projects.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Transforming existing Manufacturing Industries through Service Innovation]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Most strong regions maintain a balanced and smart mix of manufacturing and service activities. Such an amalgamation enables them to establish strong, economic specialisations, to provide competitive product-service combinations and to constantly adapt their economies to new circumstances. The service-based transformation and revitalisation of mature manufacturing economies, such as those [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Messages from other EU initiatives that relate closely to Service Innovation, PART 2 ]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

This article presents the main outcomes of the EU initiatives close to European Service Innovation Centre: the Business Innovation Observatory, the European Cluster Observatory and the High Level Group on Business Services. Each of these three initiatives has briefly outlined the key issues that should be taken into account when designing future [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Messages from other EU initiatives that relate closely to Service Innovation, PART 1 ]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

This article presents the main outcomes of the EU initiatives close to European Service Innovation Centre: the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance and the European Creative Industries Alliance. Both of these two initiatives has briefly outlined the key issues that should be taken into account when designing future policies and practices for [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Integrating Service Innovation into Cluster Policies]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

A challenge for regional innovation policy is to create an enabling business environment in which entrepreneurially-minded individuals can explore and realise their ambitions. One effective mechanism that addresses innovation system linkages and aims to improve the business climate is cluster policy and its related cluster initiatives, which can explicitly embrace [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Transforming Regional Economies by boosting Innovation through emerging Service Industries]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

In his new book ‘Creating a Learning Society’ Stiglitz (2014) explains several good reasons to publicly support emerging industries. It is not that governments are better than markets at selecting which industries to support, but government policies can help ‘infant industries’ to learn and the benefits of that learning, including [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Transformative Power of Service Innovation is there on the Horizon but the Journey towards it has only just begun ]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) conference entitled ‘Service Innovation as a Driver of Change for European Industries and Regions’ took place in Helsinki on 9-10 September 2014 and attracted 140 participants representing academia, businesses and the public sector. [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Highlights from the ESIC Conference: Integrating a Systemic Service Innovation Approach into Regional Policies ]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Three parallel sessions of the ESIC Conference, held in Helsinki in September 2014, highlighted the experiences of the six model demonstrator regions, their attempts to harness the benefits of service innovation and the subsequent steps that they intend to take. These sessions considered: Transforming the manufacturing industries in Limburg and Upper Austria; [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Highlights from the ESIC Conference: The Way forward - Implications for European Service Innovation Policies]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The ESIC conference held in September 2014 also reviewed the policies and activities that have been initiated to promote service innovation in Europe. In a very animated and participative session, members of the audience cast their votes on a series of alternative answers to the following six questions: What policy approach is [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Service Innovation Centre conference –the transformative power of service innovation is on the horizon but the journey has just begun]]>

Published : Sun, 14 Sep 2014

The European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) conference entitled ‘Service Innovation as a Driver of Change for European Industries and Regions’ took place in Helsinki on 9-10 September 2014 and attracted 140 participants representing academia, businesses and the public sector. The event focused on the key findings of, and lessons learned [...]

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Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Continuous Reinvention of the Province of Limburg ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The manufacturing industry in the Province of Limburg is facing a situation in which its products are becoming indistinguishable from others and consumers are buying on price alone. Other problems include increasing competition and short time-to-market. Thus, there is an urgent need to create new forms of added value and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT