On April 4th, 2014, Seville (Spain) will host the seminar: ICT and innovation: building partnerships at regional levels, that follows up to the Digital Agenda Assembly workshop 3 and the previous Brussels workshop.
The seminar aims at bringing together experienced practitioners with EC senior officials in order to develop new ideas for overcoming the “Valley of death” between research and market, namely at the regional level. We will be discussing existing innovative and high impact initiatives in order to identify specific bottlenecks to greater impact and propose actionable policy ideas.
In the last event in Brussels, stakeholders developed policy recommendations that we are going to comment in preparation of the Seville event.
To start with, one of the key points was how can organisations turn ICT research results and innovation into competitiveness and growth in Europe. Different models of transfer of research and innovation to the market were discussed. One of those recommendations was:
"to reserve funding for SMEs: Many stakeholders invited the EC to provide quotas for funding and procurement to SMEs, as well as easier rules for participation, such as joining a project only for one year"
Top contributors will be invited to the workshop with travel and accommodation expenses paid