European Innovation Ecosystems: Good Governance and Effective Support for Smart Specialisation

26/01/2016  | 9.30 am - 4.15 pm | Committee of the Regions

The conference on 26 January 2016, organised jointly by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission (EC), aims at exchanging knowledge and experience concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of supporting innovative entrepreneurship at territorial levels in the context of implementation of smart specialisation strategies.

This includes exploring and discussing intra-regional governance issues of successful European Innovation Ecosystem as well as the quality and effectiveness of business support service providers.

Due to the large number of participants registration is closed. However please note that the conference will be broadcasted via web-streaming.



FORMAT OF THE EVENT - The event starts with an opening session with high-level speakers and a keynote presentation by an expert. The next part of the vent is a panel discussion between representatives of different parts of innovation ecosystems in the EU. 

In the afternoon, participants join one of the three parallel sessions with different objectives and working methods:

  1. Business creation and growth;
  2. Interconnecting domains and innovation actors: enhancing the collaboration of STPs and clusters;
  3. Co-creation of knowledge (see online registration form). 

Next, rapporteurs from the three sessions present the outcome of their work and general conclusions are drown by the main rapporteur and followed by forward looking statements in the closing session.


CONTEXT - The European Structural Investment Funds contribute EUR 118 billion to the smart growth objectives improving the EU's performance in research/innovation and Digital Single Market.

These investments in the real economy will upgrade research capabilities of firms and universities, create incubators and technological centres, enable access to risk capital and loans, build cluster partnerships, activate innovation ecosystems, provide advanced services, stimulate collaboration in European value chains in order to deepen internal market and strengthen industrial base.   


Organisers: Committee of the Regions, European Commission (DG REGIO, DG R&I, DG JRC and DG GROW)

Partners: EARTO, EBN , ClusterCollaborations, IASP





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