Practice shows the process of entrepreneurial discovery in order to achieve the thematic area Definition of S3 with a territorial dimension of COHE3SION project
The implementation of the concept of smart specialization is an ex ante condition for the granting of structural funds to support research, development and innovation projects (first thematic objective of the ESI Funds) in the financial perspective 2014-2020. During many meetings, the representatives of the European Commission signalled the need to ensure active participation of entrepreneurs in this process. As a result of this recommendation, there were created the working groups for the smart specialization of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship contains the representatives of enterprises, scientific units and business environment institutions. Four working groups were created, one for each area of the smart specialization (high quality of life, intelligent management systems, modern business services, safe food).
The main tasks of the working group members:
- verification of compliance of smart specialization areas with the needs of enterprises,
- identification of development niches within individual scopes (identification of priority research directions/regional research agendas),
- participation in the creation and giving opinions on draft implementation documents: RIS implementation programmes, competition rules, selection criteria, etc,
- formulating proposals for support instruments aimed at solving specific problems in the areas of smart specialisation.
The contact database of working groups contains nearly 300 entrepreneurs from various, innovative industries.
The costs that may occur are only related to the organization of the meetings. The organization of working group meetings requires high employee involvement in order to maintain a high level of cooperation.
Evidence of success
This practice can be considered as a good because it shows the bottom-up way of influencing entrepreneurs on the shape of smart specialisation strategies. Working groups are always open for the next entrepreneurs. The tasks of the Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship concerns only on the coordination of works and is limited to the minimum necessary to sustain the process. The Office keeps telephone and e-mail contact with local entrepreneurs from specific industries.
The main challenges are: maintaining high involvement of meeting entrepreneurs throughout the strategy implementation period; reaching new entrepreneurs with information about the existing of working groups (Mazovia has a similar area to Belgium); coordinating meetings.
Potential for learning or transfer
Based on our practice, other regions have the opportunity to: including entrepreneurs (and the other group members) in the process of entrepreneurial discover. The activity of working groups is not limited to the identification of smart specialization, the groups has impact on the implementation of RIS and also on the shape of instruments financed that EU Funds. The activity of the working groups members allows also for the ongoing identification and verification of research priorities of the region. Key features of working groups:
-working groups have an open work mode, any entity can join the group at any time;
-the activities of working groups is carried out at two levels: during meetings and in online form (there is no need to physically participate in the meeting, comments can also be sent by email);
-meetings of working groups are also an opportunity to establish new contacts and cooperation between entrepreneurs, clusters, research units and business environment institutions