10 organizations from 7 countries attended the project kick-off meeting at L’INKUB (Digital Accelerator and Hub) in Nevers, France.
The project partners recognise that digital transformation is more than speeding the uptake of digital technologies in Peripheral and Emerging Regions. CARPE DIGEM is about how to create functioning Digital Innovation Ecosystems (DIGEM) with their RTDI skills, packages and delivery mechanisms within government, civil society and business that are required to convert the use and application of new technologies into economic and social opportunity. This requires investments in structures, strategies, tools and people that both complement and enhance the impact of the technology itself; in competences and skills, in organisational change, in new processes, business and governance models, and also in the intellectual assets that help create value from the new technologies. This element of transformation is more complex and requires greater investments than the diffusion of the technologies themselves. Moreover, it has been moving more slowly, particularly in regions outside the economic and social mainstream, where the impacts of new technologies are often complex.
We will specifically address the issue of building 'SUSTAINABLE digital innovation ecosystems', focusing on inter-regional cooperation: sharing, co-development, social and economic inclusion not just on gateways to services delivered by metropolitan areas which could accentuate the regional digital divide. Crucially, we want to make sure DIGEMs work as suggested in all EC and OECD strategic documents in ALL regions; to engage with the MA’s at all levels and ensure DIGEMs can be mediators between Government and industry. Digital transformation increases the pressure on firms and public bodies to innovate continuously. CARPE DIGEM will show how we can collectively catalyse, lever, network and expand inter-regional digital eco-systems, enhancing inclusion and mediation/brokerage/coaching capacity to provide universal access to the integrated digital solutions and eco-systems our citizens and enterprises need.
Research and innovation
The NW Region of the island of Ireland is the only functional economic region of such scale which experiences a national jurisdictional border. As such, specific arrangements through the North West Partnership Board (NWPB) have been made and a policy instrument, the North West Strategic Growth Plan.” developed. It has 3 axes:
1 Economic growth and investment;
2 Physical and environmental development;
3 Social and community cohesion and wellbeing.
The 1st axis aims “to enhance the region’s innovation ecosystem to capture jobs and enterprises in the next wave of digital innovation”
1. Focus transformation efforts on five (S3) targets: Advanced manufacturing, Fintech, Life & health science, Digital & creative industries, Culture & tourism
2. Develop, deepen, leverage and apply digital research resources across S3 targets to create enterprises, investment, jobs and skills.
3. Configure base of tech parks and innovation centres into coherent networks of innovation
Improved thru measures to transfer research and development activities from 3rd level institutions to existing & new enterprises and B2B. Requiring access to latest university/3rd level-enterprise collaboration, methodologies and innovation approaches (characterised by DEI DIH service list). In addition 3rd level sector can be better grown through use of venture capital startup/accelerator funding, by gearing its activities towards transfer of research capacity into viable businesses.
The priorities for intervention is the OP Madeira 2014-2020, where IDE, IP-RAM is the Intermediate Body.
The regional action will focus on Priority axis 1 - Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation which best reflects our ambitions in the CARPE DIGEM Project
Investment Priority 1.b - The principal measures of interest are:
Promoting business investment in innovation and research,
Develop links and synergies between enterprises, research centers and R & D and the higher education sector, in particular the promotion of development of products and services
Technology transfer, social innovation, and co-development and applications of public stimulation of demand, in networks, clusters and open innovation through intelligent specialization,
Support for applied technological research, Pilot lines, actions for the early validation of products,
What should be improved:
• identify more clearly the structural constraints in the area of RTDI related to DIGEMs which are barriers to reaching Europe 2020 Strategy Goals
• ensure greater clarification of actions to be undertaken to reinforce the regional DIGEM and its role in reinforcing other EPs of Regional Strategy such as green economy, culture economy, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
• Ensure a fair balance in project prioritization criteria within the OP Madeira 2014-2020, ensuring an appropriate allocation of resources to priority areas for job creation and, for skills/infrastructure
The selected PI points at the need to co-create cross-overs between traditional areas to create innovative digital services in industry and for a smart urban-rural balanced region. To strengthen the region’s focal areas “intersections” are used, that is - areas of expertise/sector crossing other areas, leading to innovative leaps, to create potential for future investments, by promoting inter-sectoral meetings between different enterprises, organisations and expertise. An intersection that will be focused is the development of industrial technology and services, requiring new concepts and ICT solutions, offered by, operators in the digital creative sector. These types of inter-sectoral contributions will be prioritised. The region’s on-going rapid digitalisation, needs to be ‘eco-systemic’ to provide as is envisaged under EC "Digitising European Industry" Communication (COM(2016)180) that "any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change’. The existing PI lacks concretization on how to achieve this ambitions and establish such co-creative border- crossings wher innovative digital products and solutions can be developed. The PI needs to devlope strategies for learning between successful examples of boarder-crossing solutions and supporting ecosystems on regional as well as national and European level.
Axe I of the OP underlines the need to increase the research and innovation potential of the territory in order to serve the Competitiveness and employment of Burgundian (Nièvre) companies. Measure 1b's objective is to address the challenge of facilitating and encouraging the emergence of new fields of innovation. The measure underlines the need to strengthen relations with Competence Centers and (the wider digital innovation ecosystem) to amplify the dynamic of creating innovative enterprises linked to the strategic areas identified by the RIS3. This (improvement will be achieved through the improved development of the local ecosystem of innovation (detection, start-up, maturation, incubation) its better regional integration as well as the development of research; Public-private and private-private partnership in relation to National, European strategic agendas. In 2011, Burgundy was 17th of 21 French regions in regional business creation rate. BFC (and subsequently Nièvre) economic fabric is made up of small businesses with a low RDI capacity. The Policy Instrument needs to be improved in order to a) provide more strategic ‘guidance and pathways’ for business and citizens developing a support and competence ecosystem, with consistent and comprehensive access to innovation services/ and mediation-brokerage-coaching support b) enable public and private sector service deliverers to better map; plan and manage the local + regional DIGEM at intra and inter-regional level
The aim of this PI is to contribute to the improvement and recovery of the competitiveness of the Spanish economy, through the promotion of a smarter growth model, supported by the research, innovation and ICT, with special attention to the needs and potential of SMEs. Its general objectives are: (i) the development of research and innovation activities by companies, and the transfer of technology towards these; (ii) to promote a greater use of ICTs; (iii) to improve the internationalization processes of SMEs and their access to financing; (iv) to achieve an R&D expenditure 2% of GDP to strengthen the Spanish R&D&I system.
From another perspective, this PI aims to develop public-private collaboration, strengthen links between universities, technology centres and regional companies (especially SMEs), and to support collaborative structures in their respective fields.
This PI is implemented at regional and local level by the Spanish Chambers of Commerce, who acts as intermediary body (CCM in Mallorca) , and who have implemented specific sub-programs such as: Xpande (internationalization of SMEs), Xpande Digital (international digital positioning of companies in global markets), InnoCámaras (Develop innovation in SMEs), and TICCámaras (Integrate ICT's within SMEs).
The PI would significantly benefit from stronger cooperation between the public/private stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem, improved support, competence and mediation. Service offer and access
The Program’s main aim is the achievement of dynamic and competitive economy through the development of innovations, entrepreneurship, growth capacity of SME’s, energy and resource efficiency of enterprises.
The OPIK Priority Axis 1 “Technological Development and Innovation" (TO1), related to the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), is the policy instrument that needs to be amended to successfully support smart specialisation priorities in manufacturing sectors by responding to the surge of the digital transformation. Aiming at encouraging business investment in R&D, in particular the promotion of investment in the development of products and services and technology transfer, this priority axis includes support for technological development and innovation in order to increase innovation activities of enterprises. But OPIK has not been designed or amended so far to answer the challenges of digital transformation. The already planned measures are not oriented towards harnessing SMEs to achieve the digital transformation benefits. The measures envisaging triple-helix cooperation are not intended to support and develop the digital transformation agenda from the last few years. The innovation policies need to be adapted to the new context and oriented to meet the challenge of mobilising Digital Innovation Ecosystems. There is a need for more investment in adequate competence centres and in capacity to deliver the services to implement digital transformation.
The DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 strategy is a commitment for a faster development of the digital society and the use of opportunities enabled by information and communication technologies and the internet for general economic and social benefits. Along with the strategies from its scope, it envisages measures to tackle the major development gaps in the field of digital society: faster development of digital entrepreneurship, increased competitiveness of the ICT industry, overall digitisation, development of digital infrastructure, construction of broadband infrastructure, strengthened cybersecurity and the development of an inclusive information society. It foresees priority investment in the digitisation of entrepreneurship, innovative data-driven economy and development, and the use of the internet and, in these frameworks, in the research and development of technologies of the internet of things, cloud computing, big data and mobile technologies.
DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 was published in 2016, and didn’t take into account the challenges with digitalization brought since then, but also mechanisms, such as Digital Innovation Hubs introduced to meet some of those challenges. That is why we would like to use this project to improve the policy instrument with new projects that will tackle the digital challenges.