“InoSpurt” and “InoLink” measures were introduced to consolidate innovation consultancy services which contribute to increased Business expenditure on R&D.
The problem of ineffective R&D activities execution in Lithuania was addressed by presenting new policy instruments to promote R&D activities and increase demand for innovations. Few of the key success factors are business support measures “InoSpurt” and “InoLink” that have contributed to enhanced companies’ involvement into R&D activities. These instruments help to reduce the fragmentation of innovation advisory and support services. Moreover, these measures influence the scope of the cooperation between business entities and science institutions. As the “InoLink” measure directed to fostering clustering activities encourage partnership between companies and higher education institutions.
These instruments are administered by Lithuanian agency of science, technology and innovation which coordinates all services provided by project partners. This organizational structure reduces the level of instruments fragmentation and ensures that companies could easily access the consultation services that matches their needs. These services are provided by public institutions (LIC), science and technology parks and business associations. The support services are provided to economic entities that are carrying out or intending to carry out activities related to R&D.
A total of 5.2 million euros are allocated for the implementation of these two instruments. Also a significant number of consultants are needed in order to make consultations available in whole region.
Evidence of success
Companies expenditure on R&D has increased by 16 mln. Euros, also 44 new technological companies were established. In addition to this, instruments have contributed to organizing 65 clusters strengthening sessions, 30 consultations for clusters members about R&D activities and engaging 18 new members into clusters that are eager to exercise R&D activities.
Organizational structure was the main challenge, because service providers have different legal status - couple of them are budgetary, the others are public institutions, but do not receive funding from a national budget. Thus, big efforts were put to integrate all institutions into one structure.
Potential for learning or transfer
Before implementing this kind of consultancy service structure, the region should ascertain that they have enough technology parks, innovation agencies or other institutions, that have proper competencies and would be interested in providing this kind of services. Because the main point of this practice is that the consultancy services provided by project partners cover all geographical area. The network made consultations on R&D and innovations more accessible for business entities. This structure has fostered the actors to explore the advantages of these services. Companies are allowed to have just one particular consultation or are suggested to get a full package of services ranging from financial support advices to participation in business incubation program. This has led to more active involvement of business entities into R&D activities and broadened actors’ knowledge about them.