A collaborative platform for regional innovation, including representatives from public sector, academia and business now participating in developing RIS3
In 2010, the County Governor took an initiative to increase regional coordination between innovation actors. After a period of high level discussions, the collaborative platform was established. In a joint process, a regional innovation strategy was launched in 2012 and an action plan presented in 2013. The vision was to become the world´s most innovation driven region by 2025. Since 2015, the platform actors have been involved in the process to revise the innovation strategy into a smart specialisation strategy, using e.g. mapping, seminars and small group discussions. To stimulate innovation capacity in business and research, the platform was founded in collaboration between public actors (CAB Stockholm, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm city, Invest Stockholm, the Association of municipalities in Stockholm County), academia (KTH, Karolinska Institute and Stockholm university) and the Chamber of Commerce. Over time, national agencies, research institutes, companies, incubators and science parks have been involved. The platform fosters collaboration through networking activities as well as regular information exchange between the different stakeholders, through the cooperation in drafting and continuously working on the strategy as well as different monitoring and mapping tools.
The platform has had a high-level steering committee, a strategic working group and a secretariat (CAB Stockholm), but is now under restructuring. Some funding (€80 000- 150 000/year) has been provided by CAB Stockholm and national agencies at various stages. Other actors have participated in-kind.
Evidence of success
According to a consultancy report and a later interview study, participants in the platform felt that the collaboration had resulted in less fragmentation and closer contacts between actors. Regular monitoring takes place, but cannot tell if improvement in indicators is due to the platform. The region has had a positive development according to benchmarking to other EU regions (mostly Munich, Copenhagen and Lyon) but the link to the instrument has to be fully analysed yet.
National data for monitoring collaboration is no longer available. Difficult to initiate activities due to limited funding and personnel resources. Important to have high level support. The understanding of smart specialisation has been yet limited. Need more involvement of business sectors.
Potential for learning or transfer
The platform has been successful in increasing regional collaboration, mainly between public sector and academia. Several interesting activities have been initiated, despite limited resources and based mostly in the active collaboration of stakeholders. Experience from the establishment process has been documented in a Swedish report (Guide for regional development) and it does serve as a starting point for transferring the collaboration strategy and governance model.