To set up structures and systems to stimulate, guide and drive the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process at national level
RELOS3 focuses on implementing regional RIS3 in a local context by actively involving local authorities, innovation actors and companies. To ensure a continuous entrepreneurial discovery process involving all actors of the quadruple helix, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) set up a Core Group, a Steering Group as well as dedicated focus groups to fine tune and refine the identification of Malta’s competitive strengths and smart specialisation areas. Through these mechanisms, stakeholders are also assisted to develop their R&I ideas and proposals. The Core Group and Steering Groups are both high level groups. The former is composed of high level ministerial representatives (ministers and permanent secretaries) whilst the latter is composed of high level representatives (i.e. heads of institutions) of key stakeholders such as the University of Malta, MCAST, Chamber of Commerce, Malta Enterprise etc. The Core and Steering Groups are tasked with overseeing the entrepreneurial discovery process, ensuring political commitment at the highest of levels, coordination among the various key stakeholders and the oversight of the process as a whole.
Dedicated team of 2 FTEs.
Evidence of success
The focus groups included entrepreneurs, businesses and SMEs, civil society and technical government sector employees. This resulted in further focusing the smart specialisation areas through various SWOT exercises, think tanks and small group discussions. This approach has yielded several benefits, from increased engagement with the private sector to transformed project proposals with greater bottom-up input.
Engaging the quadruple helix. Getting the key people in one room sometimes has proven to be a challenge. Particularly engaging civil society has not been easy, as they do not always understand what RIS3 means and how it is important to civil society.
Potential for learning or transfer
How to engage the full quadruple helix in a bottom-up approach to RIS3 policy making. Sharing the experience which can be replicated in small economies. Also methodologies to overseeing the entrepreneurial discovery process, ensuring political commitment at the highest of levels, coordination among the various key stakeholders and the oversight of the process as a whole can be shared.