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The KNOW-HUB project

KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.


Some interested policy-related reading material

US industry support for additive manufacturing is exploding as startups find new ways to market the technology to businesses. States and universities are taking advantage of this growing trend to form partnerships with companies that support the lean innovation approach is driving the 3D printing renaissance.

The region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) is a French region located in the south-east of the country. Like other French regions PACA acquired autonomy and responsibilities in defining the local economic strategy only recently compared to other European regions. PACA is consequently a relative beginner in the management of the economic strategy. Thus, the cluster policy set up in 2005, and the RIS experience later on, represented two key milestones in the innovation policies design learning process.

Following the Europe 2020 Innovation Union flagship initiative, the European Commission launched a pilot European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard (EPSIS) with a view to improving the ability to benchmark the innovation performance of the public sector in Europe. The ultimate ambition is to capture and present public sector innovation in a similar way to countries’ innovation performance in the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) and thereby encourage and facilitate innovation activity across the public sector. The 2013 pilot EPSIS is the first EU wide attempt to better understand and to analyse innovation in the public sector. It was developed based on the experience of earlier national and regional projects, tested widely and discussed with a number of key relevant experts.

The guidebooks currently being prepared and disseminated by the European Commission are based on the sound knowledge and rich experience that DG Enterprise and Industry has acquired in the field of SME Policy analysis, development and implementation. These guidebooks offer inspiration, tested examples, practical help and hands-on advice gathered by SME Policy expert groups. Many of the best practices identified by these expert groups need financial support for their implementation for which financing by structural funds (ERDF and ESF) is available, in particular also at regional level.

Useful document for reviewing the ICT strand of a RIS

The RIS3 strategy is based on the enterprise and public sector discovery process. The critical issue is how to identify in which enterprises, or in which industry or service sector such a discovery process is currently vibrant or it will emerge in the near future.

On the 8th of November 2012, JRC-IPTS, DG REGIO, DG ENTR, EURADA and UEAPME hosted an event on SMEs and Smart Specialisation in Brussels. The event informed on and discussed possibilities for SME involvement in smart specialisation strategy development (RIS3) and their implementation. This is the resulting action plan.

One often hears that today it's SMEs that create jobs and growth. Christian Saublens of EURADA would like to point out that this is a "myth". Indeed, only very few of them are sustaining wealth as statistics show that up to 75 % of start-ups die before reaching 5 years of existence and that most of these start-ups hosted in European incubators only create 6 to 7 jobs.