INNOVATION INFRASTUCTURES – First MINI EUROPE thematic conference in Venice. On September 18th 2009 more than 60 participants have had the chance to share their views and programmes and to compare the different innovation infrastructures models and practices running in several European regions.
Boosting innovation in SMEs and sustaining the start up of innovative companies are very relevant topics in the agenda of the Veneto Region. That is the reason why the Region accepted promptly the opportunity to organise the first thematic conference on Innovation Infrastructures in the framework of the INTERREG IVC project MINI EUROPE.
Regional policy makers, public officers, innovation managers and experts working in the field of innovation and SMEs support attended the event held in Venice, on September 18th 2009. The more than 60 participants have had the chance to share the views and the programmes and to compare the different innovation infrastructures models and practices running in several European regions.
During the opening session, Mr. Andries Greiner, Deputy Queen’s commissioner of the Flevoland region and Chair of the MINI EUROPE Monitoring Board have introduced the conference topic together with Mr. Vendemiano Sartor, Regional Councillor of the Veneto Region in charge of Economic Development, Research and Innovation. They have been followed by the description of the general framework of innovation infrastructure in the eight partners’ regions: the Province of Flevoland (the Netherlands), North West of England (UK), Észak-Alföld (Hungary), Maramures (Romania), Mid Sweden (Sweden), Valencia Region (Spain), Western Greece (Greece) and Veneto Region (Italy).
Afterwards several stakeholders have presented to the audience and discussed together their own experiences, among them Gian Angelo Bellati, Regional Union of the Chamber of Commerce, Zsolt Hradeczky, Pole Programme Network Development Agency – Debrecen, Andrea Berti, Start Cube University Incubator – Padova, Celia Brigg , North West Universities Association – Manchester, Massimo Malaguti, Galileo Science Park – Padova, Hedwig Boerrigter Regional Development Agency Flevoland – Lelystad and Enzo Moi, Veneto Innovazione – Venezia.
The event had also the ambitious goal to exemplify suitable paths to overcome the current economic situation implementing innovative strategies that have already proven their effectiveness in other European areas: “It is an important idea – said Mr Sartor – and the Veneto Region is deeply engaged in it presenting the concrete policy initiatives aiming to support clusters development and to provide innovative financial tools to boost SMEs competitiveness. The collaboration with our European partners will surely accelerate the development and stimulate change for the benefit of businesses and entrepreneurs”.
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