Towards a new type of boldness and partnership
Cutbacks on innovation funding have raised important discussion on the future of innovation policy in Finland. For Tampere Region this is an especially relevant debate because its RDI expenditure, amounting to nearly one billion euros, are among the highest in Europe in relation to GDP.
In Tampere Region, the status of innovation related activities is assessed annually. The recent situational picture 2015 reconganizes the need for change. The traditional vision of innovation policy, where programme-based R&D activities led by university-level research and major corporations leads to reform in business life at a sufficient pace, does not seem to be a reality.
We are in need of more agile and ambitious experiments from teams of entrepreneurial experts, and we need to seek new innovations through open competition and choise. Increased talent focus, openness and competition should result in higher number of high-technology leads and startups that quickly penetrate international markets.
A different kind of an innovation vision cannot be fulfilled through traditional policies and focus areas, especially considering that budget assets are being reduced. The boldness to seek new focus areas and public-private partnerships in more risky global scale projects is a necessity.
Read more about the Situational Picture using the following links
- Foreword: Towards a new type of boldness and partnership
- Value Network Capability
- Funding of RDI
- Growth companies
- Co-creation platforms
- Higher education institutions
In depth analyses and about the process: