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  1. Joint Innovation Policies for the Baltic Sea Region Helsinki 2006

  2. The Mega Regional Scope • The Baltic Sea Region in general • GDP • Prosperity • Cluster Composition • R&D • The only mega region in Europe meeting the Lisbon criteria

  3. 2004 initiatives on Cross-National Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region With Baltc Development Forum, the launch of the Baltic Sea Initiative 2010 With FORA, Innovation Norway and Tekes, the launch of the Northern Cluster Alliance Launched the Northern Dimension Working Group on Innovation Policymakers’ network

  4. Baltic Sea Initiative 2010 • A mega regional focus on increased prosperity • Cross-national promotion of a mega regional concept • Benchmarks with peer regions • Identify and develop potentials (innovation) • Stakeholder involvement, bottom-up

  5. Northern Cluster Alliance • A network of innovation structures with national operative responsibility for innovation in Germany, Poland, Lithuenia, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark • Focus on Innovation System Performance and Facilitation of Cluster Development

  6. Policymakers’ network • Benchmarks of countries of the Baltic Sea Region in the field of innovation policy (Cluster Development). • Representatives from 11 national ministries from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. • Forum for policy learning.

  7. PRO INNO Europe Cluster Alliance • BSR InnoNet • The Baltic Sea Region Innovation • Network CEE- ClusterNetwork Cluster policy Networking and exchange via the themes of internationalisation and incubation CLUNET Cluster policy Networking and exchange via the themes of internationalisation and incubation • INNET • Networking of national/regional funding and • innovation organisations for the involvement • of SMEs in technology-based innovation • clusters in Europe Europe INNOVA Cluster Mapping Cluster Advisory Group PRO INNO Cluster Conference 2007 PRO INNO Cluster Memorandum

  8. BSR InnoNetBaltic Sea Region Innovation NetworkObjectives To establish a shared conceptual framework for cluster policy formation, evaluation and operational activities across national borders in the Baltic Sea Region. To establish one or more trans-national innovation programme(s) (focused on cluster development) among partner countries in the Baltic Sea Region. To serve as a European learning case.

  9. BSR InnoNetBaltic Sea Region Innovation NetworkPartners • NICe, Nordic Innovation Centre • NCM, Nordic Council of Ministers • VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems • FORA, Ministry of Economy and Business, Denmark • EAS, Enterprise Estonia • MKN, Ministry of Economics and Communication, Estonia • Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation • RANNIS, Icelandic Centre for Research • LIDA, Latvian Investment and Development Agency • Innovation Norway • ZARR, West Pomeranian Regional Development Agency, Poland • LIC, Lithuanian Innovation Centre • BTI, Technologie-Beratungs-Institut, Germany

  10. PractitionersVINNOVA PolicymakersNCM Analysts FORA BSR InnoNet

  11. Kick-off Workshop Riga September 2006 August 2009 Cluster Statistical Workshop Copenhagen May 2007 PRO INNO Europe Cluster Conference, Stockholm November 2007 BSR High Level Meeting Copenhagen March 2009 Closing Workshop Poland August 2009 Pre-conference Workshop Tallinn January 2007 September 2006

  12. BSR InnoNetMind-set and Approach • Key focus on competitiveness and innovation • Build on national strongholds • Identify excellence, best knowledge/models in innovation • Employ cross-regional potentials in chains of valuecreation • Multi-dimensional relations

  13. Baltic MetropolesBaltMet InnoSome preconditions and challenges A key component of a metropole will be the facilitation of processes, excellent performance of innovation and ofrelation building, locally and globally Asno single action or linear thinking will meet complexity of knowledge creation, diversity of metropolos or of commercialisation

  14. Baltic Metropoles Policies and Tools? Reflextions • How can metropoles develop and anchor an innovative approach politically/strategically – not only technologically but in all dimensions/sectors of society? • Will metropoles have the capacity to challenge dynamic interactions between commercial opportunities, academics and financial means? • Will metropoles be a driver of excellent innovate performance? • How does one avoid the more traditional one dimensional/linear/ top-down concepts (as they do not support facilitation and relation building - processes)? • Can metropoles facilitate pluralism and multi-dimensional thinking (precondition: Bottom-up processes)? • Will metropoles be able to capture cross-national potentials? Prerequisite is a proactive approach.

  15. Competitive European Cities: Where do the core UK cities stand? What really matters in urban competitiveness? • This study defined and measured urban competitiveness in terms of six critical characteristics: • Economic diversity • Skilled workforce • Connectivity • Capacity to implement long-term development strategies • Innovation in firms and organisation • Quality of life • A bench mark of bigger UK cities with succesful European peers

  16. The Baltic MetropolesPerspectives? A cluster of competing cities cooperating on: • Benchmarks? • Creating lead markets? • Frameworks og innovation systems? • Specialisation in the Region? • The creation of excellence in • Entrepreneurship, support of • Models and tools in health care • Models and tools in social care • Models and tools when relating to reasearch and commercial means, triple helix? • ?? With a focus on the Baltic Sea Region metropoles, How to facilitate the Baltic Sea Region competition with other mega regions inside and outside Europe?

  17. Thank you for your attention!