What’s the future for the Catalan innovation system?

Catalonia’s new smart specialization strategy

The government of Catalonia has approved recently its smart specialization strategy. This is a mandatory exercise that European Commission is forcing all the regions in Europe as a precondition to receive the Structural Funds for the next period 2014-2020.

The European innovation system is losing ground year after year in relation with the American and Asian ones. The failure of Nokia, the IT crown jewel, in the past years has been a bitter advice indicating the need of dramatically changing the system. 

Catalonia is categorized as a “follower region”, still away from the “leading innovators” of Europe. Nevertheless, in 2014 Barcelona has got the iCapital award as “the most innovative city in Europe”.

The RIS3CAT, the regional innovation strategy is a new attempt to raise the level of the Catalan innovation system to become a leading innovation region in the European Union.

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Innovation and cooperation with SMEs

The European Union, within the framework of the MED Programme, is co-financing the WIDER project, with the local support of ACCIÓ. i2CAT Foundation decided to participate in this initiative presenting two proposals, both of which have been accepted, in collaboration with two SMEs: Atlantis IT and EuroGestión y Salud.

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Grants for differential transversal technologies outsourcing

Tecnobons are grants of up € 3.000 for small businesses interested in receiving support services for innovation from technological centers like i2CAT.

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Ràdio 4
Interview to Mr. Sergi Figuerola, CTIO of i2CAT, and Mr. Manel Guerris, Director of eHealth and eInclusion Area of i2CAT, in the program “Reserva per 4” a Ràdio 4. (Catalan).

Tecnonews
i2CAT, internationally consolidated (TECNONEWS)

 
     
     
 
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