Bolstering Europe’s innovation ecosystems: Research, creativity, and co-creation

Our competitiveness and the way in which our societies advance both depend on our ability to innovate.

Image: © B. Raucent – Université catholique de Louvain

Though Europe has built an outstanding research base, it is lagging behind the world’s most innovative economies. Untapping its potential requires a stable policy framework, as well as sufficient public funding and incentives for private investment. This funding must be part of a  broader effort to create the conditions for innovation to flourish and scale up, and to strengthen the bridges connecting researchers and the results of their research with innovation.

What role do universities play as generators of ideas, educators of students, business partners, and actors in civil society? Which types of innovation should the European Innovation Council support, and at which stage of technological maturity? How can it stimulate venture capital and encourage investors to take the necessary risk? How could the European Institute of Innovation and Technology maximise its effectiveness as a meeting point of academia and industry?

For our recommendations on the challenges of EU innovation policy, read the Guild’s latest position paper.

The Guild will also inaugurate this year’s Policy Lab cycle with a discussion on innovation on 26 March in Brussels. Registration will open soon, for more information click here.

Published Feb. 22, 2018 9:10 AM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2020 12:32 PM