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ISPIM Innovation Summit
4 - 7 December 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Organized by ISPIM
15th International Entrepreneurship Forum
14 - 16 December 2016
Organized by Essex Business School, OECD LEED Programme and INSME
23 - 25 January 2017
Organized by the European Young Innovation Forum - EBAN (INSME Member) is a partner of the event
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A new initiative supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across Africa has recently been launched by the European Investment Bank - EIB and African Development Bank - AfDB (INSME Member) in partnership with the European Commission.Boost Africa aims at harnessing the continent’s potential and creating opportunities by:
The initiative is built on three pillars:
- enabling and enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa;
- creating new and quality jobs for young Africans;
- contributing to the development of an efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa; addressing the financing gap at the earliest and riskiest stages of enterprise creation; developing and strengthening skills and expertise with young entrepreneurs.
If compared to U.S. and other economies in the world, Europe is lagging behind and to improve its competitiveness, investments in R&I are required. A recently published paper edited by the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund (INSME Member) includes some advices on the issues that require a rapid intervention to make Europe competitive on a global scale:
- Investment Programme focusing on those ecosystem builders that are able to generate first-rate opportunities in terms of quality, creativity, impact and innovation. The investment component will be structured as a co-investment partnership between EIB and AfDB, who will commit up to €50 million each. Third-party investors from the public and the private sector will be invited to co-invest with the ultimate aim to mobilise a combined amount of €200 million, and leverage €1 billion in additional investments through financial intermediaries.
- Technical Assistance Pool: aims to provide capacity building and disseminate best practices for investment readiness of intermediaries, business and technical training of investee companies/entrepreneurs; creation of investors’ networks, notably for business angels.
- Innovation & Information Lab: acting as a catalyst for innovation, knowledge and partnerships by incubating and piloting promising new ideas. It will also assess and disseminate best practices and provide support to ecosystem interventions at country level.
- Innovation and skills are key drivers of European growth and competitiveness. It is crucial to invest on education and reverse the current trend seeing the U.S. spending twice than Europe per student in higher education. At this purpose in 2015 EIB has financed education and training projects for a total amount of €4.3 billion
- One of the major challenges is bringing new products and services to the market and EIB’s focus on lending for innovation aims to address this issue as access to finance helps to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into new products and services.
The paper also shows interesting data on EIB’s investments and a focus on the collaboration between the EIB Group and the European Commission to overcome one of the main obstacles to the implementation of research and innovation activities, that is lack of available finance.
Public Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy: Exploring Policy Options for Responsible Research, Sustainability and Innovation“Public Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy: Exploring Policy Options for Responsible Research, Sustainability and Innovation” is a conference jointly organized by CASI and PE2020 project consortia.Interested stakeholders will gather at the Committee of the Regions premises in Brussels, Belgium on the 16th and 17th of November.
The conference focuses on the intersection of public engagement and sustainable innovation, and will feature a debate on good public engagement and sustainable innovation practices with an ambition to identify common European priorities on how to stimulate societal engagement for sustainable innovation activities in European regions, scientific institutions, SMEs and other societal actors. The initiative will bring together a broad range of experts, stakeholders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, regional authorities and Commission officials.
To register and indicate your preferences for workshop sessions and dietary options please click here.
More information about the conference is available at this page.
“Start-up Nations – Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development” will be the topic of the International Conference promoted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – UNECE (INSME Member) and the Government of the State of Israel.
On the 2nd of November innovators both form public and private sector will meet in Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate the power of disruptive innovation in aligning economic growth with ecological sustainability and social inclusion and discuss how to further exploit the untapped potential beyond innovation.
Following the opening session with Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary at UNECE and the keynote speech given by Mr. Eugene Kandel, CEO of Startup National Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council of Israel, high level speakers will contribute to the discussion and share their expertise in the following sessions:
- Start up stories – Innovation for Impact
- The role of large companies in the start-up ecosystem
- The changing role of the public sector – From framework setting to defining challenges to co-creation.
The conference will be free of charge, but interested participants are invited to register at the following link.
The IIA Mapping Project is a joint initiative developed by UNCTAD (INSME Member) and universities worldwide to map the content of International Investment Agreements.
IIA Mapping Project database has been recently updated covering now an additional 500 treaties. Policy makers and researchers can now analyze more than 1,900 investment agreements based on 100 options for treaty design. The platform also allows to:
- select treaties based on elements of interest, such as qualifiers for Fair and Equitable Treatment - FET, the scope of the expropriation clause or Investor-State Dispute Settlement - ISDS;
- deepen the analysis by country, type of agreement, status and year;
- view the complete mapping for any specific treaty of interest.