Open Innovation Service for Emerging Business (OpenINNO)
Open Innovation Service for Emerging Business
Start date: Feb 21, 2012,
End date: Feb 20, 2014
Overall objective of the project is to contribute economic development of partner-regions through fostering pre-incubating stage of innovation life-cycle by developing, piloting and testing the competitive open ecosystem for interregional cooperation with special focus on young entrepreneurs. Hence, the overall goal of the project is to design, implement and pilot a cross-border business incubation platform consisting of three elements: Open Innovation as the methodology for realizing emerging technology-based cross -border business opportunities and for the generation of innovation-based growth; New model of infrastructure for pre-incubating services alike Oasis Network Incubation; Development of human resource for innovations with specific focus on so called generation Y (born after 1978) both in Russia and Finland. Achievements: The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the economic development of partner regions through fostering the pre-incubation stage of the innovation life cycle by developing, piloting, and testing the competitive open ecosystem for interregional cooperation with a special focus on young entrepreneurs. The projects results were achieved by a) revealing the potential and identifying barriers for the development of technology-based business in partner regions based on an open innovation paradigm, b) development and promotion of the open innovation methodology among freelance entrepreneurs, small enterprises, and innovative organisations and collaborative networked organisations, c) piloting the new model for pre-incubation services based on specialised infrastructure and IT tools for support and coaching innovators, d) familiarising Russian regional authorities with the best EU practices in the field of open innovation, new management styles, ways of communication, etc. and e) development of additional education and training for trainers, researchers, innovators, and SMEs in the field of open innovations and international business in cross-border regions. In the project, St Petersburg and South Karelia universities were provided with numerous research and background materials for new educational programmes and courses, young innovators and entrepreneurs, SMEs and businessmen gained access to important information about innovation market, and regional authorities were familiarised with the trends of innovation development and best practices. The project has supported successful integration of the young innovators and businessmen, activities of local authorities for the development of regional innovation systems, new developments from the academic sector forming services and infrastructure, and providing the test ground for the new services.
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