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The 2016 edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook focuses on real-world OI2 business, research and policy examples. The publication was presented for the first time during the OI2 Conference (23-24 May) in Amsterdam.


Millennials have been labelled lazy and unproductive but a new report suggests the opposite may be true. Those who were 18-34 in 2015, who will make up a third of the global workforce by 2020, expect to work longer hours and retire much later than previous generations, according to Manpower's Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision.


Innovation-driven growth is no longer the prerogative of high-income countries alone. Developing countries increasingly design policies intended to increase their innovation capacity. Innovation policies have taken different forms, depending on countries’ perceived needs; their impact has also varied across countries at similar levels of development. Certain developing countries have managed to continually improve their innovation inputs and outputs. Others still struggle. 

The Creative Europe programme has set up a €121 million guarantee facility, to enhance the access to finance of SMEs in the cultural and creative sector (CCS), operational as of 2016. It will support the scaling up of cultural and creative projects and help the sector in becoming more competitive. 

Europe Day 2016


Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Currently there are 24 official languages recognised within the European Union (EU), in addition to which there are regional, minority languages, and languages spoken by migrant populations.

Ten priorities for Europe

The European Union is facing unprecedented challenges ranging from high unemployment, slow economic growth, economic uncertainties and a huge investment gap to migratory pressure and environmental and security challenges, as well as instability in its neighborhood. Many citizens have lost confidence in the capacity of political institutions at all levels to tackle these challenges. Some achievements of European integration so far, like the free movement of persons and open internal borders, are being questioned. Populism and nationalism are on the rise. In November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker took over as President of the European Commission, the executive organ of the European Union. He was elected on a political programme whose main purpose is to rebuild bridges in Europe and to restore European citizens’ confidence by focusing EU policies on the key challenges ahead for our economies and societies, as well as to strengthen democratic legitimacy. To meet all of these challenges, Jean-Claude Juncker identified the 10 key priorities which are outlined in this booklet. They are the main focus for the EU institutions in 2015. 


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This guidebook describes how business angel investments and co-investments can reach a critical mass across certain sectors, regions or countries. It discusses the various financial instruments policymakers and other stakeholders can implement to cultivate business angel investments, particularly the creation of co-investment funds.

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