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..
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.
The priorities of this call for proposals are:
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.
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.