Building on the fact that 50% of innovative SMEs export, the Grand-Est Region wants to develop innovation in companies:
- pooling efforts between companies and research
- training increase for the companies Grand-Est
- assisting exports in this border region
- while supporting innovative initiatives
It is in this process that the InnovENT-e colloquium gathered 150 speakers, including Exelop, at the Région Hotel in Strasbourg on June 15th.
How to achieve this goal?
Jean-Louis Billoet the coordinator of InnoVENT-e brings his vision
At the same time there is a standardization project on Innovation
Presented by Béatrice Fournier and Johan Claire, representatives of the AFNOR standards
According to him we must:
- Facilitating access to digital and collaborative media
- Implement new trainings / projects
- Link training and companies
- Help exportations
All this is based on the wealth of the Great East:
200,000 students, including 13,000 engineers students.
The region wants to create a diagnostic tool to measure innovation, facilitated by digital support.
Created by France the ISO TC 279 standard deals with the Management of Innovation and frames:
- The Innovation Management System
- The vocabulary to be used
- Techniques and methods
- The definition criteria
and will be finalized in 2018.
The various arrangements in France, Switzerland and Italy have been highlighted and very pertinent observations will lead to a change of mentalities, to promote the “why not”against the too usual “why” when resistance to change stops evolution of companies.
Santolamazza Roberto the representative of technologies and innovations talks about Italian devices
Between other fine initiatives implemented in 2015 and 2012, tax deduction laws promote “business angels” in the investment of startups.
Martine Mack, Regional Director of Competitiveness and Knowledge, talks about France:
the money comes from the State, centralization of the financing via the following devices:
- Research tax credit
- French tech> startup
- Financing of priming
- SATT (technology transfer acceleration company): market push approach
How to accelerate business innovation projects?
They are also the ones who take the risks to make innovations happen.
To address these challenges, the network is very important. The Region wishes to contribute to:
- Be able to connect large groups with SMEs, or start-ups
- Setting up beta testers (EU-led project)
- To federate the notion of services and industrial products, because the products are indispensable and the service around strengthens the overall quality of the offer
- SMEs have a right to a diagnosis (Region) to evolve managerial practices and approaches
How does this approach come about in Switzerland?
Mr NIGGLI, Director General Economic Development, Research and Innovation at the State of Geneva replied:
60-70% children will work in areas that do not yet exist: how to project towards tomorrow?
What is the role of the state when one knows that it is fundamental to innovate. How to take action?
Swiss is a major innovator of Swiss chocolate!
Its small size is surrounded by different countries, which condemns it to innovate, to remain competitive.
The Swiss ecosystem is leading to:
- working towards global governance
- reflect on the framework conditions
- create a framework for the breakthrough innovation to develop in Geneva
“We must create clusters to work on structuring projects”
Switzerland is one of the world’s leading clusters for biotechnology, developed raw materials, watchmaking, data analysis and aeronautics.
The desire is in facilitating the life of companies for access to innovation.
Because of its culture, France centralizes, while the Swiss decentralizes: power is a bit in the center, and a lot in the cantons and the communes.
There is an accompanying fabric even in the universities.
“Objective: to bring the different institutions together”
In Switzerland cooperation is triangular:
The two flagship schools are the EPFZ and the EPFL. The budgets are allocated by the Federal State.
The cantons finance the universities.
The Higher Schools focus on specific specificities, to bring institutions and actors closer to the economy.
The objective today is to support universities in valorising these fundamental research and turning them into ideas for high-capacity companies.