Workshop ‘How to capitalise on service innovation?’

21 NOVEMBER 2012

?On 5 and 6 February 2013, the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry is organising a workshop in Belfast in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland. The workshop will discuss how large-scale demonstrators can unlock the transformative power of service innovation to facilitate entrepreneurship and strengthen existing and emerging industries.

Open for Registration: Workshop How to capitalise on the transformative power of service innovation for structural change?

The Demonstrator Approach
The concept of large-scale demonstrator is the cornerstone of a new systemic approach launched by the European Commission as explained by the recently published Smart Guide to Service Innovation, aimed at fostering economic growth by addressing a specific problem or societal challenge through service innovation.

This systemic, needs-driven approach to policy making is based on the assumption that the transformative power of service innovation is a key element for supporting the restructuring of existing industries and the creation of new industrial structures in global value chains. The success of this approach, aimed at creating the framework conditions for enterprises to flourish, depends on the engagement of all the relevant local and regional stakeholders in setting and implementing an agenda for structural change towards service-driven economies.

The Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission has selected fifteen large-scale demonstrators in several fields, from mobile services to creative industries. The workshop will be the first opportunity for the representatives of the selected large-scale demonstrators to discuss together with the representatives of the European Service Innovation Centre and other relevant stakeholders how to better implement the demonstrator approach.

The workshop aims to:

  • discuss existing problems and challenges that can be addressed through service innovation and common objectives amongst the regions;
  • share experience on how to best overcome potential obstacles that prevent regions taking full advantage of service innovations;
  • engage local and regional stakeholders in setting an agenda for structural change towards service-driven economies; and
  • exchange expectations and preferences for the timing of delivery of the support services from the European Service Innovation Centre.

Participation
In addition to the participation of the representatives of the selected large-scale demonstrators, policy makers and experts, the workshop will be open for participation for 15-20 additional persons. The selection of these participants will be done on the basis of the registration date, ensuring to the greatest extent possible a balanced geographical distribution. The workshop will be held in English.

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Courtesy to: Europe INNOVA