Patras Science Park: boosting innovative entrepreneurship in the Region of Western Greece

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Patras Science Park organizes and hosts business meetings with Regional Authorities, Academic Institutions and other important stakeholders.

SMART EUROPE Project acknowledges that “Smart” and “targeted” specialisation policy -Smart Specialization – may boost employment growth in sectors based on innovation and technology. For that reason the “Peer Review” Methodology has been developed and implemented according to which a group of experts from different Regions visits one ‘target’ region and in cooperation with local authorities and firms trace, sketch and evaluate the implemented policies and also propose alternatives that have been implemented successfully in their own Regions. The aim is to help each region to design and implement its own strategy in the context of Smart Specialisation, by investing in sectors that present great potentials for growth and they are considered regional priorities.

For the Region of Western Greece, the corresponding visit in the context of the Peer Review Methodology took place from 22th October, 2013 until 25th October, 2013 where experts from Flevoland Region (Netherlands), Bologna Region (Italy), Tampere Region (Finland) and the Assembly of European Regions (AER) participated. During meetings with stakeholders, particular emphasis was given to sketching the underlying situation of the Regional Innovation System  of Western Greece. The aim was to examine a series of topics in five main themes of interest and specifically, the Regional Strategy and Innovation, Education and Human Resources, the degree of receptiveness of the Innovative Environment for boosting innovative entrepreuneurship, the collaborative environment among enterprises and government authorities as well as the sustainability of the new jobs creation.

In the context of the abovementioned project a series of visits have been realised – in the Regional Authorities for Western Greece, the Decentralised Administration of Peloponese and Ionian Islands, the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, the University of Patras, the Computer Technology Institute Diophantus, CBL, Tentoura “Kastro” and ALTHOM enterprises. In addition series of representatives from Patras Science Park, the Chamber of Commerce, Technology Companies Association of Western Greece and enterprises Nanoradio-Samsung, Althom as well as Bytemobile-Citrix, have responded positively in meeting with the experts and discussing the topics of interests.  The visit to Patras Science Park has been hosted by the Professor of Chemistry and Vice President of the Patras Science Park Board of Directors, John Matsoukas, and the General Manager of Patras Science Park, Gerassimos Mentzelopoulos. The experts have had the opportunity to be informed about the important activities of Patras Science Park and also to visit some of the companies operating in its premises.

From all the meetings interesting and useful conclusions have resulted that will be further analyzed and expanded in the report that the experts from the abovementioned European Regions will prepare.

Attached are the press releases and the links to the Greek press.