Irish innovation policy (Group 2B

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Nick Benschop Edwin Sturrus

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Contents • Introduction • Methodology • Results: Role of the government Collaboration between universities & companies Suggestions Conclusion • Questions

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Introduction • Analysis of the workings of the policy • Roles of the different instances • Strong and weak points • Suggestions • Research question: “To what extend does the Irish innovation policy succeed in creating and stimulating a favourable climate for innovation?”

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Methodology • Gathered information specific to companies/institutions to be visited • Dividing sub questions per visit • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment • Companies and UCD used to verify the collaboration

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Role of the government • Minister of State for Innovation Policy • Budget of 8.3 billion euro • Some key challenges to tackle • Goal of developing an innovation intensive economy

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Collaboration between universities & companies • Companies failing in the set up • Universities need personal contacts • Companies require practical results • Role of the government in this issue

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Suggestions • Alter the reward system for researchers • Turn existing programs for university-company collaboration into a small group with clear scopes • Make all involved aware of the existence of these programs • Support small innovative companies to allow them to use the programs • Listen to advice of companies and universities

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Conclusion • Government focus • Need to tackle the current issues • Collaboration willingness • Ireland is likely to succeed in their mission to establish a innovative economy

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Questions • Thanks for your attention

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VRiSBI International Research Project Innovation and ICT - Comparing Ireland with The Netherlands
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