We don’t typically write blogs to announce new European funding programmes, but the H2020 2018-2020 work programme just approved by the European Commission has good news for everyone who wants to see innovation agencies across Europe becoming more experimental and evidence-based.
The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship strives to improve ways of teaching entrepreneurship. We are interested in new technology that makes it possible to teach about entrepreneurship in new ways. Online education and the use of ICT have become increasingly popular in educational institutions during the last decades – there has been much development and improvement in the field.
On the outskirts of Nairobi, Ngong Road is lined by fundi’s stalls – many small workshops making rustic furniture with hand tools, few employees, and limited space and scale. Though it appears that aggregate demand for the goods provided by this industry would allow for scale, consolidation and growth, these small enterprises continue operating at small scale with limited capital and producing goods of moderate quality at high labor cost.
For many, the main appeal of self-employment is being your own boss. The freedom to decide how to reach your goals, without working under a watchful eye supervising every move, is certainly an enticing prospect. After all, isn't professional independence demonstrated by not having to report to others about what one is doing?
Governments in developing and developed countries frequently use policy tools such as matching grants to promote growth and innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A matching grant is a type of subsidy where firms commit to invest money in certain activities once the government grant is received. International aid and multilateral organizations also promote matching grants as a private sector development policy; for example, the World Bank has invested at least $1.2 billion dollars in matching grant programs targeting SMEs.
This month IGL begins funding a research project by MIT and EPFL researchers on the market impact of patenting. This question is important because the granting of patent rights is a central public policy tool to incentivizce innovation.
A month ago, we gathered over 250 policymakers, practitioners and researchers working in innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth for the Innovation Growth Lab Annual Conference.
The data revolution is transforming our economy and society, from the way we shop to the way we date. But what about Research, Innovation and Growth (RIG) policy?
Today we are opening the IGL2017 Global Conference. Around 250 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries are coming together in Barcelona to explore new innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policy ideas.