EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum: how can cities capture the value of innovation?

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The EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum (EDF) met on 11-13 April to discuss how cities can capture as much of the value of innovation as possible.

Using the approach developed in NetwerkStad Twente, members took a closer look at the factors that play a role in the success of innovative businesses in the context of government-university-industry interactions (the 'triple helix' model). They discussed how added value, represented by economic growth, can be achieved through improved cooperation among the triple helix partners. 

The two keynote speakers at the forum were Nicolaas Beets, urban envoy of the Dutch EU presidency, and Giorgiano Dichter, head of the EU Business and Innovation Centre Services, of the European Business Network. Both speakers highlighted the role of cities as drivers of innovation and economic growth in the EU, and how the EU urban agenda reinforces cities' participation in EU policy making. 

Three special sessions explored how the triple helix partners can enhance their cooperation. 

  • The first session looked at how cities can support cooperation between large companies and SMEs in the international market through presentations by Barcelona, Helsinki and Nice Metropole. 

  • The second session focused on the potential of public procurement to fuel innovation, with presentations by Gothenburg, Eindhoven and Groningen. 

  • The third session looked at the way cities cooperate with knowledge institutes to speed up the market uptake of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things or open data, with presentations by Lisbon and Antwerp. 

As has been the case over the past two years, the forum opened with a seminar organised by our metropolitan areas working group. The participants focused on the new national spatial planning agenda being developed in the Netherlands. 

On the same day, Netwerkstad Twente hosted a special workshop on hackathons and creathons (