Smart specialisation_ Markku Markkula

• EU Committee of
the Regions CoR,
Rapporteur on H2020
• CoR-EPP Task Force on
Europe 2020
• Aalto University, Advisor
to the Aalto Presidents
• Espoo City Planning
Board, Chair
Programme Period 2014-2020:
What has changed?
From political perspective the new programme period
landscape is painted by the following new drivers of change
and new critical success factors:
1. Focus on impact, especially societal impact
2. More innovations out of research
3. User-driven development: citizens and communities of
4. Regional innovation strategies based on Smart
Specialisation RIS3
5. From traditional clusters and triple helix to regional
innovation ecosystems
6. More multi-disciplinary and breaking the boarders
7. Bottom-up: Mindset/mentality is the most crucial
8. Use of cohesion funds on innovation and capacity
9. Synergy in using Horizon 2020 and Cohesion funds
10. Multi-financing
Source: CoR Opinions 2011-2014
Regions Can and Should Be the Drivers of
Economic Transformation Agenda
H2020 ?
London 7 July 2013
Henry Etzkowitz London 7 July 2013 / three important messages for me:
1) Students are the real asset of the university;
2) University through Triple Helix operates as an incubator also for academic
entrepreneurship, civic entrepreneurship and cultural entrepreneurship;
3) Triple Helix Spaces link knowledge, innovation, governance and leadership. Now need to
pay special attention on boundaries.
Have a look at:
Mindset is the Key
EU Calls for Transformation:
Europe needs pioneering regions, as
pathfinders and rapid prototypes. Helsinki
Region has forerunner instruments in use:
Aalto Design Factory
Aalto Venture Garage / Startup Sauna
Urban Mill
Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation
 and many more …
Markku Markkula
CoR & Aalto University
The Future is here: 1000 start-ups, 200 venture
capitalists and other investors, 5000 participants
Ilkka Paananen
CEO Supercell
Jyrki Katainen
Prime Minister
Something outstanding: organised by students,
based on Aalto Entrepreneurship Society & Startup Sauna
“Smart Specialization Strategies for Research and
Innovation. Different regions different approaches”
• Our CoR experiences coming from many regions give a strong support on the
following Smart Specialisation Platform statements: “RIS3 is an economic
transformation agenda. RIS3 is a dynamic and evolutionary process (not a
structure) deeply grounded in an entrepreneurial discovery process (not a
one-off action) where governments are rather facilitators than in a position
of command and control. RIS3 is for innovation leaders and for those lagging
• The smart specialisation approach is not just about a more focused and
limited approach to cluster funding. RIS3 is a structural reform to upgrade the
entire business environment and innovation ecosystem in the region.
• Smart specialization is opening up important opportunities for joining forces,
matching roadmaps and building more world-class clusters.
• Regions can now spend up to 15% of their funds outside their programme
area, if it is to the benefit of their territory.
Espoo Innovation Garden &
Aalto University Campus 2020
Young entrepreneurial mindset
According to the plans, by 2020, there will be new investments of 4-5 billion €:
metro, tunnel construction of ring road, other infra, housing, office and business
buildings, public services, university buildings, sports and cultural facilities…
Virtual worlds in workshop use
Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment
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