It is broadly acknowledged that while EU policies are well appreciated, they most often fail to deliver to their full potential on the ground. The project entitled “Boosting the European integration process in a time of crisis through the Triple Helix: strengthening the delivery of EU policies for growth and jobs” (HLX4EU) will seek to improve the delivery of three key EU policies in the real world through the concept, method and approach of the Triple Helix. These policies are:
(a) Reforming the higher education institutions (HEIs) through social responsibility and entrepreneurship (HEIs in this respect could be well playing the role of efficient innovators and multipliers of the key concepts that build together the European ideal);
(b) Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the business growth strategies of the European Commission (in particular young innovative SMEs)
(c) Supporting the European Commission strategies on smart specialisation for a place-based innovative regional development, boosting growth and jobs.
The Triple Helix Association (THA) believes that boosting the dialogue among the key players of the societal progress process (universities, businesses and government together with the broader civil society) helps better identify problems, engage a frank and creative mutual learning process and inspire practical and tangible solutions. This dialogue can thus result in identifying new ways for boosting key European Union policies on the ground.
The project will consist of desk research (literature review and synthesis), connected with a consistent set of 3 main workshops that will be completed with relevant webinars, resulting into a set of policy recommendations for improving EU policy making and implementation.
- The first workshop was organized in cooperation with the School of Business and Society at St Mary’s University on 28-29 June 2019, in London (UK) on the theme Innovative place-based Triple Helix approaches for regional development through Smart Specialisation Strategies . The Workshop was prepared via a preliminary webinar “Innovative place-based Triple Helix approaches for regional development through Smart Specialisation”, organized on 4 th June 2019. The Video-recording and slides of the webinar are available!
- The second workshop was organized in cooperation with the South-East Europen Research Centre (SEERC) on 30th September – 1st October 2019 in Thessaloniki , in conjuction with the 2019 Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ETHAC2019), on the theme Transforming EU policies on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Workshop was followed by the webinar “Boosting Innovative European Startups through the Triple Helix”, develivered on 26th November 2019 . The Video-recording and slides are available!
- The third one has been organized in cooperation with University of Tampere in Tampere (FI) on 15-17 June 2020 in conjuction with the XVII International triple Helix Conference, on the theme “Socially responsible entrepreneurial University“,