DEVELOPING INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS

Thursday 24 September 2015 @ 6.00pm CET

Moderator: Tatiana Schofield, Managing Director, Synergy Lab

TALK 1:

INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS AND KNOWLEDGE BASED URBAN DEVELOPMENT—AN ANALYSIS OF THE BRAZILIAN SYSTEM

Definitely innovation in all areas, as well as stimulating innovative entrepreneurship, is a must for Brazil. Currently, only 2% of the entrepreneurship effort in the country can be considered innovative, one of the lowest rates in the world. The seminar aims to present some results of a technical study targeted to the Brazilian context. The study was conducted in the field, in Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area, based on the University of California, Berkeley, and at the same time in three Brazilian cities: Curitiba, São Paulo, and Belo Horizonte. We identified the main factors that distinguish Silicon Valley from other parts of the world for production and innovation. We surveyed the current Brazilian practices from experts, entrepreneurs, scholars, government and non-government organizations. Our study lists some specific recommendations in order to review the present Brazilian public policies. The recommendations aim to foster a culture for innovation and to build an innovation ecosystem in Brazil. We will explore the liaisons innovation practices.

SPEAKER

ws3 PROFESSOR LUIZ MÁRCIO SPINOSA
Dr ès Sci Innovation Ecosystems

Pontifical Catholic University of Parana. Polytechnic School (Full Professor). Postgraduate Program in Urban Management (Researcher). International MBA in Innovation Management (Coordinator)

TALK 2:

FOSTERING INNOVATION IN BRAZIL – AN INDUSTRY PROJEST

Brazilian industry has launched a country-wide initiative aiming to deploy twenty-six innovation institutes to provide applied research services. This initiative is headed by SENAI (Professional Training Institution) and relies on two international collaborations: with the Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), and the Industrial Performance Center (IPC) at MIT (United States). The former helps SENAI with business strategy and planning matters; the latter is essentially focused on innovation-related issues. The IPC’s work, which is the basis of this talk, involves the main actors related with innovation in Brazil, which are basically the government (in several instances and agencies), the academy, and the industry itself. Triple Helix concerns, the research framework, and the main challenges will to be presented and discussed.

SPEAKER

ws4 CELSON PANTOJA LIMA
Visiting Researcher – MIT IPC

He was born in the Amazon region of Brazil, and has over nineteen years of experience with European research projects. He received his Doctoral degree in 2001 from the Electrical Department of the New University of Lisbon; his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 in a cooperation involving the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and the New University of Lisbon; he graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina with a degree in Computer Science in 1986.

Celson is a visiting researcher at the MIT IPC, working on a research project involving IPC expertise and the Brazilian industry. The main focus of the project is to study and assess innovation matters in the Brazilian industry – from supply chains, regional ecosystems, and roles to be played by all stakeholders involved in these scenarios. Additionally, Celson has also been involved in the organization of international conferences, such as CIB 2010 (W78), CIB 2009 and 2007 (W102), ECPPM 2006, CE 2006, CE 2003, PRO-VE 2006, PRO-VE’99. He has published over ninety papers for journals, conferences, and book chapters.


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