WEBINAR SERIES

TRIPLE HELIX INTERACTIONS AND OPEN INNOVATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Friday 29 January 2016, 18:00 CET

Moderator: Professor Panayiotis H KETIKIDIS, Chairman of the South East European Research Centre and President of the THA Chapter of Greece

TALK 1

TRIPLE HELIX COLLABORATION IN THE MAKING? – CASE STUDIES FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA

Innovation is widely seen as the driver and catalyst of economic growth and well-being in modern societies. Innovation ecosystems describe the diverse array of participants and resources that are interrelated, contribute to, and are necessary for innovation advancement towards and in a knowledge-based economy. This ecosystem encompasses companies, entrepreneurs, investors/ financiers, researchers, universities/higher education units and the public sector in different forms and levels. In many cases the University-Industry-Government collaboration mechanism triangle forms an anchor and a key approach to the functioning of these ecosystems.

It can be argued that in Southern Africa to a large extent the national and regional innovation ecosystems are still largely emerging and to some extent in infant phase. For the region and countries to move towards innovation and knowledge-driven economies, these innovation ecosystems needs to be built up and operations enhanced.

This presentation strives to respond to the following questions:
– How is University-Industry-Government (Triple Helix) collaboration portrayed in Southern Africa?
– What are the key challenges and opportunities related to Triple Helix interactions and collaboration in an emerging innovation ecosystem?
– What policy, funding and implementation instruments should be developed and used to strengthen University-Industry- Government collaboration in emerging innovation ecosystems?

The material has been compiled around a regional innovation development programme, The Southern Africa Innovation Support programme (SAIS, www.saisprogramme.com), aiming at supporting national and regional innovation systems in the SADC region by bringing together the elements of the systems of innovation in each participating pilot country: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. The duration of the programme phase I has been April 2011 up to December 2015. The total budget mainly financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland is about 8 MEUR.

Speaker

DR JUHA MIETTINEN is an experienced international innovation policy and instrument innovation professional with some twenty years of experience in innovation systems development and innovation support, technology transfer, business development and methods in public-private – triple helix – collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally.

He has resided in Africa (Namibia) for some five years working as the Chief Technical Advisor and Team Leader being in charge of an extensive regional innovation funding programme; Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, SAIS, aspired for strengthening innovation ecosystems in several Southern African countries (saisprogramme.com).

He holds an MSc (International Economics) degree from the University of Tampere, and a BSc (Economics) from the University of Oregon, US. He is busy with his PhD on Triple-Helix Collaboration in emerging economies.

TALK 2

GETTING TRIPLE HELIX SYSTEMS TO WORK IN EMERGING MARKETS

This talk will cover the following themes, using South Africa as an example of an emerging market struggling (from our perspective) to create a coherent national system of innovation:

– Overview of the THS and OI activities RIIS is undertaking;
– Organic vs synthetic development of triple helix interactions;
– Resource allocation by TH actors in emerging markets (as
seen in Southern Africa), and impact on innovation activities
– Constraints on effective interactions, and impact on
collaborative innovation efforts;
– Potential solutions to dealing with each of constraint

Speaker

DAVIS COOK is the CEO of the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability.He is an entrepreneur and a leader, passionate about using collaboration to solve the diverse challenges of business and society.

Under his leadership, RIIS has provided strategic support to a wide range of organisations to achieve innovation excellence.
Davis also currently fulfils a number of leadership roles in various innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. He sits on the Management Committee of the SA Innovation Network, is a Non- Executive Director for the SA Innovation Summit Foundation, and a founding partner of an SA-based VC fund.

He was the lead author for the Gauteng Innovation Strategy, a multi-helix focused strategic policy for the Gauteng Provincial Government, and has contributed in various ways to a variety of ‘innovation for economic development’ programmes in SA and globally. His academic background includes physics, applied math, politics, economics and development studies.


DELIVERED

ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITIES: A MACRO AND MICRO PERSPECTIVE

Wednesday 25 November 2015

The video-recording of the sixth THA webinar presented by Dr Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer and Professor Dr Klaus Sailer, delivered in 25 November 2015 is now available in the TH Repository.

Besides the video-recording, you will find in our website the questionnaire outline used by OECD to carry out research on entrepreneurial universities, as presented during the webinar.


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