The THA Chapter of Greece organized a round-table discussion on triple helix interactions on the 1st of September 2017 during the 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (http://iceird.eu/2017/). The event welcomed a wide participation (more than 100 participants) enabling practitioner, scientific and policy insights around the triple helix model in Greece and beyond. The event was coordinated by Prof Panayiotis Ketikidis (President of the THA Chapter of Greece) and by Prof Tim Vorley (Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK). The international panel members were:
- Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Belgium;
- Lina Liakou, Deputy Mayor for Urban Resilience and Development Planning, and Chief Resilience Officer for Thessaloniki, Greece;
- Panagiotis Liargovas, Professor of Department of Economics, University of Peloponnese, Greece;
- Dimitris Lakasas, CΕΟ/ Strategic Design & Marketing Manager, Olympia Electronics, SEVE Think Tank, Greece;
- Mary Albertson, President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Senior Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Stanford University, United States; and a representative from ASTP-Proton,Knowledge Transfer Europe, The Netherlands.
Some of the main points of the conference and of the round-table discussion are:
• Without collaboration we cannot have innovation. All stakeholders (universities, industries, government, society/users) need to collaborate in order to trigger innovation and growth. Collaboration is taking new shapes through innovation. Actors are constantly changing their boundaries and ambitions and drive thus new collaboration forms.
- In order to stay innovative, industry needs to take risks and invest in R&D by building upon the triple helix and the knowledge capital provided by universities. Conventional success is no longer valid and thus, innovative approaches are required as continuous disruptions require continuous innovation.
- Local authorities (i.e. government) should reach out to their local/regional stakeholders and engage them in co-creating the future of the city. Similarly, the government should empower cities/regions to develop innovation hubs/centers in order to retain and incentivize local/regional talent (human capital, cultural and creative capital). Overall, governments should maximize their outreach and enable all stakeholders to become more visible in the decision making processes.
- Technology transfer models are in high need of embedding local specificity and not just follow global successful trends. To this end, emerging technologies, Industry 4.0 and Sustainability are key shapers of innovation and of the way the actors collaborate and interact. Even more, research-led Startups & TTOs should be better integrated with the concepts of open science and responsible research and innovation
- There is also a need of better match-making collaboration models between investors and startups.
- We need to learn from successful EU regions that implemented smart specialization and study their structural changes that brought success. Similarly, the role of the triple helix within the smart specialization framework requires a more in-depth understanding.
- Business model innovation can prove to be a key tool for industries to exploit their innovation potential and stay ahead of competition.
- What is the right mix of incubation/acceleration/mentoring and how these can better match startups needs.