Innovation ecosystems enable innovation and development at regional level. They are the result of collaborations between stakeholders such as universities, research and technology organisations, companies, venture capitalists and public policy makers.
The quality of innovation ecosystems is crucial for a better connected, more inclusive, more dynamic and more sustainable European Union. These innovation ecosystems need to be strengthened through collaboration, networking, the exchange of ideas and knowledge as well as the development of open innovation processes. Member States, Associated States as well as EU regions and their key stakeholders are encouraged to promote innovation by participating in concrete results-based initiatives. They can participate in the European Innovation Council (EIC) Forum, in joint innovation programmes, in joint programmes to scale-up enterprises and in joint education strategies where they can share their insights and experiences. Synergies with other EU programmes, with national or regional programmes and funds as well as close cooperation with private entities are to be encouraged.
Destination CONNECT – Connected ecosystems
The actions in the CONNECT destination focus on strengthening interconnected, inclusive innovation ecosystems across Europe and Associated States within Horizon Europe by drawing on the existing strengths of national, regional and local ecosystems and encouraging the involvement of all actors and territories to set, undertake and achieve collective ambitions towards challenges for the benefit of society including green, digital and social transitions and the European Research Area.
Destination SCALE UP Europe– Scaling up the innovation of European enterprises
The actions within the SCALE UP destination focus on reinforcing network connectivity within and between innovation ecosystems for sustainable business growth with high societal value.
Destination INNOVSMES – Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The actions within the INNOVSMES destination support the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs, which will help innovative SMEs increase their research and development (R&D) capacity and productivity and successfully embed these in global value chains and new markets within the Eurostars 3 programme.
Eurostars is a joint funding programme between the European Commission and EUREKA It is the largest international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on research and development projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation. Visit the Eurostars website for more information.