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Regional policy improvement for financially sustainable creative incubators units
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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 02 | JANUARY 2013

EDITORIAL

PROJECT PROGRESS

CCIs: WHAT'S NEW?

ABOUT INCOMPASS PROJECT

EDITORIAL

Flourishing against the odds

Andrew Mackenzie | Project Coordinator

Even before the current economic crisis, it was becoming clear that sources of public funding to support creative industries business incubator units were coming under growing pressure. Now, the need to find alternative sources is of even greater importance and this is the topic that the InCompass Project sets out to address.

InCompass is an INTERREG IVc funded project partnership across twelve European regions that aims to support increased self-sustainability of creative industries business incubator units. Over its duration, the project partners will undertake a programme of research and analysis of innovative practices across the EU, with the intention of developing and sharing these methods across the regions, and to move away from the current general dependence on public funding.

Building on previous experience of EU funded projects the core partners of InCompass were able to observe that a number of innovative approaches were providing sources of income that enabled a limited move towards greater financial independence. It was felt that the collective effect of combing these new approaches could have more significant impact in the bid to help creative industries start-ups beat the recession and flourish against the odds. The Interreg IVc focus on informing and stimulating collaborative development of regional EU policy was the ideal vehicle for the project to increase the capacity to create more spaces for experiment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries as stated in the Lisbon Agenda. So, led by Lead Partners Dundee College in Scotland, the project partnership between institutions and regional authorities in Spain, Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Slovakia, Italy, England, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary and Bulgaria was built.

After its approval in December 2011, we held our kick-off conference in February in Dundee. Since then, the project has gathered further momentum with study visits to incubator units in Rotterdam, Milan, Malmo and Copenhagen where project partners had the opportunity to identify and discuss examples of best practice. Some common strands are already beginning to emerge and we hope to be able to publish the validated findings from these visits on the project website soon – so keep your eyes on www.incompassproject.eu for updates!.

The methodology is for three workgroups to separately focus on commercial, social and support initiatives identified in the case study visits and to produce reports on the transferability of them into other regions. Once externally verified by independent expert teams, these reports form the subject of a series of thematic seminars to disseminate the findings throughout the whole project partnership. These will then be taken back to Regional Implementation Groups set up in the twelve regions for them to be further assessed and incorporated, where suitable into the development of regional policy. Future visits and seminars are planned for Beja in Portugal; Patras, Greece; Aviles, Spain; Gyor, Hungary and finally Brussels, Belgium for the final conference in November 2014.

 

PROJECT PROGRESS

InCompass Project Partner Meeting and Study visit in Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. 28-30 November 2012



During three days, between 28th -30th of November, the group got to visit and share information from several different initiatives in the Øresund region. The visit was organized by Tillväxtverket. The project group was very positive to the visit. New study visits are planned for 2013 and 2014.

The study visit was focused on several areas of business incubator solutions:
First Media Evolution and Evolution Media City in Malmo
2nd Malmo incubator (MINC)
3rd Ideon and the "Creative Plot" in Lund
4th Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen and CIID

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Sofia Municipality organised its initial InCompass Regional Implementation Group meeting


On 5 November 2012 Sofia Municipality held its first InCompass Regional Implementation Group meeting. The composition of the RIG had been comprehensively planned beforehand, so that the right people were approached and eventually included in the process of the InCompass implementation. Eighteen experts and municipal officials managed to attend this initial presentation of the project and its goals, among which: representatives of Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association, Observatory of Cultural Economics, Foundation for Urban Projects and Research, Sofia Foundation for Culture and Art, various universities, etc.

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WHAT'S NEXT?


Greece, the host of the next InCompass Study Visit


After the Malmoe’s study visit, Greece’s study visit is being programmed around 1-15 June 2013.

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CCIs: WHAT'S NEW?


Collaboration is the Key!

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Collaboration is the key to open innovation and creativity is a key agent of collaboration. Based on this rationale, the INTERREG IVC projects CREA.RE, SEE Platform, ORGANZA, Creative Metropoles and InCompass have embarked on a process to intensify cooperation by examining the potential of joint activities.

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EC launches a strategy to boost growth and jobs in CCIs

The European Commission has recently launched a strategy that aims at boosting growth and jobs for the cultural and creative sectors in the EU. The Commission's new strategy aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of these sectors, as well as to maximise their spill-over benefits for other areas such as innovation, ICT and urban regeneration. The Commission is calling for a range of actions to promote the right conditions for the cultural and creative sectors to flourish. They focus on skills development, access to finance, promotion of new business models, audience development, and access to international markets and improved links to other sectors.

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The Contribution of the Arts and Creative Industries to the Scottish Economy

Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise commissioned CD Research, cogentsi and Pirnie Ltd to undertake research to obtain a comprehensive and robust picture of the contribution of the Arts and Creative Industries to the wider Scottish economy. The resulting report (Economic Contribution Study: An approach to the economic Assessment of the Arts & Creative Industries in Scotland) was published in June 2012. They study is not only useful in understanding the economic contribution of the sector but also to developing an understanding of the problems of defining the sector.

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Part Incubator, Workspace & Code School, Galvanize Wants To Turn Denver Into A Startup Hub

Galvanize is a 30,000-square-foot workspace for digital startups that recently opened in downtown Denver. While most of Colorado’s entrepreneurial energy emanates from Boulder, the Galvanize founders are on a mission to bring Denver into the conversation by creating a shared workspace that will accommodate over 300 individuals and approximately 60 to 70 startups once it’s fully operational.

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Round table “Culture and Entrepreneurship – Best Cases from Sofia”

An ambitious round table event was organized in the city of Sofia on 12.10.2012 under the slogan “Culture and Entrepreneurship – Best Cases from Sofia” at Betahaus|Sofia. The initiative falls within the scope of "The intersection of Culture and Entrepreneurship – Best Cases from Sofia" project, developed by the Foundation forUrban Projects and Research and Sofia Municipality programme “Europe”. In that regard, the main focus of the gathering was directed at the presentation of variety of good examples for efficient and successful blends of culture and business in the different creative industries’ sub-sectors concentrated on the territory of the Bulgarian capital.

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Info day at  Western Greece Region about Smart Specialisation

Western Greece Region organized at 3 December 2012 in Patras an info-day about Smart Specialisation. Smart Specialisation is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for Structural Fund investments in R&I as part of the future Cohesion Policy's contribution to the Europe 2020 jobs and growth agenda. More generally, smart specialisation involves a process of developing a vision, identifying competitive advantage, setting strategic priorities and making use of smart policies to maximise the knowledge-based development potential of any region, strong or weak, high-tech or low-tech.

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KreaNord – Nordic Creative Economy -  presents himself during the second meeting of ECIA platform

During the open session of the second ECIAp (European Creative Industries Alliance political platform) meeting, held the 30th of November in Copenhagen, KreaNord has presented its initiatives.
KreaNord is a Nordic initiative designed by the Nordic Council of Ministers relized through a collaboration between the Nordic Ministers of Business Affairs and the Ministers of Culture, to improve the growth prospect for the region's cultural and creative industries. The initiative promotes the Nordic region as a centre for cultural and creative industries.

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Report of the "Investment Forum 2012"

The 2012 NEM Summit has hosted on October 17, 2012 the first “European MediaTech Investment Forum” an event organised by Media Deals with the support of the European Commission (DG CONNECT), as part of the European Commission’s policy to encourage the transfer of results from research and innovation to the market.

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Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 - Innovation performance of 190 European regions compared

Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published on 6 November 2012, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation.

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3rd European Forum for Innovation 2012 - The future of entrepreneurs according to Zvi Eckstein, the Former Deputy of the Bank of Israel

The former deputy of the Bank of Israel, Zvi Eckstein, will speak at the upcoming European Forum for Innovation (EFI) in Tel Aviv this December. We’ve asked him if it is still possible to rely on public supports today, or if entrepreneurs should plan only on basis of private venture capital on global level.

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Commission presents new Rethinking Education strategy

The youth unemployment rate is close to 23% across the European Union yet at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled. Europe needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed by the labour market.

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ABOUT INCOMPASS PROJECT

The InCompassproject aims to support the self-sustainability of creative incubator units and enable them to develop and share innovative methods to move away from a general dependence on public funding. Co-financed by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC Programme, the project objective is to inform on and stimulate collaborative development of local, regional, national and EU policy and thereby increase the capacity to create more spaces for experiment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries, and to enable them to provide a driver for sustainable growth and job creation as stated in the Lisbon Agenda.





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About INTERREG IV C

INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Operational Programme was approved in September 2007 and the period for INTERREG IVC will last from 2007-2013. The programme budget amounts to EUR 321 million (only European Regional Development Fund’s resources).

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PARTNERS' PROFILE


UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS


Icon coordinatorCoordinator: Prof. Christos Bouras | bouras@cti.gr
Building B’, University Campus, University of Patras, GR26504

The University of Patras (UoP) was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the academic year 1966-67. UoP is the third largest University in Greece concerning the size of students’ potential, the faculty members, administrative personnel, number of departments, and accredited students titles. It includes 22 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 clinics fully equipped.

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL


Icon coordinatorCoordinator: Diane Milne | diane.milne@dundeecity.gov.uk
City Development Dept., 3 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BA, UK

Dundee City Council is a single-tier local authority which delivers a range of services to the people of Dundee. This includes a focus on housing, social work, education, the provision of cultural and leisure services, planning and economic development.

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SOFIA MUNICIPALITY


Icon coordinatorCoordinator: Maria Sotirova | m.sotirova87@gmail.com
33 Moskovska str.,1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia Municipality is an administrative unit with a status of a region and is divided into 24 districts, administered by local mayors. That is why, in terms of territorial scope, Sofia region is identical with Sofia Municipality. Besides the capital city, the 24 districts of Sofia encompass three other towns and 34 villages with a total population of around 1,291,591 people (according to the 2011 census).

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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.
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