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12 Jun 13 | Delft University of Tech

On 12 June the Regional Implementation Group Delft met in Rotterdam to discuss the study visit reports on Milan and Malmö. The meeting took place in the historic Groothandelsgebouw, symbol of the post-war reconstruction of Rotterdam. Policy-makers from the municipalities of Rotterdam and Delft attended the meeting, as well as policy consultants and representatives of the Dutch Incubator Association and educational institutions from both cities.

The RIG concluded that in particular the Malmö cases MINC and Media Evolution City are quite relevant for the Dutch situation. The discussion subsequently focused on three main topics: 1) the relation between the incubator and the local community, 2) the balance between focusing on a specific sector and maintaining sufficient diversity within the incubator to stimulate cross-fertilization and innovation, and 3) the possibilities to keep track of ex-incubatees and involve them in the support programme or crowd funding. In addition, the RIG pointed at the need for more sophisticated criteria to assess the impact of incubators, as well as the necessity of not just developing great ideas, but also markets. In this respect open innovation is one of the models that should be explored.
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