E-book Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis

To increase productivity and create value, businesses and companies need to innovate.
But how is innovation created? And how can entire regions, countries, and continents innovate in a fast changing world where the old economies have broken down?

Dr. Daria Tataj proposes a replicable model for innovation based on a concept of an entrepreneurship-driven Knowledge Triangle: a coordinated network of research institutes, universities and businesses.

Analyzing networking innovation models in Europe, the United States, and China, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the first comprehensive attempt to explain a new model of collaborative networks designed to boost growth in Europe.

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„Fascinating to see that the early learnings of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) now hit the public in a book that is the most comprehensive and understandable description of the role of (networked) entrepreneurship in the Knowledge Triangle. Following the author, I sincerely hope that in Education, in Business firms and in Research Institutes, Innovation in Europe returns to its entrepreneurial roots in search of new prosperity.”
Professor Martin Schuurmans
Founding Chairman of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, former Vice President of Philips
“In an increasingly research and technology rich world, Daria Tataj explores the growing importance of ‘technology push’ – in place of demand pull – in driving innovation and growth. She identifies the critical role of the entrepreneur as the integrator of the innovation process from idea to funding to market. Based on extensive research, this book will help shape policy and thinking for a new model of innovation-driven economic growth.”
Professor Dame Julia King
Vice Chancellor, Aston University, Birmingham”

Network IQ Alliance

The project calls for harnessing the power of networked communities to scale-up and accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial universities, enabling them to:

  • build forward better ecosystems both physical and digital;
  • use existing and new networks more effectively;
  • direct better capacity building for stakeholder and client success;
  • optimise existing networks for better sharing, selling, innovating, partnering and fundraising;
  • build self-confidence, responsible leadership and change leaders;
  • address the innovation ‘stickiness factor’ for long-term benefit;
  • drive real social change at scale in the research and innovation community.

Network IQ Alliance partners aim to accelerate the health, manufacturing, green and digital transformation, and deepen the integration of industrial regions, which are Emerging Innovators with regions that reinvented themselves and became Moderate and Strong Innovators.

Through the Innovation Vision Action Plan, the project aims to execute and act on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Strategic Innovation Agenda. Network IQ Alliance is focused on transforming individuals and teams with skills to immediately reach out to their network, procure resources, achieve purpose and objectives for immediate success and long-term impact – all using technology.

During the pilot phase the project will:

  • support five innovative SMEs via multidisciplinary research teams;
  • train 130 students with nIQ skills for developing innovation, fundraising and global market access, including 15 students mentored;
  • train 15 academic staff and mentor 5 in nIQ to embed in their HEI’s innovation/entrepreneurship education;
  • train 15 non-academic staff and mentor 5 to embed nIQ in their HEI’s strategy and processes;
  • establish two nIQ ‘train the trainer’ centres at HEIs for popularising the methodology;
  • form one new collaborative partnership in the knowledge triangle.

The Network IQ Alliance results and outcomes will be successfully translated into real-world impact aligned with the priorities of EIT Manufacturing, EIT Health, ETI Digital and EIT Climate.