Start-ups and innovation are a hot topic in Europe. As they might increase growth and create jobs, it is no wonder that politics and universities alike are very much interested to understand with what tools they can simulate more of it.
Thus, the last six to twelve month have been filled with discussions and talks about tools and there implementation, intensifying as I outspoke some opinions about a local ecosystem and a university initiative in e.g. a public discussions about entrepreneurship.
The need of a qualified ecosystem discussion
Key issue in most discussions is that the systemic, data based view of a consultancy designing such programs is different from the "we need tools" driven view in a situation determined by a catch up sentiment.
Tech Transfer Offices, Spin-offs, Incubators, Accelerators just to name a few – we know all these tools, studied them all.
But, what about the underlying context of the ecosystem of origin and the underlying context of the ecosystem of application?
The chance to define the ecosystem of the next 20 years
In short, we are in a situation of emerging European startup ecosystems, where we can define the ecosystem, the trajectory and the innovation we think might be desirable. But - for that, we need a qualified discussion about ecosystems and its various stages prior to derive at the tool implementation.
As this view is sometimes difficult to explain, I much welcome the occasion of an upcoming workshop about "Incubators and the Entrepreneurial University" at the Free University of Bolzano (see the interesting program here) to discuss three key issues.