Smart strategies for regional long-term and sustainable entrepreneurial activities




  • Christian Saublens, Director of the European Association of Regional Development Agencies (EURADA)


  • Inmaculada Periañez-Forte, Expert in policy analysis and governance of RIS³ Platform, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Itziar Salaberria, Manager of UGGASA Local development agency, Basque Association of Development Agencies (GARAPEN), Spain
  • Hana Uraidi, CEO of the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO), Jordan
  • Bill Sproull, Chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • Guillermo Herrera, Provincial Prefect of Carchi, Ecuador


  • Alessandro Mrakic, Programme Specialist on Local Governance and Decentralization at UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States

Regional-level authorities are increasingly involved in designing their own strategies to support and enhance innovative local dynamics and improve the performance of their regional innovation systems. In particular, Smart Specialization strategies consist of an integrated approach to harness the potential for smart (i.e. knowledge and innovation-based), sustainable and inclusive growth in all regions (leaders as well as less advanced), building-up on their respective strengths and features, through place-based innovation policies. Establishing them require a better understanding of the relationship between the territorial resources, and the socio-economic and institutional context. Concentrating knowledge resources on limited prioritized economic activities allows regions to take advantage of scale, scope and spillovers in knowledge production and use, which are important drivers of productivity.  At the same time, it is crucial to orient and link-up innovation and resulting productivity gains with environmental and social concerns as combined drivers of sustainable competitiveness outcomes.

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Location: Galileo - Palazzo Reale Date: October 15, 2015 Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm