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altRichard Bendis, Chairman e CEO da Inovvation America, acha que os europeus ainda têm de vencer algumas resistências para investirem na inovação. E, afirma, a dimensão de Portugal é a mais adequada para seguir os preceitos da inovação.

Que importância tem a inova- ção para um pequeno país como Portugal?
É especialmente importante. Os pequenos países, mais do que os grandes, têm a capacidade de reagir mais rapidamente. É mais fácil mudar dez milhões de pes- soas em vez de 300 milhões es- palhados por 50 estados, como nos EUA e ter um sistema de inovação efectivo. Mas essa não é a tradição da Europa: está ha- bituada a ter paciência e as suas decisões são muito políticas.

Como explica a inovação? É uma boa ideia, um sistema ou um modo de vida?
É isso tudo junto. É uma forma de fazer as coisas mais eficaz- mente, uma forma de colabora- ção – que pode ser incorporada na vida de toda a gente e não apenas nas elites ou em quem trabalha nas tecnologias.

A Europa perdeu para a Améri- ca em termos de inovação?

A inovação é global. A Europa está a dar passos no sentido cer- to. Começou na América? Não tenho a certeza: vocês [euro-peus] tiveram o Leonardo da Vinci e o Miguel Ângelo. A dife- rença actual entre os EUA e a Europa existe ao nível do em- preendedorismo, dos empresá- rios inovadores. E da aceitação do risco de falhar, que não exis- te na Europa.

Mas há um papel para os gover- nos?

Claro. Os governos devem esti- mular a envolvente. Mas a ino- vação não deve ser controlada: é o campo dos privados, dos em- preendedores, das PME, são eles que devem liderar a inovação. Por isso, os governos devem criar os instrumentos e sai do caminho.

O presidente da agência da Agência de Inovação Americana, Richard Bendis, defendeu esta quinta-feira que «os países pequenos tendem a ser mais inovadores porque são mais flexíveis», considerando que «Portugal e Espanha têm mais potencial para inovar».

No VI Encontro COTEC Europa, na Casa da Música, no Porto, o fundador e presidente da Innovation América afirmou que «o futuro da Europa reside nas pequenas e medias empresas (PME)», que «devem encontrar parceiros em todo o mundo, criando redes globais de inovação».

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Madrid, 6 oct (EFE).- El Rey viaja hoy a Oporto para intervenir al día siguiente en la sesión de clausura del VI Encuentro Cotec Europa, en el que se presentará un gran proyecto para la mejora de la seguridad marítima en el sur de Europa con participación de grandes empresas de España, Italia y Portugal.

El presidente portugués, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, será el anfitrión de esta sexta edición de los encuentros Cotec Europa, a la que acudirá también el presidente italiano, Giorgio Napolitano, ya que los jefes de Estado de España, Portugal e Italia comparten la presidencia de honor de esta institución, creada para coordinar las actuaciones de las fundaciones nacionales ante la Comisión Europea.

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Chronique, samedi 25 septembre 2010, p. 8

Saint-Roch, un quartier de la ville de Québec, jadis moribond, reprend vie au point de devenir un des endroits les plus branchés de la province.

L'industrie éolienne peut maintenant compter sur un allié : le Cégep de Matane, qui répond à ses besoins avec son programme de technologie de l'électronique industrielle.

Montréal compte maintenant 6 000 jeunes employés dans l'industrie du jeu vidéo, un secteur quasi inexistant il y a 15 ans.

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After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2010:

  1. Mitch Ditkoff
    Mitch DitkoffMitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.

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  2. Jeffrey Phillips
    Jeffrey PhillipsJeffrey Phillips is a senior leader at OVO Innovation. OVO works with large distributed organizations to build innovation teams, processes and capabilities. Jeffrey is the author of “Make us more Innovative”, and innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com.
  3. Idris Mootee

    Idris MooteeIdris Mootee is the CEO of idea couture, a strategic innovation and experience design firm. He is the author of four books, tens of published articles, and a frequent speaker at business conferences and executive retreats.


  4. Rich Bendis
    Rich Bendis currently serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a Global not for profit, private/public partnership focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America. IA has a fivefold mission:
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altAgainst the backdrop of Biotechnology Region Rhein Neckar, Germany's award winning top-cluster, The Technopolicy Network is organizing its 7th Annual Conference on 30 September & 1 October. Experts from over 15 countries will focus on the aspects that are needed to create a knowledge region that is truly of world-class. Topics include clustering strategies, benchmarking, ingredients of a successful knowledge region and the importance of international alliances. Poh Kam Wong (Singapore University and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur), Richard Bendis (venture capitalist and US cluster policy advisor), Peter Nijkamp (regional economist and Dutch government advisor) and Tony Rahilly (DG National Research Council Canada) are among the many eminent speakers.
 
The conference is hosted by Bioregion Rhein Neckar (BioRN). This leading life science region has developed into one of the leading clusters in Europe in the field of personalized medicine and cancer. Christian Tidona, cluster manager of BioRN, will be introducing this impressive cluster. Within a radius of 30 kilometers around the University of Heidelberg, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are amongst the 60 highly innovative biotech and pharma companies with a total of nearly 20,000 employees, working on new drugs, diagnostics, technology platforms and services.

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The Global Forum / Shaping the Future

  • an annual & independent non for profit international event dedicated to Business and Policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Information Society
  • supported by organizations around the world, interested in sharing and influencing global IT agendas, and enabling business and government leaders from all ICT sectors to meet, exchange and create projects and PPP partnerships
  • bringing together, since 1992, each year, more than 300 high level key actors from the Information Society, from all over the world
  • providing an arena for the exposure of divergent points of views
  • presenting a great opportunity for the participants to develop imaginative solutions in partnership with each other during both formal and informal face to face discussions and after the Forum by electronic networking
  • enabling its participants to keep abreast with the latest developments in technology, regulation, markets and applications of communications and broadcast (interactive TV, telephony, etc...)


The Global Forum is now in its 19th year. It has been held in numerous cities around the world and is sometimes referred to as the “Davos of IT.” It has the support of the European Commission, many governments and most of the major Western ICT corporations.

Dates: Global Forum 2010, November Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th, in Washington DC
Place: Washington DC, USA
At the Marvin Center, the George Washington University

The 19th edition of the Global Forum is organized by Items International, an international consulting firm based in Paris, France; the Sophia Antipolis Foundation, a science park recognized internationally as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing technological and scientific hubs in Europe, the George Washington University and the support of the US Department of State and the US General Services Administration (GSA).

The focus of the Global Forum 2010 is:

ICT FOR AN EMPOWERED SOCIETY
A SMART AND INNOVATIVE WORLD

Innovation America and Items International are collaborating in establishing a session on Innovation “OPEN INNOVATION: STRATEGY & POLICIES” The objective of this session is to strengthen the EU and the USA Innovation Dialogue in order to accelerate the efforts to spur growth, productivity, and entrepreneurial activity, including by sharing best policy practices and identifying steps that will improve the policy environment for innovative activities that draw talents and ideas in both markets.

Richard A. Bendis, President and CEO Innovation America will make a presentation and give us his valuable insights in this session.

To participate in the think tank, please contact: Dr. Sylviane Toporkoff, President & Sébastien Lévy,Vice-President, Global Forum / Shaping the Future. Tel: + 33 1 4642 4876, Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit our website: www.items-int.com
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altaltRichard Bendis is participating as a plenary speaker in The Technopolicy Network Annual Conference "Building a World-Class Knowledge Region", Heidelberg, Germany, 29 September - 1 October.

Against the backdrop of Biotechnology Region Rhein Neckar (BioRN), Germany's award winning top-cluster, The Technopolicy Network is organizing its 7th Annual conference. The conference will focus on the aspects that are needed to create a knowledge region that is truly of world-class. To this extend the importance of international alliances will be stressed. Bendis is a globally-recognized expert in shaping innovation-based clusters and a front runner in strengthening ties of innovation intermediaries across the Atlantic. Bendis is chairman of The Technopolicy Network's Transatlantic Innovation initiative to strengthen ties between Europe and North America in the field of Innovation. This comes at a moment that globalization and growing competition increases the necessity of strategic alliances to preserve ones’ leading position in knowledge intensive innovation. The work group anticipates and promotes a more intensive collaboration between European and North-American countries in the innovation field. Outcome of last year’s Transatlantic Innovation event, which Bendis also participated in, includes the setting-up of transatlantic innovation intermediary networks, transatlantic  investment formats (for VC’s or business Angels) and connecting public funds for more intense transatlantic collaboration between universities and companies.

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Speaking at a luncheon briefing this week presented by ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America and the Science- Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG) for the House R&D Caucus Richard Bendis, president and chief executive of Philadelphia-based Innovation America, urged action on a number of fronts to help small business innovate, including regional cluster initiatives. A copy of Bendis' prserntation can be found here.

“Missing in Action”: The Role Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Should be Playing in Reviving the U.S. Innovation Economy.

According to a recent report in  Bloomberg BusinessWeek which cited a private survey, confidence among U.S. small businesses fell in June to the lowest level in three months as projections for profits, sales and economic conditions weakened.

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Click to EnlargeSAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK - It's not easy to attract investment these days - entrepreneurs must show both that they have a product that's needed and that there's a market willing to buy that product.

So says Richard Bendis, president and chief executive of Philadelphia-based Innovation America, who was in Saint John last week to speak at a meeting on the provincial energy hub. Bendis began his career in the private sector and is an experienced venture capitalist. The public/private organization he now heads advocates economic development based on innovation, something Bendis is passionate about.

The Telegraph-Journal sat down with Bendis who shared his thoughts on what entrepreneurial ventures - in particular those based on emerging technologies related to a "cluster" like the so-called energy hub here in New Brunswick - need to be successful.

"In the past, it used to be that if you could prove that you had proof of concept, you might be able to get some private-sector capital," Bendis says.

But with the economic crisis, he says, it's become more difficult for entrepreneurs to find money at an early stage.


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altNational Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
1:30 to 4 p.m.


Across the United States, cities like Philadelphia are undertaking projects to make aging buildings and transportation systems more energy efficient, and to transform public services such as health care, education and social services, using new technologies to make them "smarter."

Philadelphia academic, government and industry leaders will come together to address how to prepare students for these opportunities, bringing out leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and – most importantly – the ability to apply technology as they enter the workforce.

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Building the Broadband Economy is an international summit attracting attendees from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Produced in partnership with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, it is a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s most dynamic communities how to use information and communications technology to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities. 

Who Will You Meet at BBE 2010?

The annual BBE summit attracts mayors, state and provincial leaders, city managers, the CIOs of cities, counties and states from around the world, as well as their ICT partners in the private sector.  Recent summits have been honored by the presence of these public and private-sector leaders.

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What Works and What Doesn’t

GPI’s May 27th Networking Breakfast

There are few better qualified on the topic of building economic clusters than Richard Bendis, our May 27th GPI Breakfast Speaker. Richard not only helps regions design innovation clusters, he gets dirt under his fingernails helping their plan work.

With decades of experience in building some of the best US clusters, Richard has seen what works and what doesn’t, in clusters and regions from Maine to California to Iowa. Richard’s latest venture is Innovation America, a daily and free e-letter for economic development and technology-builders. You can view the website at www.innovationamerica.us.

A current theme is “economic gardening”, taking a “garden” of existing businesses and growing them through innovative technology, management, business models, and so on. Think of the existing and successful businesses here in Guelph, under pressure from global-scale changes in trade, technology and markets. Richard will share some ideas that have worked, and some that have not. Economic Development to Richard is a 3-legged stool; creating, attracting and retaining businesses. Like a balanced financial portfolio, it is not wise to rely on just one leg of the stool.

Richard backs his philosophy with experience; he has been a corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the digital technology and healthcare industries. He has also been appointed to several national innovation- related organizations and committees including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership (USIP) Advisory Task Force and Co-Chair of the Small Business Innovation Research Committee. He has organized and executed fundraising and friend-raising campaigns for business incubators and innovation parks, provided advisory services to over 16 countries and 22 US states,  as well as the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, the European Commission, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Association of Science Parks and many others.

His practical advice, case studies that he’s lived and strong speaking style command attention– this is our last event of the season and not one to miss.

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Innovation Matters:


Innovation Philadelphia (IP) has experienced several successful transitions, regarding Mission, Focus and Leadership, since its inception in 2001. 2010 brings us to a new evolving chapter, which is not as clearly defined, since our current leader, Kelly Lee has departed IP as of April 16th to pursue other interests. We thank Kelly for her commitment to IP and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

This transition in Leadership, has led Innovation Philadelphia and its Board of Directors to re-evaluate the future direction of the organization and the role it can play in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Economy of the Greater Philadelphia Region. As the Board performs this analysis , through research and communicating directly with key stakeholders and partners, the activities of IP will be managed by the Board.

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Bendis to keynote at European Commission conference in Florence, Italy Tuesday, May 11th, 2010. The theme of the conference is "Upgrading the Innovation Capacity of Enterprises through interregional transfer".

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ERIK ACTION and INTERREGIONAL COOPERATION - Upgrading the Innovation Capacity of Enterprises through Interregional Transfer

When: Tuesday 11th May 2010

Where: Florence, Italy

Why: The one day conference will take you on a multi-media ride through the ERIK ACTION transfer experience, looking at the methodology used and the lessons learned.

It will give you a chance to discuss various aspects of the theme of innovation for enterprises with international experts.

Through a mixture of panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions and new media, the ERIK ACTION Final Conference is a learning experience, and a moment to take stock of the Capitalisation process so far.

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For good deals on hotel reservations in Florence contact:
Paolo Pollastri at Amici del Turismo
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Digital communications may have changed the way we communicate on a day-to-day basis, but business leaders know there is no substitute for face-to-face dialogue to discuss ideas, develop partnerships and build networks. 

This reality was in full effect at “Innovate in Canada: Green Tech –Lowering the Cost of Discovery through Cross-Border Opportunities,” a conference held on March 3rd, at the Reuters Conference Center in New York by the Canadian Consulate and their partners Invest Quebec, Ontario, Vale Columbia Center, and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.

More than 75 people attended the one-hour session, which featured speakers including Ross Garland from General Electric, Jean Trewhella from IBM, Walter Lowes of Trilliant, and Claude Jodoin of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. 

The moderator was Richard Bendis, President of Innovation America whose global daily innovation newsletter can be found at www.innovationamerica.us/daily.

Karl Sauvant from Vale Columbia Center offered opening remarks on foreign direct investment (fdi) and how the financial crisis has affected cross-border investment.  In the midst of the clean technology boom, or ‘bubble’ as some may see it, he discussed the impact clean technologies will have on fdi in the coming years and the growth of cross-border collaborations.
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altState research and development budgets were challenged last year by an international recession but as I look across the nation, a handful of innovation-based state agencies continue to make progress even in difficult times. The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is one of those.

In my role as president and CEO of Innovation America, a national organization with a mission to accelerate the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America, I look for best practice technology-based economic development agencies that are "game changers” in their respective states. OCAST is one of the best examples I have seen for carrying out a state’s initiative to develop its innovation economy.

OCAST has a robust pipeline of programs that includes applied research, health research, small-business innovation research (SBIR), research and development intern partnerships, nanotechnology, plant research, manufacturing excellence and technology commercialization. This pipeline is vital to the infrastructure that can help transform a state’s economy.

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