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WALES for INNOVATION: 

WALES for INNOVATION Stephen K. Jones Programme Development Manager

The Wales Regional Technology Plan 1993-first proposals-1996-action plan: 

The Wales Regional Technology Plan 1993-first proposals-1996-action plan One of the first 4 in Europe The first in the UK The most advanced in implementation Blueprint for European regions Model of good practice laid much of the groundwork to start to address the innovation deficit in Wales.

RTP ACHIEVEMENTS: 

RTP ACHIEVEMENTS programmes developed for RTP priorities the Finance Wales Spin-out Programme; the Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF) new academic Centres of Excellence for Industrial Collaboration (CETICs) Know How Wales an enhanced Innovation & Technology Counsellor (ITC) Service a Technology Exploitation Grant early Technium developments

ORIGINAL OBJECTIVES: 

ORIGINAL OBJECTIVES ‘To develop a consensus on a strategy to increase the business growth, innovation and competitiveness of the Welsh economy’ ‘To create a framework for decision- making that will encourage better public and private investments to be made’

PRIORITIES THAT EMERGED: 

PRIORITIES THAT EMERGED A culture of innovation is vital for personal and economic success Companies learn best from each other Wales must profit from global innovation and technology High quality business and innovation support is essential Finance for innovation must be readily available Education and training for innovation and technology are vital

POSITION AT 2001: 

POSITION AT 2001 1998 - review - 2001 - RTP 2000 completed RTP Priorities are now fully mainstreamed: - - WAG – WDA – ELWa – HEFCW - Objective 1 The Decision making framework is still relevant New opportunities are emerging for action However, increasing feeling that of a loss of momentum – of being at ‘the cutting edge’. Need for new challenges

NEW CHALLENGES: 

NEW CHALLENGES WALES INNOVATION AND SCIENCE PLAN (WAG) FUTURE TECHNOLOGY PLAN (INNOVATIVE ACTIONS)

INNOVATIVE ACTIONS : 

INNOVATIVE ACTIONS OSKaR (Observatory for a Sustainable Knowledge based Region)   LANDMAP extension WALES SCEnE (Sustainability, Community, Environment, Economy) e

INNOVATION TO A YOUNGER AUDIENCE: 

INNOVATION TO A YOUNGER AUDIENCE Engineering Education Scheme Wales – Welsh National Convention of Excellence in Engineering and Technology WDA Technology Prize Competition Welsh final of Young Engineers for Britain 3M primary Awards competition at Techniquest Inventor’s Competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales WDA/WJEC 6th Form Innovation Awards exhibition Wales Student Innovation Awards finals Eureka Awards Showcase

A WINNING WALES: 

A WINNING WALES

WALES FOR INNOVATION THE VISION: 

WALES FOR INNOVATION THE VISION

THE FUTURE WALES FOR INNOVATION: ACTION PLAN: 

THE FUTURE WALES FOR INNOVATION: ACTION PLAN WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT new innovation action plan building on past successes to scale up and roll out activities which have been demonstrated to bring economic benefits to Wales to address gaps, based on business needs.

THE FUTURE WALES FOR INNOVATION: ACTION PLAN: 

THE FUTURE WALES FOR INNOVATION: ACTION PLAN Single Innovation Grant – SMART Cymru Improved support services – strengthening ITC service Technium Centre roll-out Key Action Area 1 - driving forward communications campaign

KEY ACTIONS AREAS: 

KEY ACTIONS AREAS Communicating what can be achieved through more innovation Developing more high growth potential businesses Better equipping people to innovate Simpler, more effective, innovation support Maximising the economic development impact of our universities & colleges

ACTION AREA 1: 

ACTION AREA 1 A wide-ranging innovation communications campaign The creation of a Wales wide innovation network based on regional partnerships for north, mid, south-west & south-east Wales Expansion of the Commitment to Innovation Programme to enrol more Welsh companies with an enhanced innovation focussed programme

SUPPORT ACTION measurement & monitoring: 

SUPPORT ACTION measurement & monitoring Innovation Works link to be developed as portal for access from WDA website innovation events – dates and opportunities innovation funding and support, best practice and matching technology needs and opportunities Set of innovation indicators to be developed Involvement of expert private sector academic representatives in monitoring progress

ACTION AREA 1 – COMMUNICATIONS: 

ACTION AREA 1 – COMMUNICATIONS Better communication of innovation is an important enabler of economic competitiveness and sustainable development There is an urgent need to embed a stronger culture of innovation across the whole of Wales A national innovation campaign will address the needs of all our business sectors

INNOVATION NETWORK PARTNERSHIP A STRATEGIC NETWORK: 

INNOVATION NETWORK PARTNERSHIP A STRATEGIC NETWORK LINKAGES: - STRATEGIC POLICY DIRECT TO PTRS REGIONAL & LOCAL INPUT TO IAP DIRECT ACTION AT REGIONAL LEVEL FOUR REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: - NORTH MID SOUTH WEST SOUTH EAST

ACTION AREA 1 – COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION: 

ACTION AREA 1 – COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION Encourages and Promotes Innovative Organisations within Wales Companies Show Commitment: Corporate Strategies Products Processes Adopt and implement good innovative management practice

INNOVATION WORKS: 

INNOVATION WORKS ROLLING OUT THE INNOVATION COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN

Innovation Works : 

Innovation Works Aim - To change the way people think and act in Wales using a communications campaign to inspire a culture where the benefits of innovation are understood, valued and achieved Objective - Promote innovation in a way that changes the perception, attitude and actions of people on innovation in its widest sense, including: people, products, processes, marketplaces and marketing

Innovation Works: 

Innovation Works Systems Approach People Innovation Process Innovation Product Innovation Market Innovation Marketplaces Innovation

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