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Network of innovation brokers: Fostering transnational STI

: Haunschild, J.; Tsog, S.

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15th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2020. Proceedings : Virtual conference, Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma, in Italy on 17-18 September 2020
Reading: Academic Conferences International Limited, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-912764-67-9
ISBN: 978-1-912764-68-6
European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) <15, 2020, Online>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

The aim of this paper is to propose a hybrid organization that acts as a network of innovation brokers which could enhance the access to new knowledge sources, into new markets and accelerate innovative activities of an economy as a whole. ENRICH is an initiative of EC's Horizon 2020 program that consists of three centres located in Brazil, China and the USA. Its objective is to spur innovative activities and enhance the cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between European Union and the above countries. With the main approach of networking, ENRICH in Brazil, China and the USA aims to become the main hub and contact point of STI actors in the respective countries who wish to collaborate with the EU and vice versa. The paper is a contribution to the development of new business models as well as strategies that aim to effectively foster international collaboration on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The insights of this article can be of relevance for policy makers that are looking to establish or foster international science, technology, and innovation ecosystems, as well as for academics who are interested in the transnational innovation ecosystems and strategic collaborations. The first and theoretical parts of this paper are based on library resources and recent academic articles. The second portion of the paper presents the European Union Horizon 2020 funded project ENRICH Centres as an example of the proposed hybrid organization.