Curaçao Innovation Action Plan

Curaçao Innovation Action Plan

Curaçao made an excellent job in the period of establishing its innovation strategy. Particularly it was great job of organizing consultations via multiple working groups consultation work for each sector of importance for the economy and the wide society of Curacao. Innovation strategy has been developed afterwards. Curaçao made its innovation policy. The innovation action plan is on the discussion. Innovation Director Fiona Curie is making great job in this progress moving from strategy to policy and to this short- and long-term action plan.

The main goal is to promote sustainable economic development by stimulating innovative projects and processes that should strengthen business activity, stimulate economic diversification and improve regional competitive advantage and the competitive position of Curacao.

Government of Curaçao must facilitate and stimulate innovation and does this by:

  • Providing of facilities, knowledge and capacity;
  • The mitigation of entry barriers, exist barriers and growth barriers to entrepreneurs and businesses;
  • Making property rights accessible and enforce law.
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OCTA Innovation Issue 2/2018 –  Innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao

OCTA Innovation Issue 2/2018 – Innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao

Curaçao made an excellent job in the period of establishing its innovation strategy. Particularly it was great job of organizing consultations via multiple working groups consultation work for each sector of importance for the economy and the wide society of Curacao. Innovation strategy and policy have been developed afterwards. Currently, Fiona Curie, Innovation Director of Curacao, is making successful progress moving from innovation strategy and policy to the Innovation action plan of Curacao.

Meeting Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath was a great opportunity to talk about the issues of innovation and development and about Smart Island, migration, social inclusion and social innovation. Implementation across all sectors including education, capacity-building both human capacity in general and particularly government capacity-building, wide involvement of the population and Curacao people ownership of building their future were discussed. All of these in a larger context of having an innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao.

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Innovation, the driver for prosperous Curaçao

Innovation, the driver for prosperous Curaçao

Meeting Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath was an excellent opportunity for discussion on the issue of innovation, not only technological innovation but also all aspects of innovation and influence on economy and wider on complete society of Curaçao.

How to have innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao?

The axis of the discussion was how to move, how to implement innovation to be driver of the society. How to organize implementation of systemic innovation? How to institutionally structure innovation to be implemented across all sectors? How innovation can drive the National Development Plan (NDP)? How innovation can support a nation investing in resiliency and sustainability? Innovation in bringing both development and sustainability.

We tackled several current issues of the Island, such as migration, social inclusion and social innovation. But all of these in larger context of having innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao: capacity-building in general including government capacity-building, wide involvement of the population and Curacao people ownership of building their future.

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Vouchers for knowledge and technology

Vouchers for knowledge and technology

The mission in Curaçao was also the occasion to meet the whole team of the pilot project “Startup launchpad”: the Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute (CITI) members, the finalists and the jury from the rounds of competition.

OCTA Innovation team leader Milan Jezic von Gesseneck worked with them on the results already obtained and on what is planned for the second part of the implementation of the pilot project.

The Start-up Launch pad offers businesses in the start-up stage a chance to participate and win Technology, Knowledge and Support vouchers to invest in their company. This is in addition to an extensive mentoring and coaching program and the exposure their business will get in the local media. There are three rounds of competitions. The winner of the final will get the chance to compete on an international level.

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Hydroponic plant in operation

Hydroponic plant in operation

During his mission in Curaçao, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Innovation expert visited on hydroponic plant. One of the top five who gained a place in the second round of the Startup Launchpad program and the opportunity to get a voucher, is Giancarlo da Costa from Fresh Habits.

For this start-up, innovation is in the implementation of the hydroponic solution to reduce import, but also to develop hydroponic technology to eventually produce the container based hydroponic set and to have export from Curacao. Using this technology will bring sustainable and local production to the community of Curaçao.

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Start up Launchpad, Round 2 ticket

Start up Launchpad, Round 2 ticket

Through the program ‘Start up Launchpad’, start ups will receive support and will be able to invest in their companies through ‘knowledge’, ‘technology’ and ‘support’ vouchers. The program consists of 4 rounds of intensive coaching and support. Each round will be concluded with a ‘pitch competition’, determining who will continue to the next round. 15 entrepreneurs were selected to participate in the first round of the Startup Launchpad. These 15 entrepreneurs presented their results in front of a jury and a live audience.

The top five gained a place in the second round of the Startup Launchpad program and the opportunity to invest up to ANG. 20.000 in their business:

  • HQ Rental: Ries van Lommel
  • CamBackup: Royendgel Silberie
  • ADG Consultancy: Ariadne Flores Sophia
  • Fresh Habits: Giancarlo da Costa
  • Curacao Agro Tech: Alex van Sprang.

Coaches: Bright Minds and Brain Coral Labs.

Members of the jury: Fiona Curie, Arthur Adams, Rose Boevé, Chesron Isidora, Gedeona Maduro.

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Lead in innovation with the Action Plan

Lead in innovation with the Action Plan

Curaçao made excellent job in the period of establishing their innovation strategy, particularly it was great job in organizing consultations via working groups for each sector of importance for the economy and the society of Curacao.

That was one of the exemplary good consultations of different stakeholders which resulted in having very good innovation strategy.

Last year, Curaçao made its innovation policy and we are now excited with the great progress that Curaçao is making Innovation Action Plan IAP. Currently a draft of the Innovation Action Plan is on the discussion. Innovation Director Fiona Curie is making great job in this progress moving from strategy to policy and now moving to this Preliminary Action Plan.

On this way Curaçao is indeed taking the lead in progressing with the implementation of the Systemic innovation across all sectors.

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Collaboration for progress

Collaboration for progress

Last week, on 25th of January 2018, Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team leader, Innovation expert gave a workshop on “Becoming a smarter Curaçao by implementing innovation and through increased cooperation”.

Curaçao as a smart nation and Willemstad as a smart city are considered important in achieving sustainable economic development according to the coalition agreement of 2017-2021. Applying innovation and increasing cooperation will contribute to becoming this smart nation and city.

Ms Fiona Curie, Innovation Director presented at that occasion the Innovation Action Plan for 2018.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 1/2018 – Curaçao

OCTA Innovation Issue 1/2018 – Curaçao

How to propel innovation? How innovation to interweave in the economy? How to progress in establishing innovation ecosystem? How to develop optimal innovation supporting instruments? How to implement innovation across all sectors? How to enhance true public private partnership? How to secure sustainability? How to establish priorities? How to use opportunities on the most efficient way? How to optimize use of available knowledge and expertise? How to deal with brain drain? How to optimize capacity building via different ways of blended learning? How to deal with lack of capacities? How to protect heritage? How to use and how to protect natural resources? So many questions and issues to progress with.

In the light of some of these questions and issues, different opportunities and actions are discussed with Ms. Fiona Curie, Innovation Director and with key Curaçao innovation stakeholders this week. Curaçao is one of the best OCTs progressing with innovation policy action plan. Meeting with Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath will be a crucial step to consolidate the action plan.

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3 BIC Awards for Curaçao

3 BIC Awards for Curaçao

OCTA Innovation awards in Business, Innovation and Creativity (BIC Awards) are a part of OCTA Innovation’s Innovation Support Network programme and they are presenting a symbolic distinction to a business from an OCT but in practice showcase innovation and creativity across the OCTs.

Fiona Curie, Innovation Director for Curaçao recommended four candidates for the BIC Awards. A BIC Award ceremony took place during the Azores OCTA Innovation International Conference on the 12th of April 2017. Curaçao received three awards during this ceremony, namely:

  • Innovation Award for Curaçao Innovation Award
  • Creativity Award for Creative Lab Caribbean
  • Creativity Award for Street Art Skalo
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