Innovative Business Lab

Innovative Business Lab

Meeting with Brodrick Penn, Permanent Secretary of the Premiers Office, was a great meeting mainly around two aspects. The discussion of the Award of the Pilot Project of Innovative Business Lab was the key theme and how to secure the highest impact of this innovation pilot project. Furthermore discussion was held around the instruments to be implemented to assure innovation to be impregnated into entrepreneurship of BVI.

Kick-off of the pilot project was held. The project has already received advanced payment and has engaged person in charge of Innovative Business Lab. Extensive discussions have taken place on how to move forward.

One initiative which should be of great interest also to other OCTs is the OCTA Innovation mentoring. Webinar meetings or Skype conference calls would happen at least once a month, enabling interested entrepreneurs to have contact with the OCTA Innovation Team Leader or another OCTA innovation expert (to be agreed on in advance).

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Systemic Innovation workshop in BVI

Systemic Innovation workshop in BVI

During his mission to the British Virgin Islands, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader organized a workshop to meet Innovation stakeholders, both public officers and private stakeholders.

Continuous dialogue and synchronised actions between public and private sectors are axis of the systemic innovation. Public sector is in charge of establishing conditions for enabling innovation propelling. All legislative and regulatory instruments but also very important fiscal and financial instruments should be recommended and placed by public authorities but this must be continuously developed and fine-tuned in this continuous public-private real operational partnership. Public-private partnership involving continual dialogue and knowledge sharing, is pivotal to leveraging systemic innovation.

Workshop BVI August 2017-2

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Alan Cooper, short-term expert in Innovation ecosystem

Alan Cooper, short-term expert in Innovation ecosystem

Alan Cooper has been selected as senior short-term expert for innovation ecosystem in Micro and Small Enterprises. Alan holds a first degree in economics, a master’s degree in Development Economics, and professional certification in project management. He has also received training at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., with the Latin American Centre for Monetary Studies (CEMLA), from the EU in sustainable development and the ILO in policies for green jobs.

Alan Cooper is a specialist in policy support for entrepreneurship and smaller enterprises, with emphasis on innovation, incubators, start-ups and green business. His experience includes involvement in establishing business incubator networks, an intermediary fund for supporting small enterprises, and evaluations of project plans and business ideas for sustainability. He has varied experience in the EU, Morocco, Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and extensively across the Caribbean islands.

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Survey – Scoping study on Innovation ecosystem

Survey – Scoping study on Innovation ecosystem

Dear Innovation Managers,

As part of the ongoing work on innovation within the OCTs, I will appreciate your input and your proactive assistance to define in more details the innovation eco-system in your territory. The objective of the study is to determine your current innovation ecosystem to better position ourselves to assist you. The first deliverable from this exercise will be a toolkit to better assist you in identifying and supporting innovators.

In order to be complete, we are sending questionnaire to two agents:

  1. Primarily to you, Innovation manager within the Government and secondarily to the members of the Innovation Council/Advisory Board and other agencies working with innovations
  2. Innovators, inventors and creative individuals

In order to do a good job here, we will require from you.

Firstly, we will need you to respond to the questionnaire. The questionnaire for you to respond to as Innovation Manager is included here. The questionnaire should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

Secondly, we will need your assistance in identifying :

  • Members of the Innovation Council/Advisory Board and other agencies working with innovations
  • Innovative individuals, inventors and creative individuals in your territory. We will not be too specific about this because we prefer to cast a wider net and extract the truly innovative ideas/individuals through the instrument itself. We are looking for a selection of 10 innovators/inventors/creative people from each territory in any area of economic activity. This list could be considered as one very wide, extended list for the potential nominations for OCTA Innovation BIC Awards. For your information questionnaire should be find at the link included here.

We will need their names and their email addresses to send them a questionnaire and, perhaps, requests for some particular information about them and their innovation activity.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 20/ 2017 – Innovation Ecosystem

OCTA Innovation Issue 20/ 2017 – Innovation Ecosystem

 

Dear Innovation stakeholder,

We are overcoming systemic issues of our Overseas Countries and Territories by developing and implementing Systemic innovation. We are progressing very well in different aspects and different areas of innovation. However, to know the exact progress that we have made up to now, and to define and fine tune polices and instruments to be developed in the coming period, we are making scoping study with our innovation expert Alan Cooper. Depending on the role that you have in your Territory, please complete one of the attached questionnaires :


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OCTA Innovation Issue 18/ 2017 – Technical Assistance

OCTA Innovation Issue 18/ 2017 – Technical Assistance

We are very happy to confirm that various short-term technical assistances have been approved and are operational with principal tasks to continue the capacity building activities, to further support the OCT governments on the development of their innovation strategies, implementation of the respective action plans and ultimate diversification of their economies.

We are excited with the high intensity of the actions in this period combining different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our website for more news, and check our rich and attractive video library at YouTube and photo library on Pinterest.


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Technical assistance in innovation ecosystem for MSEs

Technical assistance in innovation ecosystem for MSEs

Assistance is including establishment and sustainability of the innovation ecosystem for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the OCTs: Raising awareness and guiding the process of innovation ecosystem covering all private and public entities, NGOs, the governments, and all major local stakeholders; Training local stakeholders on the innovation and ways how to establish an innovation ecosystem. Presenting what had been established in neighbouring countries, on the benefits of such ecosystems and how to be locally involved in the process; Development of a model to ensure sustainability of the ecosystem, development of the concepts of the policy of regional innovation ecosystem, and of a regional toolkit to be implemented by the local governments.

• Scoping study on innovation ecosystem for Micro and Small Enterprises in the OCTs;

• Analysis of worldwide and regional best practices;

• Development of a toolkit to grow innovation ecosystem and to ensure sustainability of the ecosystem. Toolkit will cover the concepts of the organisational structure and of the policy to be implemented on the local level by local governments, but also on the regional/OCTA level;

• Training material on the benefits of innovation ecosystem and how to be locally involved in the process;

• Workshop-training to the OCTS. At least 10 persons should attend each workshop and they would get a certificate of training signed by the Expert and by OCTA Innovation Team Leader.

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Technical assistance in the field of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs

Technical assistance in the field of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs

Short-term technical assistance in the field of creative industries has been approved.

Assistance is including:

  •  Scoping the potential of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
  • Assistance in pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and different areas of creativity and cooperation between content users and content producers.
  • Scoping study on the creative industry: Regional initiatives, projects and existing best available practices; Assessment of the current situation and Optimal opportunities in the creative industry;
  • Workshop-trainings to the OCTS. At least 10 persons should attend each workshop and they would get a certificate of training signed by the Expert and by OCTA Innovation Team Leader.

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Technical assistance for enhancement of the green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction

Technical assistance for enhancement of the green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction

Assistance is including progress in the field of sustainable design and construction with consideration of energy and environmental impacts and harmonising and improving green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction. The objective is to enhance construction in the OCTs by increased use of local material, be cost-effective, and having a lower environmental footprint by using renewable energies.

  • A sectoral scoping study on sustainable design and construction with consideration of energy and environmental impacts;
  • Basic guidelines for a green certification policy;
  • Basic guidelines for the construction sector;
  • Basic guidelines for sustainable construction related to eco-tourism strategy;
  • Behaviour guide for energy efficiency policies and practices in the workplace;
  • Coastal rehabilitation and restoration guidelines;
  • Workshop-training to the OCTS. At least 10 persons should attend each workshop and they would get a certificate of training signed by the Expert and by OCTA Innovation Team Leader.

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Technical assistance for enhancement of the agriculture greenhouse system

Technical assistance for enhancement of the agriculture greenhouse system

Short-term technical assistance in the agriculture field has been approved. Assistance is including development of the construction and operation of greenhouses for protected agriculture, enhancement of the fruit and vegetable production capacity, trainings of local growers and agriculture agents from the government for an improved technique as regards to the production of fruit and vegetable, a better production and higher quality crops, a sustainable fruit and vegetable production, a sustainable system model for growers.

• Scoping study for the greenhouse issues in all relevant aspects in the OCTs;

• Guidelines for the greenhouse production and improving coordination and increasing efficiency, including cooperative system;

• Recommendation of regulations and supportive policy framework;

• Guidelines for the construction of greenhouses;

• Manual for greenhouse construction, protected agriculture and greenhouse production specific to OCTs;

• Workshop-training to the OCTS. At least 10 persons should attend each workshop and they would get a certificate of training signed by the Expert and by OCTA Innovation Team Leader.

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