Mission en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Mission en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Quelques mois après leur rencontre lors de la conférence internationale d’OCTA Innovation aux Açores, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck retrouve Jean-Michel Le Saux, le directeur de l’innovation systémique pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Le chef de projet d’OCTA Innovation se trouve en Nouvelle-Calédonie du 29 septembre au 5 octobre afin de soutenir le progrès dans tous les domaines touchant à l’innovation.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 23/ 2017 – Team Leader Missions

OCTA Innovation Issue 23/ 2017 – Team Leader Missions

 

Missions to BVI and St. Martin were very short but very engaging and promising. Two meetings with the Premier of British Virgin Islands, honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, and a meeting with the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, honourable William Marlin as well as multiple meetings with innovation directors and key stakeholders, were very fruitful due to the progress of moving from consultations and innovation strategies to actual implementation of the strategies.

Particularly meetings with head of governments and extensive discussions on how to how to implement innovation as well as to make innovation sustainable during and especially after the end of the project. Establishing innovation ecosystem and developing different innovation supporting instruments and enhancing public private partnership have been recognized as priorities.

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Mission in the British Virgin Islands

Mission in the British Virgin Islands

Mission of Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader to the British Virgin Islands from 14th to 16th August 2017 assisted in progressing on different innovation issues on the island. The key innovation person in the British Virgin Islands is Lizette George, Innovation Director for the British Virgin Islands. All meetings and actions have been developed and coordinated by Lizette George.

Honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, Premier and Minister of Finance is known as long-term active promoter of innovation in the British Virgin Islands and in the Overseas Countries and Territories. Premier is very much interested in how to implement systemic innovation and how to develop entrepreneurship by bringing innovation as a driver to the economy.

Brodrick Penn, Permanent Secretary of Premier’s Office discussed with OCTA Innovation Team leader the awarded Pilot Project of Innovative Business Lab (IBL) and how to secure the highest impact of this innovation pilot project. The Innovative Business Lab project will be established and will operate under supervision of National Business Bureau which is a governmental body established under Ministry of Finance.

At Forge, new established privately owned incubator, Meade Malone, CEO of FORGE, has explained policy and business approach of this very new entity which will be opened to entrepreneurs before end of the year. The partnership should be established with IBL as they work in the same area: training and engaging incubators and start-ups.

This mission was the occasion to launch the Innovative Business Lab pilot project. The project is co-funded by the European Union and by the Government of the British Virgin Islands. The project has already received advanced payment and is engaging person to be in charge of the Innovation Business Lab. OCTA Innovation proposed to have a monthly “Mentorship innovative entrepreneur conference call”. The OCTA Innovation mentoring would enable interested entrepreneurs to have contact with the OCTA Innovation Team Leader or another OCTA innovation expert (to be agreed on in advance).

Team leader of Ecorys COSME SME Support Project Huib Poot and Prakaash Rostam his Key Expert SME & Private Sector Development presented the extensive work done on SME and incubation. Indeed a lot of work has been done in the British Virgin Islands and in the region. A significant set of information has been shared, what is enhancing synergy with our project and for benefit of regional Overseas Countries and Territories. Formulation of a Diversification Strategy and Implementation “Strengthening the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises of the OCTs in the Caribbean Region (COSME)” Executive Summary, Strategy and Implementation Plan.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader also met Luce Hodge-Smith, director of Culture for having assistance of short-term expert in creative industry.

The Team within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour: Permanent secretary, Joseph Smith Abbott, Deputy Secretary, and Tessa Smith, Senior Administrative Officer appreciate very much given assistance and support provided in fishery field. Another assistance in agriculture has been discussed.

Joseph Abbott who is a member of the BVI Innovation Board participated in the Innovation Workshop. Joseph Abbott gave appreciated input in innovation ecosystem establishment in the British Virgin Islands. Similar discussions about innovation ecosystem was held also with members of Chamber of Commerce, namely, A. Simon Potter and Louis Potter.

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Mission in Sint-Maarten

Mission in Sint-Maarten

Mission of Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader to Sint-Maarten on 10th and 11th August 2017 assisted in progressing on different innovation issues on the island. The key innovation person in Sint-Maarten is Jude Houston, Innovation Director for Sint-Maarten. All meetings and actions have been developed and coordinated by Jude Houston.

Very key meeting was with Prime Minister Honourable William Marlin and his collaborators Marc Arnold, Cassandra Janssen and Jude Houston. Prime Minister Honourable William Marlin confirmed enthusiasm and optimism for accelerating implementation Innovation for sustainable growth in Sint-Maarten. Innovation is now regarded as the vehicle towards improvement of this country’s economic competitiveness.

The Secretary General H.G.A. Plantijn LL.M. shown keen interest in systemic innovation and in the manner how to progress with systemic innovation implementation.

Marc Arnold and his team from the department of the Interior and Government relations, Olivia Lake and Thijn Laurensse, evaluated opportunities to move towards innovation in several aspects: internal restructuring, innovation board reestablishment and developing different instruments for propelling innovation. There was discussion on regional experience and practice, as well as exchange of information and how to enhance having more synergy.

Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Dean of the University has highlighted high engagement of the university in promoting academic tourism as one of the ways where OCT has benefit in synergy of capacity-building, education, training and attractive locations of the OCTs. Furthermore was discussed cooperation based on exclusive academic experience of Dr. Francio Guadeloupe in several OCTs.

During his stay in Sint-Maarten, OCTA Innovation Team leader also had the opportunity to meet Mervyn Butcher, from the Permits and licences & Economic control department to discuss about the fishery issues including regional cooperation with Anguilla and Saint-Martin.

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Meeting Premier Dr. Orlando Smith

Meeting Premier Dr. Orlando Smith

The two meetings between Premier of the British Virgin Islands, honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck have shown continuous high interest of head of BVI government in propelling innovation in BVI. Dr. Orlando Smith, in early 2013 as OCTA Chairman has inked the OCTA Innovation project.

Premier Dr. Orlando Smith is very much interested on how to implement systemic innovation and how to develop entrepreneurship by bringing innovation as a driver to the economy and was even keen to eventually open an innovation workshop.

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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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