OCTA Innovation Newsletter #24-2018 – Territorial Innovation Strategies

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #24-2018 – Territorial Innovation Strategies

Innovation strategies and action plans have been developed and are under implementation in different stages. Innovation strategies have been developed in line with concept of Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies but adapted to the systemic features of the EU OCTs.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Team Leader.

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An Anguillan educational innovator in Finland – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

An Anguillan educational innovator in Finland – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Njeri Richardson-Carty who started up Branches of Learning Inc., an innovative educational company in her native Anguilla, has just begun her Erasmus for Entrepreneurs (EYE) mentorship at the Council for Creative Education (CCE) in Tampere, Finland.

Njeri is one of several of applicants from the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to be recently accepted by the European Union funded Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme which provides the opportunity to develop innovative business skills in another country.

Open to those with three or less years in business, it places nationals from OCTs with an experienced business mentor for between 1-6 months. The host must be either in an EU state other than the applicant’s mother country, or in other various participating countries. A bursary of €1,100 per month includes a return flight and accommodation although OCT applicants are advised that may have to find additional funding to meet living expenses during their EYE mentorship.

In addition to a list of 27 Member States, applicants can select a host company in the following list of countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, and Ukraine, the United States.

Njeri is settling in at the CCE: ‘Thus far all has been great. I’ve been researching and preparing in the capacity of training coordinator support for my first Finnish/Creative Education Tour with a group of Nigerian Educators, allowing me to visit and observe in Finnish Schools as well as present my expertise in the area of special education.”

CCE’s motto is, “redefining education through creativity”. The organisation  provides tailormade teacher training and school development programs from pre-primary to higher education.

“My ambitions for Branches Of Learning Inc. is be the premier model education institution in the region providing creative and innovative education solutions for K-12 students, teachers and parents. We will provide innovative education programming that will create learning environments that develop children, teachers and parents to be effective communicators, competent problem solvers, self-directed learners, responsible citizens and quality producers as they prepare to meet the dynamic needs of an exponentially changing landscape of education,” says Njeri.

Njeri says that she found it challenging to find mentorship locally and regionally to allow her to get hands on experience in the field of creative education: “This opportunity provides an international opportunity for mentorship with not just one person; but an organisation with creative and innovative minds in education research and in Finland, a country that is known for its phenomenal education system.”

“Finland is known to be one of the best places in the world in regards to education, education transformation/reform over the past 40 years, showing record progress towards creative and innovative learning opportunities for children, which is a pillar of the Branches Of Learning mission and vision towards adding value to education through innovative education solutions in our student programming, teacher leader training and parent/community advocacy,” she adds.

“The EYE programme provides a win-win collaboration where both the host entrepreneur and myself are able to develop personal learning goals and objectives to meet needs and learning potential for our businesses and help us to do business in different innovative ways by opening ourselves to the expertise and perspectives of each other. In the long-term, the wide networking opportunities could lead to long-term business partnerships, joint ventures and so much more, creating impact world-wide in regards to creative education,” she says.

“Naturally, networking will be a benefit from the experience. The fact that the Council for Creative Education (CCE) is an international company with global connections that will allow me to network with persons with similar interest in creative education across the world as the research field grows.”

“I hope that this experience will allow to develop all sectors of Branches Of Learning Inc. and the development of our multi-purpose center which will develop an early years academy in the future built on many principles of the Finnish system but with cultural relevance to Anguilla and the Caribbean region becoming model institution and offering after school programme options. In the long-term, I hope to collaborate and consult locally and regionally with the Council for Creative Education in supporting their reach into this targeted area of the world to expose more education professionals to the research and practice of creative education,” says Njeri

For more information about how to apply to the EYE programme, contact octa-innovation@innovation.eu and/or see: https://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu



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Anguilla: Women in construction

Anguilla: Women in construction

The Department of Youth and Culture of Anguilla launched a public sensitisation campaign on the ‘Women in Construction Apprenticeship Programme”.

The programme is funded through OCTA Innovation pilot projects and intends to establish an apprenticeship system for women ages 16 and over, which will facilitate the involvment of women in the construction industry. It will cater to women who wish to pursue a career in the construction industry, to have further opportunity for employment during Anguilla’s slow season, or simply to empower themselves in an area which involves unique or unconventional skill sets for the majority of women.

It will include a component of structured training and theory in addition to the pratical hands-on training.

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Port development on Montserrat

Port development on Montserrat

After years of delay, Port Development on Montserrat is moving forward. Montserrat’s new port will be constructed at Little Bay, with funding secured for the project of up to £21 million/EC$88 million.

The first phase of development of Port project will include a much needed breakwater, and also a roll on, roll off facility for cargo ships. In addition, small cruise vessels will also be able to dock at the new port when completed.

On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, Hon Minister Paul Lewis and other officials at MCWEL (Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour) hosted four of five firms that are in the bidding to manage both the Technical Consulting, and also the environment and social impact assessments for the Port Little Bay Project.

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Créer un environnement fiscal incitatif pour développer l’innovation en Polynésie française

Créer un environnement fiscal incitatif pour développer l’innovation en Polynésie française

La stratégie d’innovation pour la Polynésie française présente dans ses orientations stratégiques et dans son plan d’actions une volonté de créer un environnement fiscal incitatif pour le développement de la culture de l’innovation et de l’entrepreneuriat. En effet, le plan d’actions propose de mettre en place plusieurs aménagements fiscaux particulièrement incitatifs au développement de l’innovation de la métropole et qui ont prouvé leur efficacité dans des plans de relance comme:

  • le crédit impôt recherche : cela permet aux entrepreneurs de déduire une partie des cours de programmes de recherche et de développement
  • l’aménagement d’une fiscalité propre à la création d’entreprises innovantes (exonération de charges sur les trois premières années d’exploitation
  • l’aménagement de mesures de défiscalisation locale propres aux investissements réalisés sur un projet de développement innovant (incitation au financement de l’innovation)

Par ailleurs, par le biais du concours Poly’Nov, la bourse pour l’innovation vise à récompenser le développement d’actions ou produits permettant à une entreprise ou un territoire de prendre un avantage sur la concurrence. L’innovation peut aussi bien porter sur la mise en œuvre de produits ou services, de procédés, de méthodes organisationnelles ou être de nature sociale. Les prix décernés aux lauréats sont destinés à accompagner le programme d’innovation pour la finalisation du produit, procédé ou service technologique innovant présenté.

La Polynésie française dispose également de plusieurs aides pour les petites structures (Aides à l’équipement des petites entreprises et à la création et la revitalisation des petits commerces) qui peuvent s’adapter aux entreprises innovantes.

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