Une artisane inspirée par le lagon

Une artisane inspirée par le lagon

Ceramik’im est le nom sous lequel la céramiste Kim Mangiapan opère. Le déclic pour la céramique se fait en visionnant les photos du travail d’un autre céramiste en Corse. Après une formation de quelques mois en Corse, Kim est revenue en Nouvelle-Calédonie pour installer son atelier à Païta. Sa formation initiale en comptabilité l’aide à gérer son entreprise et la jeune femme vit à présent de son artisanat.

Dans son atelier de poterie, Kim Mangiapan conçoit et fabrique des pièces en terre cuite à destination utilitaire ou décorative. Forte d’une expérience de trois ans, Ceramik’im a déjà son style en donnant l’aspect du corail à ses poteries.

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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.

Flyer attached: Flyer Technical assistance in innovation ecosystem for MSEs

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OCTA Innovation Issue 17/ 2017 – Good news

OCTA Innovation Issue 17/ 2017 – Good news

We are very happy to be in position to confirm you that our OCTA Innovation project has been extended for two years, namely until end of April 2020. This extension is based on the need to provide additional assistance in the field of implementation of the innovation projects but also to extend technical assistance to continue the capacity building activities to further support the OCT governments on the development of their Innovation Strategies and implementation of the respective action plans that have been developed, as well as to expand activities for exchange of experience and expertise through eLearning, visibility activities and the organisation of events, workshops, conferences at international and regional level to consolidate the initiated support to implementation of innovation actions and strategies at OCT level, and to facilitate regional cooperation and networking.

The latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands was very successful. With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. You may watch our photos of the event .


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OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 –  Innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 – Innovation

The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.

Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.

Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

BVI pilot project aims to provide the necessary development assistance to persons seeking to develop new innovative ideas or establish innovative businesses thereby creating new niche markets through the establishment of Innovative Business Lab (ILB). Business incubation, as an economic tool, has become increasingly common around the world for stimulating development of the SME sectors. Innovative Business Lab would provide facilities and services to promote innovation driven small-business growth. Small business incubators have proven to be effective economic development tools. In fact, innovation driven businesses having incubation style support have a dramatically higher rate of survival than an average start-up business does.

Propelling innovation in the economic sector and successful economic diversification in the private sector should be principal tasks of the Innovative Business Lab. With this goal partnership of the public sector with the private sector needs to be enhanced around Innovation as key driver for sustainable growth based on permanent consultations and developing the most adequate legislative, financial and fiscal measures to implement systemic innovation in BVI.

The incubation programme will seek relationships within the region and the local economy, as a means of integrating regionally through the establishment of networks. Such networks will be established through the regional virtual incubator, which is now being developed through the COSME programme for connecting Caribbean incubation centers within OCTs.

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Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems and improve people’s well-being. The Curaçao Pilot Project “Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities program” will increase the success rate of start-ups that develop solutions for Small, Safe and Smart Communities.

Curaçao aims to achieve a more export oriented future and improve its potential for economic growth by focusing on the wider world. This requires Curaçao to advance to the levels of a digitalized society/ Smart Nation. Smart communities use technology to solve problems and improve people’s well-being. Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems.

A smarter Curaçao as a nation to contribute to the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by investing in innovative solutions, improving the success rate of SME’s and increasing employment in Smart Nation related jobs and industries.

Participants in the Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities have improved access to knowledge, finance and support for start-ups and through the increased use of technology and innovation, will create products and services that contribute to Curaçao becoming a smarter and safer community.

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