The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important first actions in the implementation of OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been highly encouraged and supported from the European Commission. For OCTA Innovation pilot projects to be realized, OCT Association secured financial backing of 1.5 million euro from the European Union. Bidding and application process and Guidelines were developed in accordance with the EU Procedures and practical guide (PRAG) for procurement. Following our Guidelines, last week we received pilot project proposals.
Innovation pervades in nearly all economic and social areas, and this is exceptionally well illustrated in wide scope of proposals for OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects. No area of innovation has been missed. From technology (energy, waste, transport), over business (entrepreneurship, incubators) and capacity building, to social (education, training, and securing employment and stay on the islands).
With many exceptional proposals, several innovative concepts are shining through already. Like comprehensive innovation horizon for French Polynesia. This proposal effectively combines patents with existing practices, entrepreneurship with social innovation, and we see in this proposal some of the best example of applied innovation.
Also, Saint-Barthélemy proposal on technical solutions such as renewable energy, or New Caledonia on global issues such as food security and health, show the true depth of understanding and experiences of Innovation Managers and key Innovation Stakeholders in developing Pilot Project proposals.
Pilot Project proposals are very much in line with the best practices of the European Union, that the European Parliament is requesting from the European Commission for these innovative approaches to be implemented in the EU. Such as in agriculture where an OCT pilot projects proposal is at the top of EU innovation.
Innovation is the engine of practical change and sustainable economic growth, and we are proud that OCTA Innovation’s Innovation Managers and all OCT innovation stakeholders are fully attuned to the needs of their islands and are ready to bring great understanding and best practices of innovation forward. Well done everybody.
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