Smart Up!

Looking into the mirror can be very enlightening. That's what we have experienced at the Smart Up! event on the 19th of September 2018 in the Atlas Theatre in Emmen. As the Northern Netherlands, we need to work together in order to find solutions to the challenges we face. Not only now, but in the future as well. Everyone needs to be involved: businesses, knowledge institutions, government, civil society and citizens. We want to be able to find each other in a creative environment, where we can come up with new and exciting ideas. After all, innovation has the power to change the lives of people for the better. So, we invite you to work with us on a renewed innovation strategy for our region.

The Smart Up! event was the first step into that promising future – because we need to be critical of ourselves first, in order to do better. The Smart Up! event served as a mirror for the Northern Netherlands. A creative crowd of entrepreneurs, researchers, policy advisors, managers of clusters and innovation hubs, innovation experts, trend watchers and guests from other European regions and European organisations held up that mirror to us – and pointed out our strengths and weaknesses. We met, discussed, exchanged experiences and determined future actions. You proved that there are more than enough roads we can take to make the Northern Netherlands even smarter and better – together. Thank you!

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View the pictures of Smart Up! Who knows, you may see yourself!

“Mirror mirror on the wall, how can you up our game and become smarter by next fall?” – Emily Wise

“The only way to innovate is to make choices based on regional strengths and capabilities” – Ron Boschma

“Clusters facilitate innovation by smarting up SMEs” – Merete Daniel Nielsen

Case 'The local factor in innovation' by Miren Estensoro

Case 'Unlocking innovation potential through cross-sector collaboration' by Nina Alkærsig Jensen

Case 'Coordinating innovation processes bottom-up' by Mattias Flodström

Key lessons

The key elements, discoveries and recommendations of the different cases were connected and reflected upon. Interestingly, a number of recommendations recurred throughout all three case sessions.

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Join us!

The Smart Up! event truly held up mirror for our region. Therefore, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone! Now it’s time for the next steps. Do you want to become or stay actively involved in shaping the future of the Northern Netherlands? Join us!

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Smart Up! as a joint stakeholder meeting of Interreg Europe projects

The Smart Up! event took place in Emmen on 19 September 2018 and was a joint stakeholder meeting of Interreg Europe projects Beyond EDP, ClusterFY, RELOS3, and TraCS3.

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