The evaluation is commissioned by the Ministry of Employment and Economy and carried out by 4FRONT together with Technopolis Group, PTT and Ramboll Management Consulting. The main question for the assignment is how can the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation increase the economic and societal impact of RDI funding in Finland?
The purpose is to review and evaluate the H2020 program’s instruments and their linkage to national RDI activities. The objective is to gauge the added value of H2020 to the innovation system and the fit between European and domestic policies.
Commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office 4FRONT, together with Ramboll Management Consulting, conducted an international benchmarking of operational models promoting companies’ exports and internationalisation. The benchmarking report, published in March 2017, was the second part of a project on improving the effectiveness of Team Finland model. The first part, evaluation of Team Finland Growth Programs, was published in September 2016.
According to the benchmarking, there are several good practices in comparison countries (Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands), which could be adopted to improve Team Finland network. These include strengthening public-private-partnership in steering, clarifying the roles of national and regional actors, strengthening strategic steering (besides operational development), adopting concrete service promises and piloting paid services in missions and embassies abroad.
The final report of the study examines the development and internal dynamics of innovation ecosystems through four themes that have a major economic importance for Finland: forestry, digital business, healthcare and cleantech. In addition, the report examines the role of different types of enterprise and ecosystem services through national and international case studies.
The findings of the report underline the need for enhanced ecosystemic thinking in order to enable the regeneration of well-functioning economic and innovation ecosystems. Public sector plays an important role in this development and as argued in the report, the enterprise services should be transformed into ecosystemic services to better enable cooperation between research and industry within the ecosystem.
The study presents an overall picture of Finnish start-ups and their economic importance, and provides recommendations for the Finnish startup-policy. The study reveals that Finnish start-up companies are now more growth oriented than a decade ago, and they increasingly seek growth from international markets.
The public sector continues to have an important role in supporting growth-oriented companies, promoting start-up culture and developing business environment. 4FRONT was responsible for analysing the concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems and its implications for policy, as well as mapping and analysing Finnish startup support programmes.
Commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office, 4FRONT together with The Evidence Network and Ramboll Management Consulting carried out an evaluation of Team Finland Growth Programmes. The report was published on 30 September 2016 and can be found on the Prime Minister’s Office website.
Commissioned by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), this ex-post evaluation analysed the impact of two Tekes Programmes: Safety and Security (2007-2013) and Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (2007-2013). Evaluation was conducted by a consortium of Technopolis Group (Sweden), Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik (Germany), Kasin Consulting (Finland) and 4FRONT.
This evaluation had a two-fold objective, a) to look at how the programmes met their programme-specific objectives and b) to assess how these types of programmes facilitated the participation of Finnish organisations in the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). The latter aspect was also benchmarked against other countries’ facilitation approaches.
In short, the two programmes resulted in increased competences and knowledge, as well as new technologies and hardware. They also generated new products, services and processes and had improved capabilities for RDI. However, the programmes’ ability to facilitate participation in the FP7 varied. The report gives recommendations for making better use of the FPs.
4FRONT together with Technopolis Group has carried out a forward-looking impact study on how the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) individually and in collaboration with other Team Finland agencies can successfully enhance Finnish competitiveness.
Based on thorough analyses of current national activities and benchmark studies on European countries, the study argues that further improved collaboration between Tekes and Team Finland agencies would promote global competitiveness of Finnish actors. The evidence collated during the study underlines that for a new or emerging business innovation ecosystem requires a multi-faceted and multi-actor approach to achieve global competitiveness. For Tekes this means that its main impact is not on short-term growth of individual companies but rather through the triggering and/or nurturing of the emergence of new technology-based ecosystems that help restructure traditional sectors or develop new high-value added activities.
The case studies suggest that maintaining the specific function of Tekes as a long-term pioneering investor is critical for the emergence of new business models and business ecosystems. In support of this Tekes should focus on systemic impact rather than individual innovation events.
Commissioned by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), 4FRONT is one of the four strategic partners in a framework contract (2015–2018) for developing impact assessment methodologies for Tekes. The partnership comprises of several specific assignments and the continuous overall development of the impact assessment frameworks, methodologies and processes, as well as their utilisation in the organisation.
Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank 4FRONT has worked identify good practices for SME support activities and innovation ecosystem development measures for the preparation of the SME law in Vietnam.
Commissioned by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), 4FRONT has conducted an international comparative analysis of the selection and performance criteria and funding approaches for supporting strategic Centers of Research and Innovation Excellence.