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4FRONT facilitates workshops for UN Innovation campus in Finland

The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) is in the process of setting up a network of innovation laboratories in Europe, Africa and Asia, and has inquired Finland’s interest in hosting one. The aim of UN innovation campus is to facilitate the adoption of technology innovations within the UN.

In June, 4FRONT helped the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to organize two workshops for UN and potential Finnish stakeholders, in order to probe their interest, as well as to gather ideas for collaboration themes. Indeed, all participating stakeholders indicated their great interest in having such a campus in Finland. The primary focus areas of the Finnish campus would be on education, health, the circular economy and cleantech, as well as peace and security.

The Government is now making active efforts to secure the establishment of a UNTIL campus in Finland. For further information, see MFA press release.

Workshop presentations (pdf):

Matti Kajaste, Education and learning in FInland
Miikka Kataja, SLUSH
Ilona Lundström, Innovation environment in Finland
Eero Eloranta, Innovative Society – the vision of Aalto University
Irena Bakić, CodeBus Africa

Developmental Evaluation of BEAM Programme

BEAM – Business with Impact programme is a joint initiative of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes). BEAM aims to generate new, sustainable business in developing countries and to assist Finnish enterprises to address global development challenges.

Commissioned by the MFA and Tekes, the developmental evaluation of BEAM is implemented in parallel to the programme during 2015-2019.

Developmental evaluation supports innovation development, guides adaptation to emergent and dynamic realities in complex environments by continuous utilisation of evaluation results in programme management. Developmental evaluation also ensures the evaluability of the programme and provides independent information on the progress.

Mid-term review and other BEAM-reports are available at the MFA website.

Finnish Country reports for the EU Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO)

The EU Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) reports are commissioned by EU Joint Research Center (JRC).

4FRONT has co-prepared the 2015 and 2016 Finnish Country Reports and is currently co-preparing the 2017 Report. The reports analyse the development and performance of the national research and innovation system in relation to national and EU policy priorities, and in particular to the annual EU policy agenda. In 2015 the focus was on ERA and Innovation Union, and in 2016 the special emphasis was given on the public sector innovation.

Finland – RIO Country Report (2016)

Finland – RIO Country Report (2015)

 

National impact of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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.

Enhancing the Impact and Customer Orientation of Team Finland

Commissioned by the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, 4FRONT has led an evaluation and development of measures to improve the anticipated impact and customer orientation of the whole Team Finland concept (i.e. collaboration between various ministries and their agencies for innovation, export and FDI promotion).

Report on benchmarking of operational models for promoting exports and internationalisation (in Finnish)

Evaluation of Team Finland Growth Programmes (in Finnish)

As part of this project also a Policy Brief has been published (in Finnish)

Press release available on PMO website

Report on how to upgrade Team Finland

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.

Report on benchmarking of operational models for promoting exports and internationalisation (in Finnish)

Evaluation of Team Finland Growth Programmes (in Finnish)

As part of this project also a Policy Brief has been published (in Finnish)

Press release available on PMO website

Report on innovation ecosystems as drivers of research-industry cooperation

Commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office, 4FRONT together with Ramboll Management Consulting, Urban Mill and VPSolutio conducted a study on innovation ecosystems as drivers of growth.

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.

Report on Innovation ecosystems as drivers of research-industry cooperation (in Finnish).

As part of this project also a Policy Brief has been published (in Finnish).

Entrepreneurial ecosystems as drivers for growth

Commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office, 4FRONT together with Ramboll Management Consulting Oy, Etlatieto Oy, Urban Mill and The Evidence Network Ltd have carried out a study on “Drivers and bottlenecks of start-up companies’ growth”.

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.

Startup-yritysten kasvun ajurit ja pullonkaulat (in Finnish)

Evaluation of Team Finland Growth 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.

Evaluation report (in Finnish)

Innovation ecosystems as drivers of growth

Commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office, 4FRONT is a partner in a consortium studying and developing legal and practical measures to improve the collaboration between Finnish universities, research institutes and businesses, and to develop innovation ecosystems.

The study consists of analysis of key metrics to measure the performance of innovation ecosystems, a mapping of the business support services available in the innovation ecosystems as well as an analysis of their role in facilitating the ecosystem, and an analysis of the legal framework for collaboration between universities, research institutes and businesses.

The focus is on measures that can improve the collaboration between universities, research institutes, business and public sector, and to facilitate the growth, renewal and functioning of innovation ecosystems.

Policy Brief (in Finnish)

Report (in Finnish)