Opening Session – Smart policies for innovation and open innovation

The challenge for Europe over the coming years will be to attract and sustain talent. Looking globally, the great spikes of innovations have not taken place in Europe, and this needs to change.

In order to support a positive development of modern innovation, the European Council believes it is important to create the best possible environment for small entrepreneurs and non-traditional actors within innovation areas.

The presentation stressed the importance of collective intelligence. By utilizing a maxiumum amount brainpower we will accomplish strong innovation. The programme called Horizon 2020 aims to support this by using a holistic view on the complex innovation process, including asking and finding out the conditions needed by entrepreneurs in order to pursue their dreams. – Bror Salmelin, Advisor at the European Commission