We have signed cooperation agreements with two new customers regarding the advisory services. Erik Raita and Ilkka Kakko will be assisting Solixi Oy and Coctio Oy with their Horizon 2020 SME Instrument applications.

Solixi develops innovative solutions in the area of renewable energy, see www.solixi.com.

Coctio is a global pioneer in the industrial bone broth and sauce manufacturing equipment, see www.coctio.com.

 

We have been again actively helping SME’s to attract Horizon 2020 SME Instrument funding from European Commission. Four applications, three from Finland and one from The Netherlands, have been submitted by our customers to the recent Phase 1 cut-off date. Two of them belong to Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well topic (SMEInst-06) and two were submitted to Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme topic (SMEInst-01). All four applicants have very good potential to get approved to Phase 1. We’ll publish results by the end of October, so stay tuned!

Ilkka Kakko was invited to have an introductory speech in panel session “Open Engagement Platforms as Value Enabler” at Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Amsterdam. His novel approach comparing pipeline-thinking with platform-thinking gave the audience some new insights which were further elaborated in Challenge Cafe discussions on the following day.
The presentation can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Erik Raita and Ilkka Kakko have helped a customer company Polarsol Oy to get Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 funding. After signing the Grant Agreement with the European Commission Polarsol will receive 2+ MEUR grant for implementation of the development project aiming at commercialization of its disruptive heat management concept based on the efficient use of the renewable energy.

Polarsol is among five Finnish SME’s approved to Phase 2 during the last application round and still the only one in the North-Karelia region to get H2020 SME Instrument funding. See the full list of beneficiaries here.

Ilkka Kakko was invited by the Minister of Education and Science of Mongolia Mr. Gantamuur to five days visit to Mongolia. The comprehensive program was set up by the personal meeting with the Minister on the first evening and followed by visits in the leading universities and research organizations. During the discussions Ilkka gave several introductory speeches and a full two hour lecture to the students of Mongolian University of Science and Technology about serendipity management. The conclusive remarks were given in an TV interview at ‘Jargal de Facto show’ and one interview in the main national newspaper.

Mongolian hospitality was fantastic and people very friendly, but the innovation system and infrastructure needs urgent renovation. We are looking forward to continue the collaboration in the area of science park development in Mongolia. By implementing our 3GSP model the country has a great opportunity to make a tiger leap towards the science parks of the third generation.

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Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko has qualified to become an independent UNESCO certified science park management and innovation environment consultant. This is a result of a process which started  at UNESCO-WTA International Training Workshop in Korea a couple of months ago. Ilkka has presented there our 3GSP (Third Generation Science Park) concept and this presentation raised strong interest among the decision-makers in science parks and regional development organizations in different countries. After negotiations and some qualification tests, Mr. Kakko was qualified this week.

Ilkka Kakko’s first mission as an independent UNESCO certified science park management consultant begins on the week 50 (mid-December) in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

 

 

 

Chairman of the Board Erik Raita has been recently contributing to the round table of technoparks and business incubators organized by Technopark Skolkovo at Saint Petersburg’s International Innovation Forum.

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Anna Nikina, moderator of the session, commenting Karostech’s 3GSP presentation at Skolkovo round table Oct. 2, 2013. Copyright Technopark Skolkovo.

Erik’s presentation was devoted to the science parks of the 3rd generation based on our 3GSP concept. Our role was to bring the independent consultant’s view over the global trends that shape the innovation landscape affecting the function of science parks. Other panelists have represented viewpoints of the actual actors of innovation ecosystem, such as science park and business incubator management (Igor Rozhdestvenskiy, Technopark Ingria), the industry (Kirill Soloveychik, Lenpoligraphmash holding), the university (Boris Novikov, LETI technical university), and the start-up (Taisiya Kudashkina, tulp.ru). The session was moderated by Anna Nikina from Technopark Skolkovo.

More information about the round table available in Russian at:

http://community.sk.ru/press/b/weblog7/archive/2013/10/04/tehnopark-skolkovo-obmen-opytom-s-tehnoparkami-i-biznesinkubatorami-v-sanktpeterburge.aspx

Karostech’s presentation at Innovation Forum is available in Presentations section of our website.

During August 28-29 Ilkka Kakko has participated a training event for managers of Russian technology parks at Technopark of Novosibirsk Academgorodok, “Academpark”. Ilkka’s first day’s contribution included a participation as invited speaker in high level expert panel and a keynote lecture “The Fundamentals of Third Generation Science Park”. The following day he has conducted a two hour “Serendipity Management” master class, which raised a lot of interest among the audience. It was considered to be one of the highlights of the whole three day event and gained a very enthusiastic response from about 40 participants. Here is the feedback from one key participant:

“Just attended Serendipity Management Workshop delivered by Ilkka Kakko at our innovations & entrepreneurship fostering bootcamp deep in Russia, in Novosibirsk J. Even thought the term “Serendipity Management” may sound as an oxymoron, the workshop provides very clear examples and guidance how to keep your mind opened to new ideas, how to stimulate “unexpected creative collisions”, how to spot and harness those of potential business value. Very good balance of theory, sound example, practical exercises and activities, made the Serendipity Management Workshop real highlight of the day. Really enjoyed the Workshop and deeply believe in Serendipity Management as a “must have” skill for all those dealing with innovations both in startups as well as in big corporations.”   Alexey Nikolaev, Innovations and Entrepreneurship Development Manager, Intel Russia.

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Photo: Participants of the master class                               Photo: Presentation of the team work results

The event was a joint initiative of Russian ICT Ministry, Intel and Russian Technoparks Association. It combined plenary session and hands-on practical workshop. The workshop had the “train-the-trainer” format and intended to provide managers/administrators/staff of technology parks and incubators with the best management practices and working models.

More about the event in these links (in Russian):

http://minsvyaz.ru/ru/news/index.php?id_4=43981

http://www.ferra.ru/ru/techlife/news/2013/08/29/Intel-Academpark-School/

http://www.academpark.com/community_akadempark/community_events/18866/

http://www.academpark.com/press_center/news/18891/

The main photo: Governor of the Novosibirsk Region, Mr Vasily Yurchenko, having an opening speech of the expert forum, sitting on the background the experts (from left) Ilkka Kakko, Pekka Viljakainen, Advisor to the President, Skolkovo Foundation, Mark Shmulevich, Deputy Minister at Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation and Olga Lobanova, Director of Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Russia.

 

 

 

Ilkka Kakko contributed to the Round Table discussion about the future of Russian technoparks as an invited speaker. Ilkka explained the ongoing transformation in Finnish technopark scene and the emergence of new innovation organizations as well as introduced our 3GSP model. The topic raised lot of questions and the impact of this new trend in Russian context was one of the key discussions in the event.

The event was part of SPIEF 2013 (Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum) organized by Ingria and attended by the the representatives of  Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation as well as managers of the major Russian technology parks and leading organizations like Ingria, Skolkovo, Novosibirsk Technopark, Rosatom, Rostec and Megapir

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I have been involved with international science and technology park (STP) development for more than a decade. One could assume that since the world has changed hugely during that time, also STP world would have transformed accordingly. Let’s have a look if that has happened.

The outlook is a bit scattered, the overall picture is that nothing has really changed in the STP scene. However, one may see encouraging signs at least in Finland, which is widely recognized to have one of the most productive innovation systems in the world. I will describe our findings later, but first let’s have a look at the fundamental foresight work completed.

One important milestone in a global STP world was the publication of the results of the scenario work organized by Institute for the Future and Research Triangle Park in 2009. The report ”Future Knowledge Ecosystems – The Next 20 Years of Technology-Led Economic Development” presented three scenarios for the future STP development:

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“The progress is incremental, new parks are upgraded versions of the predecessors, but the structural change in surrounding environments will  stay unnoticed. The main highways of Science 2.0 pass by the parks, but not through them”

2)   The Rise of Research Clouds

These workplaces are peppered with sensors that “mine reality”, helping the inhabitants be more effective and engineering chance encounters. They are a place of open discourse among people from business, academia, startups, craftsmen, policy people, amateurs etc.”

3) Dematerialized Innovation: Parks in Decline

“Existing parks fail to provide value to virtual networks, and don’t create local and regional systems to create sticky know-how. High energy costs, falling R&D productivity and global recession will force to cut the costs and STPs are in trouble in getting funded.”

The report was published in the connection of IASP World Conference in Raleigh, N.C., USA, and can be downloaded here. As expected, it generated future related discussions there at the event, but to our surprise, it never really had an effect to the mainstream thinking in the STP field.  One could even sarcastically note that in many STPs the future is predicted and actions planned by looking at the rear view mirror. This approach really reminds me about the statement by Yogi Berra (who wasn’t really recognized as the brightest guy on earth): ”You gotta be very careful, if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there!”. Sad enough, it’s true in too many organizations still today.

Almost four years after the launch of the report, many of the trends indicated in the report are getting momentum. One may observe at least following trends affecting the landscape. We will analyze these in our forthcoming blogs, here is just the list.

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  • New Global Map of Science
  • Lightweight Innovation
  • The Social Life of Small Research Spaces
  • From Knowledge Diffusion to Sticky Knowledge
  • From Research Parks to Regional Knowledge Ecosystems

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It’s great to discover that at least Finnish innovation players are taking the scenario of “The Rise of Research Clouds” seriously and adapting their activities by implementing the third generation science park model in practice.  The interesting point here is that while the long time leading Finnish STP, Technopolis, has become a sole provider of facility management services with a strategic decision of the publicly quoted company’s board, other players have entered the scene. There has been a rapid development of new innovation environments, an emergence of several operational models and widespread commitment to link different communities to harvest the innovation potential. The key actors in Helsinki metropolitan area at the moment are Aalto University and Aalto Entrepreneurship Society. Such newly evolved platforms as Design Factory, Startup Sauna, Urban Mill, Open Innovation House with AppCampus, Aalto Digital Design Lab, FabLab and InnoOmnia are the physical spaces where ”hacker-space”, ”maker-space”, coworking and startup cultures are flourishing. This ecosystem located at Otaniemi campus will soon be served by several coworking spaces currently under development  in downtown Helsinki.

These workplaces are peppered with sensors that “mine reality”, helping the inhabitants be more effective and engineering chance encounters. They are a place of open discourse among people from business, academia, startups, craftsmen, policy people, amateurs etc.”

This new operation model is creating Virtual Breeding Environments (VBE) also outside Helsinki area. Tampere, Lappeenranta, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Oulu have followed the model because Technopolis has bought their STPs and started to offer their general service palette in these locations. The incubation activities and development projects have been moved to separate regional development companies. So the traditional STP model is scattered between new organizations and sometimes is even geographically dispersed.

Tampere is showing an inspiring example of a new innovation platform called “New Factory”, which is not dependent on an existing STP or any single university. It consists of three elements: Protomo is a space where ideas and talent meet to create new companies, Demola is a platform where businesses and students work together and Suuntaamo is an environment where users test products and services. The proof of the concept has been validated, Protomo has established units in eight Finnish cities so far (the latest in Lahti), Demola is operating in Tampere and Oulu and some international locations are starting their operations. When Tampere innovation scene was ten years ago dominated totally by their STP Hermia, now the leading innovation actors and intermediaries are new operators, which emerged from nowhere just few years ago.

For us the most interesting development scene is Lahti, where we have the opportunity to pilot Karostech’s own 3GSP model. Lahti has changed the structure of its innovation companies and given also up the traditional STP approach. Since the beginning of 2013 there is one big player in the field, Lahti Development Company – LADEC Ltd as a result of a merger of Lahti Science and Business Park, the regional development company LAKES and Lahti Region Enterprise Agency. But because LADEC is located in the industrial area far away from downtown and Lahti has also other significant innovation organizations like the subsidiaries of Lappeenranta University of Technology and Palmenia unit of Helsinki University, we are currently involved with the development initiative called MALSKI. Being a neutral environment, MALSKI will become a connecting factor of all these actors and the brilliant downtown location in an old brewery building. While the construction work is still under development (opening 2014) the temporary site, CoMalski – a 400 m2 coworking space just opened few weeks ago. That will serve as a piloting platform for collaborative business models and give a lot of insight towards the further development of our 3GSP concept.

If you want to surf on the wave of change, then your STP should maybe consider following the Finnish innovation organizations and take distance from the ”best practices” of the international STP field. Thinking in terms of 3GSP model, the sustainable community building, the implementation of virtual collaboration platforms and geographically dispersed coworking locations, highlighting the importance of global approach and connectivity are elementary. Forget traditional business idea competitions, where the teams are by definition gathered only from local talent and their ideas are presented only in written format to the jury often full of  local ”innovation bureaucrats”. Instead encourage and train your prospects to participate in national competitions,  like the ones organized by Startup Sauna, or  even international ones like this by Y Combinator .

The crucial question to be answered at the moment is which scenario resonates with our own thinking.

In that scheme you support the building of development teams with diverse competences, you encourage also other type of entrepreneurship than startups – like effectual entrepreneurs, freelancers, social entrepreneurs, virtual teams and virtual organizations. You put a lot of passion to develop and promote your global connections and help your customers to find the best contacts on the global scene. You facilitate the collaboration between your customers and also between the customers of other STPs and you expand the collaboration possibilities also to the dynamic innovation communities globally.

The postnormal era is here, it’s time to open our eyes and start thinking how we can keep the existing STP customers and how we can adapt our operations to fit to the demand of the future. The crucial question to be answered at the moment is which scenario resonates with our own thinking. Looking at the rear view mirror will guarantee that the ”Parks in Decline” scenario is reality before you even notice it!

 

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By the way mammoths didn’t survive…..

Located in Saint Petersburg, Center for Strategic Research North-West is one of the leading consulting companies in Russia focusing on regional development strategies and innovation system development. Our cooperation with CSR NW has started back in 2009. Since then we’ve participated in a number of CSR’s projects providing market surveys and reports on specific innovation related topics and also presenting at various conferences, forums and seminars organized by CSR around Russia. Our contribution has mostly focused on innovation communities, third generation of science parks and building knowledge ecosystems. The geography of this fruitful cooperation includes such remote locations as Khabarovsk in Russian Far-East as well as Khanty-Mansijsk and Krasnoyarsk regions in Siberia.

netWork Oasis was an ambitious development project by Joensuu Science Park (JSP). It was initiated and managed by Ilkka Kakko, who at that time was a member of Directors Board in JSP. The vision in the beginning of the project 2002 was to design and implement a new type of collaborative working environment, which could serve as a platform for incubation services and a breeding environment for innovation communities.

The project unfold in a creative way and many new ways of facilitation were created during the process. Soon after the Training Camp Kick-Off event also serendipity related issues begun to gain momentum. The pilot space “FlexLab” opened 2004 and offered valuable experiences and insights to the mechanisms of serendipity management and community building.

netWork Oasis opened in the top floor of extension building of JSP in December 2006 as the first ever coworking environment in the world, which is purposefully designed in order to harness serendipity and support active community building. With the embedded GLOW virtual collaboration platform it was the state-of the art pilot for “hybrid space” thinking, blending real and virtual.

You can have a glimpse of netWork Oasis and an interview of Anthony Townsend, Research Director of Institute for the Future, here.

Our experts have participated in two different workshops at Innovation Forum in Saint Petersburg. Ilkka Kakko has made a presentation in ”ICT Demo-Center” workshop and Erik Raita in ”OpenINNO” workshop. The topics were related to Karostech’s key competence areas: building innovation communities and third generation science park development.

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Our experts were invited to give presentations at the “Instruments of the cluster policy” seminar on April 24, organized by The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM in Skolkovo Business School, Moscow.

The topic of Ilkka Kakko’s speech was “Innovative infrastructure of clusters. Technoparks 3.0.”. Erik Raita presented about the role of innovation communities in cluster policy.

Click here to find more info about the event and download presentations.


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