Innovations are increasingly created through projects on the border between the public and private sectors. Mobilizing innovation ecosystems is a challenging task. Synocus has, over the last few years, been involved in supporting the creation of new innovation ecosystems. In light of these experiences, we believe that this is an issue of great significance and requires increased attention. The most significant factor determining the success of ecosystems is the participation of leading international companies which can help to support Finnish SMEs

Creating and strengthening ecosystems depends on three important and mutually supportive functions: (i) foresight and conceptualization, which forms a goal for the ecosystem, (ii) the commitment to and orchestration of the actions required to realize the selected concept, and (iii) pilots / demonstrations and influencing continuing practices.

The Finnish Innovation Ecosystems project aims to strengthen participating actors’ ability of actors to effectively realize and support urban innovation ecosystems.

The Finnish Innovation Ecosystems project consists of four components: a literature study, action research, dialogue, and a synthesis of research results in the form of a final report.

The literature study, completed in June of 2015, will form the basis for developing the project’s conceptual framework.

The project will include 3-5 city-based ecosystem projects which are driven by the participation of private sector companies.

In the interest of strengthening connections between private companies and public organizations, the project will also increase dialogue between the parties through joint workshops.

At its completion, the project will publish a report based on the conducted case studies and offer concrete recommendations for improving the development of innovation ecosystems. Following the publication of the report, the Finnish Innovation Ecosystems project aims to identify and select 3-5 innovation ecosystems for active development following its conclusion.

Programs

Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.

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