Government, businesses, technological startups, and knowledge agents drive the commitment to innovation
Within the framework of the Innovate Canarias program, public and private actors from the archipelago held a working session on October 18, 2023, at the Government Headquarters in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to reflect on the main challenges faced by companies and knowledge agents in their commitment to science and technological innovation.
Regional major companies and technological startups expressed their interest in advancing an agenda that reinforces the different pillars composing an economy capable of creating added value and being more competitive. Issues related to access to more effective public funding, strengthening public-private collaboration, accessing a talent pool with skills for the new digital economy, the need to reinforce research result transfer processes, and the improvement of our companies’ productivity were addressed. The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, expressed his willingness to prioritize investment in R&D+i during this legislative period as a key axis to promote the productive and social development of the Archipelago. The Minister of Universities, Science, Innovation, and Culture, Migdalia Machín, pointed out that the creation of this department is a “declaration of intent” regarding the effort they want to make in this legislative period to continue growing and consolidating the regional R&D+i ecosystem.
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna emphasized the role played by these higher education centers in the economic development of the islands, as well as the importance of university-business collaboration.
The Emerge Association, which coordinates and leads the Innovate Canarias program, argued that the Canary Islands should take seriously their commitment to economic diversification through the creation of innovative economic activities capable of creating quality employment by making efficient use of the resources available in the islands. During the working session, it was advocated that the administration facilitates and encourages open innovation processes in both the public and private sectors. Likewise, the role of startups and technological entrepreneurs in knowledge transfer processes and the improvement of the business fabric’s productivity was emphasized.
Innovate Canarias is an open innovation program funded by ACIISI in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Spain, the EIT Hub Israel, ULPGC, and ULL.