For many, the main appeal of self-employment is being your own boss. The freedom to decide how to reach your goals, without working under a watchful eye supervising every move, is certainly an enticing prospect. After all, isn't professional independence demonstrated by not having to report to others about what one is doing?
Governments in developing and developed countries frequently use policy tools such as matching grants to promote growth and innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A matching grant is a type of subsidy where firms commit to invest money in certain activities once the government grant is received. International aid and multilateral organizations also promote matching grants as a private sector development policy; for example, the World Bank has invested at least $1.2 billion dollars in matching grant programs targeting SMEs.
This month IGL begins funding a research project by MIT and EPFL researchers on the market impact of patenting. This question is important because the granting of patent rights is a central public policy tool to incentivizce innovation.
A month ago, we gathered over 250 policymakers, practitioners and researchers working in innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth for the Innovation Growth Lab Annual Conference.
The data revolution is transforming our economy and society, from the way we shop to the way we date. But what about Research, Innovation and Growth (RIG) policy?
Today we are opening the IGL2017 Global Conference. Around 250 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries are coming together in Barcelona to explore new innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policy ideas.
Intangible assets, particularly intellectual property (IP), are widely regarded as ‘the currency of the knowledge economy’.
For more than a decade, companies across Europe have been spending more on R&D, software, designs and copyright materials, process engineering and training than they do on ‘hard’ assets.
Imagine you had $10 million to develop a new programme or policy instrument to support innovation, entrepreneurship or business growth. Given carte blanche, what would you spend it on?
Ahead of the Innovation Growth Lab’s annual conference in Barcelona, we asked five innovation and enterprise experts to answer this question.