Unlocking bank finance for intangible assets: New models of support

By Martin Brassell on Friday, 9 June 2017.


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.

What would you fund with $10 million for an innovation and entrepreneurship support programme?

By Lou Davina Stouffs on Thursday, 8 June 2017.


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.

Promoting experimentation in government – learning from Canada’s experience

By Giulio Quaggiotto and Shatha Alhashmi on Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

Back in 2015, the Canadian Prime Minister publicly released, for the first time, his instructions to all his ministers. Among these instructions, entitled mandate letters, one was particularly relevant to experimentation. It was addressed to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada, and it stated:

Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice

By Jesper Christiansen, Bas Leurs, Giulio Qiaggiotto on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

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Recent years have seen a growing interest and increasing uptake of experimental methods in government. Around the world, we see a growing number of governments taking up experimental approaches to tackle complex issues and generate better public outcomes.

Good people or good ideas? Which makes for a good startup?

By Linus Dahlander, Christoph Ihl, Rajshri Jayaraman & Viktoria Boss on Thursday, 2 March 2017.

Entrepreneurship is a major source of job creation and is considered to be an engine of economic growth and innovation. As a result, there is no shortage of initiatives to promote it. Governments across the world spend billions subsidizing entrepreneurial activities, companies increasingly introduce measures to encourage workers to engage in entrepreneurship, and investors are constantly on the lookout for potential “winners”.