Central Region’s Smart Innovation Ecosystem
INOVC+ is a special strategic program for the enhancement of scientific and technological knowledge that consists of the implementation of a regional pilot project, which, in a networking context involving non-business entities of the regional R&I system (such as Higher Education Institutions (Universities and Polytechnics), Centers of Technology Enhancement and Transfer, Technological Centers, Science and Technology Parks, among others) and companies, enhance the transfer of knowledge and the results of R&TD activities to the regional economy.
The origin of this program stems from the idea of creating an articulated system between Science, Technology and the Companies of the Central Region that contributes to making the industry more innovative and Higher Education Institutions, where the greatest technological and research potential is found, more business-like.
In this context, the mission of the INOVC+ Program is the following: Consolidate an Ecosystem of Intelligent Innovation, open and inclusive, incorporating a complete offer of resources, infrastructures and dynamics, with transversal and sectorally oriented, thus contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of the Central Region.
Its main goal is to raise awareness among students, researchers and entrepreneurs for the development of seed projects and spinoffs, in strategic areas for the Central Region and duly aligned with the Smart Specialization Strategy advocated for it (RIS 3 Centro), with a view to transforming innovative ideas into business initiatives, and should therefore include activities of a diverse spectrum.
With this operation, the co-promoters aim to affirm the Center Region as a national reference with international projection in the creation of new products and services resulting from R&D+I activities, through a program to enhance scientific and technological knowledge that consists of implementing of a strategic planning framework through a Regional Ecosystem of Intelligent Innovation, with the ultimate aim of generating and creating an important number of business initiatives based on R&D+I activities.
Accelerate the change of attitudes, values and more entrepreneurial and open behaviors, in collaboration in innovation projects, use of new ideas and technologies, taking risks and combating the stigma of failure;
Empower academic communities to create innovative projects which aim to transfer knowledge to the companies of the Region;
In addition to the strategic objectives presented above, operational objectives were also defined, which are intended to be achieved with the implementation of the different activities of the InovC+ project: Intelligent Innovation Ecosystem.