The journey started with the visit at Google for Startups and Microsoft REACTOR in London. We have got to learn about best practices of both tech giants on what they are doing for Startups, and we are keen to follow such practices on our initiative to Support Tech Startups.
Most important event of our journey was ‘Leaders’ Meetings and Awards’ by Emerging Europe that took place on 27-28 June 2019 at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. The Emerging Europe Leaders’ Meeting & Awards is an initiative to showcase the best of the emerging Europe region and to promote the values of vision, empowerment and leadership. Having several business meetings with organizers and participants resulted on creation of B2B collaborations. We had a chance to meet and chat with stakeholders of different fields, such as representatives of CNN Business and Technology, PwC and other international organizations form Emerging Europe countries. We expect to see fruitful results in the near future.
Afterwards, we attended the event ‘Innovative Place-Based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialisation Strategies’ – 28-29 June 2019, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London – exploring Multistakeholder Engagement Practices across Clusters, Projects, Science Parks and Regional Innovation Ecosystems. At this event we had the opportunity to share our vision and commitment for collaboration between academy, industry and government. Valuable insights and practices following Triple Helix Framework were presented. We consider that every country should follow such model of collaboration as we are aware that this is the best practice to achieve ‘synergy’ in order to empower our societies.
Among other noticeable meetings to mention are meetings with few Tech Startups as well as with CEO of Sheffield Technology Parks. We were happy to share ideas and agreed to help each other by providing consulting services, and share experiences.
More details regarding developments of our two weeks journey at UK will be announced soon.