CEPS Task Force - People-driven innovation

What is the future of employment? Will it increasingly rely on self-employment? And if this is the case, what are the core entrepreneurial skills needed to preserve the competitiveness of the European economy? Who is best positioned to transfer such skills? What is the role of EU policy in fostering talent and will for entrepreneurship? These and other topical issues were debated during the second meeting of the new CEPS Task Force “Unleashing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe: People, Places and Policies”, held in Brussels on October 22nd. Three keynote speeches by Johan Schot (University of Sussex), Dirk Pilat (OECD) and Charles Wessner (Georgetown University) called attention to the necessity for a paradigm-shift from "innovation policy" towards a set of "policies for innovation" and explored the role of entrepreneurial skills in achieving economic prosperity and social cohesion. The views of the European Commission on the future of employment and the skills for jobs and entrepreneurship were presented by Ann Branch (DG EMPL) and Alexander Riedl (DG CNECT). Alberto Tejero Lopez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and Elena Ruskovaara (Lappeenranta University of Technology) illustrated how universities can become pivotal actors in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Finally, Amway, Google, Orange, Telefonica as well as the European Young Innovators Forum and several SMEs, entrepreneurs and member states’ institutions debated the issue of what established firms can do to nurture talent and entrepreneurship. The interactions between large and small companies and the synergies between incumbent players and newcomers to stimulate the innovation process will be at the core of the next meeting, scheduled for November 18th.