Denmark and Finland
Denmark:

A special programme for so-called user driven innovation is to be launched with funds of EUR 50 million for projects in Denmark.

The Danish government has set off EUR 50 million over the next four years to strengthen innovation in Danish companies and public institutions. This will take place through a special programme for user driven innovation – for which support can only be applied four times annually.

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Finland:

Regional innovation and user-driven innovation are the main themes of an upcoming innovation conference in Finland.

“In the Nordic region, as in most other regions, innovation policy has generally focused on the scientific and technological drivers of innovation. However, the largest numbers of companies do not innovate based purely on these drivers. Today, the policy focus in both the EU and the Nordic countries is turning towards two ‘new’ areas; regional innovation and user-driven innovation.”

The “New trends in Nordic innovation” conference, which will take place in Oulu, November 29th-30th 2007, is organised by The Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers together with the Nordic Innovation Centre.

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