Innovation Ecosystems as a Driver for Exports and Economic Growth
When capital is a scarce resource within an economy, it is crucial use all public policies to embrace the task of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and promoting exports. The creation of new opportunities – like jobs, skills, and capital – are linked with the ability to integrate new and global value chains and to create goods and services which provide both effective and efficient innovative solutions to different stakeholders, crossing borders and industries. This interconnection between industries, universities, and research centres, among others, can create the knowledge needed to face these challenges allowing clients and providers cooperate and generate new goods and services which serve global markets.
Fintech and the new Generation of Entrepreneurs Changing the way Business is done
Led by Giuseppe Sofo
Fintech - short for Financial Technology - is a nascent part of the banking industry, where technology and new business models have been reshaping how customers access products. Since the aftermath of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Fintech industry has been attracting billions of dollars in funding, tons of smart entrepreneurs and investors and wide attention from media. The public sentiment has been for years that the traditional banking system was going to be completely replaced... but has this happened? And what can entrepreneurs learn from the past 10 years of Fintech history?