Innovation Zone in western Macedonia

Innovation Zone in western Macedonia
Innovation Zone in western Macedonia
The way for the creation of the so-called Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia is opened today by the Regional Council of Western Macedonia following a proposal made by the Regional Mayor, Giorgos Kasapidis. The Innovation Zone will be created by a draft law and will constitute a special development project, which aims to exploit the pockets of knowledge, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region, as well as to contribute to the exploitation, externalization and optimization of their value, by attracting investments especially in knowledge-intensive and innovation actions. The location of the Western Macedonia Innovation Zone will be flexible, starting from the axis that includes the first two enclaves, the Science and Technology Park of the University of Western Macedonia in the ZEP of Kozani and the Hydrogen Park in Ptolemaida, while it will gradually expand with the maturation of new enclaves and in other geographical units of the Region of Western Macedonia, in the premises of the University, existing and new BI.PE. in Florina, Kastoria and Grevena.

The Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia and the joint stock company under the name “Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia S.A.” (Z.KAI.D.M. S.A.–“InnoZone”WMSA), will be established under a draft law, which will aim to strengthen the links between research and production and improve the business environment, aiming to attract investments, the development of “brain gain” in the Region of Western Macedonia, with the return of young scientists and researchers from abroad, the creation of new jobs and the improvement of the quality of life in the Region of Western Macedonia, contributing to the wider development and cohesion of the social web, but also in the transformation of Western Macedonia into an attractive research and investment destination.

The initiative for the establishment of the Innovation Zone comes from public sector bodies, however the partnership of the private sector and local bodies is necessary and highly desirable, in order to achieve the maximum degree of partnership and cooperation. In the context of the ZK, the creation of two (2) Technology Parks in areas that show relevant licensing maturity has been chosen first: The 1st Park of the DM Innovation Zone is proposed to be located in the OT. 6 of the Active Town Planning Zone of Kozani, at a very short distance from the new DM Campus, following the concession of the area of ​​27,800 sq.m. approximately, from the Municipality of Kozani to the new Management Body of ZK DM. The 2nd Park of the Zone is proposed to be located on the site of the former AEVAL factory, following the concession of an area of ​​approximately 10,000 sq.m. from the Municipality of Eordaia to EKETA-IDEP. In the activities of the company Z.KAI.D.M. S.A., is the Operational Coordination of the Innovation Ecosystem of the Region of Western Macedonia, which includes: Coordination / synergy of the ecosystem factors Promotion activities at international level to Attract foreign / national technological investments Coordination / integration of initiatives of the Region of Western Macedonia (Planning and implementation of programs innovative entrepreneurship in the frameworks of PEP and SDAM, Clusters, Incubators, etc.) Synergy in the process of Business Discovery, comprehensive support from the idea to international development Development of a tool for implementing the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy and support of the PSEK Cooperation with the Hellenic Development Investment Bank (previously TANEO), the European Investment Bank and specialized financial groups for the creation of a regional Innovation Fund / VCFund The Innovation Zone will have the following partners representing the growth factors in the region Authority: The Region of Western Macedonia through the Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia The Central Administration through METAVASI SA The University of Western Macedonia EKETA (through IDEP) For each enclave a company is set up in which the majority of the enclave is held and other bodies as the case may be, like the Municipality of Kozani in the first enclave, as it contributes the plot of land for the Technology Park. The Management of the Zone is represented by the triple Helix (regardless of the shareholding composition), i.e. from the government/region, from the research community and from the private sector (such as SOEs, clusters active in the Region, new large investors in the Region from technology etc.) related to innovation actions and investments in Western Macedonia.

Source: e-ptolemeos.gr

The way for the creation of the so-called Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia is opened today by the Regional Council of Western Macedonia following a proposal made by the Regional Mayor, Giorgos Kasapidis. The Innovation Zone will be created by a draft law and will constitute a special development project, which aims to exploit the pockets of knowledge, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region, as well as to contribute to the exploitation, externalization and optimization of their value, by attracting investments especially in knowledge-intensive and innovation actions. The location of the Western Macedonia Innovation Zone will be flexible, starting from the axis that includes the first two enclaves, the Science and Technology Park of the University of Western Macedonia in the ZEP of Kozani and the Hydrogen Park in Ptolemaida, while it will gradually expand with the maturation of new enclaves and in other geographical units of the Region of Western Macedonia, in the premises of the University, existing and new BI.PE. in Florina, Kastoria and Grevena.

The Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia and the joint stock company under the name “Innovation Zone of Western Macedonia S.A.” (Z.KAI.D.M. S.A.–“InnoZone”WMSA), will be established under a draft law, which will aim to strengthen the links between research and production and improve the business environment, aiming to attract investments, the development of “brain gain” in the Region of Western Macedonia, with the return of young scientists and researchers from abroad, the creation of new jobs and the improvement of the quality of life in the Region of Western Macedonia, contributing to the wider development and cohesion of the social web, but also in the transformation of Western Macedonia into an attractive research and investment destination.

The initiative for the establishment of the Innovation Zone comes from public sector bodies, however the partnership of the private sector and local bodies is necessary and highly desirable, in order to achieve the maximum degree of partnership and cooperation. In the context of the ZK, the creation of two (2) Technology Parks in areas that show relevant licensing maturity has been chosen first: The 1st Park of the DM Innovation Zone is proposed to be located in the OT. 6 of the Active Town Planning Zone of Kozani, at a very short distance from the new DM Campus, following the concession of the area of ​​27,800 sq.m. approximately, from the Municipality of Kozani to the new Management Body of ZK DM. The 2nd Park of the Zone is proposed to be located on the site of the former AEVAL factory, following the concession of an area of ​​approximately 10,000 sq.m. from the Municipality of Eordaia to EKETA-IDEP. In the activities of the company Z.KAI.D.M. S.A., is the Operational Coordination of the Innovation Ecosystem of the Region of Western Macedonia, which includes: Coordination / synergy of the ecosystem factors Promotion activities at international level to Attract foreign / national technological investments Coordination / integration of initiatives of the Region of Western Macedonia (Planning and implementation of programs innovative entrepreneurship in the frameworks of PEP and SDAM, Clusters, Incubators, etc.) Synergy in the process of Business Discovery, comprehensive support from the idea to international development Development of a tool for implementing the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy and support of the PSEK Cooperation with the Hellenic Development Investment Bank (previously TANEO), the European Investment Bank and specialized financial groups for the creation of a regional Innovation Fund / VCFund The Innovation Zone will have the following partners representing the growth factors in the region Authority: The Region of Western Macedonia through the Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia The Central Administration through METAVASI SA The University of Western Macedonia EKETA (through IDEP) For each enclave a company is set up in which the majority of the enclave is held and other bodies as the case may be, like the Municipality of Kozani in the first enclave, as it contributes the plot of land for the Technology Park. The Management of the Zone is represented by the triple Helix (regardless of the shareholding composition), i.e. from the government/region, from the research community and from the private sector (such as SOEs, clusters active in the Region, new large investors in the Region from technology etc.) related to innovation actions and investments in Western Macedonia.

Source: e-ptolemeos.gr

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