International Symposium Entrepreneurship and the Geography of Innovation

The São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, within the scope of the São Paulo Excellence Chairs Programme – Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy (SPEC –InSySPo), invite to the




July 6th and 7th, 2017 (8:30 a.m to 5 p.m)
FAPESP - Rua Pio XI, 1500 – São Paulo


The Roundtable will open up a two-day discussion on the role of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, its linkages to university research, and dependence on “sticky” factors characterizing geographically defined areas. Two major keynote speeches by two of the foremost experts in the field of science, technology and innovation will invite discussion on this most important policy subject of our times.


July, 6th

08h30 Registration
9h00 Introduction: University-Industry Collaboration
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (FAPESP)

Introduction: System Innovation
Nicholas Vonortas (SPEC & GWU) and Mario Cervantes (OCDE)
9h45 Keynote: University-Industry Interactions and Innovative Universities:
Models and Measurement
Robert Tijssen (CWTS)

Discussant: Wolfgang Polt (Joanneum Research)
10h45 Keynote: Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship
Franco Malerba (Universidade Luigi Bocconi)

Daniel Villavicencio (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
11h45 Closure

In the Symposium a distinguished group of experts from around the world will discuss how knowledge intensive entrepreneurship is explored in different socioeconomic contexts in developed and developing countries. In addition they will present international challenges and success stories in different systems, the linkages between the actors in such an environment and discuss policy implications at the intersection of local and global environments.


July, 6th

13h30 Opening session
14h00 Keynote: A Policy Framework on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Ron Boschma (University of Utrecht)

Carlos Américo Pacheco (FAPESP, Brazil)
15h00 Local/Regional Ecosystems for Knowledge-Intensive Enterprises
Moderator: Andre Furtado (Unicamp, Brazil)

• Sweden/Norway: Bjorn Asheim (Lund University)
• Netherlands: Ron Boschma (University of Utrecht)
• United States: Chris Hayter (Arizona State University)
• Austria: Wolfgang Polt (Joanneum Research)
• Brazil: Renato Garcia (Unicamp)
17h00 Closure

July, 7th

8h30 Registration
9h00 SBIR-type Programs and the Geography of Innovation
Moderator: Nick Vonortas

• OECD Countries: Mario Cervantes (OECD)
• France: Mirreille Matt (Grenoble Applied Economics Lab)
• Brazil: Sergio Queiroz (Unicamp)
• Austria: Michael Stampfer (Vienna Science and Technology Fund)
• Russian Federation: Dirk Meissner (National Research University – Higher School of Economics)
• Republic of Korea: Jeong-Dong Lee (Seoul National University)
• Other
11h00 Industry Perspectives

Paulo Zawilak (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
Humberto Pereira (Embraer & ANPEI)
12h00 Lunch (restaurants around FAPESP)
13h30 Universities and Knowledge-Intensive Enterprises
Moderator: Sergio Queiroz

• United States: Chris Hayter (Arizona State University)
• Mexico: Daniel Villavicencio (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana)
• Brazil: Bruno Fischer (Unicamp), Sergio Queiroz (Unicamp)
and Nicholas Vonortas (Unicamp/George Washington University)
Discussants: Robert Tijssen (University of Leiden), Bjorn Asheim (Lund University)
and Ismael Rafols (Universitat Politènica de València)
15h30 Break
16h00 Panel: Policy Maker Agenda
Moderator: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (FAPESP)

• Franco Malerba (University of Bocconi)
• Ron Boschma (University of Utrecht)
• Mario Cervantes (OECD)
• Carlos Pacheco (FAPESP)
• Wolfgang Polt (Joanneum Research)
• Nick Vonortas (Unicamp/GWU)
17h00 Conclusion of the symposium

Event free of charge | Limited registration

Offical language: English (simultaneous translation will not provided)

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Parking Suggestion
Pio Park: Rua Pio XI, 1320 | ELS: Rua Pio XI, 1650 | Tonimar: Rua Jorge Americano, 89