Zaproszenie do Sillicon Valley, 17-20 czerwca 2009
Dyrektoriat Polityki Innowacyjnej Komisji Europejskiej zaprasza do udziału w seminarium na temat, jak społeczności mieszkających tam Europejczyków mogą lepiej zaangażować się w rozwój innowacji w Europie. Delegacja około 20 Europejskich ekspertów zajmujacych się innowacyjnością weźmie udział w seminarium i przeprowadzi rozmowy z europejskimi przedsiębiorcami, naukowcami i specjalistami od "venture capital". Wyjazd zaplanowano w dniach 17-20 czerwca br. Wstępna rejestracja ekspertów dostępna jest pod adresem mailowym: firstname.lastname@example.org do 11 maja br. Spośród zarejestrowanych osób wybrani zostaną wyjeżdżający eksperci. Uczestnicy pokrywają koszty podróży i zakwaterowania. PROGRAM SILLICONE VALLEY Treść zaproszenia w j. angielskim: The Innovation Policy Directorate of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry is organising a seminar to explore how European expatriate communities in Silicon Valley can be better involved in innovation support activities in Europe. A delegation of around 20 European innovation support experts shall participate in the seminar and conduct interviews with European entrepreneurs, scientists and venture capitalists on-site. The seminar is organised in collaboration with Stanford University, School of Engineering, and European expatriate networks in Northern California. Immigrants, including many Europeans, play a crucial role for innovation in Silicon Valley and the US in general. Attracted by world-class research, abundant venture capital and an encouraging entrepreneurial environment, Europeans continue to move to Silicon Valley to realise their ambitions. In addition, better career prospects attract high-class scientists to overseas universities where they are able to join an environment favourable to entrepreneurship. Consequently, in many US regions Europeans as a group constitute the major community of immigrant high-tech entrepreneurs and in many sectors they are a more important group than Indians or Chinese. Whereas some European innovation agencies actively support the exploration of ideas and start-up activities in Silicon Valley, other agencies are more cautious, wary of compounding the irreversible ‘brain drain’ process. Meanwhile, Asian communities, in particular Indians through the ‘The Indus Entrepreneurs’, a membership-based network with more than 12 000 affiliates, have demonstrated how the expatriate community can be a major source of innovation in the home country. At the same time, bringing scientists back home is recognised as a key factor for improving or maintaining regional competiveness and many universities are willing to accommodate institutes in response to the demand of returning scientists. Does this also apply to entrepreneurs – could they realistically be expected to move their companies back home? Pre-registration and conditions of participation Please pre-register for the seminar by email to email@example.com until 11 May. Do note that all costs for travel and accommodation must be covered by the participants. A contingent of 25 rooms has been pre-booked at favourable rates at the Creekside Inn (http://www.creekside-inn.com/), Palo Alto, from Wednesday, 17 to Saturday, 20 June 2009. From the pre-registrations, a delegation will be composed that shall take account of the range of innovation support services offered, and different economic environments in Europe. Participation in the delegation will be confirmed by email by 15 May, and participants must confirm their booking of rooms from the contingent by 26 May. After 15 May, registration of additional European participants in the delegation will be possible via a dedicated webpage available on the Stanford University website. The Draft programme outline is attached. An input paper for the seminar will be available for participants in early June.