The objective of RIS-JER is to design a regional innovation strategy to enhance innovation in the Jerusalem region, and help realize the regions economic potential. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the region of North Brabant, a previously funded RITTS region, who will share their knowledge and expertise with the project management and help promote trans-regional cooperation between companies and regional authorities. The project will be divided into 3 stages. The first stage w ill focus on reaching a consensus within the region regarding the importance of innovation. This will be reached through seminars with key regional players who will then be split into several targeted think groups (TTGs), dealing with innovative sectors (such as Biotec, ICT etc),SMEs, TTOs, VCs, Minority issues, etc. The TTGs will meet several times during this stage to define the issues to be analyzed, determine success indicators and suggest potential consultants. The second stage will be dedicated to carrying out the analysis as defined by the TTGs. Regional consultants, assisted by international experts will conduct the analysis. In the final stage the partners will summarize the results of the analysis and suggest a regional innovation strategy, w hich will be agreed upon by the participants. In addition, some pilot programs will be established and evaluated. A monitoring committee, consisting of representatives from the regional innovative system will be formed in order to ensure progress and ach ievement of results. The final report along with the suggested strategy will be presented to regional and national officials and approved by the monitoring committee. Basic guidelines for the process of building a RIS will be drawn and presented to other regions in the country and in Europe. Awareness raising activities, led by a PR consultant, will be held from the beginning of the project. The project will be managed by the JDA, BOM and JIIS.
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