Dr. Angel Salazar
Digital Business and Management Systems Division
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
The successful companies of the next
10 years may be start ups or
established players but they will ‘think
big, start small and move fast’ in their
innovation and growth.
CEO of Ariadne Capital
There’s never been a better worse
time to start a business.
Executive Director, Brother UK
How do we ensure a
• Promoting the right economic environment to
attract and encourage investment.
• Developing the supporting human, social and
• Identifying sustainable business models and
innovation strategies promoting inter-
connected business ecosystems.
• Forging new partnerships that cross current
Creating the IT Nation
• “Information Technology is
the driving force of a global
competitive workforce and
and long-term prosperity.
• The UK has the potential to
generate an additional £35
billion of Gross Value Added
to the economy within the
• 77% of UK’s 27 million workforce
use IT in their everyday jobs.
• US multinational firms are on average
more productive than UK firms, and 80% of
this advantage is explained by the better use
• The Innovation Nation
report marked a shift
innovation policies, as
opposite to Supply-push
• Evidence of this is the
recent initiatives and
competitions steered by the
Technology Strategy Board.
So, what drives innovation?
• Clear and robust IP legal frameworks.
• Access to venture capital.
• The demand for innovative products and
• Affordable access to next-generation network
infrastructures supporting the creation of new
The Need for New Partnerships
• Gradual shift from technology-push linear
models towards dynamic and interactive
• Idea generation, experimentation,
commercialization and diffusion need to be
orchestrated in order to maximise the value
creation potential of the different actors
within the innovation ecosystem.
From Technology Transfer Towards
• Shifts from university technology transfer
managers, and incubator managers, towards
eclectic teams of university scientists, graduate
entrepreneurs, business deal makers, investors
and social actors promoting the adopting of new
products, practices and services.
• The above requires new roles such as multi-
disciplinary translators and social activists, not
just technologists and investors.
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