CAPTURE Manresa Innovation Strategy 10.06


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CAPTURE Manresa Innovation Strategy 10.06

  1. 1. Manresa Innov@, <ul><ul><li>Alain Jordà </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deputy Mayor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manresa City Council, Catalonia, Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAPTURE Network Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manresa, Spain, October the 17 th 2006 </li></ul></ul>Innovation development in a small town
  2. 2. <ul><li>Some words about Manresa </li></ul><ul><li>The new global situation </li></ul><ul><li>Manresa Innov@, how did we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Facing the future. Some conclusions </li></ul>Index
  3. 3. Manresa Innov@, <ul><ul><li>Some words about Manresa </li></ul></ul>Innovation development in a small town 1
  4. 4. Manresa, facts and figures <ul><li>1.100 years of history (889 a.c.) </li></ul><ul><li>A population of 73.000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration rate: 14% from 91 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Outside the Barcelona metropolitan area (60 km) </li></ul><ul><li>Its commerce and services have influence on a wide area (250.000 people) </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial employment rate over the Catalonian average (23%) </li></ul><ul><li>Compact town </li></ul><ul><li>It has never been a political or religious capital. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Manresa’s history <ul><li>Gothic period (XIVth century) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sèquia (water channel; 26 km and only 10m of drop) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Cathedral ( Seu ) and churches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baroque period (XVIIth century) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The beginning of textile industry: silk and dyeing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The industrialization (XIXth century) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The 2 nd city in Catalonia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Els Panyos (1826), the first of its kind in Europe in the age of big textile factories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>XXth century </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The textile crisis (1973) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restructuration towards metal and car industry </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Innovation in Manresa in XXth Century <ul><li>Innovation is the goal! </li></ul>AUSA World’s larger manufacturer of dumpers trucks of up to 7 tons, off road forklift trucks of up to 3,5 tons and concrete mixers of up to 1m3. Tous Tous bear is an extraordinary phenomenon in the world of jewelry. Most Tous success is due to the ability to express everyone’s feelings in a piece of jewelry. Pujol Muntalà Pujol Muntalà manufactures speed gear reducers for industry in general, drives for garage doors and speed multipliers for wind energy. It has become a leader in its sector in Spain and is ranked as one of the main manufacturers in the world. Señor Made to measure suits through an industrial process is the company identity product. That allows Señor to combine tailor-quality garments and not-too-expensive prices.
  7. 7. Manresa Innov@, <ul><ul><li>The new global situation </li></ul></ul>Innovation development in a small town 2
  8. 8. Overview <ul><li>Globalization makes an interdependent world-wide economy (Europe is just a domestic market)… </li></ul><ul><li>… and will lead to changes in city-rankings </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge , is the new essential raw material </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation is a key element to compete </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is just a tool for innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Manresa needed a transversal cultural change </li></ul><ul><li>A favourable environment is needed for businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Can local public policies help to create good conditions for innovation and knowledge? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Criteria that inspire us <ul><li>Access to tech has to be guaranteed to everybody. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not a matter of technology..., but a matter of INNOVATION! </li></ul><ul><li>The quad-helix is important: administration, university, companies and society have to work together. </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Catalonia as a network </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation is essential to learn and strengthen the country </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Only local economic development departments </li></ul><ul><li>Because all local resources are essential to build a competitive local economy: City know-how, Big companies, Knowledge centres, Innovative people </li></ul><ul><li>Because only the local administration is able to identify, involve and coordinate all these resources </li></ul><ul><li>Because only the local administration may motivate, raise awareness, coordinate, disseminate and foster. </li></ul>Who can make policies to meet our towns and counties’ needs?
  11. 11. Manresa Innov @, <ul><ul><li>Manresa Innov@ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(how did we do it?) </li></ul></ul>Innovation development in a small town 3
  12. 12. Innovation Plan in Manresa the beginnings <ul><li>1999. Mayor Jordi Valls appoints a Councellor for Universities and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>2000-2001. Participative development of local strategic plan for the Information Society </li></ul><ul><li>2001-2003. First steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy programme (1€/lesson hour) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Internet access points (over 100) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2003. Technology? Yes, but let’s focus on Innovation </li></ul>
  13. 13. Manresa, the starting point <ul><li>Politechnics University </li></ul><ul><li>University Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism University College </li></ul><ul><li>Open University (online) </li></ul>University <ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Local Savings Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Local foundation for Health services </li></ul><ul><li>Public-Private company for urbanistic projects </li></ul><ul><li>Metallurgical Enterprise’s Organization </li></ul>Empresa Technological Center Business Center
  14. 14. <ul><li>Changing the focus of attention: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2003. ICT? No, innovation! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting free software </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying innovative companies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edition of Manresa Innov@ books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Networking in Europe: CAPTURE </li></ul><ul><li>Developing knowledge infrastructures </li></ul>How did we do it? (from 2003)
  15. 15. What has been done in Manresa? 2005: the town is moving… <ul><li>The Technological Center is becoming bigger and bigger. </li></ul><ul><li>A new Technological Park appears on stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative people join the movement. </li></ul><ul><li>University organises an Innovation Conference 2005 (90 participants) </li></ul><ul><li>The local savings bank launches an Entrepreneurship Award . </li></ul><ul><li>Economy conference devoted to Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Idensitat project (exploring the intersection among arts, citizenship and public spaces) </li></ul><ul><li>A cohesion element was needed... </li></ul>
  16. 16. What has been done in Manresa? 2005 Manresa’s innovation plan <ul><li>An external expert did a diagnosis from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local economic reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews to selected local innovation agents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>and proposed : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To work in 5 main topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop 19 actions in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 sectorial lines: metal industry, tourism and design manufactures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a transversal one: fostering entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. 2005: Innovation Plan intervention lines Fostering entrepreneurship Design manufactures Industrial Systems Tourism
  18. 18. How do we face next steps in the Innovation Plan? <ul><li>A coordination commission (6 or 8 people) </li></ul><ul><li>4 (or 5) driving projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with a responsible person for each of them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>able to pull the development of a cluster </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Likely, a yearly assembly integrated by local innovation agents (> 50 people). </li></ul>
  19. 19. Key elements of Manresa’s Innovation Plan <ul><li>Manresa’s Town Council has been a pioneer in focusing on innovation and not only in economical promotion and difusion of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: discretion , involvement of innovation agents and council experts, several presentations of works in progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on the process , not on the documents. </li></ul><ul><li>The process was closely followed-up at the poilitical level with full agreement and support from the Mayor. </li></ul><ul><li>A quick diagnosis was the starting point. </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of priority actions </li></ul><ul><li>Partial execution through a Technological Center . </li></ul>
  20. 20. Manresa Innov@, <ul><ul><li>Facing the future. Some conclusions </li></ul></ul>Innovation development in a small town 4
  21. 21. Manresa, what’s the future like? Technological Park ICT diffusion center Technological springboard Incubator Business Angels Network Alicia Science & Food project Junior artists’ space Rosa Oriol’s School (Design Manufactures) <ul><li>Politechnics University </li></ul><ul><li>University Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism University College </li></ul><ul><li>Open University (online) </li></ul>University <ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Local Savings Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Local foundation for Health services </li></ul><ul><li>Public-Private company for urbanistic projects </li></ul><ul><li>Metallurgical Enterprise’s Organization </li></ul>Companies Technological Center Business Center Microsoft Innovation Center
  22. 22. What we have learnt <ul><li>Each town is different. There’s a place for everyone . </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelize is wasting time; we have to attract . </li></ul><ul><li>New society is less associative (more individualist). New ways of motivation are needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond the fine rain (supporting everybody unselectively) and add trickle irrigation (supporting selectively the best). </li></ul><ul><li>E-administration is really important: it’s a way to lead by example, to make the society aware, and to spread the use of ICT. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important to communicate what we do. </li></ul><ul><li>… .You make your path by walking (as Machado said) </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><ul><li>Thank you very much. </li></ul></ul>More information at... You can get the newsletter Manresa Innov@ at: And more at: [email_address]
  24. 24. A model for a… ……..local innovation system <ul><li>Guarantee access & create environment </li></ul><ul><li>Create awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Train </li></ul><ul><li>Accompany </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidate (companies growth and commitment, new inputs) </li></ul><ul><li>( Raquel Egea at </li></ul>