With a track record of promoting commercialisation from the academic base and a Fellowship which includes many of Scotland's key opinion formers, drawn from the business and academic communities, the RSE has set up a Business Innovation Forum to identify and stimulate processes that will increase business Innovation investment and to suggest how appropriate strategies should be developed in Scotland.
The Forum was launched at the Scottish Parliament on 28 January 2010. It is chaired by RSE VIce-President Ian Ritchie.
Its remit is to:
- Identify and propose mechanisms to encourage growth of innovation in companies in Scotland.
- Identify and propose mechanisms by which business in Scotland could make better use of the research base to stimulate economic growth.
- Act as an independent body, to advocate these mechanisms to the Scottish Government and to other bodies with relevant responsibilities and capacities;
- Interact with other bodies concerned with the operation of the research base and with economic and business development in Scotland;
- Where appropriate, to publish reports, to create work groups and other activities to pursue its objectives, activities which may include members outwith the Forum.
The Forum has published: the following papers
Digital Scotland - October 2010
Innovation Friendly Scotland - December 2010
As a follow up to the Innovation Friendly Scotland paper, the Forum has conducted a study on the Financing of Business Innovation in Scotland which will be submitted to the Scottish Government. This paper was published in October 2012.
In December 2010 the Forum held a joint event with the Swiss Embassy on "Stimulating Innovation". This compared the experiences of stimulating innovation in Scotland and Switzerland with a view to helping improve innovation policy in Scotland by learning from Switzerland's successful approaches.
Themes, with a particular focus on stimulating innovation in Biotech, included:
- the opportunities and challenges for business and universities
- policies and funding strategies