6CP with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, celebrated its 40st anniversary event. In 2015 6CP, the world’s oldest international innovation policy network, exists 40 years. 6CP was established to create opportunities for mutual learning between international peers in policymaking, research and industry. 40 years ago the debate about innovation policy focused on:
- How to create new business opportunities through large scale mission driven technological projects (“grand projets”)?
- How to best support SMEs as important drivers of innovation, jobs and economic growth?
- How to develop the “technological culture” which makes sure that new developments are well-embedded in society?
Over the 40 years of 6CP existence these three points have lost nothing of their importance and urgency.
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