A start up Nation

A start up Nation


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The example of Israel as a Start Up Nation is becoming a fashion idea through Europe and some countries, like Portugal, are developing effective public strategies towards the launching of a national project with this objective. 

  The example of Israel as a Start Up Nation is becoming a fashion idea through Europe and some countries, like Portugal, are developing effective public strategies towards the launching of a national project with this objective. A Start Up Nation must be a commitment between Government and Civil Society, with a primal role to universities, companies and centers of innovation as the active drivers of competitiveness in the system. More than ever, we need to focus on added value as the basis of a new society, more equal and more competitive. The answer for this challenge is strongly based in this Start Up Nation challenge.  
The Start Up Nation must confirm itself as an “enabler actor” in a very demanding world, introducing in the society and in the economy a capital of trust and innovation that is essential to ensure a central leadership in the future relations betwen the different social and economic players. These new actors  should be more and more global, capable of driving to the  social matrix a unique dynamic of knowledge building and selling it as a mobile asset on the global market. 
Universities and Companies have a central role in this new Start Up nation. They must perform a new strategic partnership centered in the objectives of the added value, creativity and knowledge. This is the basis for a future effective implementation of the EU 2020. Most of the countries  still a strong opportunity to implement an agenda of innovation – the opportunity is more and more know and it can´t be lost. The Start Up Nation is the key to the future, centered in a new agenda of value promoted by the social and economic actors. 
The Start Up Nation must also be based in central projects like the Poles of Competitiveness, Clusters of Innovations and Knowledge Cities and Regions. These projects are the effective confirmation that the basis for a new agenda  depends on the capacity of universities, companies and centers of innovation developing a new strategic agenda of excellence. A Start Up Nation is more and more the confidence of the development of new solutions based in new products, new services, more connected with the new challenges of a more global and complex society.  
The Start Up Nation allows people to know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice and development. In times of Change and Uncertainty, Nations must regain its Strategic Competitive Advantage but at the same time must be able to reinforce its  Social Dimension. In this way it´s essential to learn the lessons that more than ever emerge from a world that is trying to rebuild its competitive advantage  and to reinvent its effective place in a complex and global network of relations. In the New Global Economy and Innovation Society, people and companies have a central role to play towards a new attitude connected with the creation of value and focus on creativity.     
 
Francisco Jaime Quesado is the General Manager of the Innovation and Knowledge Society in Portugal, a public agency with the mission of coordinating the policies for Information Society and mobilizing it through dissemination, qualification and research activities. It operates within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
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