One of our ICountants, Vedran Antoljak, posed this question:
In case of EU, some countries (such as Hungary) have included measures of Innovation Capacities as one of criteria when evaluating projects for EU and national grants and other co-financing programs. In other words, if we would be able to push this for IC, it would tremendously increase companies' appetite for use of IC measurement tools such as iCounts. This is a tough and risky approach, but it would bring high results. Do we have any experience or examples of similar approaches in the world?
In our ICountant training, we distinguish between the innovation ecosystem and the innovation process. Our existing measures of IC are directly applicable to the ecosystem. We would have to add something for innovation processes. But that may not be necessary.
The question is whether you think that innovation capacities are primarily around how to do innovation (process) or around whether or not you have the knowledge, competencies, culture, connections, etc. to innovate (ecosystem)? The first can be taught. The second can take years to build.
My questions to Vedran and the community are: