This developmental paper makes an analogy with the much known British expression “Mind the Gap”, considering innovation habitats as instruments that can mitigate the gaps in the system and catalyse the innovation process, especially the relationships among startups and other actors in the system. These habitats represent a new form of innovation support, distinct from established instruments like technology parks and incubators, operating at a lower level of investment with activities that are typically co-produced with their participants. In the literature, and in empirical studies, we may find a range of innovation habitats, with their own remits and definitions. This paper begins with an exploration of such issues, focusing on an innovative policy initiative supported by Innovate UK (formerly UK Technology Strategy Board): the Digital Catapult Centres. The overall research objective is to understand the critical factors behind the implementation and operation of these Centres. The research also aims to obtain a better understanding of public policies to support them and the results generated by such Centres.
|Title of host publication||BAM 2017|
|Place of Publication||Warwick|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2017|
|Event||BAM 2017 - Warwick University, 5 September 2017|
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …
|Period||1/01/17 → …|