November 16, 2015

Nordic region takes the lead with innovation policy

Helsinki’s fully-integrated ‘mobility on demand’ system for public and private transport was applauded by the report.
Helsinki’s fully-integrated ‘mobility on demand’ system for public and private transport was applauded by the report.
Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki

According to a new report, the cities of Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm are out-pacing their European neighbours in innovation policy leadership “by a significant margin”.

The results were compiled by Nesta and Accenture, based on the CITIE (City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) framework for city policymakers.

They found that the Nordic capitals show “a consistently strong level of high performance in developing and implementing the policies required to underpin a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The Nordic capitals were also praised for actively engaging in ensuring the success of co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators.

As reported back in June, Helsinki was ranked third in CITIE 2015 after New York City and London.

The report cited the city’s civic transparency and openness as spurring the innovative culture of Finland’s capital.

The city’s fully-integrated public and private transport ‘mobility on demand’ one-click solution was highlighted as an example of this, having been enabled by its policy of making transport data openly available to entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, the report took note of Helsinki’s on-demand shared bus service Kutsuplus, one that allows commuters to use their smartphones to specify pick-up and drop-off points.

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