Europe’s top ICT hubs

by Jörgen Eriksson on April 21, 2014

Study on European ICT Poles of ExcellenceThe European Union has published a report and an interactive atlas which shows where across the EU that digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success.

The atlas helps to answer such questions as:

  • How is ICT R&D, innovation and economic activity distributed in Europe?
  • Which locations are attracting new investments in the ICT sector?
  • What is the position of individual European locations in the global network of ICT activity?

Most of Europe’s ICT activity takes place in 34 regions across 12 countries. Key ingredients to success includes access to top Universities and research centres and funding opportunities such as venture capital.

Three high performance regions – first tier ICT Poles of Excellence

Three European regions were identified that are considered as 1st tier regions:

1. Munich
2. Inner London
3. Paris

There are eight 2nd tier regions:

  1. Karlsruhe
  2. Cambridge
  3. Stockholm
  4. Darmstadt
  5. Uusimaa
  6. Noord-Brabant
  7. Amsterdam
  8. Leuven

You don’t have to be big to succeed!

The study underlines the importance of smaller regions. For example, Darmstadt, a city of 150.000 people, building on its research & innovative output and on its active business community, ranks number seven at EU’s top 10 ICT Poles of excellence. Other small-sized regions showing strong performance are Leuven, Karlsruhe or Cambridge.

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Ingredients for digital success

A region’s ICT excellence is linked to research and development activities, to the ability to take knowledge to market (innovation) and to building an intense business activity around this innovation. It seems that ICT thriving regions:

  • – are mostly long standing industrial areas;

  • – have high-standard educational institutions and other key innovation players;

  • – have long-term policies on research and innovation;

  • – have enjoyed historical opportunities (such as being the political national capitals);

  • – tend to cluster together (half of the 34 Poles of excellence are neighbouring regions).

This effect is also observed in places like the Silicon Valley (USA), Bangalore (India) or Changzhou (China).

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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