As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, wealth and ideas have greater opportunities to travel anywhere, and the boundaries between countries that we are accustomed to have become increasingly blurred. The key players in this newly-connected world are those who have harnessed the ability to attract talented people, who encourage them in sharing and trying new ideas, and who attract organizations with all the resources and


knowledge required. This is known to work best on a regional scale, as shown by the most successful and best-known case of such a breeding ground of innovation, Silicon Valley. Only at this level is it possible to touch upon all the aspects of innovation both by contact with entire institutions and by dealing with individual people and companies, all whilst remaining relevant on a national scale.


What will you learn

Here at Opinno we want to identify the most promising regions whilst they remain at their embryonic stages, and then become the enabler of their growth. To do this, we need not only to understand how these regions function, but also to identify the main key factors that make the main innovation ecosystem in the world work at the top innovation level.

Within this context, we at Opinno decided to study a sample of the most innovative ecosystems that have arisen within varying contexts, with our objective being to draw conclusions upon their strengths, how they have


come to be innovative, and the best practices they used that could be translated to other regions. For this task, we joined forces with students of ESCP Europe and IED Madrid (Instituto Europeo de Deseño). Ultimately, we are seeking to open new ground in Europe and in Hispanic countries, by becoming the “new Silicon Valley”. We aim to do this by analyzing the local context, adapting the best practices in line with the particular strengths we find, and by allying with strong, established partners, as only they have the capabilities to leverage the investment required for such an enterprise and to secure strong growth.

Who made it possible

  • Anna Lobkowicz
  • Kirstin Naeve
  • Sarah Pedroza
  • Vsevolod Batishchev
  • Saumitra Das 
  • Mercedes Riba Michaus

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