Nordic Innovation: What Can America Learn from the Scandinavian Innovation Ecosystem?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
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Two decades ago, most pundits wrote off the Nordic countries, arguing that their social democratic model of high taxes, generous social benefits, and worker security were antithetical to innovation, productivity, and growth. But since 2000 the Nordic economies have thrived by increasing government funding for R&D and innovation, implementing competitive tax codes with lower corporate rates and investment incentives, deploying ICTs, and introducing labor flexicurity models. Moreover, led by innovation agencies including Finland’s Tekes and SITRA, Sweden’s Agency for Growth Policy and Analysis and VINNOVA, and Denmark’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Nordic countries have been pioneers in developing national innovation strategies and building innovation-based economies.

Please join ITIF on October 16 as representatives from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden share insights from the successes—and ongoing challenges—these nations have experienced in crafting innovation policy and building globally competitive, 21st-century innovation economies.

This event is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules.

Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Niels Heltberg
Minister Counselor
Danish Embassy in the United States
Rolf Höijer, PhD
Head of Office
Agency of Growth Policy Analysis & Office of Science & Innovation, Swedish Embassy
Jukka Salminiitty
Innovation for Tekes, The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC