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Stimulate local economic development

Step 3

Identify potentially interested local partners


Identify the local economic stakeholders involved in digital technology to build partnerships.

Traditional firms can be mobilised through partnerships to ask digital start-ups to develop new innovative services. They represent a market not to be neglected, for which local authorities can facilitate relations.
Civil society (universities, associations, NGOs, etc.) can also be associated with these initiatives by proposing a dialogue with the local population and contributing to the human capital of the ecosystem.

In the domain of local economic development, ecosystem mapping is broadly in line with the prior work of territorial diagnosis regarding digital penetration rate via the stakeholders (Part A, Step 3).

Interests and capacities of the local economic stakeholders towards job creation and innovation
Local authority Generation of local revenue
Increase of the employment area
Appeal of investors
Traditional private firms Public-private partnerships to create incubators Incubators Support structure for business creation projects. Provide know-how, a network and logistics during the first stages of the life of the company. Incubators address companies that are very young or in the course of being incorporated.
Incubators stand out by the services they propose, whether or not they are profitable or by the type of projects they target.
Since the mid 2000s, “second generation incubators” have appeared known as accelerators, offering aid for the creation of a firm in exchange for shares in the new company.

Increase their competitiveness via innovation
Start-ups Need for spaces and support for their innovation
Universities Search for openings for young graduates
NGOs PPromotion of social innovation in partnership with the start-ups
Guarantee pursuit of sustainable development goals
Population Interest for jobs in an attractive sector
Commitment of young technicians and graduates in entrepreneurship projects
Practical exercise

Mapping stakeholders’ ecosystem

List the local stakeholders potentially concerned by digital innovation

  • Local authorities (municipalities)
  • Traditional private firms
  • Telecommunication sector
  • Digital start-ups
  • Small entrepreneurs and operators (including informal)
  • Stakeholders in social and solidarity economy
  • NGOs
  • Community organisations
  • Citizens
  • Universities and educational institutes

Identify stakeholders likely to become interesting partners for joint actions

  • How do traditional local firms aware of digital technology work: extent of equipment ownership, capacity to use software, prior uses, data availability?
  • What would they gain by developing digital tools: profit expectations, social or political reason, generation of new knowledge, new, enhanced efficiency or democracy?
  • What joint actions could be invented to make partners of certain economic stakeholders?

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