Entrepreneurship and SMEs – regions and innovation systems
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An interest in regions as a critical focus of economic policy has been growing in importance for two decades. This chapter focuses on insights generated in the PASCAL Universities and Regional Engagement (PURE) regions into the possibilities for effective higher education engagement in and support for regional innovation systems. The support for regional innovation systems particularly involve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and seek to foster greater entrepreneurship. The role of higher education institutions in regional innovation systems has been articulated most clearly in the report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A number of significant themes emerged from the various examples drawn from looking across the PURE regions. There are many opportunities for higher education institutions (HEIs) to contribute to regional innovation systems, if the challenges can be addressed.

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