The processes of open innovation are settled in developed countries. This causes the growth of instruments that make collaboration between the different actors of the system easier: universities, technological centres, companies, public research organizations, etc.,
This new model is based on a very simple premise: access to knowledge is now easier and faster. For companies to develop or improve their products from R & D activities, it is best they link to other system members for driving innovation processes. The times of “do it yourself” have come to an end.
Silicon Valley is the model of the system, the mythical Californian scenario where the concentration of talent has an effect that feeds back and multiplies knowledge and its application.
The same scheme is followed by business clusters at the sectoral level, in Castile y Leon we have many good examples of those.
This article has been published as a supplement in the Spanish newspaper, Innovadores, El Mundo de Castilla y León.