Tampere Finland

Creative industries & ICT.

In the Tampere region, technology industries employ 34 000 people in more than 1000 companies. The ICT sector alone employs over 10 000 people and half of these are working in the mobile cluster where companies like Nokia, NSN and Intel play a significant role in the region.

Tampere region is also the place where creative industries and ICT meet. The region has over 40 gaming companies including companies like Rovio, Colossal Order and 10tons. Mediapolis is an international campus in Tampere that concentrates on content production and information & communications technology. 

Tampere region has a population of 495 000 and has for a long time implemented the most fruitful economic development policy in Finland. It is the fastest growing region in Finland. Strong industries include mechanical engineering and automation, health technology, and information and communication technology. The region is international, creative, bold and dynamic.

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Shanghai P.R. China

A fascinating metropolis.

Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, with a total population of near 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Shanghai has a 700-year history and was once one of East Asia's international financial centers.

In the last two decades Shanghai has been one of the fastest developing cities in the world with a total GDP over US$297 billion. The three largest service industries are financial services, retail, and real estate. According to the most recent comprehensive city development plans, by 2020 Shanghai will have essentially completed its transformation into a modern, international metropolis, as well as an international economic, trade, financial and shipping center. 

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Scotland United Kingdom

World class contributor in innovation and creativity.

Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom (UK) and occupies the northern third of Great Britain. Scotland’s mainland shares a border with England to the south. It is home to almost 800 small islands, including the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, the Hebrides, Arran and Skye. Scotland hosts about 5.2 million in habitants and accounts for a GDP of 102 billion pounds.

The Scots were at the forefront of the dynamic boomsin heavy engineering and manufacturing, to theground-breaking research taking place today at our top universities, Scotland has long been a world-class contributor in the spheres of innovation and creativity. Scotland is at the world’s forefront in a number of important industries; from pioneering nanotechnology to the development of new drugs to combat cancer.

Seven of the top ten computer manufacturers have a presence here and Scotland continues to lead the world in medical research, life sciences, advanced engineering and renewable energy, while tourism and the creative industries are also flourishing. Business and investment are attracted to Scotland because of the country’s world class education system, highly skilled and flexible workforce, strong infrastructure and the fantastic quality of life.

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil

The world's happiest city.

Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America. Boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, RIo is the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world. Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008),estimated at about US$201 billion.

Rio is headquarters to major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is known for its tropical landscape, carnival and soccer. Rio is in a vast process of urban social innovation. The port area is receiving a investments that are rehabilitating its surroundings. The tourist sector prepares to host major international events (2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games). For all that, the creative sector is essential in order to bring the best solutions for Rio. 

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Oklahoma U.S.A.

Top city for young entrepreneurs.

Oklahoma, meaning “red people” in Native American Choctaw, is a state that finds inspiration in its creative and innovation pursuits from its rich history of Native American culture and “land-run” independence.  Oklahoma is home to 39 Native American sovereign nations. With a population of approximately 3,850,568, Oklahoma is the 28th largest state in the U.S. Its GDP is approximately $160.9 billion and Forbes has named it the 14th best state for business.  Forbes also recently ranked Oklahoma’s two cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the capital city, as the top cities in the U.S. for young entrepreneurs with Tulsa receiving the #1 location and Oklahoma City as #5.  According to a study published by the National Science Foundation in 2013, during 2011 companies in Oklahoma spent over $500 million on innovative R&D.

In 2006, Creative Oklahoma was formed as the first non-profit organization in the U.S. with a statewide strategy to encourage and support the development of creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture, under the counsel of Sir Ken Robinson. Since its inception, Creative Oklahoma has helped in creating education, workplace and community environments that are supportive of and conducive to idea-generation. In addition to music, Oklahoma’s primary business sectors are energy, aerospace, and bio-medical research.  

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Noord-Brabant the Netherlands

High Tech & High Touch

Noord-Brabant is an enterprising, innovative and successful Dutch region in Europe and a wonderful place to live. Brabant counts 5082m2 and 2,4 million inhabitants. The region hosts 140.000 companies that create 1040400 jobs on 12.180 hectares of industrial real estate. The regional GDP is EUR 86554 million and the GDP growth is 3,2%. Working hard, taking time to enjoy the rich cultural life, beautiful nature and one another’s company go hand in hand in Brabant. High tech and high touch are inseparable. The close collaboration between the Brabant partners, in national and international networks, stimulates the further development of innovation and entrepreneurship. Brabant is centrally positioned between the port cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the German Ruhr area. It has an international reputation of a European top region for innovation and knowledge with an inspiring business climate.

Brabant offers the combined qualities of high technological innovation and creativity in strong economical clusters: food & nutrition, life sciences & health, biobased economy, high tech systems & materials, logistics and maintenance. It hosts world known companies like Philips, ASML and Vlisco. The region is also home to worldwide unique small scale craftsmanship with designers such as Victor & Rolf and Jan Taminiau (fashion), Piet Hein Eek (furniture design) and John Körmeling (architecture).The region also offers a wide variety of universities, academies on creativity and craftmanship and campuses. Internationally known in the creative field for example are Dutch Design, Dutch Design week, Design Academy Eindhoven and the Academy for Digital Entertainment NHTV.

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Lombardia Italy

A bridge to the mediterranean.

Many cultural and creative industries are located in Lombardy and are mainly active in design, fashion, music and discography, entertainment, furniture sectors. Milan hosts every year the International Furniture Exhibition «Salone del Mobile» , the most important Fair on design at European level. During “Salone del Mobile”, the City of Milan is lighted up by its extraordinary creative potential.

In 2015 Lombardy will host the Universal Exposition „Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Expo Milan 2015 will provide international actors and Lombardy’s partners an outstanding opportunity to display key innovation and creativity skills leveraging also on cultural specificities and international cooperation potential. 20 million visitors are expected. 

The economic system is mainly focused on small and medium sized enterprises, also reinforced by the presence of large industrial groups. More than 820,000 SMEs, are active in Lombardy accounting for 16 % of national business. The main industrial sectors are: agro-industry, machinery, mechanical, fashion industry, textile, aerospace, environmental and clean technologies.

Situated in the North of Italy, Lombardy has a population of nearly 10 million inhabitants, distributed over an area of approx. 24,000 km². Lombardy is the most industrialized and dynamic region of Italy with advanced industries and represents 20.6% of the national GDP (2012). Capital and largest city is Milano.

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Karnataka India

Fastest growing IT hub in India.

Karnataka is one of the 7 intellectual regions of the world and one of the high economic growth states in India. Bangalore is its capital city. This Situated in the southern part of India, the province of Karnataka has a population of about 62 million. Karnataka recorded the highest growth rates in terms of GDP and per capita GDP in the last decade compared to other states.

Largest technology cluster in the world is home to major public sector enterprises in the field of aeronautics, precision engineering, telecommunications, space research, health and pharma and software development. Bangalore today has become an Industrial Metropolis. It is also called India's science city because most of the country's basic electronic industries are based here. Karnataka is the leader in the information technology sector in India and its capital Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India.

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Hong Kong P.R. China

Cosmopolitan Gateway to the Asian Continent

Officially named Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong is a unique metropolis characterised by a very dynamic and energetic vibe. Strategically located at the heart of Asia, it is alongside many of the region’s most exciting business markets. 

Hong Kong offers easy access – commercially and geographically – to Mainland China business opportunities. The Pearl River Delta region, immediately to the north of Hong Kong is China’s largest and most productive manufacturing region. It is home to tens of thousands of factories owned or managed by Hong Kong and overseas companies.

Hong Kong has become a regional hub for media and a broad spectrum of creative-related industries such as: design, advertising, architecture, art and culture, broadcasting, digital entertainment, film, music, media, publishing and multimedia. Much of the sector’s growth is fuelled by Hong Kong being Asia’s regional business hub and the strong presence in the city of multinational corporations as well as many small and medium scale enterprises.

Hong Kong is represented in the network by PMQ, a creative hub in the centre of the city.

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Flanders Belgium

The hub of European trade and the heart of European decision-making.

Flanders is the northern, Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Flanders has a suface of 13.522 km² and accounts for some 60% of the total population. The Flemish Gross Regional Product provides 60% of the national GDP and is home to the majority of the country's industry and workforce, the region also generates the major part of national trade. Flanders offers businesses a uniquely central location at the hub of European trade and the heart of European decision-making. Moreover, transport and communication infrastructures are highly developed.

Flanders’ R&D intensity, the percentage of the gross income that a region spends on research and development, shows that it is in the European second rank. Flanders places increasingly more emphasis on innovation. An estimated 25% of the total turnovers of Flemish enterprises that work closely with knowledge centers are newly developed products and services. Petrochemical, car assembly, diamond, textile, carpet and metalworking industries are playing a prominent part. Flanders works continuously at maintaining an innovative information economy and is a leader in its field when it comes to biotechnology, micro-electronics, multimedia or information technology.

A recent study (2011) by the Flanders DC knowledge centre has acknowledged the economic and social impact of the creative industries. They represent 3% of the total added value in Flanders and provide work for more than 120.000 people. From designer Maarten Van Severen’s .03 chair to internationally renowned conductors like Philippe Herreweghe or Paul Van Nevel; from the fashion world’s famous “Antwerp Six” to visual artists like Jan De Cock or Luc Tuymans: Flanders can be proud of its wealth of creative talent.

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Central-Denmark Denmark

A European laboratory for arts and culture.

In 2012 Aarhus won the bid for the title of European Capital of Culture 2017. It is not a short term project, but a project which has a far-reaching and ambitious vision for Aarhus as a city involving the entire region. The year 2017 itself will serve as a beacon regarding the development programme for Aarhus and the region, which kicks off in 2013. The overall theme of Aarhus 2017 is “Rethink”.

The creative economy is of large importance in the Danish economy, and comprises 6% of the privately employed in Denmark and 8% in Central Denmark Region. Denmark is internationally known for its creative competences within Design, Architecture and Film. Apart from this Central Denmark Region also have strongholds within IT, Media, Fashion and Furniture. The creative industries are thus spanning many different areas and are primarily located around the different knowledge hubs in the region. Here they are supported by a wide variety of educational institutions and knowledge centres. Examples are content production, film and architecture in Aarhus, fashion in Herning and animation in Viborg.

Central Denmark Region covers the central part of Jutland from coast to coast. With approx. 1.2 million inhabitants, it is Denmark’s second-largest region after the Capital Region. The region consists of nineteen municipalities and several large cities, including Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus.

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Catalonia Spain

Open to business and open to the world.

Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain and stands leader in Spain regarding the economic, industrial and business activity. The capital and largest city is Barcelona. Being only a 6% of the territory and hosting 7.6 million people, it accounts for nearly 20% of the Spanish GDP and 30% of the economic foreign sector.

With under 20% of state spending, Catalan enterprise still accounts for nearly 22% of companies responsible for innovation with the figure even higher among SMEs. Special focus is above all on the pharma industry, biotech, biomedicine, medical technologies, ICTs, multimedia and audio-visual sectors.

The region hosts over 50 design schools, training some 6,000 professionals a year. Over the years, these professionals have built close links to sectors such as technology, communications, culture and the economy, whilst defining a flourishing local design culture in fields such as graphic design, industrial design, retail, architecture and fashion. And due to this active design ecosystem, international companies such as Volvo or Hewlett Packard have chosen Catalonia to locate their top strategic design centres.

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Baden-Württemberg Germany

Home of inventors and creative thinkers.

Baden-Württemberg is the 3rd largest federal state of Germany, both in size (35.751 km²) and in population (10.88 million). In 2015 Baden-Württemberg had a Gross Domestic Product of 461 billion Euro, making it one of the strongest economies in Europe with a market size of international level.

Baden-Württemberg is one of the most competitive and innovative regions in Europe and the world, featuring the highest innovation index with 127 patent applications per 100,000 inhabitants. In fact, 4,8 % of GDP go directly into R&D – more than in any other region in Europe and more than in other major OECD countries like Japan or the USA. This unique scientific and technological infrastructure ensures a high educational level of workers and employees.

The latest research results effectively find their way into the economy through a close cooperation with 45 research institutes of Fraunhofer Society, Max Planck Society and other contracted research institutes and over 330 technology transfer centers of the Steinbeis Foundation. Baden-Württemberg is known not only for brands like Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch and Zeppelin, which were named after inventors and fundamental innovations, but also for famous poets and creative thinkers like Schiller, Hesse, Hegel and Einstein.

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