ITU Regional Innovation Forum for Europe on Bridging The Digital Innovation Divide: Fostering Digital Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystems was held from 21-23 November 2018 in Oslo, Norway.
Within the framework of the ITU European Regional Initiative on ICT –Centric innovation ecosystems, adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17), Buenos Aires, the Forum was co-organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Oslo Metropolitan University, an ITU Academia Member.
The three day Regional Forum aimed at building regional and national capacities and skills in developing digital ecosystems, including designing policies, implementation programmes and projects. This training targeted all stakeholders involved in nurturing and building digital innovation environment, favorable to entrepreneurship and creation of startups. In particular, its agenda had been customized for the needs of the ICT policy makers, regulators, national innovation agencies, development agencies, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, academia as well as institutions willing to undertake a national reviews on the ICT centric innovation ecosystems and develop coherent approaches to move countries towards an innovation driven economy.