The teams that work to implement Sofia Smart Specialisation Strategy gathered together on July 12, 2018 to discuss its progress. The meeting was also a concrete occasion to present and discuss a new survey - the first Annual Sofia Innovation Potential Index, developed specifically for the purposes of Sofia RIS3 by The Institute for Market Economics in partnership with Sofia Development Association.
The index showed that the innovation potential of Sofia doubled between 2008 and 2016. It also demonstrated very good developments in the area of human capital, scientific infrastructure and especially the multiplication of private investments in R&D&I. The challenges and threats are seen in the realm of relatively low quality of the scientific produce, low number of patents, low economic activity of young people.
The research findings will be used for Sofia RIS3 evaluation and reporting and for setting up new measures for its implementation.