About the book The contents of most of the chapters included in this volume were originally presented and discussed during the academic workshop 'High-tech Valleys and Research Triangles in the East of the Netherlands and elsewhere', held on 30 November and 1 December 2005 at the Wageningen International Congress Centre (WICC) in the Netherlands. At that time we had an informal agreement with Rob Bogers, series editor of the Wageningen UR Frontis book series that, if the quality and quantity of the talks and papers at the seminar would be sufficient and if there was willingness among the (potential) authors, an edited book volume based upon the results of the workshop would be a possibility. After the workshop, when we had a critical mass of ten chapters and a dedicated group of committed authors, the book project was given the green light. As editors we realized that there were still a couple of topics and themes missing, and when we had found colleagues for these four additional chapters that needed to be written, our Frontis book was on the roll! Although most of the time it was great fun, the whole process of writing, reviewing, rewriting, editing and proofreading took a lot of time; much more time than we originally had foreseen. We would like to thank all authors of the fourteen chapters of this book for their excellent contributions.
Preface; 1. Venturing and clustering in agri-food and high-technology hot spots: introduction; W. Hulsink and H. Dons.- High-tech clusters in the United States and Europe: 2. North Carolina's Research Triangle Park: overview, history, success factors and lessons learned; J.W. Hardin.- 3. Clustering in ICT: from Route 128 to Silicon Valley, from DEC to Google, from hardware to content; W. Hulsink, D. Manuel and H. Bouwman.- 4. A hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation: looking for success factors in Israel's High-Tech Clusters; U. de Haan.- 5. Creating the dynamic technology region: the knowledge pearl Leuven - Flanders; M. Hinoul.- The importance of innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer: 6. Innovation and knowledge transfer in the Dutch horticultural system; H. Dons and R.J. Bino.- 7. A demand-led, network-based approach to technology transfer: the experience of the UK Defence Diversification Agency: J. Molas-Gallart and D. McDonnell.- 8. Stimulating entrepreneurship in life sciences: the Dutch approach; H. Hu and W. Mosmuller.- Agri-food clusters and communities in Europe: 9. Structural changes and the role of districts in the development of the Italian food industry; C. Brasili and R. Fanfani.- 10. Food innovation at interfaces: experience from the Öresund region; M. Lagnevik.- 11. The emergence of slow food: social entrepreneurship, local foods and the Piedmont gastronomy cluster; H.S. van der Meulen.- 12. The Flemish frozen-vegetable industry as an example of cluster analysis: Flanders Vegetable Valley; W. Vanhaverbeke, J. Larosse and W. Winnen.- Stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and regional clustering in the East Netherlands: 13. East Netherlands as an innovation region: can a triangle between valleys compensate for low critical mass?; P. Tindemans.-14. From 'Wageningen City of Life Sciences' to 'Food Valley'; C. Crombach, J. Koene and W. Heijman
Provides a comparative perspective on the development of promising high-technology valleys and triangles like North Carolina, Israel Research Triangle Park, Knowledge Pearl Leuven-Flanders, emulating and learning from the leading innovation hotspot in the world, Silicon Valley
Also provides inside perspectives on the promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer in distinct industries, such as information and communication technologies, agri-food industries, life sciences and defence industry