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The Next Big Thing?

Trends Shaping Nordic Innovation

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Waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) contains both hazardous and valuable materials. The European directive on WEEE gives producers and importers of EEE the responsibility to collect and treat WEEE. In order to evaluate the effectively of collecting schemes, it is necessary to know the quantity of WEEE generated. The purpose for this project has been to establish a method to measure amount of WEEE generated. It has also been developed a practical Excel model to demonstrate the method. The model is based on amount of EEE supplied to the market and the lifetimes of the products. The report describes in detail the development work and shows examples of calculation. The Excel model is available for documentation and demonstration, together with a user guidance. The project joint venture and Nordisk Council of Minister disclaim responsibility for how users might use the tool and its results.

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Innovation and entrepreneurship are two sides of the same coin. If innovation represents what needs to be done, then entrepreneurs are the people who make it happen. Joseph Schumpeter identified entrepreneurs, whether in large firms or small ones, old companies or start-ups, as the agents of innovation and creative destruction. In a nutshell entrepreneurship represents the human dimension of innovation. The entrepreneur deals not only with the intellectual aspect of innovating – she or he also has to carry out the day-to-day organisation and management tasks. It is often hard to identify an entrepreneur because nobody is an entrepreneur all of the time, and nobody is ever “only” an entrepreneur.

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