Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness is a center for analysis and debate on territorial competitiveness. It was founded in 2006 through the Deusto Foundation, University of Deusto, as a convergence of various strategic initiatives in both the private and public realms. Through its investigation of excellence, specialized instruction programs and constant interaction with the economic agents (local regional, and national authorities, the European Union, companies, technology centers, business organizations, cluster associations, etc.) Orkestra aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the Basque economy and society, both of wich are immersed in dynamics that go beyond the regional level, while remaining ever aware of the need to promote sustainable development. With offices on the University of Deusto's Donostia and Bilbao Campus, the institute has an extensive network of collaborators, with major roles being played by the Basque Government (through its regional development agency, SPRI), the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Euskaltel, Kutxa and Repsol-Petronor.Additionally, the Institute has the support of Boston Consulting Group, The Basque the Ente Vasco de Energía (EVE) (Basque Energy organisation) and Iberdrola, on its Energy Department.
The Institute comprises more than 30 researchers and support staff and is currently expanding and reinforcing its areas of focus. At present, it is organized into four departments three in Donostia-San Sebastián: Territories, Innovation and Clústers, Entrepreneurship and Strategy and one in Bilbao: Energy.
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