Annual report

Orkestra promotes the competitiveness of the Basque Country through action-oriented research to improve the wellbeing of citizens.

Specialist in regional competitiveness.

Generator of applied knowledge aimed at decision making.

International agent, node of the Basque Country in the world.


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Scientific rigour

Orkestra's scientific rigour is reflected in the research work of our team made up of 38 professionals. We apply scientific knowledge and methods, build conceptual frameworks and contribute to the academic community with our work, while always focusing on improving territorial competitiveness”.

scientific articles and publications
in-house publications
supervised doctoral theses

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Transformative knowledge

Our institute is characterised by its transformative research. We are the driving force behind change and improvement of territorial competitiveness through the transfer of knowledge”.

reports and documents downloaded
impacts in media
accesses to diagnostic tools

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We help solve problems. We are a research institute that helps in the decision-making process related to the competitiveness of the territory. We act as the antenna on the competitiveness of the Basque Country in the world”.

research projects in collaboration

In collaboration with:

BBK Foundation   /   Bankia Foundation   /   Basque Trade   /   Bilbao City Council   /   Ente Vasco de la Energía   /   European Commission   /   Euroregion Aquitaine Euskadi Navarre   /   Euskaltel   /   Iberdrola   /   Ihobe   /   Innobasque   /   Instituto Vasco de Finanzas   /   International Labour Organization   /   Provincial Council of Alava   /   Provincial Council of Bizkaia   /   Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa   /   Repsol - Petronor   /   SPRI - Basque Business Development Agency   /   University of Deusto

Public Policy & Institutions
Digital Economy

We influence the strategic and political decisions, the generation of new programs, the awareness of challenges to be faced and the competitive tools available to our territory, through our 5 labs.



Wellbeing. We look at the challenges related to employment, inclusive and sustainable competitiveness, sustainable development objectives, shared value, from the point of view of firms and foundations, as well as the social progress index.

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Enterprise. We work around the various challenges faced by firms to ensure their competitiveness from the point of view of: industry 4.0, skills, vocational training, shared value, business financing, servitisation or the potential of international market niche leaders for territorial competitiveness.

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Public Policy & Institutions. We study and evaluate competitiveness policies such as the smart specialisation strategy (RIS3), clusters, innovation, governance, cross-border collaboration or urban competitiveness.

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The digital economy from the point of view of the digital transformation and its impact on the competitiveness of the Basque Country. We are implementing an observatory on digitisation that identifies the challenges to be tackled and enables the implementation of strategies in the business and public policy fields.

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Energy. We work at the forefront of aspects related to energy challenges and their impact on the competitiveness of the Basque Country. We study the implications of the energy transition or sustainable mobility in its international dimension as well as its local effects.

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Open to the world

We have a wide network of connections worldwide. This enriches our knowledge to bring it to practice in the field where we work with key regional players. We disseminate our learnings and make the Basque Country the focus and model to follow at an international level”.

international forums have been participated in to project the Basque model of competitiveness
invitations and visits by organisations to present the Basque model of competitiveness
visits from international delegations to carry out research at Orkestra
collaborations with international universities and research institutes

We have been in:

Argentina   /   Austria   /   Belgium   /   Bulgaria   /   Canada   /   Colombia   /   England   /   France   /   Wales   /   Germany   /   Hungary   /   Iceland   /   Italy   /   Mexico   /   Netherlands   /   Norway   /   Portugal   /   Rumania   /   Scotland   /   Sweden   /   Switzerland   /   USA