My Impact

Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Growth Model for
Europe Beyond the Crisis with Preface by Manuel Castells

My Impact To increase productivity and create value, businesses and governments need to innovate. But how can entire regions, countries and continents innovate in a fast changing world where old economies have broken down?

Book launched in the United States (2015), Middle East (2018), Europe (2018), Published by Tataj Innovation Library New York

‘Fundamental innovativ book on innovation that will reshape the way we think.’ -Prof. Manuel Castells, #1 most quoted communication scholar in the world

‘An outstanding book that can be added to the must-read list on innovation.’ - Marisa Poncela García, Trade Minister of Spain


Europe faces a triple imperative to protect, prepare and transform in its quest for building forward better after the deadliest pandemic of the past century and for building forward better to address the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced – climate change and biodiversity collapse. An enormous challenge: how to transform human life quickly enough to enable 8 billion people to live sustainably and peacefully within planetary boundaries?

This ESIR Focus Paper (2021) provides a ‘deeper dive’ into the role of European Universities in achieving systemic change in the post-pandemic economy and society. It builds on and complements ESIR’s second Policy Brief, which offers guidance on how a ‘protect-prepare-transform’ approach in the post-pandemic Europe can ensure fast learning from innovation by relying on smart and coherent policies, collaborative efforts across levels of government and decentralisation of governance

The high-level policy report published under Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (European Commission, 2019)

My Impact – Commissioned by Montenegro’s government, leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe including Jari Totti (FI), Jean-Michel Dalle (FR) and Domen Bole (SL), set out policy recommendations for the country’s new growth model.

The collection of ideas gathered during workshops with leading policy advisors in Europe (European Commission, 2019)

Inspired by EU President Juncker’s request to have a Europe-wide, open debate on the Future of Europe, leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe curate ideas following in-depth policy discussions with experts from 18 EU Member States.

Honored to feature in Informe COTEC 2018 along with Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Minister of Environment, Nerea Luis, AI scientist, and Maria Luz Rodriguez, expert on digitalization and jobs. My impact: ‘It is important to create innovation districts, that means environments where scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs from all domains o society can work together’.

Leading EU policy experts share insights on the European Innovation Council (European Commission, 2018)

Leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe, including among others, Roberto Verganti (IT), Carsten Dreher (DE), Koenraad Debackere (BE) shape Horizon Europe, a €100 billion programme, which introduces the EIC, a new €10 billion instrument to help growth EU science and tech startups and scaleups to global markets.

The high-level policy report published under Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (European Commission, 2018)

Commissioned by Romania’s government, leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe including Paulo Andrez (PT), Jean-Michel Dalle (FR) and Jari Romanainen (FI), set out policy recommendations for the country’s new growth model.

Co-authored by members of RISE High-Level Policy Advisors to EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (European Commission, 2017)

Leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe who provide direct advice to mu impact on Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2015-2019), present a strategic reflection on openness of R&I policy.

Reflection on how to change EU policy from grand challenges to mission-orientation (European Commission, 2018)

Following the invitation of the EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation, and a dedicated meeting with him in December 2017, leading research and innovation policy experts in Europe, including among others, Luke Georghiou (UK), Andrea Renda (IT), Julio Celis (DK) share strategic perspectives on mission-oriented policy.

Insights on Europe’s key industries following a strategy workshop with ScienceBusiness Network (ScienceBusiness, 2015)

When old economies are falling down, business as usual is not an option and the traditional sectors require government innovation. This report outlines emerging trends, hybrid business models and disruptive technologies which affect Europe’s future and require policy action.

Based on hands-on experience setting up a daring policy experiment which transformed dozens of startup ecosystems across Europe (European Commission, 2015)

With Prof. Alexander von Gabain, Chairman of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we explain our vision behind the EIT as a Eur 2.7 billion impact investment fund with a novel governance model rather than a traditional EU grant agency.

Dr Daria Tataj

Poland: Emerging Innovation Leader of the Visegrad Group

The report presented at the US Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, Stanford and Berkeley (CEED and Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2014).

Commissioned by Poland’s government for a mission to Silicon Valley, this report sets a new narrative for Poland and is a frontrunner of the World Bank report published three years later, which ranked Poland as second after South Korea most successful country in the world and praised my impact on its growth model.

Dr Daria Tataj

Jak napisać dobry biznesplan (How to write a good business plan)

The publication financed by EU/EBRD SME Finance Facility (Warsaw, 2005)

This brochure “How to write a good business plan” was published in 200 000 by PKO BP, the largest bank in Poland serving +20% of all existing small and micro companies. It helped them get bank financing and strengthened the transformation of the financial market after Poland joined the European Union.
(For Polish speakers)


“I believe the essential for growth is to link strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. This is what Network Thinking is about, bringing core aspects of these four elements, helping people understand how the network economy works.” ~ Daria Tataj

Kamil Broszko talks to Daria Tataj about Poland’s place on the innovative world map, women in the economy and the future of Europe.

Network Thinking helps transform cities into innovation hubs. Read an interview with Dr. Daria Tataj about Eindhoven University of Technology and the transformation of Eindhoven into an entrepreneurial city.

As the Author of Innovation and Entrepreneurship A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis, she shares her findings from years of studying Innovation Ecosystems around the world. (For Polish speakers

As a Digital Future Society Global Board of Trustees for Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Dr. Daria Tataj shares my impact on her insights about leadership, the era of digitalization, and how governments fit in this new era. (For Spanish speakers)

Keynotes journal


Daria Tataj as a Keynote Speaker, 5th International EPSA Knowledge – Transfer Conference, Barcelona 2019

At the invitation of European institute of Public Administration (EIPA) Dr. Daria Tataj gave a Keynote on Innovation through Network Thinking – towards new growth models and networked innovation ecosystems for Europe.

Inspirational Keynote Speaker​

Daria Tataj as a Keynote Speaker, Arab Innovation Summit, Dubai 2018


Daria Tataj as a Keynote Speaker, WIRE Conference for Innovative European Regions, Innsbruck 2018