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Innovation departments and offices

Innovation departments and offices covering public and social innovation as well as innovation for the economy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK is one example. It has a wide-ranging portfolio, covering regulation, enterprise and business support, higher education, innovation and science. Another example is the Office of Social Innovation, based in the White House, which was set up in 2009 by President Barack Obama to promote innovative approaches to social problems and help entrepreneurial non-profit groups expand their programmes.