Forsman H. and Temel S. From a non-innovator to a high-innovation performer: networking as a driver, Regional Studies. This paper explores the patterns of networking benefits gained through collaboration by small firms. The empirical evidence is based on data gathered from 708 Finnish firms with fewer than 50 employees. Separate analyses are conducted for the manufacturing and service businesses. The study demonstrates how the benefits gained through collaboration change along with the journey from a non-innovator to a high-innovation performer. In general, the results suggest that the focus of innovation policies should be shifted from innovations to innovators. In addition, these policies should promote networking activities not only to innovation exploration but also to innovation exploitation.