Smart Network and Sustainable Innovation Cluster to increase RDI Competitiveness of SMEs in the Adriatic
- Priority and Measure
Measure 1.1 – Research and Innovation
Priority 1 – Economic, social and institutional cooperation
- EUSAIR Pillars
- Type of Project
- Emilio Urbinati
- Interviewee role
- Project Manager
- Province of Rimini
- +39 0541 716 363
- Project website
- Budget in euros
|Role||Name||City||Country||Contact Person||Email / website|
|Lead Partner||Rimini Province||Rimini||Italy||Carlo Casadeifirstname.lastname@example.org www.provincia.rimini.it/|
|Partner 1||Association of Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region||Venice||Italy||Flavia Di Notoemail@example.com|
|Partner 2||Friuli Innovazione Research And Technology Transfer Centre||Udine||Italy||Elisa Micellifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 3||Scientific And Technology Park Tecnopolis Pst Scarl||Bari||Italy||Annamaria Annicchiaricoemail@example.com|
|Partner 4||Sipro Local Development Agency||Ferrara||Italy||Silvia Pulvirentifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 5||Agency For Innovation Of Administration And Public Local Service||Pesaro||Italy||Pamela Maronariemail@example.com|
|Partner 6||Ministry Of Economy – Directorate For Development Of Small And Medium Sized Enterprises||Podgorica||Montenegro||Ivana Zecevicfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 7||Regional Development Agency Zlatibor||Uzice||Serbia||Slavko Lukicemail@example.com|
|Partner 8||Chamber of Commerce And Industry of Serbia (CCIS)||Belgrade||Serbia||Goran ILIČfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 9||Regional Development Agency Green-Karts Ltd||Pivka||Slovenia||Jana Nadoh Bergočemail@example.com|
|Partner 10||Regional Development Centre Koper||Koper||Slovenia||Tina Matekovicfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 11||Primorska Technology Park||Šempeter pri Gorici||Slovenia||Maja Rajer Obidemail@example.com|
|Partner 12||LIR Evolution||Banja Luka||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Slavisa Jelisićfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 13||Juraj Dobrila University of Pula||Pula||Croatia||Robert Zenzerovičemail@example.com|
|Partner 14||Istrian Development Agency||Pula||Croatia||Edo Cetinafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 15||Atlantis Consulting Sa||Thessaloniki||Greece||Polivios Raxisemail@example.com|
|Partner 16||Erfc - European Regional Framework Co-Operation||Corfu||Greece||Angela Abresciafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 17||Auleda Local Economic Development Agency||Vlore||Albania||Mirela Kociemail@example.com|
Despite continuing policy efforts to increase the innovation potential in order to strengthen regional cohesion across Europe, there is still a wide gap between the Adriatic regions and the EU average, in terms of RTDI successful investments and outputs. Many EU policies – such as Agenda 2020, Community Strategic Guidelines 2007-2013 – and national/regional policies are contributing to reduce this gap, nevertheless, it still exists. In this scenario, SMARTINNO project bridged 17 regions from eight Adriatic countries, with the aim of capitalizing on existing Research & Innovation (R&I) results and establishing a smart networking system for monitoring and fostering research & innovation capacity in SMEs, to increase competitiveness, and support SMEs sustainable growth through cluster synergies and the use of financial instruments and coaching schemes on improving investment readiness, with emphasis on cross-border cooperation across the Adriatic.
What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?
The project, which lasted 28 months, set up an acceleration scheme to enable faster deployment of activities with increased effectiveness, to reach the planned objectives in a rather tight time-schedule.
1. WEB PLATFORM FOR THE INNOVATION OF THE ADRIATIC IONIAN REGION.
The first and only hub of the Adriatic-Ionian region that offers all the tools and information needed to develop and promote innovative business processes. It enables registered companies to be linked to the network of interested BUSINESS ANGELS (http://www.adriaticinnovationhub.com/).
2. ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORK
The Business Angels experience in these areas is new and evolving. Existing networks of business angels working in some partner countries were involved. A cooperation memorandum was signed with the aim of setting up the Association of Business Angels Network of the Adriatic Ionian Region.
3. COACHING, LABORATORIES, START UP
Coaching initiatives were organized for start-ups through training seminars and workshops on business plan preparation. Long-term initiatives were targeted at young people and entrepreneurs.
4. INCUBATORS OF ENTERPRISES
The new start-ups were accompanied in their development through business incubators.
5. INNOVATION LAB
Laboratories for Innovation were created in 5 countries – Italy (Rimini, Ferrara), Croatia (Pula), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka), Serbia (Zlatibor), Albania (Vlora) – and were linked to the existing ones (Friuli Innovazione, Bari Tecnopolis, Slovenia Tehnološki Primorski Park).
6. CREATION OF NEW ENTERPRISES
A number of new companies in all the project countries were created and launched.
7. PROMOTIONAL EVENTS AND COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES
Project opportunities were promoted through events in the Adriatic Ionian area; over 2,000 participants registered in the 18 events held in 18 countries during the European SME Week 2015.
8. LOCAL NETWORK
The Platform for Agribusiness Park Zlatibor-Zlatar -Tara (Serbia), the Smartech platform (Serbia) and the Jobical platform (Atlantis Greece) formed a network to promote local products, competitive knowledge and innovation management.
9. ITALIAN NATIONAL AWARD FOR START UP AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
At the Innovation Square set up at the International Fair Ecomondo in Rimini the best innovative start-ups in the field of sustainable development were awarded a prize.
10. PUBLICATION OF ANALYSIS, MANUALS, PROJECT IDEA AND BUSINESS PLAN
Researches, publications about project ideas and business plans and manuals were produced.
Which are the project main results/impacts?
Result/Impact 1: TRANS-REGIONAL NETWORK OF R&I INSTITUTION AND SMES
Establishment of trans-regional network of R&I institution and SMEs in Adriatic that, through clustering, to increase collaboration, flow of information and investments.
Result/Impact 2: NEW MODELS OF SMES AND STARTUPS ECOSYSTEM
Establishment of a new kind of SMEs and Startups ecosystem, including coaching for fund-raising and access to investment sources, through a finance marketplace.
Result/Impact 3: ADRIATIC BAN (BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORK)
Forecast of alternative funding for innovative activities, with the establishment of Adriatic BAN (Business Angels Network)
Result/Impact 4: KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER TO ALIGN TO EU ACQUIS
Building up regional data/intelligence/transfer to non EU members, practices, routines and methods, that will enable them to converge to the EU Acquis.