Public call aimed at the development of infrastructures for the competitiveness and strengthening of co-working structures supporting entrepreneurial promotion
The call is a specific Action in the framework of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Program for Productive Activities 2012-2015 (Action 5.1).
Among its main purposes, the call promotes the development of new clusters, in urban centers, with a focus on the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and the high-tech sectors (manufacturing and services), able to involve young people with high levels of training and competence.
In particular, the call finances 2 kind of interventions, connected each other:
- recovery of spaces (by restructuring those abandoned and building new ones), as well as fitting of spaces (with new machinery, equipment);
- consulting and training activities addressed to start-ups willing to share and benefit from new/renewed spaces.
The call encourages the start-up of business incubators/accelerators, considered as structures generating ideas and projects, with a multiplier effect on the territory. They join with other initiatives set up in different territories, such as fablabs, accelerators, hubs, co-working.
Stakeholders of the call are public or private subjects, like enterprises, local public bodies (Municipalities, Provinces), associations, foundations, individually or in groups.
Beneficiaries are start-ups willing to generate and share projects/ideas/initiatives.
1st call in 2013, 12 projects funded:
- total budget: € 8,4 mln
- total regional funding: € 4,1 mln
2nd call in 2017, 6 projects funded:
- total budget: € 2,6 mln
- total regional funding: € 1,5 mln
Evidence of success
Thanks to this initiative, a network of CCIs incubators and fablabs has been set up in Emilia-Romagna.
The 1st call financed 12 projects, most of which very active in promoting cultural and creative initiatives.
This practice has showed a great interest within the Emilia-Romagna Region, proven by the number of incubated star-ups, as well as the number of initiatives/activities generated by them (co-working, training, coaching, digital services, workshops and events).
The main challenge encountered concerns administrative obstacles: slowness/delay in the implementation of recovery and renovation interventions due purely to difficulties in administrative procedures.
Potential for learning or transfer
The call can be transferred since it can be well adapted and implemented in any territory/region. It encourages the start-up of business incubators/accelerators, co-working structures supporting entrepreneurial promotion, with a positive effect in terms of territorial competitiveness.
Among the financed projects with the 1st call, the following are the most successful ones, also in the CC sector:
- DAYSY - BO, Bologna - https://leserre.kilowatt.bo.it/
- RIMINI TOURIM VENTURE INCUBATOR, Rimini
- URBAN HUB - INDUSTRIE CREATIVE INNOVATIVE PIACENZA,
Piacenza - http://www.urbanhub.piacenza.it/
- ATR CONTEMPORANEO: CULTURA, CREATIVITA'
INNOVAZIONE, Forlì - http://www.atrcontemporaneo.it/
- CESENALAB: IDEE PER CRESCERE, Cesena
- COLABORA - LAVORARE INSIEME A RAVENNA, Ravenna
- HUB MODENA R-NORD, Modena