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Contacts Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) Lead partner Greece (Ελλαδα) The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek organisation for Renewable Energy Sources,Rational Use of Energy and Energy Saving. Website Mrs. Maria Zarkadoula, Head of the Environment & Transport Dpt +30 210 660 3289 Send me an email × Contact Mrs. Maria Sorry, there was an error submitting your enquiry. Please try again. Please check the recaptcha field below. Thank you, your message has been sent. Complete the form below to send Mrs. Maria a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP) Partner Croatia (Hrvatska) EIHP is a non-profit institution with aim to provide expert and scientific support to the strategic development of the Croatian and regional energy system Website Mr. Bruno Židov +385 1 6326 104 Send me an email × Contact Mr. Bruno Sorry, there was an error submitting your enquiry. Please try again. 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Project summary INTER VENTURES promotes the internationalization of SMEs in EU border regions, thus contributing to their growth and increased competitiveness. INTER VENTURES brings together partners from five European border regions, representing various stages of evolution of SME ecosystems, from occasional cross-border cooperation through more structured networking to international clusterization. During the project implementation Partners will intensely share their experiences and learn jointly via Thematic Study Visits, Interregional Meetings combining training with discussions. Regional stakeholders will be intensively involved in the process through RSG Meetings and Webinars including training, brainstorm sessions and assisted workshops.   Lessons learnt will be adapted to regional conditions explored through targeted surveys of regional SMEs. As a result, tailor-made regional Action Plans will be elaborated that can lead to the desired improvement of the five selected regional ERDF programmes for the enhanced internationalisation of SMEs.       €1,376,708.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2022 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Interreg V-A Hungary-Croatia Co-operation Programme 2014-2020 The CBC Programme consists of 4 priority axes (PA) + TA, the total budget is 60,8 M €. Inter Ventures project activities focus on  Economic Development - Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs with 9,9603 M € (16,38%). It has one strategic objective:  Fostering value-added business cooperation between SMEs operating on different sides of the border.The sole supported activity is a special cross-border SME development scheme with overall project development and management support to foster joint product and services development of cooperating SMEs in the programme area. The scheme aims to improve the weak financial background and networking attitudes of local SMEs. The “Beneficiary Light” Grant Scheme allocates 7,6 M € to SMEs on both sides of the border. The Lead Beneficiary (LB) is the Croatian Agency: HAMAG-BICRO. The scheme was launched as a pilot initiative for direct SME support in the 2014-2020 period. Two calls have been announced so far, however, due to administrative difficulties resulting from the launch of this novel support mechanism, no grant contracts are signed yet. Overall assessment of the scheme’s effectiveness is not yet possible,but it is a warning fact, that the number of SMEs applying has decreased by the 2nd call. Policy improvements are needed to improve the implementation and management of the scheme, and to overcome barriers.Though the efficiency of the program cannot be evaluated in lack of grant contracts with SMEs the reduced number of project concepts submitted for the 2nd call is indicative of the shrinking attractivity of the Scheme. Improvements are in need regarding largely interlinked aspects of the policy instrument addressed. Shortening procedures so that granted projects can be launched and implemented ASAP. INTER VENTURES will examine how system-level administrative procedures can be shortened to speed up contracting. Increasing the motivation and trust of the SMEs to participate in the Programme: Missing skills of SMEs, e.g. language competence or the lack/scarcity of experience in foreign markets lower the motivation. Another discouraging factor roots in no available pre-financing for SMEs. INTER VENTURES will examine how overall attractiveness of the B-LIGHT Scheme can be increased. INTER VENTURES aims to deliver recommendations regarding sectors, SME types, project activities to be supported and review assessment criteria based on outcomes of the interregional learning process. INTER VENTURES will also deliver recommendations for the post-2020 period on the preferred support mechanisms promoting the internationalisation of SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Pannon European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Lombardy Regional Operational Programme (ERDF ROP) 2014-2020 Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) ERDF ROP provides 970,474,516 € for regional economic growth, social development and fostering productivity. From the 6PAs, the addressed one is PA3 Promote SME competitiveness, with 30.36% of total funding (294,645,000 €). Supporting the strategic objective of ROP to revitalize the Region’s enterprise economy, PA3 aims to maximize SME productivity and to improve SME competitiveness from the start-up stage throughout growth to consolidation by various means.The project activities are focused on the SO3 Action 3b.1 to increase the level of internationalization of production systems by:• Supporting export promotion projects, dedicated to SMEs and their aggregated forms on a territorial (including cross-border) or sectoral basis.• Creating exchange opportunities between Italian and foreign entrepreneurs to attract investments and to promote trade agreements.The main beneficiaries of these actions are SMEs  and public bodies.There is a growing need of SMEs and micro-enterprises to participate in policy dialogue for the implementation of funding schemes tailored to their specific exigencies. This generates a need for improvement in the governance framework behind the OP planning and implementation. The calls are to be improved to provide more distinguished sectoral preferences towards internationalisation measures. LOMB - representing the interests of the region and the SMEs within - is highly motivated to achieve improvements in the targeted ROP measures. A deeper integration of regional SMEs into international business and innovation flows including the development of cross-border SME ecosystem is a key element of renewing the Region’s economy.The efficiency of the PI measures promoting SME internationalization including cross-border business activity could befurther improved by:1) Promoting and developing projects to capacitate SMEs in the internationalization of their activities and specificallyencouraging cross-border cooperation in the economic, cultural, mobility, training, and research fields.2) Treating issues hindering the full use of potentials of SMEs on the Italian-Swiss border identifying factors hampering eco-system building (important for SMEs) and addressing them in the calls related to SO3 Action 3b.1.3) Elaborating on the monitoring methods to evaluate the impacts of the Lombardy ERDF ROP measures on SME internationalization with special emphasis on the development of border region SME ecosystems. Moreover, by supporting the territorialisation of policies, the PI intends to exploit the implementation of the Alpine Macro-Regional Strategy and the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Switzerland.4) Seeking a more mature governance model for involving the beneficiaries in the policy dialogues for the next programming period. Which partners are working on this? Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts of Lombardy (Unioncamere Lombardia) Regional Operational Programme for Podkarpackie Voivodeship 2014 – 2020 The objective of the ERDF/ESF Regional OP, with a total budget of 2,48 billion € is to enhance the competitiveness of the Region, and to improve living conditions. The OP has 9 Priority Axes (PAs) + TA, all fostering key drivers of regional competitiveness: innovation, R&D, technology, SMEs, e-services, energy efficiency, social inclusion.  The expected results is the support of 2,000 SMEs. RRDA & CARP address PA 1 - Competitive and innovative economy. The fact that Internationalization of SMEs (with a budget of 47 M €) is a key issue is reflected in the supported activities and indicators.  Despite these formal OP features, the promotion of cross-border SME cooperation and SME network building is hardly detectable despite the border location of the region. This is also crucial in the light of the fact that PL-SK CBC Programme lacks SME competitiveness priorities.  The OP disregards the full potential of SME internationalization for regional SMEs, the issue is not communicated properly and SMEs lack coordinated capacity building activities. Budget is still available for internationalization of SMEs (including cross-border cooperation) therefore the project has true relevance in the (cross-border) region.In Priority 1. addressing SME competitiveness, more attention is to be given to the internationalization of SMEs especially in cross-border relations. The OP still has reserves for this purpose and further calls for funding are expected in the next few years. The policy improvements concern strategic issues and technical points linked directly to calls. The OP appreciates the importance of internationalization in SME competitiveness but nearly ignores the cross-border potentials. The fact that the Pl-SK CBC Programme has no SME related PA raises the significance of the Regional OP in this regard. INTER VENTURES project will help to work out proposals to prepare the forthcoming calls to support interventions more targeted to fostering the SMEs business environment in the border region and SME export-oriented investments. INTER VENTURES will also answer how to generate a more intense communication of the calls related to SME internationalization in the border area of Podkarpackie Region. The project seeks the ways to expand the scope of supported activities covering cross-border clusterization and more systematic network building towards EU (Slovakia) and non-EU (Ukraine) border sections.Based on INTER VENTURES impulses RRDA & CARP (regional and CBC entities) will be able to prepare for the next programming period in a synchronized way. Which partners are working on this? Rzeszow Regional Development Agency Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland Plan Estratégico de la Provincia de Burgos 2015-2020 The Burgos Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (PEBUR 1520) is the main planning document for the Province of Burgos, encouraging economic activity, enhancing quality of life, valorising human capital and boosting territorial image. PEBUR has 5 Strategic Lines: 1) Economic, 2) Connectivity, 3) Quality of Life, 4) Human Capital, 5) Image and Tourism and 2 Horizontal Lines of Competitiveness:  Participatory Management and Territorial Sustainability. In InterVentures Project responsible partners will focus on the “Economic” Strategic Line, Development of the Bio-economy 5.4. Promoting innovation, transformational and commercialisation activity and greater INTERNATIONALISATION not only in the bioeconomy but also, e.g., in agri-food, forestry or auto parts in which the province has marked competitive advantage. Based on the program monitoring results the SMEs’ export performance proved to be below expectations and potentials, which might be due to that LINE 1) ECONOMY treated SME internationalization as marginal. To achieve a better performance of SMEs on international markets and in cross-border relations PEBUR is to be improved  via the InterVentures action plan, i.e: 1) RECONSIDERING THE STRATEGIC FOCUS to make it expanded, integrated, coordinated, sustainable, developing specific annual action plans for SME internationalisation in all dimensions.2) Generating and/or adapting NEW MEASURES based on good practice-based methodologies and programmes designed for international and cross-border cooperation for SMEs in general.3) GENERATING INITIATIVES AND TOOLS (actions and projects).4) Improving MONITORING METHODS for the programme in terms of efficacy of the internationalisation interventions in general and in cross-border relations in particular. Which partners are working on this? European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (CEEI-Burgos) Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos. (SODEBUR) Klaipėda 2030: Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan (KEDS) KEDS (2018-2030) was prepared to activate potentials to attract investments & talent to the main port city of LT by promoting eco-system building and merging in international flows. The strategy and action plan was initiated by Klaipėda City Municipality & 5 partners. KEDS vision - Klaipėda becomes a world class blue economy city: the best place to live, work, rest and invest in the Baltic region. Interventure objectives are relevant in the following of the 7 main objectives and actions: 1.3.1 To develop a friendly ecosystem by getting SMEs join international value chains; 1.4.1 To increase the capacities of local SMEs to expand their exports; 3.4.3 To increase regional and internat. cooperation by getting SMEs involved ininternat. strategic projects in the Baltic & wider region; 5.1.2 To develop cross-sectoral cooperation of bio-economy companies by promoting the participation of local companies in internat. partnerships in Scand. & Germany. KEDS is up to date while having points to be improved to maximize impact on SME internationalization: • the objective related to SME internationalization is not highlighted enough in the strategy;• the strategy is scarce in initiatives to enhance SME internationalization,• monitoring of international activities of SMEs is haphazard, not regular thus a system for regular monitoring of SME internationalization cannot be followed and evaluated systematically.Internationalization is of high relevance in West of Lithuania offering prospects for SMEs to join regional projects (e.g. in marine industries, bio-economy, blue-economy) and to reach new markets due to the port of Klaipėda and Klaipėda county bordering Latvia, and Russia (Kaliningrad) and Poland. The following improvements are envisaged in the PI:• Structural amendment in the strategy which raises the SME internationalization on the level of objectives / sub-objectives to highlight more the role of SMEs in the local economic eco-system and to enhance even more the potentials of internationalization in the port city of Klaipėda as a business opportunity for all. • A sound monitoring system is to be worked out in the InterVentures AP, which is to be made part of the Strategy monitoring scheme. The aim is to generate more reliable data on the development of the international SME initiatives and business transactions. This data pool would serve continuous evaluation of trends thus would keep the city and other stakeholders informed to take further actions if needed.• Developing a supportive system for the SMEs (mentoring, training) in the strategy as an action to enhance their preparedness for deeper integration into international flows. Which partners are working on this? Klaipėda ID Klaipėda City Municipality Administration Sign up for the INTER VENTURES newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); INTER VENTURES Latest News See all project news 14/01/2021 Boost for SMEs and cross-border business INTER VENTURES has been featured in Panorama. Panorama is the official magazine of the European Commission’s DG Regio. Type: Project 19/11/2020 2nd Thematic Study Visit 2nd online Thematic Study Visit in Klaipeda, Lithuania at the 19th of November were very involving in Klaipeda region case. Type: Project 11/11/2020 1st Online Thematic Study Visit The Inter Ventures project partners just came back from Burgos, Spain during the Thematic Study visit held online on 10th of November. Type: Project 14/10/2020 Action Planning Workshop Each region represented the flowcharts with draft actions during the workshop. Type: Project 03/08/2020 The 2nd newsletter is released Have a look what we were working on the second period of the project! Type: Project 26/06/2020 3d Online Partners Meeting Even though some of the Project Partners are already back to office, most of them said „Hi“ from their home offices. Type: Project 21/05/2020 2nd Online Partners Meeting Project Partner‘s just shared theirs good practises, exchanged the ideas and now are thinking how each practise could be adjusted and developed in each region. Type: Project 14/05/2020 2nd Online Partners Meeting Project Partners are collecting good practises of their regions and getting ready for the 2nd online meeting. Type: Project 29/04/2020 Inter Ventures Project Video Still figuring out what is INTER VENTURES? We created a short explanatory video, which helps to clearly understand the project and what it is about. Have a look... Type: Project 16/04/2020 1st Online Partner Meeting 1st Online Partner Meeting (3rd Steering Group Meeting) was organized and occurred online on the 15th of April. Type: Project
Project summary Transitioning from a region with public transportation based on diesel buses to a region with e-bus fleets requires ample expertise in different fields. A wide range of themes must be covered in order to initiate and support e-bus development. eBussed concentrates on the exchange of experience between partner regions at different stages of e-bus operation development, thereby serving regions struggling with this highly technical and fast developing field. As no partner region has as of yet entirely settled their e-bus transitioning path, new ideas, solutions and technologies can still be introduced to their development plans regardless of their current e-bus status.   eBussed supports the transition of European regions towards low carbon mobility and more efficient public transport. It promotes the uptake of e-buses in new regions and supports the expansion of existing e-fleets. eBussed project contributes to the Interreg Europe programme Specific objective 3.1 “Improving low-carbon economy policies” by encouraging regions to develop and deliver better policies related to the deployment of e-buses. The project also facilitates the integration of electricity production based on renewables and low carbon electrified public transport. Through new ideas and better policies, the project promotes both the demand and supply side of electricity from clean renewable sources and the subsequent transitioning towards a low carbon economy.   eBussed will engage regions from all directions with and without practical experience on e-buses. The project will deliver 6 regional action plans and produce 4 thematic best practice reports, a set of readiness level indicators and policy recommendations to be used in partner regions. The project will increase capacities and knowledge among its partner regions via a multi-level exchange of experiences and cross-regional pollination of ideas to better support the transition towards fully electrified bus fleets and low carbon mobility. €1,427,109.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Turku Climate Plan 2029 The City of Turku aims to be carbon neutral by 2029. On 11th June 2018 Turku City Council decided to adopt the Climate Plan that will help with reaching the objective of carbon neutrality. This requires extensive innovations especially within the energy and transport systems, as well as the operations of the City, companies, and the whole civil society. If the goals are met, Turku will become carbon neutral more than a decade ahead of schedule, as the city's previous ambition was to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2040. The plan follows the EU SECAP model and entails periodic goals and milestones for 2021, 2025, 2029. The plan defines the GHG emission baseline, emission scenarios, objectives as well as interventions and actions on becoming carbon neutral.   In Turku, travel-related emissions are aimed to be halved from the current state by 2029. In order to reach this, the conditions for cycling and walking are being strongly developed, as well as a culture of sustainable mobility. Public transport (PT) will be turned into a completely carbon neutral service via both electrification of public transport and supplementing use of bio-based fuels. Which partners are working on this? Turku University of Applied Sciences Hamburg Climate Plan 2015 The Hamburg Climate Plan (HCP) determines the regional climate policy, concluded by the regional government (“Senate”) in Dec 2015. It is the binding document for all regional authorities to act in order to achieve the climate goals for the whole region. Following European and national premises the Climate plan provides the strategic goals (i.e. « Climate Smart City »), long term perspectives and a detailed Action Plan 2020/2030. Hamburg is a city with massive public transport, a fleet which is now in a continuous electrification process.   The HCP and the Action plan are clearly describing aims, steps, measures and evaluations until 2020/2030. The reason of using this policy instrument in the project is that Hamburg expects from the partners experience in the practical implementation especially of e-mobility in the public transport sector in order to improve the political demands, targets and achievements.   As a city Hamburg is the center of a Metropolitan area. Therefoe, best practice solutions achieved already will be useful for a transfer into other regions and vice versa. Which partners are working on this? Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg The 'Kansen voor West II' ERDF Operational Programme The ’Kansen voor West II’ policy instrument facilitates four goals: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation; (2) supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors; (3) stimulating employment and supporting labour mobility; and (4) stimulating social inclusion and fighting poverty. With participating in the E-buses project the province aims to contribute to improve the ERDF policy instrument to further support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Within Europe, the Western Netherlands lags significantly behind in terms of renewable energy generation and distribution. In view of the high population density and equally high concentration of economic activity in the region, the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in the coming years is of particular importance to the region. For that reason 20% of the available ERDF budget in the region will be invested as an accelerator in concepts and projects of energy transition that will generate growth and will lead to repetition and upscaling. Several mobility concepts are tested like the project Clean & future proof mobility concepts, the project Plug-in hybride water taxi and the project Smart Solar Charging Regio Utrecht. More examples are needed to improve the ERDF policy instrument and to enlarge its impact. Therefore the province is in constant search for new innovations, new concepts and joint efforts from all European regions and from different sectors. Which partners are working on this? Province of Utrecht HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Operational Programme I: Fostering a Competitive and Sustainable Economy to meet our Challenges - Priority Axis Seven 7: Shifting towards a more low-carbon Transport sector Priority Axis 7’s main objectives are to reduce carbon and GHG emissions emanating from the Transport Sector. In this regard, two main initiatives shall be financially supported by this Priority Axis. These are investments towards the establishment of the required infrastructure to facilitate modal shift from cabon dependent modes of transportation towards sustainable, low-carbon transport systems. Secondly, investments to render public transport as a more viable and attractive alternative to private transport. Besides this, through this Priority Axis, the Maltese Government shall support measures designated in bolstering renewable energy production in the transport sector. Under the Europe 2020 Strategy, Malta is committed to increase its share of renewable energy in the transport sector by 10%.   To better reach the above commitments, this policy instrument requires further refinement to reflect the realities and difficulties associated with the large scale introduction of fully powered electric collective public transport vehicles such as buses. In particular, this policy instrument must better reflect the potential state aid implications resulting the introduction of fully electric buses within public transport systems that are operated by the private sector.   Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Gozo Transport Malta Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITDOP) The OP includes the main transport infrastructure investments of Hungary. It focuses on improving public transport services, regional accessibility, development of highways and railways to provide direct links to the Trans-European transport network for more cities. ITDOP focuses on four main priorities: 1, Improve international road accessibility; 2, Improve international railway accessibility; 3, Developing sustainable urban and suburban transport; 4, Improving access to the TEN-T road network. The current project will be able to support the achievement of the 3rd priority of the OP, which is strongly linked to the exploitation of alternative fuel based transport possibilities, such as e-buses, trolleys, trams, etc. Among its expected impacts, the programme intends to ensure that public transport becomes a more attractive travel alternative with over 132 km metro, tram and local train lines to be built or upgraded. Although there’s a possibility for some cities to benefit from urban transport investments and light train developments, investments mainly affect Budapest and the surrounding area and neglects the support of e-buses. The topic of the E-bussED project perfectly fits to the ITDOP programme’s concept, therefore the OP has to be improved in a way that calls should directly support the switch of other settlements to electric public transport, contributing to the climate protection goals of Hungary and the EU. Which partners are working on this? Tolna County Development Agency South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Non-profit Ltd. ERDF ROP 2014-2020 of Tuscany Region, Axis 4 “Support the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”, Action 4.6.2. Renewal of rolling stock Tuscany ROP includes 7 Axes with 3 main objectives including "increased competitiveness in relation to environmental sustainability". Those ROP Axes focus on specific issues of the Regional Development Plan (PSR) and other policy instruments (e.g. Regional Transport Plan and Mobility). The most relevant Axis for E-bussED is Axis 4 " “Support the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”", especially Investment priority (SO4.e) "Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and relevant adaptation and mitigation measures".   Reason for improvement is the necessity of accessing state-of-the-art applications of electrically-powered public transport vehicles which can be effectively introduced in replacement of diesel-engine ones. Technical and infrastructure requirements, different barriers and drivers, procurement and tendering to match local conditions, possible constraints and opportunities in the region will need to be reviewed and possibly reflected in the selection procedures for implementing - within Specific Objective RA 4.6 “Increase of sustainable mobility in urban areas” - the following Action 4.6.2 “Renewal of rolling stock - Support to sustainable urban mobility interventions: renewal of local public transport vehicles in urban areas”. Which partners are working on this? Province of Livorno Sign up for the eBussed newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); eBussed Latest News See all project news 01/12/2020 Kick-off meeting of Hamburg e-bus stakeholders Kick-off meeting of Hamburg e-bus stakeholders In the first step to close collaboration, the Borough of Hamburg-Mitte organized a virtual meeting of regional s... Type: Project 20/10/2020 Beyond the general knowledge What a refreshing shower of technical details the eBussed Tech webinar 2 was! Uniting two angles to e-buses, the webinar included a forward-looking and solution... Type: Project 11/08/2020 More electric buses in Utrecht’s public transport More electric buses in Utrecht’s public transport An increasing number of electric buses make their appearance on the roads in Utrecht’s public transport.... Type: Project 07/08/2020 New milestone in South Transdanubian Region Electric buses in Pécs from 2020 In July 2020, the bus public transport of the region reached an important milestone. The Municipality of Pécs procured 10 so... Type: Project 30/06/2020 From zero-emission to charging method comparison From zero-emission to charging method comparison The series of eBussed in-depth expert webinars started with the theme Electric Bus Tech. The two speakers Vi... Type: Project 11/06/2020 Getting to know Tribus Utrecht The eBussed project, amongst other aims, identifies new innovative practices in the electric bus deployment. eBussed partner University of Applied Science Utrec... Type: Project 01/06/2020 Visit to Ebusco Visit to Ebusco Ebusco is an e-bus manufacturer in the Netherlands. Researcher Tom Wolvers of eBussed partner University of Applied Science Utrecht paid a visi... Type: Project 30/04/2020 Virtual pondering on drivers and barriers Virtual pondering on drivers and barriers Sometimes the circumstances force to change plans and challenge to a new way of collecting and sharing information. T... Type: Project 19/02/2020 Embracing the future in public transportation The Hungarian Government announced a plan to procure 3,000 electric buses until 2022. Domestic supply will be able to provide for 50% of the demand in the count... Type: Project 19/02/2020 Students design depot charging infrastructure Qbuzz, the local public transport provider in Utrecht is procuring 180 new e-busses for the region. These zero-emission buses will be charged via overnight depo... Type: Project
Project summary We aim to improve SMEs uptake of Environmentally Sustainable Innovations (ESIs) into their business. For that the regions need to work further on how to develop models such as the cooperative business support model, where the focus should be on possible measures for business development and how companies can evolve towards an Environmentally Driven Export Market (EDEM) while working together with the whole chain of support and in close interaction with the SMEs themselves. Herein lays a need to create an international network of contacts concerning how public and private bodies can work on these issues in order to improve policy delivery for an Environmentally Driven Business Development of SMEs. EDBD implies an instrumental meaning; the purpose is to develop the businesses by developing the environmental dimension in their use of technology, in their business dealings, and their markets, i.e. the environmental aspect is a tool to develop business. As such, EDBD does not only include Clean Technologies, but also product development in other fields of business that utilize an environmentally friendly approach. The above will be accomplished thru exchange of experiences and practices, benchmarking and analysis of challenges and needs. €1,556,571.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Main Objetives Improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Growth and Jobs and, where relevant, ETC programmes, that support the delivery of innovation by actors in regional chains in areas of "smart specialisation" and innovative opportunity. Develop, improve and adapt regional policies that support methods for increased international commercialization of SMEs´ Environmentally  sustainable innovations (ESIs) and environmentally friendly products (EFPs) better support mechanism that help mature the region´s businesses will in turn lead to improved conditions for export of EFPs within and outside of the EU and lead to increased competitiveness.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Danish National programme for ERDF 2014-2020 Operational programme Growth and employment 2014-2020: Priority Axis 1. Development and innovation of research, technology : Thematic objective 1.Strengthening research, technological development and innovation: Investment priority 1.2.: Specific objective (SO) No. 1.2.1.: To promote investments of private sector in R&D Indicative actions to be supported: support for research according to the needs of the private sector, for development and implementation in production of new products, services, technologies and processes, including innovation vouchers for SME, ensuring technology transfer services within the framework of a single technology transfer system, including protection of newly created intellectual property, preparation and submission of licenses and certificates, preparing of research results with commercial potential for licensing, creating opportunities for networking of education and research institutions, students and entrepreneurs for development, testing and implementation in the market of innovative interdisciplinary products and services. Approximately 10% of the Danish companies have collaboration with knowledge institutions, but the majority of the 10% refers to companies in the capital region whereas companies in Region Zealand have much less collaboration resulting in a lower product development rate, lower investment in R&D and lower overall innovation rate. Which partners are working on this? Vaeksthus Zealand Zealand – Academy of Technologies and Business Regional Operational Programme (ROP) of Region of Western Macedonia (RWM) Axis no. 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation. Investment priority 1.2.: Specific objective (SO) No. 1.2.B.: Actions to promote research and innovation in SME’s in priority areas of the RIS3   MA of RWM will prepare a Regional Action Plan (RAP) for Axis 1 structural funds of the regional operational programme that will combine the project SUPER objectives. The main objective of Axis 1 is meeting the needs for achieving the objectives Europe 2020 RTDI by increasing the level of investment on research to GDP for 2020 proposed by the RIS3 plan (internationalization, regional structures for innovation support, incubators, direct co-financing etc). Main characteristics & priority of the specific RAP (outcome of the project), include activities to EDBD that will focus on Green Energy Buildings (public and private) and to some manufacturing sectors related with energy products or services. The policy instrument should be improved (as other instruments also) with the regional structural funds of the period 2014-2020 as research and innovation were of low priority in the regional policy agenda until 2014, due to the lack of authority in this domain of policy and the weak capacity of the regional administration. For the first time Greek Regions and managing authorities are responsible for the policies instruments they want to improve in RTDI.   Which partners are working on this? University of Western Macedonia (UOWM) (until 06/05/2019 Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences (TEIWM)) LITHUANIAN OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION FUNDS’ INVESTMENTS IN 2014-2020. PRIORITY AXIS 1The analysis of the present socio-economic situation, challenges and potential for development in Lithuania clearly demonstrates that the Lithuanian economy and society still feel the consequences of the recent financial and economic crisis. The main aim of this programme is to bring the country back to the path of rapid and sustainable growth and to reduce the gap between country’s level of development and the EU average. This requires sustaining a stable macroeconomic environment, continuing structural reforms and ensuring adequate financing for growth measures. Priority No. b) Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation.   Which partners are working on this? Lithuanian Innovation Centre LOCAL ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY PLAN FOR COUNTY TIPPERARY (LECP) LECP) for County Tipperary is to set out, for a six-year period, the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic development and the local and community development of the county, both by the County Council itself directly and in partnership with other economic and community development stakeholders. It is set out in law that the Plan shall be for the promotion of economic development and the promotion of local and community development. The LECP is part of a series of plans and strategies that have, and are being developed, at national, regional and local level. These include: -The National Spatial Strategy, National Development Plan, Rural Development Strategy, the Action Plan for Jobs and the National Anti-Poverty Strategy -The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies -The City (County) Development Plan made under the Planning Acts - The local Education and Training Strategy.       Which partners are working on this? Tipperary County Council Regional Operational Programme for Podlaskie Voivodeship The main objective of the ROP for Podlaskie Voivodeship is to increase economy competitivnes by regional specialisations.   Priotity axis I Strengthening Potential and Competitiveness of Region`s Economy Action 1.b. Promoting the transfer of knowledge, innovation, technology and commercialization of R&D results and development of R&D activities Podlaskie Voivodeship’s has high quality natural environment. The care necessary to maintain the environment’s high quality is an important factor increasing the opportunities for the competitive economy to expand, especially in “green” sectors. The activities that are taken to increase regional development should point innovation process in region to be more focused on innovation and environmentally friendy innovations issues. The SMEs that are one of the beneficiaries of the OP should not only be focused on innovations that enhance their competitiveness but also on innovations with environmental dimension and should also increase ability of SMEs to formulate their eco-innovation ideas and relize them. This project should influence increased investments in new eco-innovations both in the form of ready to use solutions and in the form of R&D independently undertaken by companies or research institutions or within the framework of their cooperation. The interaction within these two sectors: science and business is very important.. Which partners are working on this? Podlaska Regional Development Foundation Operational programme Growth and employment 2014-2020: Thematic objective 1.Strengthening research, technological development and innovation Investment priority 1.2.:Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergy between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose Technologies. Specific objective (SO) No. 1.2.1.: To promote investments of private sector in R&D. SO No. 1.2.1.: supports actions for research according to the needs of the private sector, for development and implementation in production of new products, services, technologies and processes, networking of education and research institutions and entrepreneurs for development, testing and implementation of innovative interdisciplinary products and services. However SO does not specifically address the needs and potential of commercialization and internationalization of environmentally driven businesses, through comprehensive regional support systems. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Planning Region Uitvoeringsverordening (Implementing regulations) Economic board Utrecht This instrument is set up to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the Utrecht region with a focus on 1)Green economy, 2) smart society and 3) healthy society. All the funds for economic development (€ 17 million) have been allocated for this instrument. The regional government of Utrecht is responsible for regional policies that help support SMEs innovate and accelerate towards a more sustainable future The regional government decided to place funds for SME support in a separate body (Economic Board Utrecht) where in triple helix setting funds can be more efficiently directed towards the SMEs. The board employs several instruments in order to help support the transition. The ‘Uitvoeringsverordening Economic Board Utrecht’ provides the legal framework for all the instruments employed. The Uitvoeringsverordening can thus be seen as an umbrella instrument under which more specific instruments can be developed. This approach has been successful because we are able to identify an obstacle and make and specific instrument to solve it. Instruments in the Uitvoeringsverordening that support SMEs are: • feasibility studies • innovation advisory projects • R&D-related cooperative projects • financial support (subsides) However, there is always room for improvement and we are searching for policies that are able to support those companies that are most likely to be successful and help speed up our agenda.   Which partners are working on this? Province of Utrecht Operational Programme under the Investment for Growth and jobs: Murcia FEDER 2014-2020 Thematic Objective 1 of the Operational Programme 01 - Strengthening research, technological development and innovation Investment priority “1b - Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, etc...S Specific objective: Encouragement and promotion of R&D activities leaded by enterprises, support to innovative business creation and consolidation and support to public innovative acquisition   In the strategic lines is defined the need to redress the existing shortcomings in the region on environmental issues identified in the PERM (climate change mitigation, improved waste management and biodiversity protection) is present. However, it is necessary to define concrete actions to implement sustainable business policies.   To this end, we should develop measures to improve business competitiveness of SMEs implementing policies and management models of sustainable development and both active development and uptake of eco-innovations. The proposed measures focus on: •Training and business advice on the competitive advantages that involve the implementation of sustainable development policies the use of eco-innovations and operating on international markets   Which partners are working on this? Murcia Business Innovation Centre (BIC Murcia) Structrural fund Operational programme for East Mid Sweden 2014-2020 Priority axis 1: Promoting Research and Innovation Investment Priority 1b – Promoting business investment in R&I; developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation; and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions etc. specific objective: Increase of innovation activities among SMEs with growth ambitions and conditions for commercialisation of innovations   The challenges identified in east mid Sweden in the analysis prior to the OP was that there is a need to strengthen cooperation between the private and public sectors and the academia in order to increase innovation, that there is a need to increase SMEs innovation capacity, that their investments in R&D are relatively low, that investments in organizational, market and social innovations is lower than in technological innovations and that the commercialization of innovations is weak. With the activities in the SUPER project we intend to adress a number of these challanges, particualry working on the issues of strengtening cooperation between the different actors and working on the issue of commercialization and internationalization of eco-innovations.     Which partners are working on this? County Administrative board of Östergötland Sign up for the SUPER newsletter Subscribe now SUPER MOVIE Short movie about the importance of eco-innovations and the support that companies can get in order to develop their eco-innovative ideas PLAY VIDEO SUPER PROJECT FINAL CONFERENCE Conference “Supporting eco-innovation across Europe” on Thursday November 12. PLAY VIDEO Tweets by SUPER Latest News See all project news 29/12/2020 Learnings & benefits by HMWEVW As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 29/12/2020 SUPER Project - BIC MURCIA As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 28/12/2020 SUPER - County Administrative board of Östergötland As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 23/12/2020 Learnings and benefits in Region Zealand As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 22/12/2020 Super Project results - Lithuanian Innovation Centre As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 21/12/2020 UoWM - Greece: SUPER Project experience As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 14/12/2020 Tipperary County Council learnings - SUPER Project • What are the main learnings and results from the project for you and your region? Within Tipperary the stakeholders on the project outlined that the mai... Type: Project 11/12/2020 SUPER project – main lessons & benefits by PRDF Podlaska Regional Development Foundation (PRDF) is one of the partners in the SUPER project co-financed by Interreg Europe. The main goal of the SUPER project w... Type: Project 10/12/2020 Learnings from SUPER Project - Region of Utrecht As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 02/12/2020 Final conference – supporting eco-innovation On November 12, the final conference for the SUPER-project was held on Zoom. Over 130 persons hade signed up for the event and around 80 persons participated. ... Type: Project
Project summary Circular economy is a new approach of economic development models. It provides the potential to use one’s waste as resource input to others productive chain thus offering a longer life cycle of the products and a more environmentally friendly business approach. This regenerative system is of high priority in the EU. SinCE-AFC is being developed along with the on-going EU action plan for Circular Economy and the respective National Circular Economy Action Plans across the EU countries. Although the principles of circular economy are already applied by many large industries, SMEs, which represent the 99% of the businesses sector, still remain uninvolved due to lack of motivation and support. Thus, the regional SMEs policies improvement towards a more regenerative economy is of high importance. SinCE-AFC aims at involving SMEs of the Agri-Food chain in circular economy through the promotion of the appropriate managing and financial horizontal mechanisms. All the Agri-Food agents committed to production, processing, packaging, distribution and final consumption are expected to operate in a coordinated way to better adapt to circular economy. This objective will be achieved via the intense collaboration and interregional exchange of experience of 9 partners representing 7 Regions from 7 EU countries. The partnership’s tasks will focus on the investigation of efficient practices, via interregional thematic learning events, study visits, import workshops, stakeholders’ meetings and consultation processes, of how the relevant policy instruments can be improved in order to assist SMEs to enter circular economy. The core results will be depicted in a joint study reflecting the related regulatory framework and good practices at regional and EU level. The project will promote innovation, derive knowledge and develop close collaboration with the Interreg Europe Learning Platform as well as with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform and the RIS3 Platform Group.   €1,519,940.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Region of Central Macedonia, Special managing Authority, Operational Programme of Region of Central Macedonia 2014-2020, Priority Axis/Thematic Objective 3 Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Investment Priority 3d "Supporting the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes" and Priority Axis 2 “Improving access, use and quality of information technologies and communications", Investment Priority 2c “Strengthening ICT applications in e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health”. SMEs of RCM need to be integrated into value chains by restructuring their production, improving productivity factors and entering new markets. The Investment Priority 3d gives priority to horizontal clusters of partnerships and productive partnerships between SMEs of RIS3 champion sectors such as the Agri-Food sector. Specific objective 3d1 is very relevant and could include the following indicative actions: •the creation of clusters in selected value chains to produce innovative products •the development of cooperation schemes between tourism and the Agri-Food cluster, in order to encourage new entrepreneurship •Investment support to reduce production costs through new production methods •SME funding projects of all industries to improve efficiency in the use of energy inputs and natural resource saving. The low use of ICT for non-managerial applications and the low information maturity in public administration are recognized as a problem to be solved by axis 2. To become more circular, SMEs will need ICT applications to measure circularity, to identify available inputs or to have access to digital mechanisms and learning platforms on how to become circular. The Specific Objective 2c1 bears relevance to improving governance through digital applications. Indicative actions under 2c1 could be actions to promote eGovernance, digitization of open data and "smart cities" systems. Both instruments can be improved to include mechanisms that support circular economy principles. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia ANATOLIKI S.A. Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki's Local Authorities Metropolitan Strategic Plan, Bologna (PSM 2.0) - Specific objective 2.5: protection and enhancement of the environment, of the rural territory and of the landscape The PSM is the main policy instrument of the Metropolitan city of Bologna and identifies the strategic directions for intervention. At the moment the plan 2.0 is under approval. The specific objective 2.5 is in close connection with the Bologna Environmental Charter (promoted by the Metropolitan City of Bologna and undersigned by almost all Italian metropolitan cities, in June 2017 during the G7 Environment). It highlights the need to protect the rural territory, stimulates agricultural activities, enhances and safeguards the landscape, promoting sustainable, multifunctional and social agriculture. The project will also contribute to the 4.1 goal: Manufacturing and innovation. This objective involves the promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation in supply chains and manufacturing. It is strictly applied to the Emilia Romagna RIS3 and is aimed at fostering new production concepts and business models to add value and strengthen the development of highly innovative areas with high potential for growth. In particularly, the point 4.1.d addresses the need to foster the circular economy, developing eco-design, short and integrated supply chain, rational use of stocks, reduction of waste and inefficiencies, transformation of waste into raw and secondary materials for other productive processes, energy efficiency in production processes. Which partners are working on this? Metropolitan City of Bologna Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County 2014-2020 The Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County for 2014-2020 integrates the strategic goals of the county at both sectoral and territorial levels. The objectives of the programme include 8 priorities; within this project we plan to address Priority 1: Sustainable environment focusing on Measure 1.3: Complex waste management. Due to the significant shortcomings in reducing waste generation and at a larger scale, waste quantity, there is a strong need to find new, innovative applicable solutions for waste streams considering circular economy issues. The policy instrument encourages the further development of up-to-date waste management through the creation of new cooperations, common investments and other enhancement. There is a specific focus on reusing, recycling or energetic/other utilization of waste. It is also an essential objective to ensure an attracting and safe livelihood for citizens. The main aim of the policy instrument is clear but an improved structural background is required with an appropriate approach, enhanced capacity and the potential to integrate enhanced governance of waste management to support a sustainable economy including Agri-Food issues. New methodologies are also needed. Which partners are working on this? Hajdú-Bihar County Government Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme. Thematic Objective 3 - Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises, the agricultural sector and the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The two key policy instruments under this thematic objective are 3a – Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular facilitating the exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including those through business incubators. 3d - Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes. The key objectives are to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises through in-company innovation and investment and to accelerate the start-up and expansion of new start-up firms and create employment. The instruments are delivered primarily through Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices but depending on the sectors other public agencies such as BIM for the marine sector and Bord Bia for Food are also involved. Which partners are working on this? Donegal County Council Regional Operational Programme (ROP) for Wielkopolskie Voivodship 2014 - 2020 The main objective of the ROP is to improve economic competitiveness and social cohesion within the Wielkopolska region. The main thematic objectives of ROP have been put under Priority Axis 1 ‘Innovative and competitive economy’. The primary reason for this is that there are very close links between support for research, technology development and innovation and increase in the competitiveness within SMEs. In the current socio-economic situation of the Wielkopolska region, the further development of its economy is primarily dependent on the ability to support Research & Development and innovation, aimed at simultaneously improving conditions for business operations. Under this priority the investments priorities concerned by the project will be the internationalisation of the regional economy and the development and implementation of new business models for SMEs, particularly for internationalisation. Which partners are working on this? Wielkopolska Region with the seat of the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region in Poznan Regional Operational Programme 2014– 2020, Priority Axis 2 – Improving the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. The internationalisation of SMEs is addressed through 2 policy instruments: 1.Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014–2020: envisages soft measures by providing support to transnational cooperation between SMEs and R&D institutions from abroad, through action 1.1.3 Create synergies with the HORIZON 2020 RDI actions and with others RDI programs. Thus, through COP, SMEs will be assisted to write and successfully implement projects financed by Horizon 2020 and others RDI programs financed by European Commission. 2.Regional Operational Programme 2014–2020: intends to increase the competitiveness of SMEs and envisages measures to support SMEs older than 1 year to grow in the value chain, to gain access to finance and to provide them assistance, in order to access new markets. In the current programing period, the main challenges faced by SMEs are related to the rapid adaptation to the market as well as the continuous improvement of delivered products and services. Thus, ROP 2014-2020 will support companies, from all the fields of activities, including those active in Circular Economy, with potential to develop/maintain its position on the market by supporting their business operations. ROP 2014-2020 proposes interventions to support the access to international markets for SMEs. This last policy instrument will be addressed through SinCE-AFC project, since South Muntenia RDA is acting as Intermediate Body for Regional Operational Programme 2014–2020. Which partners are working on this? South Muntenia Regional Development Agency Bulgarian Operational Program "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 (OPIC) OPIC 2014-2020 aims at smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. The OPIC 2014-2020 is a financial instrument supporting the innovation development integrated in Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization of Republic of Bulgaria. It aims to support SMEs to improve their resource efficiency and to stimulate pilot and demonstration initiatives aimed at promoting industrial symbiosis and exchange of information between the partners in the value chain. -Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs in particular priority axis 2 „Entrepreneurship and Capacity fir growth of SMEs “Foreseen actions for improving the implementation of regional policies supporting SMEs in all stages of their life cycle to develop and achieve growth and engage innovation. The PI should be improved because by now the planned actions don’t foreseen the city administration role as accelerator of creative business ecosystem by boosting entrepreneurship ideas. It is necessary then the municipality to support the quick adaption of innovations in agriculture economic sector and improve SMEs competiveness. Improvement of PI is needed, because: -There are opportunities for improvement which links local authorities and all actors in policy making dialogue for implementation of tailor-made solutions for development of the regional entrepreneurial environment by strengthening the administration role in creating environment for SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Devnya Municipality Sign up for the SinCE-AFC newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); SinCE-AFC Latest News See all project news 08/12/2020 3rd Stakeholders Group meeting in Romania South Muntenia Regional Development Agency organized the third Local Stakeholder Group Meeting on December 8th, 2020, online, through the ZOOM application. Type: Project 26/11/2020 Virtual study visit in Region of Central Macedonia The virtual study visit was organized with SMEs of the Region, who are active in the Agri-food sector and incorporate good practices of circular economy Type: Project 13/10/2020 2nd Stakeholders Group meeting in Poland The 2nd meeting of the Wielkopolska Stakeholder Group of SinCE-AFC project took place on 13.10.2020 at 10:00 in the form of a teleconference using the ZOOM. Type: Project 09/10/2020 SinCE-AFC at SANA 2020 Rivoluzione Bio event The Metropolitan City of Bologna took part on SANA 2020 Rivoluzione Bio event Type: Project 06/10/2020 3rd Interregional Learning Event in Romania South Muntenia Regional Development Agency organized the 3rd Interregional Learning Event and the meeting of SinCE-AFC project partners Type: Project 23/09/2020 Participation: Policy Learning Platform Peer Review Policy Learning Platform Peer Review: Digitalization of Agri food and Forestry Sectors in Rural and Depopulated Areas Type: Project 19/08/2020 IUC ASIA Meeting-Designing Circular Cities Malaysia Metropolitan City of Bologna participated on an online meeting for promote good practices dedicated for SMEs in the field of circular economy Type: Project 29/06/2020 2nd Local staheolder Group meeting in Bulgaria On 29.06.2020 in the Plenary Hall of the Municipal Council - Devnya the second meeting of the local stakeholder group was held Type: Project 25/06/2020 2nd Local Stakeholders Group meeting in Romania South Muntenia Regional Development Agency organized the 2nd Local Stakeholder Group Meeting on 25.0622020. online, through the ZOOM application. Type: Project 19/06/2020 Local Stakeholders' Group meeting in Hungary The LSG meeting in Debrecen, Hungary took place on 19 June via Skype. Type: Project
E-learning path http://www.factoryzero.it/higher/elearning/courses/ The project have launched two courses about Smart Specialization best practices for innovation and innovative public procurement as a tool for innovation in the public administration. In particular, the didactic units will focus on topics like legal framework at European, National and Regional level, experiences carried out in the activation of innovative public procurement procedures, approaches to innovation and regional specializations and worst and best practices. The lessons will be addressed to people employed in public administrations and in and in private businesses, university students from technical, scientific and legal faculties, anyone interested in enhancing knowledge on innovative concepts. Smart Specialisation Map http://www.smartmap-higher.eu/ The Smart Map is an interactive platform aiming to provide a complete overview of the RIS3 strategies in, at least, regions involved in the project (Catalonia, Marche, Abruzzo, Central Macedonia, Cambridge, North Portugal, Stockholm, Slovenia, Central Macedonia, Slovenia and Lithuania), using Google Maps technology.  This tool allows the users to filter regions according some criteria, including the key enabling technologies (KETs) and economic sectors in which a region aims to specialize. Given the relevance of connecting different regions (and their stakeholders) European-wide, this instrument becomes very useful when detecting which territories are developing innovative activities in the same sectors, looking to promote synergies among them to design and implement further projects. Sign up for the HIGHER newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); HIGHER Tweets by HIGHER
Project summary   What is Design for Innovation? Design for Innovation (Design4Innovation) is a collaborative project of eight European partners working together to promote design as a tool for user-centred innovation. Design4Innovation aims to help small and medium enterprises create more desirable products and services, be more profitable and grow faster; ultimately  enhancing competitiveness of European SMEs. The project corresponds with the European Commission’s ‘Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation’ (2013),  which states that: "A more systematic use of design as a tool for user-centred and market-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy, complementary to R&D, would improve European competitiveness. Analyses of the contribution of design show that companies that strategically invest in design tend to be more profitable and grow faster." Policy change The Commission encourages all EU Member States and Regions to develop Design Action Plans. However, the route to building capacity for design-driven innovation in SMEs is not clear for policy-makers. Through interregional knowledge exchange, we will identify best practice in design support mechanisms for SMEs and engage with policy-makers to integrate support instruments for design into the ERDF operational programmes.  Our objective is to integrate design-driven innovation for SME competitiveness into the ERDF operational programmes of eight countries/regions and consequently for 2,000 SMEs to benefit from the policy instruments for design by the end of 2021. Our main outputs will be: 9 thematic workshops using hands-on methods to facilitate shared learning among policy-makers,3 Policy Booklets for governments to integrate design into ERDF policy instruments,4 video explaining design for innovation,8 Design Action Plans,1 high-level conference.  Our anticipated impact To better inform evidence-based policy-making, we will monitor the impact and evaluate effectiveness of implemented mechanisms during 24-month monitoring phase. We are working towards ambitious targets of:2,000 SMEs accessing vouchers, grants and mentoring programmes, 80% of beneficiary SMEs implementing new products/services, 80% of beneficiary SMEs with increased in turnover, 50% of beneficiary SMEs creating new jobs.We will share our results during a high-level conference in Brussels in 2021.     €1,624,774.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? East Wales ERDF Operational Programme The ERDF OP East Wales is driven by an “unequivocal focus on investments that can contribute to the creation of sustainable jobs and economic growth”. The SME Competitiveness priority aims to promote entrepreneurship and business start-ups through a range of measures including financial support such as innovation vouchers as well as non-financial support such as mentoring. We believe that design-driven innovation could enhance both of these measures. We intend to influence both investment priorities 3a and 3d through specific objectives 2.1: To increase the amount of finance available to SMEs for both business start-up and for business expansion and SO 2.2: To increase the number of SME start-ups through the provision of information, advice and guidance and support for entrepreneurship. The Welsh Government intends to provide financial support to 55 companies and non-financial support to 6,420 companies with €79m. Design is a user-centred approach to innovation that can add value to product and service creation within SMEs through a greater customer focus in the development phase. Design is already highlighted in the Innovation Strategy for Wales but has not yet been included in the OP East Wales. PDR has been working with the Welsh Government Innovation Team for many years and enabled them to integrate design into their innovation strategy. Now we want to work strategically with them to harness the power of design within the innovation vouchers and mentoring programmes. Which partners are working on this? PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University ERDF Operational Programme Flanders 2014-2020 ERDF OP Flanders has 4 investment priorities regarding SMEs focused on EU2020:2a - Promoting an entrepreneurial culture by stimulating intrapreneurship and new forms of entrepreneurship 2c - Fostering knowledge about the development and implementation of new business models for SMEs 2d - Developing the knowledge potential (“strategic expertise”?) within SMEs through the employment of specialized staff 2e - Fostering an international entrepreneurial climate in Flanders and supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in international marketsThe total value of investment in the priority axis dedicated to SME competitiveness in Flanders is €87m to provide non-financial support to 1,635 SMEs. There is considerable room for improvement as the Flemish OP provides significant opportunities to incorporate design. All four investment priorities in the SME’s axis (2a, 2c, 2d and 2e) offer possibilities to include measures for design-driven innovation to enhance competitiveness of Flemish SMEs. Design has a chance to induce innovation by being included in business incubators, new business models, mentoring, specialized expertise, design-driven innovation, co-creative processes, and living labs. We are seeking to influence the OP so that 250 companies can access non-financial support for design.  Which partners are working on this? Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEK) EPAnEK is financed by the ERDF (€2,971m) and covers all 13 regions of Greece. EPAnEK and the S3 connects innovation and entrepreneurship for the competitive advantage of priority sectors: tourism, energy, agrifood, environment, ICT, health, creative industries and construction. EPAnEK is structured around the following Priority Axes:PA1 - Growth of entrepreneurship with sectoral priorities (€2,368m) EPAnEK focuses on export-orientated sectors that are expected to serve as driving force for the recovery of Greek economy. There will be targeted investments and activities including subsidies and grants. Design could form part of these subsides and grants.PA2 - Adaptability of workers, enterprises and business environment to new developmental requirements (€850m) This axis focuses on adapting SMEs to new business models through professional growth, mentoring and coaching. Design could form part of mentoring programmes.PA3 - Development of mechanisms to support entrepreneurship (€1,361m) This axis aims at upgrading the country's infrastructure and ecosystem to support entrepreneurship including incubators and pilot projects. We want to integrate design into infrastructure to support entrepreneurship such as incubators.The total value of EPAnEK exceeds €4.6 billion. We are seeking to influence a fraction of Structural Funds supporting this investment: €120m. EPAnEK will provide financial support to 2,835 SMEs and we hope to provide financial support to 250 SMEs for design. Which partners are working on this? KEPA - Business and Cultural Development Centre Operational Programme Growth and Employment Latvia 2014-2020 The Latvian single multi-fund OP Growth and Employment aims at achieving key national development priorities under Europe 2020. The OP has nine priority axes and one is specifically dedicated to SME competitiveness. It supports three ERDF investment priorities (3a, 3c, 3d) and one ESF investment in institutional capacity and in the efficiency of public administration. Design is mentioned in regards to the priority 3d (Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes) among the actions to be supported: ”It is particularly important to promote nontechnological innovations of demand and supply, innovations and ecoinnovations of business model, innovations in service sector and design.” However, we believe there is room for a broader and deeper inclusion of design-driven innovation for SMEs competitiveness for technological and user-centred innovation too. The total value of investment in the priority axis dedicated to SME competitiveness in Latvia is over €373m and we are seeking to influence 40% of Structural Funds supporting this investment, which amounts to around €127m. The OP aims to provide financial support to 1,750 SMEs and non-financial support to 1,000 SMEs. Through Design4Innovation, we are seeking to influence the OP and anticipate that around 125 SMEs will benefit from financial support for design and 125 SMEs will benefit from non-financial support for design. Which partners are working on this? Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) Operational Programme 1 - Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges In Malta’s OP1 there is a big emphasis on financial support for SMEs – 9.2% of ERDF resources will be implemented through financial instruments. This is triple the allocations to financial instruments made in the previous programming period. The OP1 does not include any explicit measure to support the use of design-driven innovation. However, we want to make the case for why design-driven innovation should be included in measures under priority investment 3a Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. As well the priority 3d offers opportunities to implement new measures to increase SMEs capacity to engage in innovation through design. The Valletta Design Cluster is an initiative of the Culture Directorate at Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government. To ensure the success of the Valletta Design Cluster it is important that it operates in conjunction with the broad innovation policy instruments in Malta such as voucher and mentoring programmes.  The investment in SME competitiveness in Malta is €53m and we are seeking to influence 40% of Structural Funds supporting this investment, which amounts to €17m.The OP aims to provide financial support to 280 SMEs and nonfinancial support to 180 SMEs. We anticipate that 130 SMEs would access financial support for design and 120 companies would access nonfinancial support for design. Which partners are working on this? Valletta Cultural Agency (until 31/03/2019 Valletta 2018 Foundation (until 31/12/2017 Culture Directorate, Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government)) Regional Operational Programme for Śląskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 The multi-fund ERDF/ESF OP aims to fulfil the vision of the Silesia 2020 Development Strategy. The OP provides for support on all 10 thematic objectives, with measures directed at SME Competitiveness getting as much as 12% of the total investment, which amounts to almost €360m to support over 1400 enterprises. Design has been identified in the Silesian Innovation Strategy as the innovative method to develop better products and services in S3 sectors and also appears in the OP in priority investment 3a - promoting entrepreneurship: “Support will be provided for enterprises located in incubators providing the necessary infrastructure to conduct business and effective training and consulting in strategic management and business monitoring, user-oriented innovation and design, international expansion according to the specific needs of SMEs, as well as advisory support and training in running an innovative business”. We believe that provisions for design in the OP should be more strategic. Therefore we intend to develop Design Action Plan to introduce design mentoring programme and train innovation advisors in design. Design Action Plan will address the issue of the insufficient use of financial instruments for innovation among SMEs - we will aim to introduce design into financial support under the priority 3c - Supporting the creation of advanced capacities for products, services and development. We want 50 SMEs to get financial support and 200 SMEs to get design mentoring.   Which partners are working on this? Marshal's Office of Silesia Region, Silesian Government ERDF Operational Programme Galicia 2014-2020 In line with EU2020 and regional S3 targets, the OP Galicia aims to boost sustainable economic development by job creation - especially in sectors with high added value, and by improving the competitiveness of the regional economy by supporting SMEs. The Galicia OP motto is “boosting recovery under a new growth model”. Priority 3 is dedicated to SMEs competitiveness with two investment priorities: 3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators and 3d - Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes. Design activities are not included in the measures under these priorities and this is something we plan to improve by implementing best practices learned through interregional cooperation. As part of this, the Galician Innovation Agency provides mentoring directly to businesses. However, design is not yet included and we are keen to build capacity for design among SMEs. The SME competitiveness priority in Galicia is worth €179m and we are seeking to influence 40% of Structural Funds supporting this investment, which amounts to around €57m. The OP aims to provide financial support to 2,578 SMEs and non-financial support to 3,416 SMEs. We anticipate that 125 SMEs would access financial support for design and 125 companies would access non-financial support for design.   Which partners are working on this? Galician Agency of Innovation ERDF Regional Operational Programme Catalunya 2014-2020 In line with EU2020 and Catalonia 2020 Strategy, the ERDF OP Catalonia 2014-2020 aims to boost economic growth in the region of Catalonia and to help it contribute to Europe reaching its goals of smart, green growth for all. EU funding is targeted primarily on Research, Development and Innovation, improved access to quality ICT, and an increase of their use in public and private sectors. The OP aims to strengthen SME competitiveness through better access to credit, advisory and other specialized services. Priority 3 is dedicated to SMEs competitiveness with 3 investment priorities:3.1 Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubator3.2 Supporting capacity enhancement for product and service development3.3 Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes.Design-driven innovation activities are not foreseen in the programme and this is what we plan to improve by implementing best practices learned through interregional cooperation. According to data collected in 2012, Catalan business ecosystem is made up of micro-enterprises (95%) and small companies (4.3%). It is then necessary to develop mechanisms and tools to facilitate the access of SMEs to finance, improving the competitiveness and development of innovative activities including design driven innovation methods.   Which partners are working on this? Barcelona Design Centre Sign up for the Design 4 Innovation newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Design 4 Innovation Tweets by Design 4 Innovation Latest News See all project news 18/01/2021 New European Bauhaus taking shape As of today, 18th January 2021, the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative enters a new stage in its co-design process. Type: Project 02/12/2020 Future of Design Research & Policy A new study on the future of design in research and policy by Dr Anna Whicher Type: Project 01/12/2020 Galician Design and Innovation Awards In the context of the Design for Innovation 2020 programme, the Galician regional government (Xunta de Galicia) has opened the period for the submission of entr... Type: Project 20/11/2020 Design4Innovation in the IE Impact Stories Vote for Design4Innovation Valletta Design Cluster intervention as your favourite Interreg impact story! Type: Project 13/11/2020 Reimagining Design Weeks Barcelona hosts the World Design Weeks’ headquarters and BcD takes over the presidency Type: Project 23/10/2020 Co-creating New European Bauhaus The new EU strategy "A Renovation Wave for Europe" outlines founding principles and ambitions for the New European Bauhaus. Type: Project 21/10/2020 Design4Innovation at #EURegionWeek 'Creativity, Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, Design and Fun' - these are the words that participants of our joint event with RegionArts project associate wit Type: Project 30/09/2020 European recovery requires a "New Bauhaus" European Commission President announces creation of a new European Bauhaus as part of the new environmental,economic and cultural project to kickstart a Europe. Type: Project 04/09/2020 Driving Innovation through Design in the UK Innovate UK launches a new four-year strategy for design in innovation Type: Project 13/08/2020 Evaluating design support SME competitiveness and innovativeness top economic policy agenda across Europe. Rightly so, SMEs are the backbone of our economies providing a lion's share of ... Type: Project
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Project summary          ... successful innovation policy combines the need to set directions from above with the ability to enable bottom up experimentation and learning.                                                                            Mariana Mazzucato, Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy SMEs greatly benefit from ecosystems that enable cross-sectoral collaboration, learning, creation and experimentation. Access to smart and integrated (inter)regional policy instruments throughout the entire process of innovation, a vibrant (value chain) ecosystem and relevant competencies will pave the way towards demand-driven and thus efficient, effective and sustainable solutions. The overall objective of ACSELL is to sensitize the public sector, innovation intermediaries (e.g., chambers of commerce, technology transfer offices, etc.) and SMEs towards                     • expanding SME competencies by promoting open innovation ecosystems; and                     • integrating the user early in the innovation process with (interregional) living lab                                approach. Moreover, ACSELL will facilitate complex policy orchestration and promote network thinking and openness through 1) concerted twinning activities in the form of study visits based on comprehensive self-assessments; 2) knowledge transfer and mutual learning between regions coping with the same challenges by identifying transferable good practices and hacking regional policy challenges; and 3) accelerating innovative capacities in the participating regions through improved (innovation) policy instruments. What is the optimal framework for nudging that paradigm shift towards open and demand-driven innovation? How can mutually reinforcing value propositions be attained in a multi-dimensional ecosystem? These questions will guide activities that will feed into the action plans for each region.  €1,685,004.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Open and Demand-Driven Innovation Mega trends like ageing populations and digitalisation are transforming different areas of our lives, our work and our economies, ranging from new needs, new products and services to new organizational forms and business models.  Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are also affected by these changes and consequently need to acquire new skills and cross-industry knowledge in order to remain competitive. So-called open innovation ecosystems and user-centered approaches (e.g., living labs) can make an important contribution by using external know-how cooperatively in order to align new products and services with the needs of customers and thus significantly accelerating innovation processes.  Especially SMEs are affected by poorly designed regulatory frameworks and lack the resources or capacities to deal with these dynamic and increasingly complex market conditions. The ACSELL project thus focusses on creating favorable (innovation) policies and framework conditions for SMEs.  What are Living Labs? Living Labs (LLs) are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings. LLs are both practice-driven organisations that facilitate and foster open, collaborative innovation, as well as real-life environments or arenas where both open innovation and user innovation processes can be studied and subject to experiments and where new solutions are developed. LLs operate as intermediaries among citizens, research organisations, companied, cities and regions for joint value co-creation, rapid prototyping or validation to scale up innovation and businesses. LLs have common elements but multiple different implementations.                                                                           Definition by European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? OP Baden-Württemberg ERDF 2014-2020 Priority 1: Research, technological development and innovation. Baden-Württemberg’s Budget for 2014-2020 from ERDF is € 246.585.038,-   Aim: to strengthen potential for research and innovation   Impact: expand cluster development and regional innovation infrastructures to more SMEs (also in rural areas), support to and increase of innovative SMEs (including the RIS3 clusters), more new products and services, faster innovation processes and better time-to-market   Enhancing the SME competitiveness and cluster development are both integral parts of the Baden-Württemberg innovation policy. But the dovetailing between research (universities) and application (SMEs) as well as between technology and services is often missing – and so is the match of supply and demand (needs), especially with regards to SMEs. Thus the State Government of Baden-Württemberg is using OP to foster programmes, that support exchange, knowledge-transfer and collaboration in (open) innovation processes throughout multi-stakeholder-networks (universities, cluster agencies, chambers, Transfercenters, SMEs, users), also in rural areas, in a more effective way. This policy instrument however could be improved by integrating the demand side into the innovation process much earlier – i.e. by using instruments like Living Labs, Design-thinking workshops and hackathons. This offers a great opportunity for tackling the specific targets 1, 2 and 3 of the Operational Programme (ERDF, Priority A 01 1b) and to strengthen the cluster development in Baden-Württemberg significantly. Which partners are working on this? University of Tübingen Flanders Cluster Support Program The objective of the instrument is to generate economic added value and increase competitiveness of Flemish enterprises by improved collaboration between enterprises, knowledge institutes and government (triple helix). The cluster program provides funding for cluster organizations based on a long term competitiveness program. The cluster organization can thus organize activities for the member companies to generate collaborative activities and projects – from R&D to demonstration and pilot projects, from idea generation to roadmapping and development of the cluster strategy. Furthermore the cluster program provides funding for collaborative cluster projects through specific calls tailored to foster collaboration between the enterprises in these clusters.   The Flanders Cluster Support Program is also indirectly linked to the Flemish ERDF Operation Program 20142020. The collaborative activities and projects can potentially be supported from 2 specific objectives (SO): SO 1.1 “Promote cocreation for improved valorisation of R&D results” (27.8 MEUR ERDF available) and SO 1.2 “Support the transfer/dissemination of technologies in view of knowledge valorization and commercialization” (41.7 MEUR ERDF available). Which partners are working on this? Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Regional Operational Programme Priority Axis 2 - Improving the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises The SMEs sector is insufficiently developed, with negative impact on competitiveness of regional economies. In order to ensure competitiveness and create jobs, supporting the business environment in terms of increasing the size and activity of companies becomes a priority.   The West Regional Operational Programme for 2014-2020 allocates € 80,43 MM for activities developed under Priority Axis 2 aiming at improving the capacities of SMEs.   The intended improvements for this policy instrument envisage the promoting of entrepreneurship, especially by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by encouraging the creation of new businesses, inclusively through the support of business incubators. Other proposed measures include the expansion of cluster development to a wider range of SMEs (also in rural areas), the support for increasing the number of innovative SMEs, products and services, as well as decreasing the duration of innovation processes and ensuring better time-to-market. Which partners are working on this? Timiş County Council Regional Strategy for Healthcare Research and Innovation For the ERDF-OP TO1: Research & Innovation, the North Denmark Regions’ action plan 2014-2018 has the following focus:   Strengthening the organisation in clusters. • The development and running of cluster organisations in relevant business areas as an efficient tool for growth and development. The activities must focus on collaboration, innovation and the creation of business in companies. • Innovation activities. Supports projects that can develop new concepts for products or test concepts at the relevant target groups.   This has been implemented in the shape of Public-private innovation (PPI) collaboration through clusters. It is a goal to be able to build one cluster organisation in the North Denmark Region in the fields of health- and welfare technology that includes all regional actors with an interest in these fields. This will build mainly on relevant PPI collaborations. One function of the cluster is to initiate and develop different arenas for innovation. In the healthcare sector, the interaction with hospital staff and patients is essential. However, the potentials for developing new solutions, support entrepreneurs and innovation in SMEs have not been fully exploited.   Improvements to the current policy should focus on the remaining barriers. These include a drop in the number of successful PPIs (Evaluation by KORA 2014) and that it is notoriously hard for SMEs to go from development to sale in the health- or welfare tech market. Which partners are working on this? North Denmark Region POR FESR 2014-2020 della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia ROP ERDF 2014 – 2020 of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region Regarding FVG ROP ERDF 2014-2020 two thematic objectives are concerned: 1.Strengthening research, technological development and innovation; 2.Improving access, use and quality of ICT. In this framework priorities of investment and specific objectives are: to promote business investments in R&D by developing links and synergies between companies, research and development centers and the higher education sector, in particular for the development of products and services, technology transfer, social innovation, applications in public services; to support demand-driven innovation, networks, clusters and open innovation; to support technological and applied research, pilot activities, and actions for early validation of products, advanced manufacturing capabilities, especially in key enabling technologies; to increase business innovation activities. In a governance perspective specific objectives are: to strengthen ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health; to strengthen the ICT demand of citizens and businesses in terms of using IT services, digital inclusion and participation. Improvements to the policy should aim at strengthening the capacity of SME to address demand-drive innovation, at scaling-up their innovative services and products and at exploiting better R&D outcomes in their business development, through the definition of supporting environments and service support systems. Which partners are working on this? Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat CEI-ES Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 (Operativni program za izvajanje Evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014-2020) TO3: Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs We refer to two investment priorities (IP): - IP1: Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. - IP2: Developing and implementing new business models for SMEs, in particular with regard to internationalization.   There are two specific objectives (SO) addressed in the IP1. SO1 refers to promoting and accelerating the creation of new firms, especially start-ups, whereas SO2 addresses increased added value of SMEs. According to the OP, it is “crucial to improve access to capital and funding, training, mentoring, networking and other support services” for the SMEs as it will “contribute to improving the skills and competences at the level of companies and at the level of inter-company cooperation”. Support under SO2 will be, among others, given to: growth and development of SMEs by links to creative industry, introducing tech and non-tech innovativeness. Objective of the IP2 is to enhance the international competitiveness of SMEs.   Improvements of the policy should outline new opportunities related to accessibility of funding for SMEs, recommend additional incentives for enhancing internationalization by integration into global value chains and address new mechanisms designed specifically for so called scale-up companies. Etrepreneurial support system should support SMEs to address demand driven innovation. Which partners are working on this? Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd. Operational Programme - under the “Investment for Growth and Jobs” Goal Scotland will focus on thematic objective 01 – strengthening research, technological development and innovation. In this framework, priorities of investment and specific objectives are – promoting business investment in R&I by developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular the development of products and services, technology transfer, social innovation, public service applications to support demand-driven innovation, networks, clusters and open innovation; to support technological and applied research, pilot activities, early product validation and advanced manufacturing capabilities, particularly in key enabling technologies; to increase business innovation activities.   The priority will be to strengthen the capabilities and capacities of citizens, services and businesses in using digital solutions for health and wellbeing, learning, culture and service delivery.   Improvements of the policy aim to have more businesses investing in innovation to maintain and increase their global competitiveness. Interaction of key parts of the innovation ecosystem – public authorities, SMEs, researchers, ICT networks – facilitated through living labs will seek to improve investment in products, service development and enabling technologies. Local businesses will benefit from support that will allow them to become more profitable and to take steps to innovate and invest Which partners are working on this? Scottish Government Tweets by ACSELL Latest News See all project news 25/01/2021 The University of Tübingen & Region of North Denmark On November 24, 2020, The University of Tübingen held a regional stakeholder meeting and invited their twinning partner, the region of North Denmark to attend. Type: Project 01/12/2020 Digital Health & Care Event - DigiFest2020 Join Scotland's biggest digital health and care event, providing the opportunity to share learning, innovative ideas and solutions! Type: Project 15/10/2020 Consensus Workshop Scotland News about the workshops in Scotland. Type: Project 13/10/2020 Transfer Panel Meeting Insights from the Transfer Panel Meeting and the "Twinnings". Type: Project 08/10/2020 Consensus Workshop Ljubljana News from the Consensus Workshop in Ljubljana Type: Project 07/10/2020 Consensus Workshop Friuli Venezia Giulia The consensus meeting of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia was held on Wednesday 7 October 2020. Type: Project 02/10/2020 Consensus Workshop Baden-Württemberg News from the Consensus Workshop in Baden-Württemberg. Type: Project 28/07/2020 Digital Living Lab Days 2 to 4 September: ENoLL organizes this year's Living Lab Days as Digital Living Lab Days with interactive online sessions. Type: Project 30/06/2020 Online Consortium Meeting On June 11 ACSELL had its first online Consortium Meeting with a great input from the Slovenia Healthcare Ecosystem. Type: Project 15/03/2020 Scottish Regional Stakeholder Meeting The first Regional Stakeholder meeting took place in Scotland. Type: Project