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Project summary Across Europe, public bodies are pressed by an increasing need to provide preparatory support to the economic ecosystem in advance of the closure of anchor firms in their region which act as significant employers. The impacts of a closure of course go beyond direct employees and ripple, wave like throughout the regional services sector and economy. Management of such anticipated structural change requires proactive renewal of business approaches and policy supports. Regions are encouraged to introduce pilot projects based on their own strengths and to provide appropriate business supports for the re-alignment of the regional industrial base. This proactive approach by regional stakeholders is critical to building the resilience of these regions and enabling them to adapt to change.   The importance of SMEs and start-ups to the regional economy is widely recognised in terms of the provision of employment, contribution to GDP, driving innovation and supporting regional resilience. It is imperative that the relevant regional stakeholders keep informed, inspired and equipped to provide the appropriate SME and start-up supports, particularly in regions anticipating structural change.   The development of this collaborative Interreg Europe project linking partners across borders will seek to develop a Framework and Roadmap for Anticipated Structural Change under Priority Axis 2. It is imperative that industry players, business support organisations and policy makers understand how their ecosystems work and when faced with shocks (firm closures) to collaboratively develop alternative growth and employment through supportive policies and programmes to boost SME competitiveness. €1,860,974.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. Priority 3 (P3) of the Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme is focused on SME Competitiveness. Its objective is to increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the S&E region by supporting start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises.   P3 is implemented by the Local Enterprise Offices (31 offices across Ireland) and Enterprise Ireland (EI). EI is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. EI and the LEOs work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. The ERDF co-financed financial supports are targeted at value added manufacturing and traded services activities.   While the policy provides excellent support to individual entrepreneurs with new business ideas in terms of starting & growing their own business the system does not stimulate innovation or diversification via collaborative ideation generation either within or between sectors. Supporting a collaborative discovery process is crucial to building regional resilience & diversification, reinforcing the ability of regions to bounce back in times of shock. The lack of policy supports for such a framework in support of the discovery process needs to be addressed to ensure that strong regional economic foundations exist which promote innovation, creativity & competitiveness. FOUNDATION will seek to inform this policy improvement. Which partners are working on this? Munster Technological University (until 31/12/2020 [Cork Institute of Technology]) Greater Manchester European Structural Investment Fund (GMESIF) GMESIF is the plan that sets out how the EU funds are allocated to the Greater Manchester region from the ERDF England Operational Programme 2014-2020 and how they will be spent.   Priority 3 SME competitiveness – Oldham needs to improve the competitiveness and productivity of its businesses. Oldham’s economy still remains over-dependent upon relatively low-skilled and low-wage enterprise with employers most at risk from modernisation. Over the last decade, new jobs have been created, but the majority of these have been low value service or health occupations. Unemployment in Oldham has now largely recovered from the peak of the last recession and appears relatively stable. However, we still have the 3rd highest rate in Greater Manchester. This Investment Priority will help support SME to become more competitive, thus increasing survival and growth rates and creating jobs and prosperity.   Reasons why it should be improved: Oldham's economy generated £2.9 Billion during 2013, which provides around 6% of the total GVA generated within Greater Manchester. However, GVA per head in Oldham is the second lowest within the region and the UK Competitiveness Index showed that Oldham ranked 367th out of 379 local authorities nationwide. If Oldham’s SME’s are to survive and grow they need to increase productivity, become more innovative & competitive. To address this situation support is needed to help businesses innovate, improve productivity, access new markets & become more resilient. Which partners are working on this? Oldham Council Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020. Finland's Structural Funds Programme The instrument to be improved is Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020. Finland's Structural Funds Programme, the  activities are focused to Priority 1: Competitiveness of SMEs. The structure and level of the new regional program differs  from the previous ones. The program seeks new thinking in regional and national regional development and moves towards a more comprehensive strategic thinking model. This strives for flexibility, as well as for a proactive and rapid response to  the changes that are taking place around us. The first steps towards new approach to the Planning for Anticipated Structural. Changes are being implemented within this program. Best practices gathered during the FOUNDATION project, will showcase  how the structural funds can be used to improve the resilience of the regions by building capacities of the SMEs. By involving SMEs in new projects in these regions to support their competitiveness regionally, nationally and internationally.  Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020 offers a great starting point for reaching our project targets and FOUNDATION and the University of Oulu in partnership with the Council of Oulu Region have a great opportunity to influence it and its successor programme.  Which partners are working on this? University of Oulu OP for Investing European Structural and Investment Funds The objective of the instrument is to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets and to increase their innovation and productivity. The part of this instrument that could be specifically selected for this project is related to the support for the digitalization of SMEs, where SMEs are supported to implement different novel solutions to increase their productivity and competitiveness. The first call for proposals of the financial measure “Industry digitalization“ was launched recently.   It would be important to incorporate the aspect of resilience into the policy instrument in order to provide the extra support to the regions, which are experiencing major closures and structural changes. Thus, international cooperation and exchange of good practices is very useful in order to learn from other regions and get the knowledge how this policy instrument can be improved. Which partners are working on this? Lithuanian Innovation Center Regional Operational Programme of Podkarpackie Voivodeship 2014 – 2020 Priority axis VII is dedicated to the Regional Labour Market and the priorities are concentrated on the access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, including long-term unemployed and from the labour market, including through local employment initiatives and support for labour mobility.   The establishment of new economic entities directly affect the increase in the level of entrepreneurship. At the same time outside taking a self newly created entities will generate additional jobs, which will lead to the realization of the specific objective ie. The growth of entrepreneurship and self-employment in the region and thus contribute to increased employment inhabitants of the region.   Podkarpackie Region is one of the regions with the lowest level of economic development. The reason is, among others, limited access to external sources of financing for those wishing to start a business. Which partners are working on this? Rzeszow Regional Development Agency Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) 2014HU16M0OP001 The programme (source: ERDF, ESF, IKF; a total of 9,004.2 M EUR over 7 years) aims to stimulate the economies of the less developed regions in Hungary. One of the main objectives of the 2014-2020 programming period is the complex development of corporate capacities of enterprises (taken in a broader sense) that have growth potential, first of all micro, small and medium sized enterprises in order to develop their income generating effect and market positions.   In order to achieve this, it is necessary to further develop technology-intensive activities, to establish high value added production and strategic service activities in Hungary, especially the modernisation of the SMEs sector, to increase their role played in employment and the development of their development abilities and to reduce the difference in terms of productivity between the small, medium sized enterprises and the modern large enterprises that are mostly in foreign property.   The measure aims to trigger actions that will reinforce and expand regional innovation capacity based on the potential of involving, educating and empowering local business, citizens and public administration to support technological as well as practice-based innovation and aim to stimulate private sector investment and also facilitate cooperation and joint initiatives between enterprises, business centres and higher education players in key regional areas of smart specialisation and innovation opportunity. Which partners are working on this? Pannon Business Network Association DUP – Documento Unico di Programmazione del Comune di Reggio Emilia 20152019 DUP Strategic Priority 1 tackles the transition, for Reggio Emilia, from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy, by leveraging on local distinctive competences (Education, Mechatronics, Agrifood, Energy & Services) in line with the Regional S3. This is part of a resilience strategy based on innovation and productive reconversion of pre-existing industrial structures and aims at providing tools to face big economic changes and global competition.   Reasons for improvement are: 1. ERDF OP measures targeting job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development struggle to have complete effectiveness at local level, since mismatches between regional and local programming exist: dialogue and integration between these 2 levels must be improved, to guarantee harmonisation of economic policies and a full integration of ERDF priorities in local planning.   2. Coexistence of several stakeholders (Local Authority, Chamber of Commerce, Trade associations, enterprises, SMEs, universities, R&I centres) with different competences and roles in support of economic growth: governance of these organisations has to be improved to avoid duplication, define and share a common vision for economic development of the regional system. The new approach should build and promote cooperation processes (replacing standard competitive processes) that put together different local and international actors in a “knowledge creation chain”, consisting in partnerships and collaborations. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Reggio Emilia Operational Programme Under The 'Investment For Growth And Jobs' Goal: Murcia Feder 2014-20 OP The Thematic objective addressed by the Policy Instrument selected, would be the number “03 - Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)”. This objective have several Investment priorities, being the most significant for FOUNDATION project: 3a – Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators.   The priority 3a, aims to develop a comprehensive plan to support entrepreneurship, encourage growth and job creation. Foster entrepreneur local government: promoting entrepreneurship, identifying niches and self-employment, infrastructure development to accommodate business.   Although the policy specifically mentions an action to support business creation and self-employment developing an entrepreneurship ecosystem, no actions are detailed to face large industry closure, which has an important impact in regional economy. Some punctual initiatives are being developed in this field, mainly related to capacitation in Industry 4.0 and with the support of the Regional Development Agency. The policy should design a consistent strategy, including well-planned actions and involving different regional actors, to support unemployed people resulted from the large firm closure to become entrepreneurs or be part again of the industrial sector improving the competitiveness of auxiliary SMEs with its experience. Which partners are working on this? Business Innovation Center of Cartagena (CEEIC) Investments in Growth and Employment Austria 2014-2020 Following the motto of the Upper Austrian Council for Research and Technology (RFT OÖ) “Strengthen strengths – dare something new“, the strategic objectives, topics and activities build on existing structures and “critical mass“ of the regional economy and thus carry on the tradition of strategic programmes in Upper Austria.   A new practice has been adopted through the modern approach in technology policy of consistent vertical orientation along the education–research–economy innovation chain within defined fields of activity- namely: industrial production processes, energy, food/nutrition, health & ageing society and mobility.   When the current program was developed (2011) a number of trends like Digitalisation, Industry 4.0, etc. were not adressed.Tthe regional program development will begin in 2019. This offers the opportunity to improve on the one hand the process of developing a new strategic program and on the other hand taking into account the new industrial trends, which are important in Upper Austria.   There is great interests in developing new methodologies, processes, to overcome stagnation and increase innovation. To keep employment levels in the region stable by stimulating cross-sectoral diversification, cross-thinking and open innovation will be one of the key targets. The results of the FOUNDATION project will foster our process to try new ways in development of regional policy instruments. Which partners are working on this? Business Upper Austria Sign up for the FOUNDATION newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by FOUNDATION Latest News See all project news 05/11/2021 Polish ”#ideadlarozwojubiznesu” Experts from key institutions in the Polish economic system are sharing with entrepreneurs knowledge and practical tips on the use of protective solutions Type: Project 04/10/2021 Automotive: Silk-FAW invests in Reggio Emilia The Sino-American company chose Reggio Emilia as the location for its new production site for hypercars Type: Project 28/09/2021 Industry Clusters and Resilience Business Upper Austria invited project participants to a hybrid seminar that focused on the importance of industry clusters Type: Project 27/09/2021 Business resilience analysis in Hungary PBN analyses companies based on data of over 26000 elements to define resilience. Aiming to elaborate a classification methodology for support systems Type: Project 21/09/2021 Night-time Economy Taskforce publish recommendations The ‘Night-time Economy’ taskforce has published recommendations relating to how the night-time economy can be developed and recover from the affects of COVID Type: Project 12/08/2021 Vouchers for digitization Vouchers for digitization are aimed at increasing the use of digital technologies by Polish SMEs Type: Project 10/06/2021 SMEs bring resilience for rural regions As a part of FOUNDATION-project, the University of Oulu organised a hybrid seminar about resilience in rural regions and SMEs in these regions Type: Project 01/06/2021 Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan The Irish government publishes the National Recovery and Resilience Plan which outlines how they plan to invest €915million over the coming years Type: Project 20/05/2021 Webinar on Academia and Economic Resilience Foundation Project webinar on “Academia and Economic Resilience: What Role Do Academics Play?” Type: Project 19/05/2021 Greater Manchester: Business & academia together Greater Manchester are working with local universities to maximise the impact of their excellent leadership and management training and development offer Type: Project
Project summary 10 partners from 7 countries in peripheral, rural and emerging European regions are collaborating to help each partner develop inclusive digital innovation ecosystems and services that meet the current and future needs of their economies and society to become dynamic players in local and global development . The project will improve its 7 selected policy instruments to help them to become better enablers and deliverers of digital innovation. CARPE DIGEM will examine how the partners in close collaboration with their regional public, private and community stakeholders, can better communicate and enage their regions in improving strategies for digital transformation, predicting and developing new skills and competencies for the future. CARPE DIGEM is primarily about how to create functioning and sustainable Digital Innovation Ecosystems (DIGEMs) in regions considered to be outside the digital, economic and social core of Europe, traditional 'receivers' of innovation and change. CARPE DIGEM will show how we can collectively catalyse, lever, network and expand inter-regional digital eco-systems outside metropolitan Europe, to help provide universal access to the integrated digital solutions and eco-systems our citizens, public administrations and businesses need. €1,737,910.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? By designing a learning and application 'Loop' at regional and inter-regional levels CARPE DIGEM partners will better achieve their global objective of improving regional economic and social growth trajectories through 'permanent digital evolution and innovation'. The project will ensure: • Accessible and wide ranging knowledge of responsible policy makers and key stakeholders to support and establish sustainable DIGEMS. DIGEMS will ensure that innovative digital products and services that lead to Improvements in Growth, employment and investment and in the quality of life will be delivered. • Significant improvement to staff, expert and stakeholder skills who integrate territorial needs and models within the wider European digital innovation networks • Well skilled and equipped digital mediators to enable rural youth, entrepreneurs and the socially/economically excluded to fully benefit from and contribute to digital innovation • 6 regional DIH working in network under the CARPE DIGEM approach • 15 new companies exploiting digital tools and services in the area of: Digital education; Healthcare; Creative industry; Tourism; Energy Industrial design and Media  • 50 SMEs supported through Digital Innovation Hubs enhanced or established through projects resulting from CARPE DIGEM • Digital Innovation projects resulting from CARPE DIGEM Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? The North West Strategic Growth Plan The NW Region of the island of Ireland is the only functional economic region of such scale which experiences a national jurisdictional border. As such, specific arrangements through the North West Partnership Board (NWPB) have been made and a policy instrument, the North West Strategic Growth Plan.” developed. It has 3 axes: 1 Economic growth and investment; 2 Physical and environmental development; 3 Social and community cohesion and wellbeing. The 1st axis aims “to enhance the region’s innovation ecosystem to capture jobs and enterprises in the next wave of digital innovation” Key priorities: 1. Focus transformation efforts on five (S3) targets: Advanced manufacturing, Fintech, Life & health science, Digital & creative industries, Culture & tourism 2. Develop, deepen, leverage and apply digital research resources across S3 targets to create enterprises, investment, jobs and skills. 3. Configure base of tech parks and innovation centres into coherent networks of innovation Improved thru measures to transfer research and development activities from 3rd level institutions to existing & new enterprises and B2B. Requiring access to latest university/3rd level-enterprise collaboration, methodologies and innovation approaches (characterised by DEI DIH service list). In addition 3rd level sector can be better grown through use of venture capital startup/accelerator funding, by gearing its activities towards transfer of research capacity into viable businesses. Which partners are working on this? European Regions Network for Application of Communications Technology Operational Programme "Regional Madeira 2014-2020" Priority axis 1 - Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation. Investment Priority 1.b The priorities for intervention is the OP Madeira 2014-2020, where IDE, IP-RAM is the Intermediate Body. The regional action will focus on Priority axis 1 - Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation which best reflects our ambitions in the CARPE DIGEM Project Investment Priority 1.b  -  The principal measures of interest are: Promoting business investment in innovation and research, Develop links and synergies between enterprises, research centers and R & D and the higher education sector, in particular the promotion of development of products and services Technology transfer, social innovation, and co-development and applications of public stimulation of demand, in networks, clusters and open innovation through intelligent specialization, Support for applied technological research, Pilot lines, actions for the early validation of products, What should be improved: • identify more clearly the structural constraints in the area of ​​RTDI related to DIGEMs which are barriers to reaching Europe 2020 Strategy Goals • ensure greater clarification of actions to be undertaken to reinforce the regional DIGEM and its role in reinforcing other EPs of Regional Strategy such as green economy, culture economy, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources • Ensure a fair balance in project prioritization criteria within the OP Madeira 2014-2020, ensuring an appropriate allocation of resources to priority areas for job creation and, for skills/infrastructure Which partners are working on this? Business Development Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira Regional Development Strategy (RUS) Vasterbotten, The selected PI points at the need to co-create cross-overs between traditional areas to create innovative digital services in industry and for a smart urban-rural balanced region. To strengthen the region’s focal areas “intersections” are used, that is - areas of expertise/sector crossing other areas, leading to innovative leaps, to create potential for future investments, by promoting inter-sectoral meetings between different enterprises, organisations and expertise. An intersection that will be focused is the development of industrial technology and services, requiring new concepts and ICT solutions, offered by, operators in the digital creative sector. These types of inter-sectoral contributions will be prioritised. The region’s on-going rapid digitalisation, needs to be ‘eco-systemic’ to provide as is envisaged under EC "Digitising European Industry" Communication (COM(2016)180) that "any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change’. The existing PI lacks concretization on how to achieve this ambitions and establish such co-creative border- crossings wher innovative digital products and solutions can be developed. The PI needs to devlope strategies for learning between successful examples of boarder-crossing solutions and supporting ecosystems on regional as well as national and European level. Which partners are working on this? Region of Vasterbotten Uminova Expression Regional Programme Bourgogne ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 Specific Objective 1b Axe I of the OP underlines the need to increase the research and innovation potential of the territory in order to serve the Competitiveness and employment of Burgundian (Nièvre) companies. Measure 1b's objective is to address the challenge of facilitating and encouraging the emergence of new fields of innovation. The measure underlines the need to strengthen relations with Competence Centers and (the wider digital innovation ecosystem) to amplify the dynamic of creating innovative enterprises linked to the strategic areas identified by the RIS3. This (improvement will be achieved through the improved development of the local ecosystem of innovation (detection, start-up, maturation, incubation) its better regional integration as well as the development of research; Public-private and private-private partnership in relation to National, European strategic agendas. In 2011, Burgundy was 17th of 21 French regions in regional business creation rate. BFC (and subsequently Nièvre) economic fabric is made up of small businesses with a low RDI capacity. The Policy Instrument needs to be improved in order to a) provide more strategic ‘guidance and pathways’ for business and citizens developing a support and competence ecosystem, with consistent and comprehensive access to innovation services/ and mediation-brokerage-coaching support b) enable public and private sector service deliverers to better map; plan and manage the local + regional DIGEM at intra and inter-regional level Which partners are working on this? Digital Nièvre Joint Authority Multiregional Operational Program for Spain 2014-2020 The aim of this PI is to contribute to the improvement and recovery of the competitiveness of the Spanish economy, through the promotion of a smarter growth model, supported by the research, innovation and ICT, with special attention to the needs and potential of SMEs. Its general objectives are: (i) the development of research and innovation activities by companies, and the transfer of technology towards these; (ii) to promote a greater use of ICTs; (iii) to improve the internationalization processes of SMEs and their access to financing; (iv) to achieve an R&D expenditure 2% of GDP to strengthen the Spanish R&D&I system. From another perspective, this PI aims to develop public-private collaboration, strengthen links between universities, technology centres and regional companies (especially SMEs), and to support collaborative structures in their respective fields. This PI is implemented at regional and local level by the Spanish Chambers of Commerce, who acts as intermediary body (CCM in Mallorca) , and who have implemented specific sub-programs such as: Xpande (internationalization of SMEs), Xpande Digital (international digital positioning of companies in global markets), InnoCámaras (Develop innovation in SMEs), and TICCámaras (Integrate ICT's within SMEs). The PI would significantly benefit from stronger cooperation between the public/private stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem, improved support, competence and mediation. Service offer and access Which partners are working on this? Mallorca Chamber of Commerce Operational programme Innovation and competitiveness 2014-2020 The Program’s main aim is the achievement of dynamic and competitive economy through the development of innovations, entrepreneurship, growth capacity of SME’s, energy and resource efficiency of enterprises. The OPIK Priority Axis 1 “Technological Development and Innovation" (TO1), related to the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), is the policy instrument that needs to be amended to successfully support smart specialisation priorities in manufacturing sectors by responding to the surge of the digital transformation. Aiming at encouraging business investment in R&D, in particular the promotion of investment in the development of products and services and technology transfer, this priority axis includes support for technological development and innovation in order to increase innovation activities of enterprises. But OPIK has not been designed or amended so far to answer the challenges of digital transformation. The already planned measures are not oriented towards harnessing SMEs to achieve the digital transformation benefits. The measures envisaging triple-helix cooperation are not intended to support and develop the digital transformation agenda from the last few years. The innovation policies need to be adapted to the new context and oriented to meet the challenge of mobilising Digital Innovation Ecosystems. There is a need for more investment in adequate competence centres and in capacity to deliver the services to implement digital transformation. Which partners are working on this? Business Agency Association Ministry of Economy DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 – DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY UNTIL 2020 The DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 strategy is a commitment for a faster development of the digital society and the use of opportunities enabled by information and communication technologies and the internet for general economic and social benefits. Along with the strategies from its scope, it envisages measures to tackle the major development gaps in the field of digital society: faster development of digital entrepreneurship, increased competitiveness of the ICT industry, overall digitisation, development of digital infrastructure, construction of broadband infrastructure, strengthened cybersecurity and the development of an inclusive information society. It foresees priority investment in the digitisation of entrepreneurship, innovative data-driven economy and development, and the use of the internet and, in these frameworks, in the research and development of technologies of the internet of things, cloud computing, big data and mobile technologies. DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 was published in 2016, and didn’t take into account the challenges with digitalization brought since then, but also mechanisms, such as Digital Innovation Hubs introduced to meet some of those challenges. That is why we would like to use this project to improve the policy instrument with new projects that will tackle the digital challenges. Which partners are working on this? University of Ljubljana Republic of Slovenia – Ministry of Public Administration Sign up for the CARPE DIGEM 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')); CARPE DIGEM Tweets by CARPE DIGEM Latest News See all project news 07/09/2021 #EURegionsWeek 2021 From October 11 to October 12, 2021 the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionWeek) will take place. Type: Project 23/06/2021 How the Virtual Wine Tasting went The event took place on 16th June in ZOOM. Type: Project 09/06/2021 Virtual Wine Tasting - Wine Producers On the event good practices of wine producers from Slovenia, France and Spain will be presented! Type: Project 05/11/2020 The webinar for tourism attracted 200 experts Experts from around Europe gathered to discuss CARPE DIGEM project good practices for digitising tourism in COVID 19 times Type: Project 30/10/2020 How digitalisation can support tourism in crisis CARPE DIGEM partners and stakeholders will explore how digital Innovation reinforced by local and international cooperation can help tourism to evolve now Type: Project 20/07/2020 THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF RURAL VILLAGES A tool on promoting digital transformation in villages and rural areas related to CARPE DIGEM is published Type: Project 21/06/2020 Digitalisation of municipalities lecture Discussing how municipalities could benefit from digitalisation Type: Project 29/05/2020 #boostingdigitalisation webinar available Webinar is now available to watch at https://bit.ly/2ZVevMb Type: Project 26/05/2020 Boosting digitalisation in your region webinar Webinar on how digital innovation ecosystems mobilisation could boost regions' digitalisation - the CARPE DIGEM approach Type: Project 07/05/2020 DIGEMs for the switch to the post-COVID era How cooperating for innovations can support the regions for the new work scene? 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Project summary The key policy instruments linked to Investments and Growth are managed mostly from the main cities (regional or national capitals), often disconnected to rural areas, and have less impact in areas of lower population density, in particular the actions towards innovation of the SMEs. The promotion of entrepreneurship spirit has to be further developed in rural areas, and in particular the promotion of new niches of business opportunities, such as “Energy, Environment, Eco-industries, ICT or Social Innovation”.  €1,022,597.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic SME competitiveness The aim of Rural SMEs To improve the policies on regional support systems for entrepreneurs through exchange of experiences and identification of good practices, implementing the lessons learnt in regional action plans to increase the creation of innovative SMEs in rural areas. To achieve this goal the project envisages the identification, transfer and adoption of projects, measures and policies that would contribute to find out solutions to key challenges that face business development in less populated areas, such as: access to finance; communication and logistics; access to knowledge; innovation services supportIn particular, and through the organization of 7 Study visits, 4 Workshops & 2 Seminars, involving the partner’s staff and the relevant regional stakeholders, the project will focus on supporting measures linked to: Rural Entrepreneurship (public support, new niches, young entrepreneurs)Innovative Rural SMEs (Public support, circular economy, Social Innovation, etc.)  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Regional Operational Programme Castilla-León This new policy instrument for the period 2014-2020 in the Spanish region of Castilla y León includes six different priority axes related with the thematic objectives corresponding mainly to the smart and sustainable growth pillar of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The project [email protected] SMEs affects directly to the priority axe number three (“Improving SMEs competitiveness”). On these grounds, the project is related directly with the three main priorities of investment: 3.1. Promotion of entrepreneur spirit. 3.2. Development and application on new market models 3.3. Support to the economic capacity of SMEs in their innovation process. Thus, this priority axe is based in two core topics: entrepreneurship promotion and establishment and development of new business. The funding allocated to this priority axe in our Operational Programme is around 83 M€.   Regarding to the main reasons for this policy improvement these are related with the lack of concrete focus in rural areas. The policy should be enriched with measures addressing the demographic reality of the region and the necessities of enterprises located in these areas, since rural SMEs barriers to business growth differ geographically. Which partners are working on this? Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos (SODEBUR) County Tipperary Local Economic and Community Plan 2015-2020 The purpose of the Local Economic and Development Plan (LECP) for County Tipperary is to set out, for a 6 year period, the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic, the local and community development of the county, both by the County Council itself directly and in partnership with other relevant stakeholders in the county. There is no specific funding allocated to the policy instrument, however, it does elaborate a framework by which funding is spent by local actors All local authorities in Ireland are required to make a LECP as per the Local Government Reform Act 2014. The first County Tipperary LECP was completed in January 2016 and covers the period to 2020. The statutory requirement to adopt the Tipperary LECP is an important measure at the local level in the Irish Government’s overall National Action Plan for Jobs The LECP contains a high-level economic priority and associated strategic actions of direct relevance to the [email protected] SMEs project as follows: • LECP High-Level Economic Priority1 : To promote and enable appropriate economic development opportunities throughout the county • Strategic Action E1.3: Promotion and support of smaller indigenous economic opportunities in all appropriate settlements in the county and micro-enterprise opportunities in all parts of the county, including rural areas  The policy instrument needs to be improved to incorporate practical solutions for SMEs in rural areas to exploit the innovation support system Which partners are working on this? Tipperary County Council Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Directive 2014/95/EU Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is a centralised OP for territorial development of Slovenia, covering all 11 Thematic Objectives. Our goal is to improve Priority 9: “CLLD with specific goal better economic and social inclusion of the society, where creation of entrepreneurial activities and innovative development partnerships. The new business opportunities in the countryside has to be further fostered and developed; specific emphasis has to be on support to creation of innovative SMEs in the countryside. On the basis of the data from 2013 there is a lack of financial mechanisms for start-ups and also lack of entrepreneurial culture, more aggravated in the rural areas. The programme should be better developed in themes that concerns the: - creation of entrepreneurial activities and innovative development partnerships - specific measures and services for encouragement of the entrepreneurship in rural areas. Especially is important to tackle the issue of young entrepreneurs in countryside where specific attention need to be given to the young with potentials, women and other vulnerable groups that are facing threat of social exclusion that has little or no opportunities for the development of own entrepreneurial ideas due to lack of knowledge and different skills needed for successful start ups.   Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd, Kranj O.P. of Western Grecee 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed above is the first priority axis in Regions operational program 2014-2020 with a total budget of 70,4 m.€ , making obvious the need to be further supported and improved. The reasons it should be improved are: i) The vision for Western Greece as described in the operational program 2014-2020 is to become an innovation pole for scientists, researchers and SMEs. In that framework support will be given to entrepreneurs, SMEs and clusters especially in cases that innovation is embedded in the value chains. SMEs have been identified as a key factor not only for the improvement of competitiveness of the Region but also as a necessary condition for the recovery of regional economy and labor market. ii) A recent analysis (2014) of the Greek Ministry of Development shows that Western Greece has a very strong concentration of workers in the rural areas and agriculture ( 9th among 272 European regions) – as also in SMEs workers( 26th among 272 European regions). Having these in mind the Region’s rural SME’s play a significant role to the reconstruction of Region’s productive base .   iii) Τhe implementation of RIS3 strategy till now in the Region has highlighted the importance of supporting rural SMEs in a more holistic approach, establishing links with research institutes and commerce organizations. It’s remarkable the consensus of all the regional research and commerce players to focus on the rural SMEs as the locomotive of a sustainable development.  Which partners are working on this? REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND OF REGION OF WESTERN GREECE ON BEHALF OF REGION OF WESTERN GREECE Economic Development and Innovation Operative Program Within Széchenyi 2020, the Economic Development and Innovation Operation Programme (GINOP) is dealing with the issue of the project. The policy instrument related to the approach called Needs of territories with serious environmental or demographic unbalance. The core aim of this approach that the disadvantaged territories find external and gain internal resources to catch up and renew. 1.priority: Develop the competitiveness and employment of businesses 3.priority: ICT developments 5.priority: Employment encouraging and develop the business adaptability The policy instrument should be developed based on territorial point of view. The operative programme mainly appoints sectoral development priorities and it has no exact territorial context. With the help of the project our agency could analyse and classify the most disadvantageous rural areas and make different suggestions based on the local needs.   The allocated fund of this priority axis is 1 344 675 091 €. (Development of SMEs’ competitiveness and employment enhancing)  Which partners are working on this? Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofil Ltd.  Competitiveness Operational  Programme, Priority axis 1 – Research, technological development and innovation (RDI) to support economic competitiveness and business development and Priority Axis 2 - Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for a competitive digital economy, Investments The Competitiveness Operational Programme (COP), in Romania, address the challenges stemming from the low support for research, development and innovation (RDI) and the under-developed information and communication technologies (ICT) services and infrastructure. By investing in these areas, the COP aims to contribute to bolster the competitiveness of the Romanian economy The Programme focus on 2 main priorities: A1.Research, development and innovation supporting economic competitiveness and the development of businesses (Budget € 952.57 million) A2.Information and communication technologies for a competitive digital economy investments (Budget € 630.2 million) Policy instruments oriented on encouraging investments and growth are usually managed by the cities capital of regions or country not very well connected to the rural areas. Many rural business, in Romania, suffer from insufficient access to innovation structures and knowledge, finance, communication, logistics, etc) hence good practices, from different European regions, need to be promoted to local stakeholders (including authorities), to increase their capacity to initiate/ manage entrepreneurial activities and stimulate the creation of networks and clusters for developing new products and services in rural areas    The policy instrument is not reaching enough the stakeholders from rural areas and it needs to have a better approach to entrepreneurship initiatives and business development opportunities in these areas Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita Nasaud, Romania Pacto Territorial para a Empregabilidade do Ave (Ave Region Growth and Jobs Territorial Plan) (2014-2020) The municipalities integrating CIM Ave are implementing this policy instrument for Ave Region that is operated under CIM Ave responsibility. The main objective of the policy instrument is to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises, and to strengthen the region competitiveness by promoting the investment in innovation, R&D and diversifying and strengthening SMEs, with the aim of increasing participation in the processes of growth and innovation.   The priorities of this policy instrument are:  - Stimulating entrepreneurship by facilitating the support for the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new enterprises, including through business incubators;  - Developing and applying new business models for SMEs, The reasons for the improvement of the policy instrument addressed are:    - Innovative activities that must involve rural/peri-urban areas, currently lagging behind the main urban centres    - SMEs in the Ave Region are facing viability challenges, not only due to the outbreak of the financial crisis, but also due to the low integration of R&D results. To this end, the region acknowledges the need to develop innovation support services, so that SMEs can exploit new technologies and models to develop innovative products and have access to new markets.    - Promote less bureaucratic procedures and low speed of evaluation and funding processes that are the main obstacles for growth/innovation faced by rural economy SMEs in the region  Which partners are working on this? Ave Intermunicipal Community - CIM Ave Sign up for the Rural SMEs newsletter Subscribe now LinkedIn Join the conversation about development in the world of #ruralsmes on LinkedIn with us... 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Project summary How can we stimulate European businesses, knowledge institutes, and relevant partners to join forces to discover new ideas which could lead to innovation? That is the central question in Beyond EDP, a European Interreg project formed by eleven partners from nine countries.  Stimulating crossovers The entrepreneurial discovery process(EDP) is a process of continual interaction between businesses, knowledge institutes and, preferably, users, which aids the developments of new ideas and discoveries ("entrepreneurial discoveries"); discoveries which, if focused and supported in mutual cohesion, can grow to become a coherent palette of innovations, eventually becoming new economic strengths.  The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs. How do we stimulate innovation among these SMEs? Many European regions are faced with this problem; the Beyond EDP project was launched in 2014 for that reason. The participants share their knowledge and experience in various ways, including peer to peer reviews, joining forces to discover the success factors for stimulating innovation. They also want to know what they, as public authorities and management organisations, can do to facilitate that for companies and knowledge institutes, using tools such as financial stimulation. The aim is to create interesting crossovers on the intersections between sectors. Creating space for spontaneous ideas Various innovation environments have been created in the European regions in recent years, often supported by the ERDF Operational Programme: hubs and campuses where businesses and knowledge institutes can work on "entrepreneurial discovery" together. Sometimes together at physical locations, but often also through virtual collaboration.   This already forms a part of the RIS3: the intention to create structures throughout Europe where cohesive innovation projects can constantly be developed. The idea is that bringing entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, and users together will form a creative space where new ideas and discoveries can thrive. The themes and schools of thought must not be decided in advance. It is intended to allow ideas to spontaneously emerge from the dynamism that develops between the parties. Focused and cohesive support can help those ideas grow into promising new economic initiatives. Europe still has a lot of room for improvement   Europe still has a long way to go in this area. The number of innovation projects needs to increase, the cohesion between innovation environments could be better, and many more business from many different sectors could join these types of initiatives.   The Beyond EDP participants want to stimulate enthusiasm for innovation in their own region, bolstering the development of new creative environments everywhere, where businesses and institutes can continually raise ideas and find out which ones have the most potential. Those ideas can then receive focused support and be further developed into concrete initiatives. These are often niches: new ideas formed by clustering and contact between companies which may never have collaborated before because they are working on completely different things. Beyond EDP: a key project for Europe The Beyond EDP project addresses the core of the European innovation strategy, making it a key project for achieving the goal that Europe wishes to achieve by 2020: an economy based on smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth(growth in which everyone has a fair share, and which therefore does not come at the cost of minority groups and stragglers). The Beyond EDP project stimulates relationships and cross-connections between regions, as well as between businesses, knowledge institutes, and other stakeholders.   The trick is to make innovation everyone's business. Not only for large companies, but also for smaller SME companies, whether they are focused on high tech or on craftsmanship. Not only in the cities, but also in the countryside. Entrepreneurial discovery comes to life in creative environments. The more parties that meet each other, the broader the creativity and the greater the chance of creating something new which, in turn, leads to other new ideas. Innovation, by definition, requires teamwork. €1,735,398.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Centre-Val de Loire RIS3 Given its regional industrial strengths (the industry plays a leading role in the regional economy with more than 17% of GDP and jobs) and in order to face economic and technological challenges, the Centre-Val de Loire (CVL) region has made industry renewal one of its top priority. To achieve this objective, CVL continuously seek to boost regional innovation capacity. In this context, the CVL has since 2009 been working on better understanding the concept of Smart specialisation Strategy. CVL RIS3 has been officially approved by the Regional Council on 19th of December 2013. CVL RIS3 aims to :To encourage all types of innovation by strengthening regional research and innovation capacities;To make the ecological transition an asset for the industrial fabric;To strengthen the region's attractiveness by building on the industry (such as pharmacy, chemistry, cosmetics, mechanical equipment, electrical, electronic and computer equipment) and on tourism sectors having an international dimension To enhance the creative capacities of companies through the human capitalTo increase the number of innovative companies from 1000 to 1500 by 2020.More specifically, the RIS3 objective is to increase the critical mass, visibility and attractiveness of competence centres in the 5 priorities retained in the RIS3. The policy is directly linked with the CVL ERDF OP: Axis 1 Knowledge Society (TO1 directly linked with RIS3, investment priorities 1a and 1b). Which partners are working on this? DEV'UP Centre-Val de Loire "until 31/12/2016 Centre-Val de Loire Regional Innovation Agency" RIS3 of Castilla y León 2014-2020 The Castilla y León 2014 2020 RIS3 is the regional 2014-2020 R&D and Information Society’s planning document. It is the continuation of a path that Castilla y León started in 1997, which was the precursor of many elements reflected in the previous table and today form part of the European Union’s approach. The elaboration of the Castilla y León RIS3 has followed the six step methodology published by the European Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform. Smart specialisation of Castilla y León is the top level of the regional policies, RIS3 is articulated around 5 Priorities and 6 Objectives. TCUE is a particular measure of the RIS3, close to the EDP, as TCUE is at the centre of the regional quadruple helix (government, business, academy and society). TCUE therefore has a significant potential to improve EDP during the implementation of the RIS3. TCUE is articulated as a network of all the regional universities fostering knowledge transfer to regional companies, and entrepreneurship. ERDF OP : Axis 1 “Fostering R&D&I” and Axis 2 “Improving access to ICT” (Digital Agenda) are directly linked to RIS3. The selected measure TCUE is related to ERDF as it is included in the Priority Axis 1.2 of the ERDF Operational Programme of Castilla y León: “Fostering innovation and the development of links between companies and research centres”. Which partners are working on this? Universities and Higher Education Foundation of Castilla y León Centru RIS3 RIS3 is the output of intensified intraregional cooperation between the research sector, the business and the Public Authorities (triple helix model). This strategy is also in line with the national policies on innovation and increasing competitiveness. Coördination of the RIS3 design in our region was performed by the Centru Regional Development Agency.Functional partnership and working groups were set up:Regional Committee for Planning and Thematic working groups. Decisionmaking mechanism for RIS3:RDA Centru is in charge with drafting the RIS3The RIS3 priorities are settled by RDA Centru together with Regional Committee for Planning based on the draft prepared by RDA CentruFinally, the Regional Board of Centru Region has endorsed the RIS3 Setting up our RIS3 priorities We defined 3 horizontal directions (I, II, V) and 2 specific directions (III, IV) for reaching our goals:Building an economic culture of innovation (I)Regional research as support for regional businesses (II)Areas of excellence for a regional smart development (III)Better professional skills for a knowledgebased economy (IV)Interregional Cooperation at European level (V)The Centru RIS3 is related to the following national programmes: the Regional Operational Programme ERDF 20142020, the Operational Programme for the Competiveness 20142020, the Human Capital Operational Programme 20142020.(IV) Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru (RDA Centru) Extremadura RIS3 Extremadura RIS3 Strategy is an integrated agenda for the economic transformation of the region. Its global objective is increasing the size, added value and global competitiveness of the socioeconomic fabric of Extremadura through policies that enable the use and development of technologies related to the region’s sources of differentiation, fundamentally based on the sustainable exploitation of natural and cultural resources and the capabilities for creating quality of life in its demographic context, in connection with the challenges of Europe 2020 and global opportunitygeneration tendencies. In particular, Extremadura RIS3 Programme C2.3 «Facilitation of Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes» aims at strengthening the links of the value chains affecting the smart specialisation and at facilitating the development of Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes to help the identification of emerging opportunities and niche sectors related to Extremadura specialisation. The success of this policy instrument demands a global approach to Research, Development and Innovation support policies so as to arrange a multi actor governance, foster the regional specialisation potential through a welldesigned combination of different instruments and asses the results achieved. RIS3 is directly linked to Extremadura ERDF OP Axis 1 "Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation". Moreover, the promotion of the EDP is specifically linked to the Priority 1.2.   Which partners are working on this? Foundation FUNDECYT Scientific and Technological Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX) Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lodzkie Region - „LORIS 2030” The Lodzkie Region, in accordance with the RIS 2012 is seen as a weak innovator at the secondary level of progressive growth rate of innovation. The challenge for the region, enshrined in the Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lodzkie Region (LORIS 2030) is to change this situation and try to eliminate the gap between the Lodzkie and some of the Western European regions by 2030. LORIS 2030 includes measures that support the development of entrepreneurship, strengthen the cooperation of enterprises, research and development entities, institutions of business environment and administration and promote the broadly defined innovation in all areas of economic activity. The 2nd key element is the system of management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The main object is: Outlining a vision for specific strategic industries of the region, the directions of their development, the development scenarios as well as defining the conditions of the effective implementation of the designated activities. The Specific objectives are: mapping of relationships between the groups of key technologies and the key industries; mapping of regional specialisations, including a description and conditions of creating possible networks of sciencebusiness relationships, developing the project proposals facilitating the connection and integration of the key groups of technologies with the key industries. The RIS3 is directly linked with the Lodzkie Region ROP 20142020 (Measure 1.2). Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Nord-Pas de Calais RIS3 RIS3 aim at transforming regional economies, betting on regional strengths and specialisations. The RIS3 provide a framework to identify the development axis and the specialisations of the regional economy. In Nord-Pas de Calais, the RIS3 has been designed thanks to an entrepreneurial discovery process. Nord-Pas de Calais identified 6 strategic domains to work on: Transport and mobility, Nutrition and Health, Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things, Materials, Chemistry, Recycling, Numeric picturing and Creative industries, Energy. Moreover, a list of 7 smart specialisations was established, including for example natural ingredients for health, organic textiles, polymers and composites, or design and applications of bio-based products. With the RIS3, the smart specialisations are to become the new engines of the regional economy. The first challenge is to gather forces from all the regional ecosystem on the long term and to involve all the relevant stakeholders (companies, local authorities, research centres, etc.). A second challenge is to update the RIS3 with new hypothesis of specialisation that could emerge through the EDP. Therefore the improvement of the EDP in terms of methodology, tools and know-how is a key element of the RIS3 success. RIS3 is directly linked with Nord-Pas de Calais ERDF OP : Axe 1 :TO1, SO 1.a.2 ; SO 1.b.1 TO 3, SO 3.d Which partners are working on this? North France Innovation & Development ‘until 31/03/2017’ Northern Netherlands RIS3 The Northern Netherlands (N-NLs) RIS3 aims at broadening and connecting value chains, by creating ‘cross overs’ between sectors and technologies. It supports businesses and knowledge institutes to invest in new chains, products and markets Pivotal in this process are SME’s. SMEs comprise more than 95% of all companies in the N-NLs. Analysis has shown that these SME’s appear to be insufficiently capable of exploiting existing knowledge and/or generating new knowledge. The RIS3 addresses this issue by:fostering collaboration, between businesses and between businesses and knowledge institutes improving the access to knowledge, andimproving the effectiveness and accessibility of support measures.The knowledge available within the region is insufficient to come to solutions, so cross-border collaboration plays a key role in this respect. New partnerships are envisaged to be developed, and existing partnerships are encouraged to be extended. The policy instrument aims to strengthen the knowledge base of SME’s to ensure that they are better equipped to exploit existing knowledge and generate new knowledge. It will expand the innovation system and enable more SME’s to incorporate innovation within their operation. RIS3 is directly related to the N-NLs Operational Programme ERDF through IP 1.b, SO B. Which partners are working on this? Northern Netherlands Alliance The Smart Specialisation Strategy of Östergötland (RIS3) The RIS3 of Östergötland was established by East Sweden Business Region (ESBR). Included in ESBR are the organisations in Östergötland that are partly or wholly tax funded and which work to support efforts to achieve growth. The RIS3 of Östergötland is unique, the strategy focuses on regional strengths from which all industries/branches can benefit. The five regional strengths of Östergötland are effective logistics, business models and arenas for sustainable system solutions, smart, secure and connected products and systems, simulation and visualisation and advanced materials. The next step is the improvement of the RIS3 process of Östergötland, the aim with the participation in the EDP project is to find an intelligent way of working to use our strengths so that they can add value in the form of innovations and strong competiveness in all industries and all sectors. Region Östergötland is currently trying out a new model for implementation, based on two parts; benefit of applying the strength areas and concrete tools for implementation. In order to improve the strategy, Östergötland needs to share experiences with all regions at different levels regarding RIS3, how can we learn from each other. In order to improve the RIS3, Östergötland requires knowledge regarding the entrepreneurial discovery process, regarding the implementation process of the RIS3 strategy and are also interested to within the project develop a common methodology/language towards businesses/companies. Which partners are working on this? Region Östergötland Saxony-Anhalt RIS3 The regional innovation strategy of Saxony-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt RIS3) fulfils the requirement as ex-ante conditionality of ERDF Funding. Moreover, it also addresses - beside the traditional definition of innovation and funding scheme of ERDF (strengthening research, technological development and innovation as well as competiveness of SME’s) – social innovation and societal challenges like demographic change, skills in demand etc. which correlates with ESF priorities (e.g. life-long learning). So, the Saxony-Anhalt RIS3 is the attempt – as development of the former cluster and innovation strategy - of an overarching strategy for various regional concepts in order to become innovation leader according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard in 2020. The programming of ERDF and ESF – in particular ERDF priority axis 1, objective 1 and priority axis 2, objective 3 as well as ESF priority axis 1, objective 8 and priority axis 3, objective 10 – was oriented with focus of these innovation-friendly lead markets. The focus will laid on these measures financed by ERDF and ESF Operational Programme in order to share best practice with other regions with different experience and expertise. We expect that the project will help us to structure the EDP and find sustainable governance structures which enhance tailor-made public policies for the needs of regional business and academia in order to promote cooperation in the Quadruple Helix and foster growth and jobs. Which partners are working on this? Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of Umbria Region (RIS3) The objective of Umbria Region Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation is: “ To activate local potential by leveraging regional assets, talents , through access to the results of research and the promotion of new entrepreneurship. " Within this general objective the strategy identifies the expected changes, such as changes and transformations intended to be carried out to build a sustainable competitive advantage for the region and for the regional production system. The priority areas of Umbria RIS3 coincide with areas of technological specialisation of the Region and they are:Energy, Smart Manufacturing/aerospace industry; Sciences of LifeAgrifood, Green chemistry.Umbria Region Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is considered as unified and comprehensive innovation strategy to support a socio-economic change in the region. Therefore it is consider as a fundamental component of economic and development public policies. The strategy includes measures that will be activated through regional programs financed by the Structural Funds, in particular the Umbria ROP ERDF will activate RIS3 actions under the Priority Axe 1 " Research and Innovation ". Total funds of Umbria ROP ERDF: 342M€, of which 101M€ allocated to Axis 1”research and innovation” Which partners are working on this? Umbria Region Bourgogne RIS3 Franche-Comte RIS3 Several challenges were highlighted in Burgundy and in Franche-Comte for the RIS 3: strengthening the research excellence, developing partnerships for innovation, strengthening the transfer activities of public research and its impact on the economic, expanding the circle of innovative companies, developing human and technological skills for innovation... Burgundy identified 5 strategic domains to work on: nutrition and health, materials, biomedical, eco-construction and mobility. Franche-Comte identified 7 strategic domains to work on: mobility, energy, ICT, sustainable traditional food, microsystems, Microtechnique and luxury products. The first challenge concerns the governance. This aspect must be tackled not only in its strategic dimension, but also at an operational level. The success demands a global approach and to organize a multi actor governance. Therefore, the recent fusion of the regions (but not of the ERDF POs) and the elaboration of a new Regional scheme of economic development, innovation and internationalization (SRDEII) and a Regional scheme of higher education, research and innovation are changing the existing landscape. RIS3 is directly link with Burgundy and Franche-Comté ERDF: (Axis 1 “strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation”). Which partners are working on this? Regional Council Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (from 01/04/2017) Sign up for the Beyond EDP newsletter Subscribe now Newsletter archive Read the previous editions of the Beyond EDP Newsletter Click here Tweets by Beyond EDP Latest News See all project news 12/03/2021 Beyond EDP in the region of Extremadura Pt. 1 FUNDECYT-PCTEX chose the RIS3 of Extremadura as the policy instrument to be addressed within the Beyond EDP project Type: Project 12/03/2021 Beyond EDP in the region of Extremadura Pt. 2 FUNDECYT-PCTEX chose the RIS3 of Extremadura as the policy instrument to be addressed within the Beyond EDP project Type: Project 02/03/2021 A Northern Netherlands Matrix In recent years, we have aimed to strengthen the Northern Netherlands innovation ecosystem. Type: Project 26/02/2021 Cornerstones of Cohesion Policy: Smart Specialisation Strategies and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process Beyond EDP’s final conference shared what has been learned and achieved collectivel.. Type: Project 29/01/2021 New governance Centre -Val de Loire 2021 is the start of the new programming period for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Type: Project 22/01/2021 The eternal remains of an EU Project (part 1) The Otto-von-Guericke University has been one of nine partners in the Interreg Project “Beyond EDP” an European framework to foster the Ideas of “Smart speciali Type: Project 22/01/2021 The eternal remains of an EU Project (part 2) The Otto-von-Guericke University has been one of nine partners in the Interreg Project “Beyond EDP” an European framework to foster the Ideas of “Smart speciali Type: Project 04/12/2019 Monitoring Meeting in the Northern Netherlands On November 20 and November 21, the project partners of Beyond EDP gathered together once more Type: Project 02/07/2019 BeyondEDP Good Practices: an overview Several of our Beyond EDP Good Practises have been published in the Interreg Good Practice Database. Type: Project 01/07/2019 BeyondEDP phase 1 has ended At 31 March 2019 the Beyond EDP project reached the end of phase 1. Type: Project
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OVAM deals with issues around soil remediation, waste and sustainable materials Management and recently circular economy in Flanders.
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EMOBICITY joined forces with other Interreg e-mobility projects for a brainstorming workshop under the EU Regions Week 2020
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MARIE was present at the Regional Innovation Policies Conference at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) in Bergen (11-12.10.2018).
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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A 1st Cluster Support Call for the Region of Central Macedonia 27/05/2020 1st Cluster Support Call for the Region of Central Macedonia Location: Κεντρική Μακεδονία, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: ClusterFY Activities of IT Valley Košice Cluster (COVID-19) 21/05/2020 The IT Initiatives help local health and social care facilities and self employees, and together overcomes the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Location: Východné Slovensko, Slovakia (Slovensko) Project: ClusterFY An example of cooperation within the Stakeholder Group of the Project ClusterFY in Slovakia. 17/12/2019 Establishment of the Working Group among the stakeholders with aim to cooperate on preparation of De minimis Cluster Support Scheme. Location: Západné Slovensko, Slovakia (Slovensko) Project: ClusterFY Transformation of the regional focus from metallurgy to information technologies. 17/12/2019 Cluster is a vital part of transformation of metallurgy driven into a modern IT driven region by clear to support HR development and minimize the brain drain. Location: Východné Slovensko, Slovakia (Slovensko) Project: ClusterFY Increasing the competitiveness of members of the Slovak Plastic Cluster (SPK). 16/12/2019 The aim is to create conditions for the integration of clusters at national/international level in order to increase the potential of their value chains. Location: Západné Slovensko, Slovakia (Slovensko) Project: ClusterFY The IND-AGRO-POL Cluster – model of collaboration between companies towars innovative value chains 21/10/2019 A network bringing together farmers, SMEs, large companies and research institutes, contributes to the introduction of KETs in developing of innovative farms Location: Sud - Muntenia, Romania (România) Project: ClusterFY Technopolis SA 17/09/2019 The first private ICT Business Park in Greece providing state of the art infrastructure. Location: Κεντρική Μακεδονία, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: ClusterFY Development of digital IoT services in North Mid Sweden 09/09/2019 A Digital IoT platform developed by the company HIAB together with researcher and university is available for partners in the Hydraulic cluster and students. Location: Norra Mellansverige, Sweden (Sverige) Project: ClusterFY Fiber Optic Valley a regional innovation node for digital transition in the industry. 05/06/2019 This good practice demonstrates how a cluster organisation support the digitalization of the industrial SME in the region of North Middle Swe Location: Norra Mellansverige, Sweden (Sverige) Project: ClusterFY From fear of losing jobs in the region, into a front-runner cluster in the energy transition 28/05/2019 New Energy Coalition (NEC) is a knowledge and network organisation striving for a sustainable world by accelerating the energy transition. Location: Groningen, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: ClusterFY 12 Next Visit the good practice database Sign up for the ClusterFY newsletter Subscribe now Newsletter archive Read the previous editions of the ClusterFY Newsletter Click here
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A The rehabilitation of historic monuments in Romania,” – Palace of Culture Iasi 17/06/2019 The rehabilitation of a historic iconic monument of the city , the Palace of Culture, respecting monuments rehabilitation, using energy efficiency measures also Location: Nord-Est, Romania (România) Project: CLEAN [email protected] of Saint George Hospital 21/03/2019 The project aims at integrating the ICT solutions in order to obtain a significant energy saving in existing hospital buildings and other public buildings. Location: Κρήτη, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: CLEAN Heat Recovery from Exhaust Air at the Central Hospital – From air to Water 04/01/2019 Heat Recovery from Exhaust Air at the Central Hospital. Heat from the central hospital has been recovered and returned to district heating network since 2016. Location: Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi) Project: CLEAN Energy efficient consolidation/ restoration of a historical building - City Museum of Iasi 03/01/2019 EU-funded project aiming to recuperate and restore a heritage building in Iasi respecting energy efficiency standards. Location: Bucureşti - Ilfov, Romania (România) Project: CLEAN The thermal rehabilitation of blocks of flats in Iasi City for energy efficiency increase 03/01/2019 Increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs for energy through insulation of block of flats, replacement of windows, renovation of roof and basement Location: Nord-Est, Romania (România) Project: CLEAN Application of novel high LRV photocatalytic paint at Stalida Tunnel 31/12/2018 Improvement of the drivers visual comfort, energy savings, air pollutants concentrations reduction by using TCM – 1 Photocatalyst Location: Other, Afghanistan Project: CLEAN Heat recovery from municipal wastewater in Joensuu 07/11/2018 Heat recovery from municipal wastewater in Joensuu -two heat pumps have been installed and oil used for thermal drying of the sludge has been replaced by biogas Location: Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi) Project: CLEAN Smart Led streetlights of Penttilänranta 06/11/2018 Smart Led streetlights of Penttilänranta: The lights have been changed to dimmable ones with motion sensors via Lumine Lightning Solutions. Location: Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi) Project: CLEAN Enerterre – fight against energy poverty through participatory integration workshops 07/09/2018 This system consists in the rehabilitation of houses in poor conditions with the participation of its occupants and of volunteers under supervision of a pro. Location: Basse-Normandie, France Project: CLEAN MIC - Low energy house 29/08/2018 The low energy house was built with all the knowledge of energy efficient building. It is a research and educational building, adjusted to Slovenian climate. Location: Vzhodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija) Project: CLEAN 123 Next Visit the good practice database Sign up for the CLEAN 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')); CLEAN Tweets by CLEAN
22/09/2021
This online workshop will include good practices on Industry 4.0 and it will showcase emerging trends in skills development.
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