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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A ARIA, Regional Company for Innovation and Purchases 08/09/2020 The mission of ARIA is to support Lombardy Region in the digital transformation of the public administration. Location: Lombardia, Italy (Italia) Project: TITTAN Political Marketplace 27/02/2019 The Political Marketplace is an innovative way of involving the citizens in the political process of the City of Almere Location: Flevoland, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: TITTAN Age Friendly City Amsterdam 22/02/2019 A city that senior citizens enjoy living in and which encourages healthy and active ageing– that is the aim of the Age-Friendly City concept. Location: Drenthe, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: TITTAN GezondheidFabriek (HealthFactory) innovative eco system 22/02/2019 The HealthFactory is a regional center for facilitating innovative projects combining technology with care, cure, prevention. Location: Drenthe, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: TITTAN Outcome Oriented Finance (OOF) 22/02/2019 Since 2008 a new way of financing well-being and care has been gradually introduced by the City of Almere. Location: Drenthe, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: TITTAN Horizontal accountability 22/02/2019 Horizontal accountability is a practice that has developed as a result of Almere’s innovative practice of Outcome Oriented Finance. Location: Drenthe, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: TITTAN Product development based on traditional Basque Country capabilities in advanced manufacturing 14/02/2019 IK4 is a private and independent alliance of R&D centres, a benchmark in the European R&D context. Location: Andalucía, Spain (España) Project: TITTAN Spanish Network of Healthy Universities 14/02/2019 The GP is a network to promoted health and wellbeing in university population and in the society. Location: País Vasco, Spain (España) Project: TITTAN REHACOP-rehabilitation program for people in early phases of cognitive decline 14/02/2019 This GP develops a holistic approach of friendly intervention for people in early phases of cognitive decline. Location: País Vasco, Spain (España) Project: TITTAN Information and training to citizens. Osasun Eskola (OE) 14/02/2019 This GP recovers two programs that promote a strategy for ageing and chronic patien care based on self-care promotion and population education. Location: País Vasco, Spain (España) Project: TITTAN 123456 Next Visit the good practice database Sign up for the TITTAN newsletter Subscribe now Action Group Reports Last Uploaded: Final Report of Action Group 3 (Active Citizens for healthy ageing) Reports Results and outputs Last Uploaded: Interregional Portolio (July, 2018) Specific results Tweets by TITTAN
Project summary RESOR aims at promoting best practices to support energy efficiency and renewable energy use in businesses of the secondary and tertiary sector in European islands and other remote regions.  Maximising energy savings and reaching high energy efficiency levels are crucial challenges currently faced by the EU. The focus chosen by partners targets remote territories, which on one hand represent less favoured areas of Europe but which, on the other, are often well placed to employ innovative solutions and attract energy investments. Remote regions, as those partners in the RESOR project, are characterised by a higher dependence on fossil fuels and general less efficient energy choices and behaviours among citizens and even more among businesses, for whom investment in renewables or energy efficiency are often not a priority or financially feasible. RESOR was born as a response to the need for supporting businesses in the adoption of more sustainable energy behaviours and practices.  €1,530,451.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Low-carbon economy What will this project change? The objective of the project is to support energy efficiency and renewable energy use in businesses of the secondary and tertiary sector of the partner regions by improving current regional policies. Interregional learning process RESOR activities will envisage an interregional learning process involving staff from public authorities and representatives of relevant stakeholder groups. This learning process will result in the identification of best practices for the improvement of regional policy instruments supporting energy efficiency and RES use and in the draft of Action Plans to be implemented in each partner region. A key element of the project are interregional site visits, where project partners share strategies and experiences on specific themes and brainstorm with policy-makers and stakeholders to select a number of best practices.  In parallel with the interregional site visits, partner regions organise seminars for organisation staff and local stakeholders to present to the results of the interregional learning process and develop guidelines for the drafting of the action plans. RESOR learning process is conducted during 2018-2020, after which the findings are collected, analysed and compiled into regional action plans and into the RESOR compendium. Follow-up process In 2020-2022 RESOR will move from learning to implementation. Regional actions plans will be put into practice and their progress closely monitored.  Project recommendations and results will be widely disseminated to the other EU regions to provide them with the chance to take and replicate the lessons learnt.RESOR  is about working across borders and organisations, with the support of stakeholders, to find the best solutions for more sustainable energy behaviours and practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Canary Islands ERDF 2014-2020 PO The policy instrument is the ERDF operational programme of the Canary Islands. The thematic objective is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’ and the only investment priority foreseen under this TO is IP4c aimed atenergy efficiency and use of renewable resources in public infrastructures, infrastructures with intensive energy consumption, especially water supply facilities, and in housing (including social housing). Currently the operational programme does not include any investment priority targeting energy efficiency in businesses. This is the main issue the project aims to address, for instance considering the importance of the service sector for the archipelago and consequently the consistent amount of energy consumption that these activities generate. Although the issue of energy efficiency in businesses is not targeted, the lead partner considers important to promote changes in this sense by adding a specific focus on companies operating both in the industry and the service sector. There is thus a clear untapped potential for improvement in terms of energy efficiency in the region and the OP could strongly contribute to unlocking such potential. For this reason, RESOR aims to support the introduction of such a priority – given the existence of a political will in this sense – through the exchange of experience and of practices with other regions characterized by the same geographical conditions and a similar economic structure. Which partners are working on this? Vice-Ministry of Fight Against Climate Change Programme Opérationnel FEDER Réunion Conseil Régional 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed by the partner is the ERDF operational programme of Reunion. The thematic objective specifically is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’. Reunion’s operational programme under TO4 aims to to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, especially in public infrastructures and housing including social housing (4IP4c). In tropical areas such as Reunion thermal rehabilitation is indeed very different from the situation encountered in continental Europe, thus there should be implemented tailored measures. Two key focus included under 4IPc are the limitation of air conditioning use and a more systematic use of solar water heaters instead of electric water heaters.  As for the lead partner, currently TO4 does not include any investment priority targeting energy efficiency and use of renewable resources in businesses specifically. Despite this, the partner who is the managing authority of the operational programme considers important to promote changes in energy efficiency and use of renewable resources also in companies operating in the industrial system and especially those working in the service sector, which is indeed the key economy sector of the region. Improvements are thus needed to include energy efficiency standards and prove that businesses’ energy investments in energy efficiency result in significant energy savings, economic opportunities and cultural value. Which partners are working on this? Reunion Regional Council Operational Programme Azores 2014-2020 The policy instrument is the ERDF operational programme of Arores. The thematic objective specifically is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’ while the Investment Priority taken into account is IP4b ‘Promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in enterprises’. The policy instrument addressed falls under the Interreg Europe specific objective 3.1. IP4b is intended to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable resources in enterprises. Business support mainly focuses on promoting energy efficiency in their production process, starting from an auditing/study/energy analysis and then finding solutions, including the possible production of energy from renewable energy sources for self-consumption. The support measure can cover all sectors of activity. Through the development and implementation of the action plan within the framework of the RESOR project, Azores expect to include in IP4b a more specific focus providing tailored support to businesses operating in the service sector and in the agro-forest one, paying special attention to meat and milk industries. On one hand, tourism is an emerging activity in the region and the businesses working in the field need to be supported in the uptake of eco-efficient measures; on the other hand the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products represent key economic activities for the archipelago and they should result in more sustainable processes. Which partners are working on this? Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment and Tourism Operational Programme Madeira 2014-2020 The policy instrument is the ERDF operational programme of Madeira. The thematic objective is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’ while the IP taken into account is IP4b promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in enterprises’. The choice of this investment priority is based on the need to reduce regional external dependence, the import of primary fossil energy and environmental impacts, as well as to improve businesses’ competitiveness in a context where energy and technologies have increased costs due to the size of the market and the geographical conditions of the region. Energy efficiency and renewable energies contribute to lower operating costs, which have multiplier effects and favourable implications for the economy and employment. Through the RESOR project, Madeira expects to learn from other regions to fine-tune the improvement of this measure, while ensuring a more targeted support for companies operating in the manufacturing sector and the field of tourism. As for Azores, tourism is an emerging sector, with good prospects for the future development of the region, which should thus be supported towards more eco-efficient behaviours and processes. Manufacturing industry also represents an important economy activity to be considered given that it has suffered more than from a very negative evolution in recent years because of the economic and financial crisis. Which partners are working on this? AREAM - Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Madeira Operational Programme "Competitiveness and Sustainable Development 2014-2020". Investment priority 4b. The high operational costs of the companies contribute negatively to their competitiveness. An important part of the operating costs of the companies in Cyprus is related to energy costs, reflecting the national weaknesses in the field of energy efficiency and its dependence on oil imports. In the context of the programming period 2014-2020, the implementation of measures to improve energy efficiency in business as well as RES interventions will be funded.  Actions for energy upgrade of secondary and tertiary sector will contribute to reduce the energy costs and enhancing competitiveness of businesses, contributing to the wider objectives of supporting selected sectors in the effort to revive the country's competitiveness. The interventions promoted under the investment priority 4b will also contribute to increasing energy savings in primary consumption, thus contributing to the corresponding quantitative target set by the country in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and in the National Strategy for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources. The energy savings from the implementation of energy upgrades in the business sector according to the National Plan is estimated to reach 61 ktoe by 2023. Which partners are working on this? Cyprus Energy Agency Operational Programme Epirus 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed by the partner is the ERDF operational programme of Epirus. The thematic objective specifically is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’. Epirus’s operational programme under TO4 aims to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, especially in public infrastructures and housing including social housing (IP4c) and low-carbon strategies for the region, including urban areas(IP4e).  As for other partners, currently TO4 does not include any focus targeting energy efficiency and use of renewable resources in businesses specifically. The region of Epirus, who is the managing authority of the operational programme, considers important to promote changes in energy efficiency and use of renewable resources also in companies operating in the industrial system and in the service sector. Improvements are thus needed to include energy efficiency standards and prove that businesses’ energy investments in energy efficiency result in significant energy savings, economic opportunities and cultural value. Which partners are working on this? Region of Epirus Programme Opérationnel FEDER-FSE Guadeloupe Conseil Régional 2014-2020 (cancelled) The policy instrument is the operational programme of Guadeloupe. The thematic objective specifically is TO4 while the Investment Priority taken into account is IP4b ‘Promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in enterprises’. The choice to include this measure was based on the need to reduce regional external dependence, imports of primary fossil energy and environmental impacts, as well as to improve businesses’ competitiveness in a context where energy and technologies have increased costs due to the size of the market and the geographical conditions. From the RESOR project Guadeloupe expects to learn from other regions to fine-tune the improvement of this measure, while ensuring a more tailored support for companies operating in the service sector, in particular in tourism activities. The economic tissue of companies is marked by the predominance of the services sector (according to the Tourism Development Scheme in 2011 there were 420,000 tourists and 5,000 businesses linked to tourism). However, the OP stresses on the fact that the region's companies suffer from a lack of competitiveness and a lack of own funds. It is why the partner is strongly committed to the improvement of the addressed policy instrument as the support of enterprises in energy efficiency and RES use is a key issue for the increase in their competitiveness and in the sustainability of the exceptional natural resources that characterise the island. Which partners are working on this? Guadeloupe Regional Council Programme Opérationnel FEDER-FSE Martinique Conseil The policy instrument addressed by the partner is the ERDF operational programme of Martinique. The thematic objective specifically is TO4 ‘Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy’ which includes two Investment Priorities: IP4a ‘Promoting the production and distribution of energy from renewable sources’ and IP4c ‘Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and in housing’.  IP4a’s aim is to go towards an energy autonomy by increasing the use of renewable energies, particularly solar and thermal energy. IP4c is intended to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, especially in public infrastructures and housing (including social housing).  As for other project partners, currently within Martinique’s TO4 of the operational programme there is no measure targeting businesses, which is the main issue the project aims to address. Martinique recognises the importance of promoting changes and improvements also in companies operating in the industrial system and especially those working in the service sector, which is actually the key economy sector of the region. Improvements are thus needed to include energy efficiency standards and prove that businesses’ energy investments in energy efficiency and use of renewable resources result in significant energy savings, economic opportunities and cultural value. Which partners are working on this? Territorial Collectivity of Martinique Sign up for the RESOR 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')); RESOR Tweets by RESOR Latest News See all project news 26/06/2020 Azores fostering EV charging stations! Azores are the one of the Portuguese regions with more EV public charging stations per capita Type: Project 20/03/2020 A step forward in self-consumption in Spain! The government will take one step further in shared self-consumption when the state of alert ends: it will create the hourly distribution Type: Project 05/03/2020 Azores Government pushes for energy innovation Azores recognised for their huge potential on new disruptive solutions regarding energy and electric mobility. Type: Project 01/03/2020 Electric buses tested in Madeira! Madeira and Porto Santo islands conducted a demonstration of three electric buses since December 2017 under the Civitas Destinations Project Type: Project 21/02/2020 A new Azores’ Vehicle-to-Grid project! Azores’ Vehicle-to-Grid project strives for a more efficient and intelligent energy system Type: Project 10/02/2020 Azorean island exceeds 50% renewables in electricity Electricity in Flores island (Açores) increased from 46%, in 2018, to about 55% in 2019 Type: Project 01/08/2018 RESOR Newsletter Subscribe to RESOR newsletter Type: Project
Project summary Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is a building block of the Circular Economy, a means to sustainable growth increasing resource efficiency and SMEs competitiveness and resiliency.  Despite the acknowledged advantages, IS is not yet fully widespread. The challenge TRIS is facing is to enable a systemic uptake of IS in 5 European regions, supporting policy makers to increase the competitiveness of their SMEs by introducing IS practices. To do so, the TRIS consortium will: -Identify facilitating elements and obstacles and embed them in (or remove them from) the appropriate policy instruments. -Reach out and engage with the actors that can drive and/or be impacted by the change and involve them in structured local networks.   Starting from the knowledge already achieved within the Climate-KIC initiative, TRIS will benefit greatly from interregional cooperation, given the diversity in terms of geography, productive system and maturity of IS practices: the City of Birmingham, project leader, is the most advanced, Hungary and Emilia-Romagna regions have already tested pilot projects, while Småland och Öarna and Valencia regions have approached the topic more recently. Industrial Symbiosis Ltd will play both an advisory and dissemination role, acting as a bridge between the consortium and the European perspective.   TRIS is determined to cause the following CHANGES and accomplish the following RESULTS: -Raising awareness on the concepts of IS and its economic and environmental benefits -Causing a mind-shift and building a cooperation culture in the stakeholder groups (including SMEs and policy actors) -Standardize IS practices into regional policy instruments -Launching tangible initiatives in the regions: reaching out to more SMEs, supporting their business with new IS cases/projects, preventing industrial waste production, testing new governance models. -Bringing IS to a higher position in the European political agenda. €1,617,645.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change? The project will raise the profile of the benefits of applying the Industrial Symbiosis approach across Europe and beyond, by involving stakeholders (SME and policy actors) across the world. Additionally the project will develop a standardised approach to Industrial Symbiosis, and this will affect regulation and policy instruments going forward. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Waste Management Plan (WMP) of Emilia-Romagna Region (resolution nr. 103; February 3, 2014) The Waste Management Plan (WMP) implements the recommendations contained in current regulations and represents one of the regional strategy cornerstones for sustainable development. It defines objectives and actions for waste management, ensuring environmental and health protection and reducing the overall impacts of resource use. In accordance with the so-called "waste hierarchy", WMP outlines a governance model based on waste prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal.   WMP's 2020 objectives are: • reduction of municipal and special (i.e. industrial) waste production per capita • increase of separate waste collection • improvement of recycling rates   WMP includes the regional Programme for Waste Prevention, that sets objectives and measures of prevention for stimulating waste reuse, related to single enterprises, groups of companies or production sectors with a positive impact on their economic competitiveness: among these measures, one of the key strategies is represented by Industrial Symbiosis. (§ 17.6 of the Programme).   WMP improvements will be aimed at: •strengthening the prevention of special waste production •implementing recovery actions Through the participation in TRIS, the Regional Authority aims to investigate several aspects (regulations, industrial sectors, characteristics of production process, raw materials used, etc.) with the final aim of providing companies with a clearer context to seek solutions for reuse of their byproducts. Which partners are working on this? Emilia-Romagna Region - General Directorate for Territorial and Environmental Care ART-ER (until 30/04/2019 ASTER) ROP 2014-2020 - PROGRAMA OPERATIVO DEL FONDO DE DESARROLLO REGIONAL DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA 2014-2020 Priority Axis 3 To improve the competitiveness of SMEs S.O. 3.4.2 Promoting innovation of SMEs and innovation cooperation in all areas, particularly eco-innovation, social innovation and agriculture, fisheries, marine, maritime and tourism sectors. The expected change is to create a highly innovative productive and business fabric, to develop products and services in the areas of eco-innovation, social innovation, agriculture, fisheries, marine, maritime and tourism sectors, to empower the Valencian SMEs and increase their competitiveness.   The ROP will contribute to the objective of promoting innovation in SMEs, through financial support measures in innovative companies which have a high potential in creating activities and services of high value and wealth for the Valencian Region.This will expand opportunities for growth, internationalisation and employment generation in the region and guide their productive capacities in future strategic sectors. As a result, the ROP will help to create the financing conditions necessary for SME´s.   Currently the OP has focused on the improvement of the SME´s innovation, dealing separately with different sectors. In the Valencian Region these sectors are particularly agriculture, tourism, trade, crafts and textile and footwear sectors. The improvement of the competitiveness is especially focused on their production processes and the investment on innovative products and services. Through the IS approach we intend to study the industrial ecosystem globally thus tackling the problem in a holistic way to develop a circular economy. Therefore, the TRIS project is intended to improve resource efficiency and foster the use of by-products while boosting the competitiveness of the SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness AIDIMME, Institute of Technology, Metalmechanic, Furniture, Wood, Packaging and Allied Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)  Priority Axis 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 Specific objective: Increase growth capability of Small and Medium sized Enterprises  . The primary aim of Priority Axis 3 SME Competitiveness is to improve the competitiveness of SMEs by increasing the capacity and capability of SMEs and promoting entrepreneurship. A range of Investment Priorities will focus ERDF intervention to support entrepreneurship and increase the growth capacity of SMEs. These are:  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 Existing Small and Medium sized Enterprises face a number of barriers which restrict their ability to achieve their growth ambitions. These include: • Information and coordination failures which limit awareness, access and take- up of business support; • High up-front costs and perceived difficulties in navigating legal, regulatory and cultural environments which constrain the number of Small and Medium sized Enterprises entering new export markets; and • Known market failures in the disproportionate costs of establishing and costing risks given the relatively small amounts of capital involved.   The Industrial Symbiosis approach will develop capacity of Small and Medium sized Enterprises work alongside actions to develop capability of Small and Medium sized Enterprises. Both will lead to an increase in jobs created in Small and Medium sized Enterprises and in Small and Medium sized Enterprise productivity. Which partners are working on this? Birmingham City Council Industrial Symbiosis Limited Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) 1.6.2 National specific objectives SO 2.1 Creating growth opportunities for SMEs by enhancing the growth potential in case of SMEs not performing technological innovation.  EDIOP is the main document for the absorption of EU funds in economic development in parts of Hungary, other than Budapest and Pest county. It covers horizontal measures as priority areas such as Improving the competitiveness of SMEs, RDI, Employment, Competitive workforce, plus priority areas focusing on certain sectors such as Tourism, ICT, Energy. Resource efficiency is among the top five government priorities of this OP and recognized as a large opportunity to enhance competitiveness, despite not being explicitly mentioned as a Priority Axis or activity . While only energy efficiency is targeted, closed loop production, collaboration among companies to share resources and use of secondary raw materials can also support the objectives and enhance the economic and environmental impact of this OP. Hence, the TRIS project envisages the launch of symbioses directly addressing industrial waste reduction and reuse of by-product in forms of structural changes and possibly new projects starting from best practice exchange. The main aim of the targeted Specific Objective is to promote SMEs currently conducting a technological development so as to achieve an innovative infrastructural development and participation in IS networks/clusters that enables them to become internationally competitive. Secondary objectives are to decrease the energy & material intensity of the production processes; therefore to increase productivity and competitiveness and create new and sustainable jobs.   Which partners are working on this? IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Limited for the Development of Industry Herman Ottó Institute Nonprofit Ltd. (until 31/12/2016 Herman Otto Institute) Regional Structural Fund Programme for Småland och Öarna 2014-2020 The main objective of the programme is to boost growth and employment in the region. The programme focuses on 4 priorities that correspond to selected thematic objectives: Priority 1 - TO1: strengthening research, technological development and innovation Priority 2 - TO2: Improving access, use and quality of ICTs Priority 3 - TO3: enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises Priority 4 - TO4: supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy in all sectors.   The following investment priority targets the enhanced competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises: supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow regionally, nationally and internationally, as well as to engage in innovation processes. Specific objective: improving growth of existing SMEs. Within this investment priority a number of activities can be supported: - business development of small and medium-sized enterprises (through e.g. seminars / workshops / business consulting with focus on leadership, sustainable growth, profitability, strategic competence and / or innovation), - stimulation of small and medium sized enterprises’ will and capacity for internationalization, - development of business promotion systems, - support businesses' capital.  Which partners are working on this? Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden (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')); TRIS Tweets by TRIS Latest News See all project news 08/12/2020 TRIS Final Event Recap The full-day TRIS event comprised 3 sessions, of which the middle session was promoted as an EURegions and Cities workshop event. Type: Project 07/12/2020 TRIS Action Plan implementation in Emilia-Romagna In 2019, the implementation of TRIS Action Plan in Emilia-Romagna proceeded with the active involvement of the Region and relevant stakeholders. Type: Project 06/12/2020 AIDIMME bets on industrial symbiosis ‘A key tool for the circular economy: AIDIMME bets on industrial symbiosis’ Type: Project 24/09/2020 ‘Reuse & Repair in a circular economy’ On 13 October 2020, the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform will organise an online Participatory Lab on ‘Reuse and Repair in a circular economy'. Type: Project 14/09/2020 TRIS Final Event New deadline! Registrations for this event are still open until Wednesday, 7 October. Type: Project 21/07/2020 Special call launched thanks to TRIS project A special call was launched in Hungary thanks to the TRIS Project. Type: Project 07/07/2020 Industrial symbiosis and climate change mitigation TRIS through lead partner BCC and partner ISL have influenced regional policy on climate change mitigation to include industrial symbiosis. Type: Project 07/07/2020 TRIS helps launch new industrial symbiosis network TRIS has made a significant contribution to the setting up of the UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network Plus, headquartered at Aston University Management School. Type: Project 30/06/2020 Presentation of IS Projects by AIDIMME On 10 March 2020 AIDIMME presented 3 research projects in the fields of Industrial Symbiosis and the Circular Economy. Type: Project 23/06/2020 TRIS objectives in Hungary Based on the international and Hungarian professional experience gained in the previous three years, the Hungarian regional action plan was prepared. Type: Project
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Improving business cases to get finance 01/10/2018 The Energy Investment readiness accelerator helps innovative companies improve their business case in order to get these initiatives financed. Location: Drenthe, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: SUPER Consultation and Investment Programme "PIUS-Beratung and PIUS-Invest" 01/10/2018 PIUS-Beratung and PIUS-Invest are initiatives by HMWEVL in Hessen for reducing CO2 emissions and funding production-integrated environmental protection (PIUS). Location: Arnsberg, Germany (Deutschland) Project: SUPER Access to international trade markets and attraction of foreign investments 28/09/2018 Example of flexible support instrument to help innovative and eco-innvative companies enter international markets. Location: Latvija, Latvia (Latvija) Project: SUPER The collaboration arena “Business models and arenas for sustainable system solutions” 14/09/2018 The aim of the arena is to foster the perspective of eco-innovation in regional development activities and to attract more resources. Location: Östra Mellansverige, Sweden (Sverige) Project: SUPER Tipperary Food Producers Network (TFPN) 12/09/2018 Network of 32 Tipperary based Artisan Food SME Producers who work as a group to sustain, grow and develop their businesses. Location: Southern and Eastern, Ireland (Éire) Project: SUPER "Eco-innovation LT" - support for technological innovations and development of competences 10/09/2018 Support for technological innovations and promotion of process and organisational eco-innovations. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: SUPER Biopro - biotech manufacturing challenges fosters innovative hightech startups 07/09/2018 BIOPRO’s ambition is to find new ways of making biotech production more efficient and sustainable through funding of viable start-ups. Location: Sjælland, Denmark (Danmark) Project: SUPER Grants for research and innovation 06/09/2018 The aim of "Grants for research and innovation" is to provide SMEs with an opportunity to receive grants for R&D in a simple SME-friendly procedure. Location: Other, Afghanistan Project: SUPER Subsidy for Eco-innovation (Eco-innovation Funding) 04/09/2018 Subsidy for promoting optimization of production processes in terms of eco innovation Location: Región de Murcia, Spain (España) Project: SUPER West Macedonia Development Company (ANKO) S.A.: Member of the Enterprise Europe Network 03/09/2018 The EEN OF RWM helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. EEN is the world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions. Location: Δυτική Μακεδονία, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: SUPER Visit the good practice database 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
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A European Advanced Manufacturing Centre (ADMA) 10/03/2021 ADMA is intended to help SMEs in adopting advanced manufacturing and transforming towards next-generation factories with more modern and sustainable production. Location: Mazowieckie, Poland (Polska) Project: SMARTY Access Innovation 04/03/2021 Access Innovation is a package of support to help businesses access specialist expertise needed to develop new products and processes to realise industry 4.0. Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Project: SMARTY [email protected] Program (2nd Edition) 17/02/2021 [email protected] is a program providing Training in New Technologies, Knowledge Transfer and Business Innovation Support. Location: Castilla y León, Spain (España) Project: SMARTY Future Industry Platform 11/01/2021 The Future Industry Platform was created to strengthen competences and competitiveness of enterprises operating in Poland by supporting their transformation. Location: Mazowieckie, Poland (Polska) Project: SMARTY Visit the good practice database Sign up for the SMARTY newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by SMARTY
Project summary Innova Foster  aims  at  leveraging  startups  (scalable, high-potential  SMEs with less than 5 years of life)  growth  through  their  engagement  into  the  innovation  processes  at local  or regional  level  and  improving  their role as  regional  and  industry  innovation  providers  in  seven  European  regions.As the EU2020 Strategy underlines startups are flourishing in Europe generating growth, employment and innovative services. Therefore, the main objective of Innova Foster project is to: identify,share examples, ideas, solution,  tailor them to regional and local needs based on strengths,implement action plans,improve  regional policies,serve as documented cases for analysis to other European regions and cities.                                            "Traditional boundaries between manufacturing and services  are increasingly being blurred and the success of industry depends very much on innovative services but regional and industrial development policies and tools still do not often take sufficient account of these changes.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Antonio Tajani) €1,167,148.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2020 Topic SME competitiveness What will this project change? Innova Foster will include interregional visits, local stakeholders engagement and joint research into improvement  of regional and local policies and programmes to support the growth of high-potential SMEs to make them ramp-up, growth and get global. All partners will identify, analyse, exchange knowledge, the best and worst practices about regional  situation of startups and innovation ecosystems and will end up with its own policy-mix on an inward-looking process and benchmarking. The action plans will be implemented as demonstrators, de-risking the development and scale-up of novel service systems, encouraging engagement with stakeholders and users, sharing experience across Europe and identifying clusters of expertise and opportunities for partnership. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Spanish Smart Growth Operative Programme (CCI 2014ES16FROP001) - Programa Operativo de Crecimiento Inteligente- Objective: To strengthen the productivity of enterprises, boost research and innovation, enable the shift towards a more low-carbon and environmentally-friendly economy. Priority concerned: Thematic objective 3, Competitiveness. Spanish SMEs, in general, are deficient in competitiveness, innovation and internationalization, largely due to its small size. Accordingly to the Spanish Position Paper and the Council’s Recommendations, Spain needs to promote the creation of new tech-based and innovative companies. Two IP are included: - IP. 3.a. Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. - I.P. 3.d. Supporting the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes. *Reasons why it should be improved: While the first one is focused on business creation, the second concentrates all the attention on increasing the percentage of SMEs that export on a regular basis. However, THE OBJECTIVE OF ACHIEVING THE GROWTH POTENTIAL OF THE SMES IS NOT PROPERLY ATTENDED. If we want to promote innovative and tech-based firms, we need to help them grow in the market. STARTUPS ARE THE SOURCE THE INNOVATION THE INDUSTRY NEEDS, BUT NEITHER THE INDUSTRY NOR THE ENTREPRENEURS ARE BEING ABLE TO REACH EACH OTHER IN AN EFFICIENT WAY. There is a gap to be bridged under the TO3 Which partners are working on this? INCYDE Foundation Torun Regional Development Strategy Objective: The TRDS is a comprehensive development and implementation framework guiding the development agenda of Torun. It’s designed to provide clear strategic direction with respect to projects and activities in line with the Union’s Europe2020 goals.   Priority Concerned: SCALE ACCELERATION Program. This program is focused on ICT-SME competitiveness. This priority support innovative and growth oriented micro-enterprise business start-ups, with a particular emphasis on high-growth ICT sectors.   Reasons why it should be improved: This action program has been focused so far in an original acceleration program with its complex services offered to ICT beneficiaries. The program assumes the identification of high-potential business in very early stage of development and the chosen startups receive seed financing and a toolbox of IT solutions with substantial support of our business incubator.   So far, the program has helped in the creation of new startups but this initial support is not enough to help them grow at the expected fast pace. Even if all the strategic documents underlines the role of startups as the source of innovation, WE STILL NEED TO GENERATE THE ENVIRONMENT TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN STARTUPS AND INDUSTRY. Which partners are working on this? Torun Regional Development Agency Greater Manchester European Structural Investment Fund Objective: GMESF 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.   Priorirty Concerned: Priority 3 – SME competitiveness – Oldham needs to improve the competitiveness and productivity of its businesses, in particular Young SME’s. 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 and competitive.   To address this situation we need to provide support that will help businesses innovate, improve productivity and access new markets. Oldham businesses can already access a range of traditional support through sub-regional partners, the Manchester Growth Hub, however, competitiveness should be searched by THE ENGAGEMENT OF SMEs IN INNOVATION PROCESSES AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF COLLABORATION AMONG BUSINESSES. WE NEED TO ENGAGE OUR SMES IN INDUSTRY INNOVATION, ESPECIALLY IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS. Which partners are working on this? Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020--REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF PODRAVJE REGION (RDP) 2014-2020 Objective: RDP defines the development and strategic goals of the region on the economic, social, spatial and environment fields.   * Priority Concerned: Priority 3 – SME competitiveness. The specific objective is to increase the number of enterprises in the region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises. This investment priority will support business with a particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors.   Reasons why it should be improved: The current priority design aims to develop a supportive environment through the generation of economic and research infrastructure, new support services (business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring, etc) and financial subsidies to encourage start-ups and social enterprises and cooperatives.   However, we need to help all these SMEs that we’re creating to growth, specially attending to the particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors. Our start-ups are becoming a source of innovation – statistically, they are more than four times more innovative than the consolidated ones- that we need to capitalize. HELPING START-UPS GROWTH AND INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS COULD BE DONE THROUGH THE JOINT DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH THE START-UPS AND INDUSTRY CLUSTERS ON THE BASIS OF THE INNOVATION. Which partners are working on this? Scientific reserch centre Bistra Ptuj ERDF OP1 – Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs Objective: To strengthen the productivity of enterprises, boost research and innovation, enable the shift towards a more low-carbon and environmentally-friendly society, foster health and social development.   Priority Concerned: Priority 3 – SME competitiveness. Interventions aimed at enhancing the further development of already established SMEs under this OP, both in terms of infrastructure and financial incentives, will complement measures under IP of this priority axis where start ups and new ventures will be supported. Such measures will amongst others aim to raise interest among SMEs to develop their enterprise further. Reasons why it should be improved:   Under this investment priority, the Maltese Government will support the development of new and/or modernised infrastructures and provide relevant financial incentives to support the capacity of SMEs to grow. In this regard, the Maltese Government will also seek to develop adequate schemes to support the financing needs of SMEs, also taking into account the specific needs of micro enterprises, including small self employed and family businesses.   THE ENGAGEMENT IN INNOVATION PROCESSES AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF COLLABORATION AMONG BUSINESSES IS ALSO QUOTED BUT NOT SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED. THE FACT IS THAT WE NEED TO ENGAGE OUR SMES IN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROCESSES, SPECIFICALLY IN PRODUCT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN MANUFACTURING AS WELL AS IN A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES SECTORS INCLUDING, TOURISM.     Which partners are working on this? Malta Enterprise Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014 -2020 Objective: It sets out a development strategy, including a coherent set of investment priorities to meet the strategic objectives, taking account of specific regional needs.   Priority Concerned: Priority 3 – SME competitiveness. The specific objective is to increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the S&E Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises. This investment priority will support innovative and growth oriented micro-enterprise business start-ups and expansions, with a particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors.   Reasons why it should be improved: The decline in the number of economically active SMEs as a result of the economic crisis is clear. In 2006, there were almost 16,700 enterprises born and by 2010 this figure had fallen to just over 11,200. By contrast the number of enterprise closures rose steadily over the period.   To reverse this situation WE NEED TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF OUR SMES through competitiveness and growth. The OP focuses primarily on access to finance, but there are other barriers to overcome. The “traditional” provision of business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring and financial supports, should be improved through innovative approaches that drive the SMEs competitiveness THROUGH THE STARTUPS-INDUSTRY LINKAGE, AMONG OTHERS, FOR SERVICE INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURES. Which partners are working on this? Cork City Council The development strategy "Tartu 2030" Objective: Tartu 2030 is a strategic basic document for city management allowing to build a more favourable future for the present and the future citizens of Tartu.   Priority concerned: Within the Development Plan for City of Tartu, we will address to the following priority: “Increased entrepreneurial activity, development of entrepreneurial environment, development of high value adding products and services”. The main aim of this priority is to increase overall entrepreneurial activity and rise the attractiveness of Tartu as both entrepreneurship and living environment. This policy also aims at increased cooperation between academia and industry and development of high value adding products and services.   Reasons why it should be improved: This priority has described five focused development directions: Innovation and growth capacity of entrepreneurship; Human resource; Business support system & infrastructure; Support for internationalization of entrepreneurship; Development of entrepreneurial culture and reputation of entrepreneurship environment.   For the specific objective of achieving the growth potential of the SMEs (competitiveness) we need to help them grow in the market. Cooperation between academia and industry is already included in the Strategy. NOW WE NEED TO PROMOTE THE STARTUPS-INDUSTRY LINKAGE AS LOCAL PROVIDERS OF INNOVATION, AMONG OTHERS, FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 AND MATERIALS. Which partners are working on this? 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Type: Project 28/05/2020 The Podim DX conference beyond all expectations Podim DX, which was transformed into a fully digital online implementation this year due to changed circumstances, has been finished. Type: Project 27/05/2020 Entrepreneurial challenge for youth in the new form SRC Bistra Ptuj, along with School Center Ptuj organized the Entrepreneurial Challenge for Youth 2020 which took place digitally via the Zoom video platform. Type: Project 15/04/2020 Podim is switching to digital. Bistra's best practice is changing its formula to digital, due to the current pandemic situation and in order to meet all safety requierments. Type: Project 14/11/2019 International cooperation - Partner Visit in Malta Recently, the partner visit of seven partnering region took place in Malta. We shared progress on action plans' implementation, our experiences and thoughts. Type: Project 04/10/2019 SharOn Academy almost completed We will soon get to know the winner of SharOn Academy - acceleration program dedicated to startups operating in the field of sharing economy. Type: Project 08/07/2019 All action plans now available in the library All action plans have been approved by Joined Secretariat. They can be now found in our library. Type: Project 18/04/2019 Launching new acceleration programme for startups 1st of April was the official date of launching new acceleration programme for startups and teams with the idea for the Sharing Economy sector. Type: Project
Project summary DigiBEST is an interregional cooperation project for policy improvement of SME’s competitiveness promotion.   The overall objective of the project is to support and promote SMEs competitiveness through digital transformation of SMEs in rural European territories by proposing solutions to enhance their capacity to use advanced technologies and new innovative business approaches for promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe and its regions. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Norwegian national funding through the INTERREG EUROPE programme. The project is in the partnership with seven partners from Latvia, Norway, Italy, Spain, Austria and Portugal.     €1,579,342.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Driving SME's competitiveness Digital transformation is a part of technological change that requires ongoing process of digitalisation. It has significant implications, particularly for improving business competitiveness and employment. European businesses can build their strengths on advanced digital technologies and seize the range of opportunities that technologies such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, advanced manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, blockchain technologies and artificial intelligence offer. Clearly, in a near future the digital transformation will foster economic growth and will become a key driver for employment.   One of the main problems is that many SMEs are not aware of the necessity to adapt to this huge ongoing process of digitatlisation and aren’t aware of existing possibilities. There seems to be a gap between the willingness to use highly digitalised product in private versus professional life. It is therefore crucial to inform SMEs about possible benefits, which digitalisation can bring and about the impact to almost all areas of a company that falling behind this process may bring.  The project’s role is to help European companies, especially SMEs, to acknowledge existing opportunities and possibilities for exploiting them to achieve tangible results, as well as to increase their competitiveness, which will result in improved overall economic development and employment.      Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Programme “Growth and Employment” – Operational Programme (OP) for the use of ERDF funds, Priority axes 3, Priority “To improve competitiveness of SMEs”. The policy instrument (PI) tackles the Priority axes 3(TO3), priority “To improve competitiveness of SMEs”, which addresses SMEs and offers financial assistance with the aim to promote a business enhancing environment that is based on available data and integrated ICT solutions. It is important for increasing SMEs competitiveness that enterprises use of digital tools and solutions. In addition, the main policy planning document of Latvia (LV) - Information Society Development Guidelines 2014-2020 (ISDG) provides action lines for digitalization setting important requirements for SMEs development. ISDG takes into account directions of transformation course for national economy, growth priorities and also specialization areas, which are defined within the RIS3 framework. This is considered that the OP TO3, which supports the capacity of SMEs to engage in different markets and innovation processes, will have a positive impact on productivity of SMEs by facilitating innovation, knowledge transfer and ability of SMEs to engage in innovation processes. According to the DESI 2018, LV has made a good progress in SME Digital technology integration, but there is still a room for improvement with respect to SMEs digital transformation processes. The policy instrument, therefore, needs to be optimised to ensure that SMEs can take a full advantage of available opportunities and financed interventions lead to durable impacts for the benefit of LV overall economic growth and employment. Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia “Smart Societies” in “A value creating Trøndelag. Strategy for innovation and wealth creation in Trøndelag” Policy Instrument adresses the " Smart Societies" of “A value creating Trøndelag. Strategy for innovation and wealth creation in Trøndelag”. The Strategy is adopted on 2017. The policy document provides the strategy for increased sustainable value creation and international competitiveness of the Trøndelag County. It emphasises the priority of building a resource efficient society with increased exploitation of smart technology. The Strategy focuses on achieving high competence in both, the businesses and public sector, in order to increase the use of new, smart technology.  For the regional companies this means to focus more on digitalization and automation for achieving more efficient production. It also means developing new business models and products. Thus, this is imperative for SMS to start using digital technology for innovation and product development. It can be achieved through increasing their digital competence and creating attractive co-operation environment for businesses and advisors/support system. The DigiBEST project will help Trøndelag to improve the policy for digital transformation of SMEs. The project will closely cooperate with stakeholders, including business gardens and incubators of the region. The policy should be further refined and developed taking into account the recent merger between the County Council of South and North Trøndelag into Trøndelag in the beginning of 2018. Which partners are working on this? Trøndelag County Council ERDF Operational Programme Basilicata 2014-2020 As part of the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Basilicata ERDF OP intervenes on the following TOs set out in Article 9 of Reg 1303/2013: TO1/TO2/TO3/TO4/ TO6/TO7/TO9/TO10. In particular, TO3 promotes the competitiveness of SMEs and the TO3A investment priority, being prearranged to promote entrepreneurship of an innovative nature, was chosen as it allows to pursue one fundamental purpose for the economy: strengthen the regional productive fabric by supporting the supply chains linked to the potential for development in the areas of greater production specialization (ICT, green economy and eco-innovation, automotive and precision mechanics). More in detail, the action 3A.3.5.1 foresees the introduction of new organizational or commercial production solutions, also using ICT applications and tools, in order to boost the competiveness of smes. But also the TO2A priority - Improving access to ICT through the dissemination of the broadband connection, high-speed networks and supporting the adoption of emerging networks and technologies in the digital economy - in line with the provisions of the European Digital Agenda, aims to promote innovation, economic growth and progress through the creation of an advanced, widespread and pervasive digital infrastructure for the productive areas of Basilicata. The improvement of the instrument will be ensured through an articulated system of interventions: granting of direct incentives, services, microfinance. Which partners are working on this? Sviluppo Basilicata SPA Plan for the development of the local productive activity County Council of Granada has been developing the Plan for the development of the local productive activity (PDLPA) for more than ten years in a process of cooperation and collaboration with stakeholders. The PDLPA is fully consolidated with other policy documents and is an important instrument of the County Council of Granada to improve the demand for technical and technological assistance for the creation and consolidation of SMEs. Work packages of tne PDLPA include: a) Support the SME’s innovation and competitiveness (including digital transformation) b) Design, construction and management of local SME incubators. c) Support for the association representatives of local strategic sectors.   In the Province of Granada, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have proven to be a useful and efficient tool for economic growth, creating employment and improving the quality of life for society. However, in order to continue maximizing the advantages offered by ICT and to promote the Knowledge Society, the PDLPA must renew and adapt its strategy to new upcoming challenges. Some of these immediate challenges include, foremost, the contribution of ICT to economic recovery and job creation. In this sense, ICT, as a transversal strategic element, must impregnate each productive sector of the provincial economy. Which partners are working on this? Granada County Council (Provincial County of Granada) ERDF Programme Investments in Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020 – Operational Programme for the use of ERDF funds, Priority axis 2, Priority 3D Measure 9 The goal: to provoke a structural change in SMEs through high-quality, innovative and target group oriented offers. This will have positive effects on the productivity and profitability of organizations and will furthermore secure employment. The measure addressed (No.9): Support for growth in companies, where the focus is put on operational investments in connection with growth phases of SMEs.  The objective: to support companies in growing and adopting new technologies through: 1) Acquisition of new technologies for production and services; 2) expansive projects in the field of production and production-related services; 3) investments for new businesses or structure-improving business relocations; 4) investments for the production of new products and services. There shall be some significant improvements in the quality of operational services, embedded in innovative approaches.  Austria has developed a digital roadmap, which presents around 150 specific measures in twelve fields of action in order to ensure that Austria can optimally exploit the potential of digitalization. One of the 12 guiding principles is for Austria to become one of the world’s leading digital business locations. To this end, it is important to provide support to businesses for their digital transformation. Which partners are working on this? Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH SI2E - Job and entrepreneurship Incentives System The main objective of SI2E is to promote entrepreneurship and job creation. In the Northern Region of Portugal, it is implemented with funds from NORTE 2020, through the ERDF and the ESF, and managed by Local Action Groups, Intermunicipal Communities and the Metropolitan Area of Porto. Based on the logic of stimulating small businesses in low-density areas or territories with high unemployment, SI2E allows application to European Union funds for the creation of micro and small enterprises or the expansion / modernization of micro and small enterprises. The main beneficiaries are micro and small enterprises, including entities engaged in a craft or other activity on an individual or family basis, societies of persons or associations that regularly carry out economic activity. Applications, to be eligible, must demonstrate their contribution to the pursuit of the specific investment priorities. This policy instrument must be improved because a number of small/micro business organizations applications requesting digital transformation is comparatively small, almost insignificant, which means that these companies have specific requirements and should be targeted by using a different approach. Moreover, the boost of SMEs competitiveness through the digital transformation should be improved by proposing the right criteria for the policy instrument and creating more suitable application conditions for SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Intermunicipal Community of Tâmega and Sousa (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')); DigiBEST Latest News See all project news 14/04/2021 Latvian examples of support for SMEs development Digital transformation - support for SMEs development: Latvia shares examples with other countries. Type: Project 30/11/2020 Granada inspires with examples of good practices The 2nd Study visit online, hosted by DigiBEST project partner - County Council of Granada (Spain), was held November 24 – 25, 2020. Type: Project 19/11/2020 Granada Region Invites to the 2nd Study Visit Invitation to participate in a study visit of experiences on digitization issues in the Granada region Type: Project 02/06/2020 DigiBEST on Latvian Radio broadcast Latvian National Radio broadcasts news on the project DigiBEST and discussion on how to increase digital skill of entrepreneurs Type: Project 22/05/2020 A survey to assess SMEs digitalization is launched DigiBEST launches a survey to assess SMEs current status of digital transformation Type: Project 11/03/2020 Austrian organizations discuss digitalization Austria holds its first DigiBEST Stakeholder Group Meeting Type: Project 27/02/2020 DigiBEST helps assessing company's digital maturity DigiBEST in Latvia supports the Digital Maturity Test that is design to help executives to assess their company’s digital maturity in a simple way. Type: Project 03/02/2020 Stakeholders' discussion in Granada (Spain) Stakeholders from DigiBEST project discuss the digital transformation of SMEs in the vince of Granada (Spain) Type: Project 23/01/2020 Trøndelag discussed digital transformation Trøndelag County Council invited its project stakeholders to discuss approaches to digital transformation in the regional perspective. Type: Project 07/01/2020 DigiBEST starts New Year with Discussion Forum The DigiBEST project started the New year with a creative event - 1st Discussion Forum inviting the stakeholders from Latvia Type: Project
Project News Sort results by Newest first Oldest first MANUMIX final meeting 10/09/2020 MANUMIX will present its results during its final high-level policital... Type: Project Welsh visit on Basque Industry 4.0 approach 23/01/2019 The objective was to gather useful learnings to advance the implementation of... Type: Project Manumix, 3rd Learning Journey 16/04/2018 MOSTA hosts the third Learning Journey of the MANUMIX INTERREG EUROPE in... Type: Project Peer review in the Basque Country 23/03/2018 The Lithuanian evaluation agency, MOSTA, analyses the Basque Government's R&D... Type: Project Manumix, 2nd Learning Journey 21/11/2017 On 21 and 22 November, Finpiemonte will host the second international meeting of... Type: Project Policy-mixes for RIS3: new wine in old bottles? 07/06/2017 Orkestra's blog on territorial competitiveness Type: Project STORYTELLING 1st Learning Journey 07/06/2017 The partners of Manumix tell us their experience in the 1st Learning Journey Type: Project Manumix, 1st Learning Journey 23/05/2017 Manumix Interreg Europe hold their first Learning Journey in the Basque Country... Type: Project Research, Development and Innovation programmes 02/05/2017 Representatives from Berkoa, Fundiciones Garbi, Nemak Spain, Karten Space, Fagor... Type: Project Manumix, a project for advanced manufacturing 06/04/2017 Basque Country, at the head of a European project to improve advanced... Type: Project Sign up for the MANUMIX newsletter Subscribe now Orkestra. Advisory partner What can we learn about monitoring smart specialisation strategies? Read more Tweets by MANUMIX
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Business acceleration program Evolut 4.0 14/11/2019 Evolut 4.0 program is designed for early stage startups to develop an innovative product, increase sales and prepare for investment phase. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: FFWD EUROPE Innovation Breakfast 20/02/2019 “Innovation Breakfast” is a three stage networking proceeding, a concept of a better managed science and business networking event in ICT sector. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: FFWD EUROPE Naujos galimybės LT (New Opportunities LT) 25/01/2019 The measure New Opportunities LT is a non-refundable grant that allows SMEs to participate in international exhibitions and fairs. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: FFWD EUROPE HIVENTURES 26/12/2018 Over the last decade,HIVENTURES with 50 billion HUF worth of European Union and HDB funds, became one of the biggest investor companies in the CEE region. Location: Közép-Magyarország, Hungary (Magyarország) Project: FFWD EUROPE Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Development programme 26/12/2018 Small- and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Programme is addressed to high-growth innovative manufacturing SMEs in non-financial sectors in Hungary. Location: Közép-Magyarország, Hungary (Magyarország) Project: FFWD EUROPE Discovery Next acceleration approach 10/12/2018 Supporting Start-ups, particularly in life sciences and health sectors in growing by Incubation and company acceleration. Location: Abruzzo, Italy (Italia) Project: FFWD EUROPE Start Cup Piemonte Valle d’Aosta 14/11/2018 Start Cup Piemonte Valle d’Aosta is an annual local Entrepreneurial ideas’ and Business Plans’ Competition. Location: Piemonte, Italy (Italia) Project: FFWD EUROPE IMPACT ACCELERATION MODELS 13/11/2018 SOCIALFARE accelerates social impact knowledge and entrepreneurship to develop capacity, skills and startups to tackle key societal challenges Location: Piemonte, Italy (Italia) Project: FFWD EUROPE MurciaBan - Business Angels Network 25/10/2018 Online platform to connect Business Angels with Entrepreneurs with innovative projects looking for investment and advice Location: Región de Murcia, Spain (España) Project: FFWD EUROPE Wannaseed 25/10/2018 CO-INVESTMENT VEHICLE WITH AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO INVEST IN STARTUPS IN A SEED PHASE Location: Región de Murcia, Spain (España) Project: FFWD EUROPE 1234 Next Visit the good practice database Sign up for the FFWD EUROPE newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by FFWD EUROPE
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... 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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