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Practical informationPractical informationIn this section you will find information related to venue and accommodation arrangements. Please keep in mind that travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participants. For Interreg Europe project partners, the travel and accommodation costs can be claimed through the progress reports and be reimbursed by the programme.We suggest that you book your flights and hotel as soon as possible after receiving a confirmation email from us. Venue HUONE Jätkäsaari Länsisatamankatu 16 00180 Helsinki  The workshop will be held at Inno room, on the first floor.  Entrance to HUONE HUONE Jätkäsaari’s entrance is located at the southern end of the building, next to a construction area. You will see a number 16 above the door, it’s the same entrance as Aida Hotel. HUONE’s reception is on the first floor.  Accommodation Aida Hotel (∗∗∗∗) http://www.hotelaida.fi/ Länsisatamankatu 16 - 5.kerros, Jätkäsaari, 00180 Helsinki, Finland   Clarion Hotel Helsinki (∗∗∗∗) https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/finland/helsinki/clarion-hotel-helsinki/ Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Jätkäsaari, 00220 Helsinki, Finland   Local transport Helsinki region transport (journey planner and timetables) Arrival by metro HUONE is only five minutes walk from the Ruoholahti Metro Station. Should you choose to arrive by metro, you are recommended to use tram number 8 (stop ´Cruselllinsilta´), which brings you directly to the entrance. Arrival by tramTram number 8 takes you directly to HUONE. The tram stop is called ‘Crusellinsilta’ and is located right in front of HUONE. Tram number 9 also stops ‘Saukonpaasi’ just a short walk away.Arrival by car From Espoo From Länsiväylä follow signs for Ruoholahti. Then follow the signs for Jätkäsaari. The address is Länsisatamankatu 16, across the bridge (Crusell Bridgem Crusellinsilta) between Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari. From the City Centre From Mechelininkatu turn to Ruoholahti by driving Itämerenkatu until the corner of Länsisatamankatu. Take from the traffic lights in this corner take left  (following the tram line), continue on Länsisatamankatu over the Bridge Crusell. You will spot HUONE entrance on the left just next to the tram stop after the bridge. To park in HUONE parking slot, you need to turn left right after you have crossed the bridge. Our address is Länsisatamankatu 16, across the bridge (Crusell Bridge – Crusellinsilta) between Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari. HUONE is located in the first building on your left after the bridge. Parking info HUONE customer parking (see map below) is located just next to the HUONE building. Please note that only the nearest area to HUONE building is for customer parking.  (The larger area is operated by the municipality). Drive in from “Messipojankuja”, next to “Martin Wegeliuksen kuja”. No previous registration is needed and the payment can be done at HUONE’s reception upon arrival. Useful informationWhat to do if you miss your flight?According to EU legislation, all passengers departing from/arriving in an EU country (or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) with a carrier licensed in the EU are entitled to a specific set of rights upon conditions. If your flight is cancelled, the airline must give you the choice between reimbursement or rerouting (you have the right to assistance while waiting). You may also be entitled to additional compensation (€125-€600) under some conditions.For long delays, you may be entitled to assistance and to compensation, depending on the delay length and flight distance.If you are denied boarding, you also have the choice between reimbursement or rerouting. You may also be entitled to compensation. If you choose re-routing, you are entitled to assistance if necessary.The airline must always inform you about your rights.If your luggage is lost, damaged or delayed, you may be entitled to compensation from the airline of up to about €1200.For damaged luggage, you need to file your claim within 7 days of receiving your luggage (21 days for delayed luggage).For more information, please visit the Air passenger rights Helsinki Tourist Information Centre Cover photo credits: Photo by Mihis Alex from Pexels Read more
02/05/2017 - 04/05/2017
The 3rd interregional event focuses on exchange of good practices and succesful experiences
Type: Project
Project summary The potential of Cultural & Creative Industries (CCIs) in developing new Cultural & Creative Tourism (CCT) products and services for Growth & Jobs, is being advanced by the Cult-CreaTE project with policy change in 8 regions.  Common challenges are: - The contribution of CCIs to CCT has not been given the attention it deserves to date. Cultural tourism needs CCIs to partially reinvent itself and attract the new generations. CCIs are also an indispensable source of innovation for other types of sustainable tourism, typically ‘Creative Tourism’.  - Creative Tourism is considered a new generation of cultural tourism by involving the tourists themselves and the locals in the creation of the tourist products (co-creation).  - CCIs are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities, and thus contribute fully to the Europe 2020 Strategy and beyond, through their deployment for CCT.  - While some EU regions have been very good at tapping into this extraordinary potential as a way to promote socio-economic development, it however, appears that many others have not been making most of this potential.  - Synergies between sustainable tourism and CCIs can enhance the visibility and promotion of CCT. These synergies can contribute to the promotion of sustainable tourism destinations, an attraction of new investment and creation of new employment opportunities, particularly for youth and in lagging regions.   The overall objective is to redeploy CCIs for the development and promotion of CCT strategies, with sustainability, innovations, capitalisation, policy learning, policy implementation and capacity building.  Main outputs are action plans, with implementation and monitoring of improved policy instruments in 8 destination regions, communication and dissemination tools for policy learning and capacity building, contribution to EUpolicies and EU2020 targets. The beneficiaries are public authorities and their stakeholders. ACTIVITIES 1. Thematic Workshops on cultural and creative industries contribution to cultural and creative tourism, in four specific themes, (one per semester in Phase 1), viz: A. Identification of CCIs and potential contribution to CCT development (Veneto Region, IT), B. Best practices of CCT based on CCIs (Dundee, UK), C. CCT product development based on CCIs (Nicosia, CY), D. Governance and Business Models (Cork, IE). 2. Study Visits regarding best practices on a deployment of CCIs for sustainable cultural and creative tourism (one per semester in Phase 1, in conjuction with each Workshop A, B, C, D above).   3. Peer reviews on creative tourism products development and policy instruments enhancement process, whereby partners will cooperate to improve policy instruments and action plans in specific topics according to partner needs and expertise.  4. Exploitation and application of available relevant research results for mainstreaming into Operational Programmes and ESIF.  5. Stakeholder engagement throughout.  6. Policy learning with the policy change at the local/regional level.  7. Relevant inputs to Policy Learning Platform of Interreg Europe programme.  8. Capacity building for partners’ staff, policy makers and key stakeholders, regarding creative tourism product development, based on CCIs.  9. Dissemination to pan-European fora, EU institutions, international organisations (UNESCO/UNWTO) and other destination authorities and MAs.  The combination and interrelation between activities of exchange of experience is according to the above sequence.  Partners with external expertise will mentor the results undertaken by exchange of experience to other partners which will help to develop, monitor and implement Action Plans.  The expected results are the inclusion of the findings in the selected policy instruments and Action Plans for CCIs contribution to CCT.  All stakeholder groups will be involved in the policy learning process (exchange of experience) which will ensure better understanding on the issue of the project and need of policy change, as well as engagement in the monitoring and implementation of Action Plans in Phase 2. €1,798,270.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic SME competitiveness Cultural and Creative Tourism based on CCIs ISSUE ADDRESSED Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) refer to cultural heritage, design, crafts, digital products, performing and visual arts, film, video, music, TV and radio, festivals, advertising, architecture, fashion, archives and libraries, audio-visual, multimedia, publishing, museums and galleries, R&D, software, toys and games, video games and high-end products (which rely on a strong cultural and creative input such as design and manufacturing of fashion materials and goods and their distribution, in particular high-end fashion, jewellery and watches, accessories, leather goods, perfumes and cosmetics, furniture and household appliances, cars, boats, as well as gastronomy, hotels and leisure). The EC Communication ‘Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU’ (COM(2012) 537 final) acknowledged that “Culture and creativity have also direct impacts on sectors such as tourism” and invited Member States, involving all relevant public and private stakeholders, to: “Reinforce cooperation across CCS and with other sectors such as ICT, tourism etc".  Although a lot of attention has been given to CCIs in various EU initiatives (eg INTERREG IVC and Creative Europe programmes), the contribution of CCIs to cultural and creative tourism has not been given the attention it deserves to date. Cultural tourism needs CCIs to partially reinvent itself and attract the new generations. CCIs are also an indispensable source of innovation for other types of sustainable tourism, typically ‘Creative Tourism’.  Creative Tourism is considered a new generation of cultural tourism by involving the tourists themselves and the locals in the creation of the tourist products (co-creation). The Creative Tourism concept is defined as: ‘‘Tourism which offers visitors the opportunity to develop their creative potential through active participation in courses, cultural and learning experiences, which are characteristic of their holiday destination.” CCIs offer many experiences the cultural and creative tourists are eager to live when they travel. This new way of discovering another culture by experiencing it has been growing increasingly during the last decade.  CCIs are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities, and thus contribute fully to the Europe 2020 Strategy and beyond, through their deployment for Cultural and Creative Tourism (CCT).  While some EU regions have been very good at tapping into this extraordinary potential as a way to promote socio-economic development - including through the use of EU Structural Funds -, it, however, appears that many others have not been making most of this potential.  Synergies between sustainable tourism and CCIs can enhance the visibility and promotion of CCT. These synergies can contribute to the promotion of sustainable tourism destinations, an attraction of new investment and creation of new employment opportunities, particularly for youth and in lagging regions.  The present Cult-CreaTE project aims to redeploy CCIs in developing new CCT products & services for Growth & Jobs, with innovations, policy change & capacity building. Interregional cooperation is highly required to achieve this aim, given that various regions and destinations are at different level of development regarding CCT based on CCIs. Thus a large partnership with wide geographical range and partner type is required indeed for the exchange of experience & policy learning process. The interregional cooperation involves 2 SF ROPs (Veneto IT, Kujawsko-Pomorskie PL), 3 city authorities (Cork IE; Dundee, Scotland UK; Naoussa EL) and 3 DMOs (Vidzeme LV, Pecs HU, Nicosia CY), thus including all territorial and institutional types for most effective experience exchange, policy change & capacity building, also facilitated by a pan-European Network based in Brussels (ECTN BE) with 29 members in 19 countries & experienced in interregional cooperation, as advisory partner. INNOVATIVE CHARACTER Innovative character lies in the effective contribution of CCIs to CCT development and delivery, by exploiting CCI/CCT synergies, as added value to previous initiatives. There are also important EU policies and other pan-European initiatives, for added value with innovations, viz: - The EC Communication ‘Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU’ (COM(2012) 537 final): “Culture and creativity have also direct impacts on sectors such as tourism; Reinforce cooperation across CCS and with other sectors such as ICT, tourism etc., inc. joint initiatives to developing a more open, innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set in the economy” - Cultural Heritage counts for Europe, Europa Nostra - European Heritage Alliance 3.3 (EHA) with ECTN as an active member - Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs, led by ETC, ECTN a signatory - European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, ECTN is selected by EC DG EAC as a Stakeholder. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Tourism Development Strategy for Vidzeme region The main objectives of the Strategy are: to promote development of tourism sector by increasing economic indicators, to develop & promote tourism-friendly environment by encouraging residents patriotism & hospitality taking into account preservation & development of nature and cultural heritage, as well as building Vidzeme region as recognisable and popular travel destination between countries of Baltic Sea. It includes 3 main priorities: market research, regional marketing & development of high-quality tourism.   The main reason why the Strategy should be improved is due to a need to incorporate CCIs in Cultural & Creative Tourism development for sustainability, inc:   - Include the full information of the CCIs current situation & set the strategic goals for the region; - Re-assessment & gathering of the new information on the current regional situation; - Set the new action directions & tasks for achieving priorities related to the CCIs for CCT; - In-depth analysis of the current regional situation for the CCTs development, taking into account the changes at regional level; - Development of new measures & suggestions that need to be adopted at the regional level, taking into account the needs of stakeholders.   The updated and enhanced Strategy will be characterised by exact measures and indicators that need to be improved, following a methodological pattern from in-depth analysis to priority recommendations and follow-up of the results at the regional level with CCIs for CCT. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Tourism Association Regional Operational Programme (ROP) of Veneto Region ERDF 2014 -2020 The Policy instrument addressed focusing on Axis no.3: Enhancing the competitiveness of small & medium-sized enterprises with the following main objectives:   3a) Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, also included business incubators 3b) Developing and implementing new business models for SMEs, in particular with regard to internationalisation 3c) Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for product and service development 3d) Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes.   In particular, the Culture Department has launched the following Calls within the Axis 3:   Action 3.5.1 "Support measures for the creation of new cultural businesses” Sub-Action A "Start Up Investment Aid" Sub-Action C "Cultural, Creative and Entertainment Companies - CCIs" Sub-Action D "Naturalistic Companies".   However, the ROP does not cover explicitly CCIs role specifically for CCT product development. The ROP therefore needs to be improved with policies on deployment of CCIs for CCT actions with capitalisation.   The Cult-CreaTE project will enrich and diversify the tourist offer, through the creation of new tourism products. This result will be got also through a close cooperation among local DMOs and the innovative CCIs companies. These companies will be involved as stakeholders in the project. Which partners are working on this? Veneto Region People, Place and Policy - Growing Tourism to 2025 Objective:   The Irish Government’s tourism policy entitled ‘People, Place & Policy: Growing Tourism to 2025’ has three main targets. They are to increase revenue from overseas tourists, to increase employment in tourism and to increase overseas visitor numbers.   Reasons to improve:   Cork has several local CCIs groups who have the potential & desire to greatly improve the visitor experience, through the development of new cultural & creative tourism products. Should their energy & enthusiasm be harnessed, financed & supported in order to develop the cultural and creative tourism offering of the city, this would open up a whole new tourism market to the city, improving the visitor experience, leading to increased revenue, employment & visitor numbers.   The untapped potential exists in terms of developing new cultural & tourism products. Actions need to be included which see close & supported collaboration between the public sector, education providers & small private sector CCI representatives & groups working together to improve the visitor experience and to develop the cultural & creative tourism offering of the city. A huge appetite exists among local CCIs to engage with visitors and an expanding audience to showcase the CCI offering & experience. We wish to improve the Government’s tourism policy by including a dedicated action incorporated into future Tourism Action Plans supporting collaboration between Failte Ireland & CCIs to support the development of CCT experiences. Which partners are working on this? Cork City Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme The Programme aims to support regional, decentralised economic development and an increase in employment based on local resources. The programme allocates more than EUR 1 billion to integrated sustainable urban development actions in the framework of a dedicated priority.   Funding priorities:   The Programme will focus on the following priorities: 1) Creating local conditions to boost economic growth and increase employment 2) Enterprise friendly and population preserving urban development   - the development of green urban areas and the development of small-scale environmental protection infrastructure, - sustainable urban transport development, - improving the energy efficiency of local government buildings, - development and expansion of public services, - development of deprived urban areas, - strengthening of local communities and cooperation.   Reasons for improvement:   One of the most expanding sectors of the service sector in the world is the creative industry, one of the breakthroughs in the development of Baranya County and Pécs. One aims of the selected policy instrument are to revitalise the county economies. It is necessary to provide financing to projects of the SME sector and support them to grow and internationalise especially in creative and cultural industry. The related tourism recovery can create new jobs, which will increase the local economy. This objective is not enough highlighted in the policy instrument, so it should be improved to receive more focus. Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya Competitiveness and Sustainable Development Operational Programme (OP) The OP “Competiveness and Sustainable Development” sets out Cyprus’s development strategy through which the resources of the ERDF and Cohesion Fund can be used within the context of the “Investment in Development and Employment” for the period 2014-2020. The main characteristics and priorities included in the programme and are relevant to this proposal are:   Priority 1- Special Target 3a2: Improvement of the competitiveness of the tourist product: This is considered indispensable for the recovery of the economy, for tourism is one of the most profitable sectors.   Priority 1 – Special target 3a3: Promotion of establishment and development of new business activity from special groups of the population. This would be attempted in the context of investment activities, of which the OP underlines the advancement of entrepreneurship, especially if the financial use of new ideas and the creation of new businesses were facilitated through business incubators.   Priority 6- Sustainable Urban Development – Special target 3a1: Enhancement of business activity in specific urban areas. Dealing with phenomena of economic recession, abandonment of business activity and desolation of the buildings and infrastructure located in these areas.   The OP should be improved in order to make CCIs a priority in economic growth. CCIs can play a fundamental role in the development of CCT, a type of tourism which can contribute both to the profitability of the sector as well as its sustainability. Which partners are working on this? Nicosia Tourism Board Dundee City-Wide Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2016 - 2020 The key feature of Dundee City Council’s (DCC) policies/strategies is to boost growth in the local economy & to create opportunities for all citizens participating in the economic, social and cultural life of the city; to attract new visitors and investments.   There are several strategies and policies that the project can support in terms of achieving key aims, identifying new actions and improved governance.   The policy instrument addressed aims to make Dundee one of the best small cities in the UK for cultural short breaks until 2020 aiming to boost the value of tourism to the city from £146 million to £185 million. It identifies 5 key areas: establishing the profile, investing in tourism offer, managing the place for visitors, supporting business by encourage collaboration across & between sectors, inluding CCIs.   Current Strategy focuing on the priorities of the DCC & its organisational partners in the Dundee Partnership. There is a need to make sure that it engage businesses & visitors more effectively. DCC need to ensure that the Strategy remain current & address the latest visitor needs, digital processes etc. There is a need to embed CCIs within the strategy to ensure that DCC making the most of CCIs in terms of the unique opportunities it could offer to visitors.   A key priority for the participation in the project is to will be to provide us with learning, experience and knowledge to drive forward the opportunities that CCIs can deliver for CCT development. Which partners are working on this? Dundee City Council Regional Operational Programme for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 Regional Operational Program for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 (ROP K-PV) consists of 11 priority axes directly related to the regional Strategy of Development 2020 +, which is the fundamental regional policy instrument. ROP K-PV is the financial instrument for the Strategy implementation. 72 % of the structural funds of ROP K-PV come from ERDF, while 28 % from ESF. Among them Priority Axis 4 “Environmentally friendly region”, action 4.4 “Protection and development of cultural resources”, specific objective 4 “Increased potential of the cultural capital in the region” is the most adequate to the Cult-CreaTE project’s assumptions.   Reasons for improvement are due to the fact that the so far submitted projects neglect the possibility of commercial use of the cultural resources, also in the context of CCT based on CCIs. This is the aspect we would like to improve within the policy instrument by preparing a new project related to the neglected aspects mentioned above which should be based on the experience and knowledge gained thanks to interregional cooperation. Which partners are working on this? Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region Master Plan of Municipality of Naoussa Pillar 2: education, culture and tourism.   The city of Naousa according to thematic objective 2.2.3 has a rich cultural identity with a trend to improve and enhance the cultural and creative tourism (CCT). With the improvement of the facilities of cultural and creative industry (CCI) Naousa can become a city break destination. The city branding “Naousa” rely on three pillars: a) Nature, b) arts and crafts and c) relaxing. As a result alternative kind of tourism may be developed increasing the number of visitors and the duration of allowance.   Although a lot of attention has been given on promoting cultural and creative sectors of tourism in Naousa, the contribution of CCIs to CCT has not been given the attention it deserves to date. The specific project is a good chance for the city to improve and enhance the second pillar of city branding (arts and crafts). Till now there is no record in terms of identification of CCI and potential contribution to CCT, best practices on this specific topic, governance and business models and cultural and creative tourism development based on the creative industry heritage. All these themes will be improved in the framework of this project.   Synergies between sustainable tourism & CCIs can enhance the visibility and promotion of CCT. These synergies can contribute to the promotion of sustainable tourism destinations, attraction of new investment and creation of new employment opportunities, particularly for youth and in lagging regions. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Heroic Town of Naoussa (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')); Cult-CreaTE Tweets by Cult-CreaTE Latest News See all project news 21/01/2021 Welcome 2021 International Year of Creative Economy! Cult-CreaTE project partnership welcomes the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021, as declared by the UN General Assembly Type: Project 29/12/2020 Cult-CreaTE Good Practices in PLP new Policy Brief Good Practices of Cult-CreaTe project included in the Policy brief on Sustainable Toursism and Overtourism by PLP Type: Project 09/12/2020 Call for Offers: Governance & Business Models CLOSED Expert in Governance and Business Modes for CCT based on CCIs, toweards SME Competitiveness, by ECTN advisory partner Type: Project 30/11/2020 Research results on CCT by CCIs for policy making Identification, exploitation and application of available relevant research results regarding the contribution of CCIs in CCT, for mainstreaming into OPs & ESIF Type: Project 25/11/2020 Links with UN SDGs established by Cult-CreaTE Links with several, relevant Sustainable Tourism Goals (SDGs) of the UN, related to Tourism, are established by the Cul-CreaTE project Type: Project 29/10/2020 Participatory Lab at #EURegionsWeek, 15 October 2020 Cult-CreaTE held a Participatory Lab at the European Week of Regions and Cities digital event, on 13 October 2020, organised by advisory partner ECTN (Video) Type: Project 18/08/2020 Call for Offers CCT Product development based on CCI Call for offers on CCT Product development based on CCIs. Deadline: 28 Augusy 2020 24:00 CEST Type: Project 04/05/2020 Call for offers: External Expertise for Action Plans Call for offers regarding external expertise for assistance to partners during development of Action Plans in the Cult-CreaTE Interreg Europe project Type: Project 28/04/2020 Steering Group Online meeting beats pandemic crisis! 4th Steering Group meeting hekd online due to pandemic crisis, ensuring continuing project activities towards tourism recovery! Type: Project 31/03/2020 Cultural Heritage and Creativity for 'Smart Tourism' 'Cultural Heritage and Creativity' is one of 4 award categories for the 'European Capital of Smart Tourism', in terms of innovative projects ideas & initiatives Type: Project
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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 Jan 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 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? Type: Project 06/05/2020 OCDE:Portugal leads in innovations against COVID-19 Digital innovators in Madeira are leading in innovation projects to fight COVID-19 Type: Project 23/04/2020 The world will enter into virtual reality Free access to the largest virtual reality event in France as a chance to explore VR from all Type: Project 17/04/2020 4PDIH held a webinar on digital signing A Slovenian example on supporting digital innovation in public organisation Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Mar 04 2021 Umeå, Sweden Virtual Study Visit to Västerbotten Participants can discover how the Västerbotten region in Sweden is fostering digital innovation to support business the public sector, urban & rural communities Type: Project
Project summary Embark with us on our journey to the Life Cycle Approach! LCA4Regions is expected to contribute to the more effective implementation of environmental policy instruments by the application of Life Cycle Methodologies. Currently, many individual policies are implemented in isolation of others. Thus, the project is focused on expanding the use of life cycle methods as a holistic approach when conceiving and implementing public policies related to environmental protection and resource efficiency. Life cycle expertise resides mainly in the business sector while public authorities are much less familiar with the techniques and their functioning. However, the full success of policy implementation depends on similar expertise also in governmental authorities. The outcomes of improved public policy implementation are greater concordance with stated sustainability objectives, fewer unwanted side-effects and greater transparency in the compromises and offsets that need to be made to move ahead on sustainable economic targets. Each project region has its own characteristics, methods of design and implementation of policies. Nevertheless, all of them face a common challenge: the adoption of a more efficient use of natural resources to reduce the non-desirable secondary effects (spill-overs) that generate negative economic and environmental impacts Expected results: 7 Actions Plans to improve 7 policy instruments funded by the ERDF in the following regions: Navarre (ES), Satakunta (FI), Baixo Alentejo (PT), Lombardy (IT), Lodzkie (PT), Kaunas (LT), and Zahodna (SI). This is achieved through, inter alia, intense local stakeholder group involvement, 7 transnational learning journeys, exchanges of experiences, study cases and the compilation of good practices. These activities are intended to clarify the success factors and barriers for the application of life-cycle management approaches for policy implementation. Action plans will contribute to: 1) improve policy instruments introducing the LCA in all steps of policy cycle management 2) Enlarge the circle of end-users that will benefit from making conscious decisions on resource efficiency and investments using the LCA €1,719,759.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Navarra 2014 - 2020. Priority axis 4. To enhance the transition to a low carbon economy in all the sectors. Investment priority 4.3. Support for energy efficiency, smart energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and in housing The strategy of the ERDF OP of Navarra 2014-2020 has been carried out considering the needs and challenges at regional level defined in the strategic territorial diagnosis (S3, goo.gl/Vc1yza). In this programming period, some of these issues are being addressed through the thematic objective 4 of the ERDF OP, which promotes measures to support energy efficiency, smart energy efficiency and management and the use of renewable energy. In order to improve the policy instruments, it is necessary to introduce a more integrated and systemic approach that can consider all the impact generated by the policies. The Life Cycle Approach can improve the use of the natural resources by means of the minimisation of the spill- over effects that usually are generated by concentrate the policies only in one or two objectives Thus, LCA methodology applied to this actions will help to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy and a more efficient use of resources. Moreover, the proposal of the Commission of the ERDF regulations fund 2021-2027Includes as specific objective OP2, a greener, lower-carbon Europe promoting a clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and prevention and risk management. The application of LCA could generate better results in terms of reduction of waste and material flows and pollution that could be considered as the main challenges of the EU regions for the next ERDF programming period. Which partners are working on this? Government of Navarre Industrial Association of Navarra-AIN Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Republic of Lithuania. Priority axis 5. Environment, Sustainable use of Natural Resources and adaptation to Climate Change. The competitiveness of Lithuania and its ability to restore and further enhance the welfare lost during the crisis is primarily built on the ability to innovate and launch new products, services, businesses, social processes and models. A very small share of enterprises implementing all types of innovations, introducing limited business expenditure on research and technological development, low commercialisation of the existing Lithuanian scientific potential signal the need for substantial changes. Natural resources that are essential for the functioning of Lithuanian, European and global economies are becoming increasingly scarce; therefore in the long run only resource-efficient growth will be possible. According to the statistical data, Lithuania is still behind the EU-27 average in terms of the level of investment into eco-innovation and underestimates the technological, in particular resource-efficiency-based, breakthrough of SMEs, which determines the economic growth in the country. Due to increased prices for materials, energy and other resources, it is important to encourage SMEs to implement eco-innovative products, processes and organisational eco-innovation. New or technologically upgraded production methods and service provision processes, also new business models and new management systems will give a competitive edge to SMEs, cut production costs, increase volumes and thereby contribute to the economic growth. Which partners are working on this? Kaunas University of Technology Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 - Structural Funds Programme of Finland Policies 1,2 and 3 of the Regional Programme have the objectives for development of competitivity and vitality. They fortify human activity and productivity as enterpreneurs and workers. They improve the vitality by enabling growth in areas of renewable industry, energy, food systems, bioeconomy, circular economy, as well as secure services and improve attractivity of regions by taking charge of conservation, protection, promotion, and development of natural and cultural heritage and biodiversity. Through LCA4Regions project these policies will obtain contents, and best practises that are collected throughout this project can be implemented. The implementation of the Regional Programme of Satakunta is funded by the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020, Structural funds programme of Finland. Since Structural Funds are clearly diminished in the region in this programming period, it is essential to improve the governance of this funding instrument and increase the benefit from existing projects by wider dissemination and capitalisation. With LCA4Regions and interregional cooperation, the implementation of the Satakunta regional programme will be improved by providing more explicit and tangible support to promotion of new regional development models for the sustainable, resource-efficient economy. These actions also support the evaluation process and defining the implementation plan of the Regional Programme. Which partners are working on this? Pyhäjärvi Institute ALENTEJO 2020 - Regional Operational Programme of Alentejo The main objective is to promote the environmental, urbanistic and landscape quality of the territory as a distinctive factor. Some of the measures are the development of innovative solutions and pilot actions in the field of sustainable development, support to the monitoring of environmental parameters and qualification of the urban environment and consequent rehabilitation. Taking into consideration that circular economy is considered in the national and regional policy instruments namely in the number 1 b) of article 40 of the specific regulation for competitiveness and internationalization and where is stated that must be developed projects that incorporate the principles of eco-efficiency and circular economy in order to promote more efficient use of resources, encourage the reduction and reuse of waste and minimizing the extraction and use of raw materials, one of the major issue is that regional entities should be able to improve their process and include LCA in there processes. There exists also the necessity to change the regional productive profile, through the incorporation of Innovation. The main challenge is to eliminate barriers that still exist on the processes, knowledge and innovation levels, which require the dissemination and diffusion of new knowledge, that should be carried out as a priority. Which partners are working on this? CIMBAL - Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community POR Lombardia FESR - Lombardy ERDF ROP The Lombardy Region’s 2014 - 2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides investment funds of nearly one billion euros (€970,474,516) with the priority objectives of the Region’s economic growth and social development as well as the enhancement of its productive capabilities. The ERDF ROP promotes a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth model in line with the objectives identified in the “Europe 2020” strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting the competitiveness and sustainability of its businesses and the entire economy of the Region. The ERDF ROP strategy lays emphasis on building an economy which uses resources efficiently, guides the development of new technologies and processes, and underpins Lombardy companies’ competitive advantages by making use of EU-wide networks, in line with the flagship initiative entitled “A resource-efficient Europe”. With this in mind, and in keeping with the provisions of the Environment and Energy Regional Programme measures to be taken under the ERDF ROP Axis IV have the main following aim: to reduce the energy consumed in public buildings and by public lighting.This must be done in connection with the sustainabe urban development. Through the Interreg project improvements can be done for the connection of the measures and to support the beneficiaries for the presentation of better proposals which take into account the potential multi-impacts. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy for the period 2014-2020 Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy - Area of Aplication 2.2: Networks for the Transition into Circular Economy The objective is to link the stakehodlers - economic entities, educational and research area, NGOs, authorities and individuals - in the value chain according to the principle of completed continuous flows, as well as to develop new business models for transition to a circular economy. Goals till 2023 are: a. Improve the material efficiency index from 1.07 (2011) to 1.50 (2020) b. Establish 5 new value chains with the completed material flows Focus areas and technologies: 1. Technologies for biomass processing and development of new biological materials 2. Technologies for the use of secondary raw materials and reuse of waste 3. Acquisition of energy from alternative sources The implementation of the industrial symbiosis model represents a development opportunity not only for the chemical industry, which is one of the most competitive in Slovenia, but also for a range of traditional industries such as, for example, paper, wood and textile industry, agriculture and food processing industry and services. In the field of "Extraction of secondary raw materials", Slovenia does not show the disclosed comparative advantages. The reason why it should be improved lies on the fact that there is a lack of credible industrial symbiosis model for transition of knowledge and technology from academia to industry. It should empower research area to incubate ideas further to scientific achievements, not only simple transition through licensing and patenting. Which partners are working on this? National Institute of Chemistry Regional Operational Programme for Lodzkie Voivodship 2014-2020 Priority Axis: V Environment Protection, with the Thematic Obcetive 6: Preservation and protection of the natural environment and support for effective resource management, Measure V.2: Waste management The objective of the Regional Operational Programme is to increase the competitiveness of the Lodzkie Region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. The priorities are aligned with the EU 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The specific objective of measure V.2 is the limited storage of waste in the region. The effect of interventions undertaken in the area of environmental protection will be: improvement of adaptation to climate change, saving resources and protecting ground and surface water purity, improving the environment (especially biodiversity) and orientation of tourism in areas of natural value in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. The implemented projects in the field of waste management will significantly contribute to the increase in the weight of waste other than landfilling, which will significantly affect the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural environment, as well as the protection of natural resources. Lodzkie sees the need of improvement of the ROP and well asits Waste management plan in relation to Life Cycle Assesment and dignosis of regional corelations and value chains. Lodzkie will be able to improve and update regional development documents in order to implement LCA methodology and enviromental approach. Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Sign up for the LCA4Regions newsletter Subscribe now LCA4Regions answers you Interested in LCA? You can contact us for information [email protected] LCA4Regions: to make a long story short LCA4Regions leaflet is meant to guide you throughout the different steps of our journey. Get on board! Download LCA4Regions leaflet "What goes around comes around..." The LCA4Regions newsletter Life Cycle Catalyst #3 is online! Read Life Cycle Catalyst #3! Tweets by LCA4Regions Latest News See all project news 01/02/2021 The life-cycle impacts of wind energy Short review of an analysis on the life-cycle impacts of wind energy whose results could be interesting for regions wrestling with their zero carbon policies. Type: Project 28/01/2021 Life Cycle Catalyst #3 now out! The third issue of LCA4regions newsletter, the Life Cycle Catalyst, has just been released! Type: Project 20/01/2021 Meeting our local stakeholders LCA4Regions partners met with their local stakeholders to get inputs on their work. Type: Project 13/01/2021 Case studies from the 3rd TLJ For the third TLJ, study visits took the shape of case studies. Type: Project 12/01/2021 Lessons learnt from our 3rd TLJ What did we learn from our third TLJ? Type: Project 08/01/2021 Review of good practices on waste and material flows A review of the 19 Good Practices presented during the third TLJ. Type: Project 06/01/2021 Life cycle toolbox: the expert's eye (episode 3) LCA4Regions expert Fritz Balkau gives us some tips on how to give life to LCA. Type: Project 21/12/2020 Discover LCA4Regions video in 7 more languages! Our invitation to the LCA4Regions journey is now available in more languages. Type: Project 16/12/2020 Fancy knowing the sustainability of what you eat? Calculate your environmental footprint with ComidAprueba App Type: Project 14/12/2020 Carbon Footprint in public buildings Government of Navarra is taking measures to fight against climate change Type: Project
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Project summary About our project: There is a lower rate of start-ups in Europe comparing with other parts of the world (Asia or US). There is a need to offer attractive jobs and places to live for young people. Actual condition causes that many yought leave our regions to look for better life. With this project we want to develop an attractive tailor-made ecosystem for start-ups. Its aim is to improve SMEs growth, entrepreneur skills and to overcome defined barriers. Project partners have defined that commitment and willingness to invest in long-term policy is important  to increase the number and quality of startups in their region.                    Policy change The main objective is to improve policies for SMEs competitiveness by enhancing advisory support services for first time entrepreneurs. As result, OSS wants to build an complete ecosystem for entrepreneurs starting new business.                                       How are we going to achieve it? Every partner will contribute with an expertice and best practices from their first line service (FLS) system. When the project is finished, we will present the Toolbox of experience and expertice.  We will also enhance an advisory support service adapted to the needs of the entrepreneur. With the experience in each partners policy, and stakeholders from different levels to participate in changing the policy affecting our main objective, we enticipate to change the different regions advisory services.  OSS Project methodology                                    What happened till now? We're already at the end of the second semester. In first semester we've achieved pretty good results. We had a few chances to disseminate and promote our project and its assumptions. During our meeting with stakeholders in Hampshire, all of our project partners had a chance to present good practices of their regions in the subject of " Digital solution in the field of supporting start-ups". If you're interested, what subjects were discussed, read our News: https://www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/4883/second-partnership-meeting-in-hampshire/ We might be also proud, that our project partners take part and disseminate our project in such events as:LEAP SUMMIT, Croatia - https://www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/5346/oss-at-leap-summit-in-croatia/ Women in Business - Female Entrepreneurs and Economic Development, Italy - www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/5301/oss-at-the-women-in-business-conference/ After the third semester of Our Project implementation, we have achived some pretty important goals. During the third Partnership meeting in Bulgaria, we have chosen some important regional Good Practices regarding the subject of mentoring:Norwegian - Innovation Norway;English - MENTOR-NET;Spanish - the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Motril,                          UGR Emprendadora;Slovenian - CEEDPolish - Start in Podkarpackie.   The Norwegian Good Practice - My business tool - has been accepted by experts and published on Policy Learning Platform - Link here. €1,477,612.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? County Strategy for Møre and Romsdal 2017 - 2020; Action Plan for Competence and Value Creation. There shall be international and competitive businesses in Møre and Romsdal area. Related specific objective is to mobilise for more entrepreneurs in the region. It is going to be achieved through the entrepreneural programme hoppid.no.We included in the Action Plan, that there is a need to develop startups competences. That activity regards to the subject of entrepreneurship using first line services (FLS). We think that there is a need to revitalise and develop equal services regardless of location. Another need is to strengthen advisors' competences.FLS system has been operating for 10 years till now in the region. After that time, we might define that the quality of services for startups is different, depending on location in the county. We have learnt that these services don't meet all needs. To make our ecosystem better, we think it is necessary to revitalise and target our policy to startups.We want our Action Plan to be more adapted to startups needs. We also want to make the governance more effecting through implementation of digital solutions. that would bring us two main benefits: simplify the interaction between involved service providers in the partnership and make experts more accesible for entrepreneurs. We hope that our financial instruments will be more focused on startups needs. Which partners are working on this? Møre and Romsdal County Council European Structural Investment Funds – Dorset , Hampshire, Enterprise M3 Public policy recognizes the importance of new businesses and supports entrepreneurs, but there is not enough focus on the urban/rural different agendas, and also a lack of cohesive programme across the region. The Leo model, which is the local voice of government in all regions in the UK, has a seperate approach. While this is welcome in terms of reflecting local needs, it also breeds duplication of efforts and fragmentation in support services for first time entrepreneurs, when a cohesive joined up approach would bring a more dynamic and cost effective solution. This project gives us the wider base of knowledge and comparison to influence policy across our region related to start up and entrepreneur policy.County Councils and local authorities can provide an element of support for entrepreneurs but funding is limited and not strategically delivered across the region. We hope that the study tours and policy debates between the project partners will give us concrete ideas and examples to utilise in our own infratructure and through stakeholder delivery. We envisage to adopt good practices on how first line services for new startups may be designed in a clearer way, with less confusion on the part of the entrepreneurs, and more tailor-made to their needs. We want to continue to respond to local needs but need consistency and better cohesive support for the entrepreneurs.It will be difficult to influence UK policy beyond the two year cycle we are now in. We can influence the current round of funding priorities and create a legacy for whatever follows Brexit. We are sure that the policy direction related to startups will remain the responsibility of Local Enterprise Partnerships and County Councils such as Hampshire. The OSS project will create a legacy and the learning experiences from other partners and the debate and discussion held on entrepreneurship topics will give us solid ideas and initiatives to implenent post project. Which partners are working on this? WSX Enterprise Operational Programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014 - 2020 One of the main goals is to improve the access to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We want to achieve it by supporting financial instruments, promoting equity and quasi-equity investments for startups, ventura capital funds, private capital or shares. The second one is to promote entreprenaurial ideas in areas related to European and regional challenges. WeThe policy should be improved to provide more support for underdeveloped regions, especially by fostering startups and facilitating their survival.We want to find solutions to make first line services better, what helps startups to be established more efficiently. Introducing of the ecosystem for FLS system will encourage to star new businesses and will ensure its survival.By realisation and implementation of the OSS project, we hope to improve the management and monitoring process for implementation of the policy instrument. Changes in that policy would cause the improvement of communication and coordination between key actors in the startups ecosystem.   Which partners are working on this? Agency for Regional and Economic Development The Entrepreneurs Provincial Plan (in the framework of “Granada is Province” Programme) Granada province is characterised by having a low level of entrepreneurial culture as well as a poor survival rate for startups. At the same time, the provincial economy is dominated by SMEs with over 99% of firms having less than 500 employees and by an excessive of “micro firms”, either self employed or employing less than 10 people (nearly 95%). Besides, we can notice that the quality and the access to the first line support system for first time entrepreneurs is not entirely satisfactory because it exists a big fragmentation of the business support services for these new entrepreneurs. It is necessary to provide them with opportunities for testing their business ideas in the best conditions. We need to know what advisory support service regarding entrepreneurship and SMEs competiveness is working in practice.Based upon the lessons learnt from the project, we envisage improving the Entrepreneurs Provincial Plan through the “Granada is province” agreement programme which is the tool by which the County Council materialises in municipal programmes and actions the strategies defined in the framework of the Entrepreneurs Provincial Plan. For example, we could define new agreement programmes with our municipalities designed to promote measures assisting entrepreneurs based on the innovation, the “smart” concept and the social enterprise.The Granada County Council will consider to introduce new or modified measures for support services to first time entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurs Provincial Plan on the basis of the lessons learned from the project. Which partners are working on this? PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF GRANADA Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OPIEUCP) There is a need to upgrade the aforementioned mechanisms of the OP in the way that wouldreally meet the challenges. Especially, we see that traditional measures are not fitting the start ups  needs (lack of innovative services, innovative measures, lack of access to finances, lack of access to modern technologies). Additionally, there is significant number of startups searching the opportunity in the area of innovative services and products. Unfortunately, existing support measures can't meet their needs. While we are facing the lack of entrepreneurial culture, there is also a need to upgrade support to young generation, which so far can't  fully access to knowledge in the area of  entrepreneurial and innovation skills while preparing for future adult life as future entrepreneurs.BSC Kranj and the regional stakeholders will improve implementation of mentioned priority by preparing new projects and initiatives based on policy learning inspired by the experiences from the partner regions. These will focus engagement in and contribute to improvement of measures for SMEs in the countryside.We intend first of all to try to improve the policy instrument by modifying the addressed priority and object to better accommodate the needs of new entrepreneurs. BSC Kranj is member of the west cohesion region management board, where decisions regarding the change of Operational Program take place.We intend to influence min. 500.000 EUR as a pilot of innovative services. Additonally we will develop and implement projects (at least 1) that will improve the support environment for start ups in our region. Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj Regional Operational Programme of Podkarpackie Voivodeship for 2014 – 2020, Priority axis I: Competitive and innovative economy The objective is to strengthen research, cooperation between business, science and technological development, innovation and also strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs and startups. The priority aims at creating a business environment conducive to research and innovation. Key elements include strengthening the activities of research and innovation and improving knowledge transfer between public and private sectors, supporting SMEs and new startups. Investments will focus on its efforts to implement the results of R & D, innovation, higher added value and productivity and in this way to expand and internationalization.  Podkarpackie Region is one of the regions with the lowest level of economic development. It is caused by  limited access to external sources of financing for those wishing to start a business. Additionally Podkarpackie Region border directly with The Ukraine and in the region there are many migrants from this country (especially from the war territories: Donbass region, Luhansk and so on). The development of financial instruments, possibilities and motivation for starting a business by people especially endangered with social exclusion (including migrants) will have a positive impact on the level of entrepreneurship in the region.On the basis of a Regional Strategy for Podkarpackie Region 2014-2020 were identified the following needs to improve:• the need to enhance regional innovation economy• support low level of entrepreneurship (measured in the number of companies in relation to the number of inhabitants), including SMEs and for new startups• increase the level of cooperation between relevant stakeholders such as regional development agencies, regional and local authorities, enterprises, R&D centers, universities and technology and business incubators, manifested by a small number of joint projects of innovative• insufficient cooperation of institutions dealing with supporting for the development of a smart, inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship at local-regional level• the need to create tailor-made ecosystem for startups• lack of knowledge, know-how, skills, technical knowledge, procedures, methods in the field of technology transfer in research institutions and universities• weak Podkarpackie’s ecosystems of supporting new business Which partners are working on this? Rzeszow Regional Development Agency Sign up for the OSS newsletter Subscribe now Newsletter special edition the special edition of our OSS newsletter regarding GP's presentations. Newsletter Special Edition The fifth Newsletter Here, you can find the fifth edition of our Newsletter. OSS Newsletter No5 The fourth Newsletter Here you can download the fourth Newsletter. OSS Newsletter No4 The third Newsletter Here you may get the third Newsletter of our Project. Newsletter No3 The second Newsletter Here you may get the second Newsletter of our Project. Newsletter No2 The first Newsletter Here you may get the first Newsletter of the OSS Project. Newsletter No1 (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')); OSS Tweets by OSS Latest News See all project news 22/02/2021 Newsletter Special Edition The year 2020, was a really big challenge to the whole world. The Covid-19 pandemic situation caused that many activities had to be postponed or canceled. With ... Type: Project 09/02/2021 Successful campaign on Kickstarter A successful campaign on Kickstarter How Rok Starič achieved his goal? So, now it's time to present to you the last speech that was spoken during our online ... Type: Project 04/02/2021 The idea of crowdfunding The idea of crowdfunding Do you know, how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign? Crowdfunding is becoming a very popular solution for getting funds for so... Type: Project 01/02/2021 Slovenian voucher system Small grants for SMEs in Slovenia What does the Slovenian voucher system look like? You've already seen some of the presentations that were spoken during our ... Type: Project 26/01/2021 English SMEs go online! I am sure you've heard about Vodafone. It is an international mobile operator with headquarters in Newbury, UK, and Düsseldorf, Germany. Vodafone is the second... Type: Project 20/01/2021 Slovenian grants Slovenian grants for starting an innovative company What are the types of grants for starting that type of company in Slovenia? So, it's time for me to share ... Type: Project 13/01/2021 Private investment fund in Slovenia Private investment fund for local economy growth in Slovenia Do you want to hear the story of Slovenian d.labs? Of course, now, I am going to continue sharing... Type: Project 05/01/2021 Banks and startups Banks and startups by Jaka Vadnjal Do you know, how startups and banks cooperate in Slovenia? Of course, it's the first week of 2021. Happy New Year to all of... Type: Project 14/12/2020 Merry Christmas Dear supporters and friends! It seems that another year is almost behind us. On behalf of myself, and other partners involved in the implementation of the OSS ... Type: Project 09/12/2020 The success of Polish Patform for startups Start in Podkarpackie with winning ideas! The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development received 60 applications in the sixth round of the competition "Startup ... Type: Project