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MOU: Italian Embassy in Tirana and Marche Region

ItaEmb The Italian Embassy in Tirana and Marche Region (P.F. Innovazione Ricerca e Competitività) did sign a Memorandum of Understanding related to Next project, as a cooperation field in promoting Adriatic-Jonian Macro Region strategy. Here you can read the MoU MOU ALB_MR (italian text) The Embassy will put at disposal of Marche Region the open data related to Albanian business and research centers to push cooperation with italian business for commercial partnerships and R&D activities. Marche Region will contribute with NEXT IS platform and services, the blog and the newsletters to strengthen the cross border networking for technology transfer and competitiveness of the area.  

Horizon 2020, projects financed (2014)

The European Commission has published data on Horizon 2020 financed projects (CORDIS website).

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UK was the country with the highest number of approved projects, but Germany was awarded the higher amount of investment, followed by Spain and Italy. Germany has also the medium project impact (600.000 €), than France, Nederland and UK (400.000) and Italy (300.000). Here you can dowload Horizon 2020 Projects and Participants data extract

European Environmental Bureau Report on Eco-design

Eco-design The next European directive on circular economy should arrive  later this year. The report of the European Environmental  Bureau (EEB), a body that brings together the major European  environmental organizations, has released the directive on eco-  design – known as Eco-design Directive. The eco-design is already producing significant energy savings  by allowing consumers to obtain a reduction in bills for  hundreds of Euros. The report “Proposing efficient products in  the consumption of resources” claims that define the  requirements for use of the materials in the products would  provide many other benefits to businesses and consumers in theUnion. Upload the report (.pdf  eu ed eco design).

Smart Cities and RIS 3

In developing the new 2014-2020 Programme is crucial to be able to define a coherent policy for the Union launched with Europe 2020, connecting points (say Steve Jobs) to discover the plan. An article on URBACT website, can very clearly to rebuild the sense of Smart Specialization Strategy connecting two strategic approaches emerged in recent years, the triple helix and the open innovation, then contextualize it in an urban area. Peter Ramsted takes the smart specialization strategy, focused on a regional approach, to affirm the fact that cities have to carve out a role. This can use the approach of the triple helix, connecting to research centers and companies in the identification of a role and an autonomous physiognomy, and then rely on the contribution of active citizenship arriving to quadruple helix. The set of research, business, local government and citizens must rely on companies to seek their path, the more functional as the entrepreneurial proves open to the exchange of knowledge (in a logic of open innovation). In this way, lucidly argues the author, the smart city is not only a laboratory of technologies more or less innovative, but also points to the value of human capital and the involvement of citizens as a research tool for sustainable solutions. If you are interested, here is the article: Smart Specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon.

NEXT at GEC 2015

MI-CO NEXT partnered with GEC 2015 to organize an  international event focused on assessing and  evaluating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the  Adriatic region. The Adriatic Investor Forum will  be held on saturday march 18th, and aims to gather  all the NEXT partners and other stakeholders from  IPA Adriatic Countries, in order to leverage the  entrepreneurial opportunities in the region. NEXT  will also build up a branded booths in the exhibition area, to disseminate its activities, to host private B2B meetings, and to advertise the NEXT IS Platform

The crowfunding market in europe

Forbes, the US magazine, publishes the results of a Cambridge university study about the alternative finance sector. The Uk dominates the scene with worth 3,56 Bn €; this was the first european market, 10 years ago. France is following with its 70 platforms and funding worth 253 Mn €, and Germany accounts for 3236 Mn €. Netherlands (155 Mn €) and Spain (101 Mn €) are followers. The problem of the continental markets is the uncertainty of sector regulations

BIOerg, new startup from Università Politecnica

BIOerg, biotech startup, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Next Equity, one of the equity crowdfunding authorized platforms by Consob. Next Equity, founded in Civitanova Marche launched his first campaign: BIOerg comes from the world of scientific research, founded by two young women, Giulia and Alessandra Cinti Micozzi. The company was the first funds from the winning E-Capital – business plan competition (20 thousand euro) and Footprint units (5 thousand), an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce for female entrepreneurs. The two founders, coming both from the University Politecnica delle Marche with different experiences of research and teaching, have combined their expertise in the fields of biology and economics of enterprise.

BIOerg is working on dextran, natural molecule (a polymer of glucose) obtained by fermentation and today used primarily in the pharmaceutical industry – it has a high market price-, which fluctuates between 300 and 3000 € per kilo depending on the purity of the product.