Marche Region’s experience on international cooperation starting from Smart Specialization
The workshop “Monitoring Smart Specialization – A new Architecture for Transnational Cooperation” took place on 11th December 2014 at Centre Cultural el Born in Barcelona, and was organized as the final event of the CITEK Capitalization project financed by the MED Programme in collaboration with the European Commission – JRC. This final event at the same time constituted the starting point for a more structured discussion on monitoring in smart specialisation and focused the discussion on how regional and national actors can work together to develop effective monitoring mechanisms.
Marche Region representative presented the smart specialization strategies developed by Marche Region, one of the first Italian regions that registered on RIS3 Platform and that took part to IPTS Peer Review workshops. Marche Region’s S3 strategy focuses on 4 main sectors: mechatronics, ambient assisted living, sustainable manufactory, welfare and wellbeing. For the implementation of the strategy several priorities have been defined such as fostering collaboration between SMEs and research and innovation institutions, supporting international networking, creating favorable conditions for new innovative businesses and implementing ICT instruments such as technological platform.
In order to transform these priorities into actions, Marche Region has foreseen in its Regional Operative Plan interventions aiming to the creation of new partnership between universities and enterprises, spin offs and start ups, services and infrastructures, as well as SME placement of researchers and new and wider collaborations between European and international research and innovation stakeholders.
During the intervention, Mrs. Torelli presented some of the tools that Marche Region is going to launch for the implementation of its RIS3. One of these tools is the NEXT-IS Platform developed by the NEXT project “Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer” financed in the second call for proposals of the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme. This platform has the purpose to support the cross border networking between Marche Region and Macro Adriatic Ionian Regions starting from Smart Specialization Strategy approach. Marche Region is going to use the NEXT platform to launch call for proposals for supporting the participation of SME to EU calls. Furthermore, NEXT IS platform can be further enlarged and adapted in order to be used as a tool for monitoring the implementation of the strategy.
Anna Torelli, Marche Region, Dpt. for Research, Innovation and Competitiveness
Road-show for innovation: NEXT services presented in 4 events on the field in Marche region
Next Lead Applicant Marche Region presented the high value services made available to the companies of the region by the project NEXT, through 4 Road-shows recently organized in in Civitanova Marche (19th January), Ascoli Piceno (28th January), Ancona (2nd February) and Pesaro (6th February).
The Road-shows has been a excellent opportunity to bring the project and its services on the field and to enhance engagement with companies and consulting firms in the territory, besides offering some insights on how the project fits into the regional innovation strategy and programs of Marche region.
Patrizia Sopranzi, head of the Competitiveness and innovation Unit of Marche Region, presented NEXT into the wider scenario of the new programming period Regional Operational Plan, proving useful insights on how NEXT will be integrated into it and will support some of the upcoming actions, like the innovation voucher scheme.
Giuseppe di Giovambattista, CEO of Archidata and project director of the NEXT Technical Assistance Team, offered an helicopter view of the NEXT added value services, namely NEXT IS and the NEXT Info Point, which was completed by a detailed presentation of each of them.
Emanuele Frontoni, of Marche Innovazione, introduced the NEXT IS/Marche Innovazione collaborative platform. NEXT IS will act as a “search engine” to support enterprises in the innovation process and increase their operational capacities (support for finding partners, technologies, new markets, patents). This tool offers to its users a practical support in terms of information, visibility and networking/scouting opportunities. Thanks to the platform NEXT IS, users will get detailed information on the market potential of the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, the geolocation of active companies and Research and Technology Transfer Centers, the local development programs, and all financing/investing opportunities available. Companies registered in the platform could easily search and be searched, as well as identify business and innovation related opportunities/projects in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. The presentation was combined with a practical demonstration on how to access and make use of the platform.
The featured services of the NEXT Info Point has been presented by Paola Gabaldi, of FAST (Federazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Tecniche) and by Dario Mazzella, of META Group and Bruno De Nisco of Archidata.
The Info Point will combine support to bid for public funded opportunities and to access risk capital sources.
A periodic monitoring exercise of the open calls into the Horizon2020 Program for Research and Innovation will be regularly offered to the NEXT users together with specialized advices on the feasibility of the project ideas developed by them in response to the calls.
As for access to risk capital the Info Point will offer a capacity building process, which includes a guided online assessment of the growth potential of the company, a training session to effectively prepare the business idea presentation and the participation to the Adriatic Investment Forum to be held on 16-18th March in Milan, where the participant companies will be introduced to a panel of international investors to discuss investment deals.
The Roadshows had a very high attendance with 187 delegates in total. Participants comes from both SMEs located in the region (117, equal to 63%) and consultancies (70, equal to 37%).
The figures shows the participants broken down per roadshow edition, a comparison between participant coming from SMEs vs participants coming from consultancies.
Maria Laura Fornaci
Thanks to the project NEXT, Marche Region has been increasing and updating information available, regarding both innovative SMEs and innovation projects.
In fact, as underlined by Ms Sara Giannini, Marche Region Councillor for Productive Activities, Research and Innovation in the course of the press conference held in January 2015, the project NEXT is a mechanism of mutual recognition of innovative SMEs, is a dynamic data base, that feeds itself through the virtual getting- in-contact of SMEs coming from different contexts. NEXT objective is to foster internationalisation and to support the open up towards new markets; this perfectly fits into the Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian macro region, which aims to discourage SMEs form Marche region to delocalize, supporting at the same time their cooperation with other SMEs located abroad. Ms Giannini also said that SMEs international cooperation needs to be guided, but such a process is possible only if there is a solid knowledge of territories involved.
This knowledge is achievable thanks to the platform NEXT IS.
Through NEXT IS in fact, defined as the searching engine targeting innovative SMEs and CRTT in the Adriatic basin, the innovation actors from Marche Region can acquire knowledge about the possibilities offered by the Adriatic Ionian cooperation, through the availability of information linked to applied research and innovative entrepreneurship in the area.
All partners of the project NEXT, 11 organizations coming from 6 countries of the Adriatic Ionian macro region, are actively contributing to building up knowledge as well as to sharing big data. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy and Serbia are concretely working together in order to realise the first service of the Adriatic Ionian Cloud.
Numbers are relevant, since NEXT IS includes already 814 project, of which 32 are macro-regional projects; 3.086 patents, of which 82 are macro-regional ones; 839 innovation actors, 109 already active at macro regional level; 17 private investors looking for start up and innovative macro-regional projects to finance; 10 information services, that aim at increasing the level of internationalization in the area.
NEXT IS will be available also on tablet and smart-phone, in order to offer a smart and easy access to detailed information on market potentials of the countries of the Adriatic basin, on the geo-location of the innovation actors, on the local development programmes and the financing available from public and private sources.
To quote Ms Giannini again, Next’s objective is, among other, to better exploit and utilize EU opportunities provided through the regional operative plan and other European programmes, like Horizon 2020.
In this framework, the Marche Region provides local stakeholders with a set of guidance services targeting SMEs willing to apply for grants in the framework of EU programmes for basic and applied research projects – Horizon 2020 (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/) and Cosme (http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/cosme/index_en.htm), through the NEXT Info-point: firstname.lastname@example.org ; it started offering also tutoring services for the identification and access to risk capitals, targeting high growth potential start up and orientation and assessment service to apply to EU programmes grants for innovation (http://blog.adriatic-next.eu/self-assesment/)
NEXT IS, the NEXT Info point and related services targeting SMES and start up have been presented to the local innovators community through 4 road show between the 19th January to 06th February 2015, that saw a participation of around 200 SMEs and consultants.
CHECK HERE HORIZON 2020 OPEN CALLS FOR INNOVATION ON MONTENEGRO , BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, SERBIA
For all businesses, research centers and innovation actors, please check here the document produced by the Lead Partner and its technical assistance on the possibility of EU funding for innovation projects!
It includes calls of the EU programmes Horizon 2020; SME Instrument; COSME; European Territorial Cooperation until open September 2015
Find here enclosed the Press Report related to the content of Press Conference held in Ancona on 14.01.2015 with Sara Giannini – Marche Region Minister for Innovation, Research and Competitiveness of Productive Sectors
The initiative for Seminar organization is based on the estimation that currently a limited number of Montenegrin companies have the capacity to manage the complex process of applying for the projects on their own, but in the same time a majority of them need the financial support for introducing business innovations. The intention is to present the available forms of collaboration and assistance which are going to facilitate their access to the funds within Program HORIZON 2020.
Apart from the presentation of the Program essential scope and characteristics, The Agenda is adjusted to SMEs need for being provided with an thorough and comprehensive insight into the optimal manners in which their innovative ideas, projects and aims can be supported by Program HORIZON 2020.
We kindly ask You to confirm Your participation untill Thursday, 22nd January 2015 on the following contact addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax: 020 230-493.
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CHECK HERE SCHEDULED EVENTS AND ROAD SHOW PRESENTATIONS
Marche Region – Unit Innovation Research and Competitiveness will present the upcoming activities and added value services rendered available to the companies of the region by the project NEXT.
The project NEXT, www.project-next.eu aims at implementing a collaborative platform that acts as a “search engine” to support enterprises in the innovation process and increase their capacities in implementing projects (finding partners, technologies, new markets, patents). This tool will offer to its users a practical support in terms of information, visibility and networking/scouting opportunities.
Thanks to the platform NEXT IS users will get detailed information on the market potential of the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, the geolocation of active companies and Research and Technology Transfer centers, the local development programs, and all financing/investing opportunities available (both public and private). Companies registered in the platform could easily search, be searched and identify business and innovation related opportunities/projects in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region.
The project and its services will be presented by Regione Marche during 4 road shows, held in different Marche region Cities, lasting half a day each, scheduled in between January-February2015. During the Road shows the mechanisms of cooperation provided by the platform NEXT will be presented in details and combined with practical demonstration on how to access and make use of the platform.
Meetings are scheduled as follows:
– Monday, January 19 in Civitanova Marche at hotel Cosmopolitan 14.30
– Friday, January 23 in Pesaro at Confindustria Pesaro 14.30
– Wednesday, January 28 in Ascoli Piceno at Confindustria Ascoli Piceno 15 hours
– Monday, February 2 in Ancona at headquarters of the Region – Palace Li Madou 14.30.