NEXT envive for the future – Opportunity

Schermata 2015-04-29 alle 15.52.33 On July the NEXT project will end, but we would like to exploit the follow up of a three years collaborative project. So we have made a proposal to NEXT partners that’s open to new ones. You’ll find in attach two papers that explain how we would like to give continuity to NEXT:
  • In the coming years the Italian regions, Croatia and Slovenia, will publish calls for financing initiatives to develop areas of specialization chosen by their Smart SpecializationStrategy (S 3)
  • At the same time the EU through Horizon 2020 will play a similar role.
  • In Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania governments will proceed to strengthen themselves excellence with targeted funding.

This means that in the next 6-7 years, it’s opening a space of opportunities to seize on innovation. In the Adriatic Ionian Macro Region will be therefore to materialize projects and initiatives to address the needs of common development.

NEXT Adriatic Investment Forum 18 March 2015 H 14.30 MiCo – Milano Congressi Venue: Amber 5

Debate about latest trends of entrepreneurial ecosystems within the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region. During the event the contribution of regional stakeholders will be presented together with the point of view of entrepreneurs. The debate will develop around demand and supply issues among issues connected to accessibility of services though NEXT-IS platform and their relevance in the international arena.  Objectives  
  • Showcase the approach to entrepreneurship by Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region stakeholders (both public and private) and frame it into the international dimension
  • Present business cases to a wide international audience
  • Exploit potential for further actions beyond the NEXT project
  • Promote the business and project matchmaking through NEXT-IS platform
  Expected results  
  • Allow stakeholders from the NEXT partnership to present in front of a potential audience of investors and peers.
  • Access to international practices to be further investigated/exploited to strengthen Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region entrepreneurial ecosystems
  Expected Output  
  • opportunities for further partnerships investigated by the NEXT partners thanks to the meeting held during the GEC 2015
  • at least 100 new registered users to http://nextisplatform.eu/en

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

The 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea” – 20 February 2015, Tirana

Foundation “Partnership for Development” Albania The 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea” organized on 20 February 2015                                    Foundation “Partnership for Development” in collaboration with the Agency for Research and Technology Innovation, in the framework of the Next Project activities organized in Tirana Albania, on 20 February 2015, the 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea”. This competition was intended to promote the “SMART PEOPLE”, generate innovative ideas that provide solutions, minimize risks and maximize impact through the technology and intelligent methods, contributing to the development of various sectors of the economy by improving the life of citizens. The Competition was attended by the personalities of central and local Institutions, representatives of Innovation and Researches Institutes, Academics, Universities, business community, etc.  The innovative ideas have been presented by the competitors before the Jury composed by Academics, Professors, and Researchers. The organization and the presentation of this Competition were accompanied by emotions, excellent presentations and debate between competitors and audience.  At the end of the presentation, three innovative ideas have been evaluated with the Excellent Price, three innovative ideas with Merit Prices and the rest innovative ideas with the Evaluation Price. Foundation “Partnership for Development” is convinced that this initiative will directly contribute to the NEXT Platform by furnishing and supplying it, in a sustainable way, with the proposals of these excellent innovative ideas with the aim to find the collaboration between partners in the future, realizing into the projects, for the development of the economy by improving the life of citizens. Please click the link to see the event http://youtu.be/vApaUg8GRe4

PROJECT NEXT @ GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM IN MILAN 16/19.03.2015

Beeing held between 16th and 19th of March, it is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world – where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Over the past five years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transfrom innovation into reality. In this framework, the NEXT Project has partenered with GEC 2015, to organize an internation event focused on assessing and evaluating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Adriatic Region. The Adriatic Investor Forum will be held on 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 partners interesting in attending the Event should express their interest to the organizers. NEXT will also build up a branded booths in the exhibition area, to disseminate its activities and to host private B2B meetings. For futher informations, please contact our office at this mail info.next@regione.marche.it

NEXT Project @ Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan, Italy

NEXT at the GEC in Milan:   The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup  champions  from  around  the  world, where  entrepreneurs, investors, researchers,  thought  leaders  and  policymakers  work  together  to  help  bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. An entrepreneurial ecosystem has started to take shape around the world, connecting people across borders to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality. The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is initiated by the Ewing Marion  Kauffman  Foundation.  In  March 2009, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation brought together the Global Entrepreneurship Week host organizations from nearly 60 nations to create the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress at its headquarters in the United  States, Kansas City.  Over  the  past  five  years,  the  Congress  has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality. The Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015 will be held in Milan, from March 16th to March 19th. For further information and registration, please check: www.gec.co   In this framework, the NEXT project has 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 Wednesday March 18th , and aims to gather all the NEXT partners and their stakeholders from Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region, in order to leverage the entrepreneurial opportunities in the area. NEXT stakeholders, interested in attending the event, promoting them self in the NEXT Area Stand, being including in the NEXT Catalogue and also proposing as panelists at the Forum, should express their interest to the organizers within 3rd of March by apply to http://fs6.formsite.com/Archidata/company-self-evaluation/index.html with a self-evaluation questionnaire. Dario Mazzella

Elevator pitch service and NEXT final event in Ancona

Elevator pitch service and final event ad Ancona:   In the framework of the NEXT project, Marche Region and its project partners are going to offer to the best SMEs in expansion or startups, that have applied to the NEXT-IS Platform (http://www.nextisplatform.eu/en/node/add/projects) and after having filled-in the self-evaluation template (http://blog.adriatic-next.eu/self-assesment/), the opportunity to pitch in front of investors, during the final event that will be organized in Ancona, next April. For doing this, we are starting a process, made of different steps: Step 1: Scouting We are constantly on the lookout for innovative business ideas and start-ups to include in our process. Ideas submitted online are processed, screened and evaluated for the participation at the final event in Ancona. Step 2: Elevator Pitch coaching In the weeks preceding the final event, we will provide  a two day intensive personalized training session to help entrepreneurs refine their business plan and tailor their communication for investors. This will be done through a common plenary session for all the entrepreneurs selected, and then through individual sessions. Step 3: Evaluation and selection A panel of experts evaluates the candidates for the final event, naming a batch of ten start-ups to move forward. Step 3: Arena Meeting The selected start-ups take part in the Final Event in Ancona, a focused networking event where they can pitch to an audience of committed investors. Any SMEs and start-ups coming from the Countries participating to the project interested to this service are invited to apply on-line within 29th March 2015. Dario Mazzella

NEXT IS: A platform for innovation actors

NEXT IS: A platform for innovation actors One of the basic reasons of inequality in the distribution of wealth, a current and burning problem, is derived by asymmetry of information in terms of distribution and access. Information is value, today more than ever, in terms of quantity, quality and speed; his tenure makes the difference. Since it has never been rich and abundant as today, some selection and interpretive grids are crucial. The project NEXT was born addressing the issue of sharing know-how, data and information, in relation to research and innovation in the Adriatic-Ionian region. A place historically affected by trade and relations, who has never managed, in history, to become an integrated market at large. The project, involving some actors in the territories concerned, has aimed to build a virtual place, a platform to substitute, anticipating them, the peculiarities that the area will take within the initiative of the European macro-region. NEXT IS, developed by the City of Sibenik partner in the project, is the platform that is in charge to spread and make visible the relations among the territories that NEXT covers. It does so by monitoring and publishing projects, patents, organizations, structures in the partner countries, accompanying them with information and news events, and starting discussions on critical issues. Which advantage can NEXT IS provide to a business owner? First, you can retrieve information about the context of the partner countries: NEXT Trend presents a scenario articulated on each territory involved in the project, with the description of the productive sectors, and gives a set of parameters that help dimensional. The Country Outlook defines in a homogeneous format, the main characteristics of the country: economy, swot analysis, the presence of clusters, the structure of venture capital, main referents. In a short time you can retrieve information that would require a constant presence on the field or major investments. The targeted search for innovative partners is available by accessing NEXT BOX, a repository of presentations focused on Centres operating in the territories, and verifying its activities through the blog posts of NEXT. Since one of the major problems by businesses is access to financial instruments, in addition to the data of the Country Outlook and reports of European calls, the project provides on the Blog a self assessment tool that allows the firm to identify the crucial information to present to venture capital. The services on NEXT IS are then duplicated by Marche Innovation Platform, in the system’s cloud Marche Region. While NEXT IS assumes the role of promoting a collaborative dialogue, in the spirit of open innovation, Marche Innovazione assumes the task of presenting all that this dialogue on NEXT IS consolidates in projects and is certified. Ultimately NEXT provides businesses an ecosystem made of information and tools that can enable them to play a leading role in the first person in the macro-region, anticipating processes rapidly becoming.