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.

Marche Region ROP ERDF: III Call for Innovation

Launched by the Marche Region interventions of the new community program to promote research and development, innovation of business processes and the use of new digital technologies in the areas of smart specialization. The first call provides for contributions in c / capital to companies and research organizations for projects aimed at the introduction of new technological solutions and products / services or innovative processes in the areas of home automation, mechatronics and manufacturing sustainable. The second call provides for the granting of vouchers to support innovation processes of SMEs, stimulating investment in new digital technologies, technological modernization, the development of marketing plans, methods evolved design and eco-design and the protection of property intellectual. As part of the ROP ERDF 2014/2020 was launched a new action to strengthen the planning capacity of SMEs, supporting their participation in Thematic programs directly managed by the European Commission in the areas of smart specialization. The notices will be published in the Official Bulletin of the Marche Region of Thursday, April 16, 2015. Information seminars were organized in the region with the following link:  http://www.impresa.marche.it/Portals/0/Documenti%20marco/Ricerca%20e%20innovazione/Bandi%20POR%202014-2020/Calendario%20seminari%20bandi%20POR%20FESR%202014-2020.pdf

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

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

Enterprises: 10 billion of euro to SMEs for growth and innovation

It is the plafond amount costituted by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank and Small Industry Enterpreunership Italian Association (Confindustria Piccola Industria) for Italian SMEs. The objective is to foster the access to the bank credit and the growth of these enterprises. This amount will be add to the former 35 billion already committed in the previous years and addressed to finanze research and development projects and for internationalisation project as well. Following the full article at: http://www.energiesensibili.it/it/imprese-10-miliardi-di-euro-alle-pmi-crescita-e-innovazione/

Innovazione: i bandi in scadenza per startup e pmi

I principali settori incentivati vanno dall’efficienza energetica all’Ict, fino al rilancio del Made in Italy e alle nanotecnologie. L’innovazione è il filo rosso che lega bandi, iniziative e concorsi promossi sia da enti privati che pubblici. Dalle startup nascenti in cerca di formazione alle pmi che vogliono rinnovare i propri modelli di business, dalle nuove tecnologie fino alle imprese sociali, abbiamo selezionato alcune occasioni da tenere d’occhio. Eccole in ordine di scadenza. L’articolo continua su: http://www.energiesensibili.it/it/innovazione-ecco-i-bandi-scadenza-startup-e-pmi/

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