Cross-border cooperation bw Croatia and Montenegro

The aim of the project between Croatia and Montenegro is to create a successful cross-border tourism products, primarily the development of active cross-border “cluster” of tourism entrepreneurs.  In the line with the new trends in tourism, through this project will be introduced innovation in the creation and promotion of tourism products by using ICT technology. Within this framework will be developed fully functional geoportal (web page on GIS platform ) and two mobile applications that will facilitate the gathering of information and improve communication with final beneficiaries. The project aims to establish collaboration between the relevant institutions, organizations, businesses and individuals in the direction of joint action in the field of tourism, protection of natural and cultural heritage, and community development and strengthening of human resources. More information here: http://www.cbccro-mne.org/‎  

Montenegrin participation to DT contest for innovation

Deutsche Telekom has announced the global competition for innovation, students, entrepreneurs, start ups did participate. The competition includes categories such as Internet security, e-health, mobile internet, the future of media and cloud services. Submitted ideas from Montenegro will be evaluated at the national competition, which will be organized by Montenegrin Telekom in May 2014. The winning team will thereafter enter the next stage of the competition, and will participate in the entrepreneur academy and the final competition of innovation in June 2014, which will be held in Krakow, Poland. Telekom will organize a series of workshops in Montenegrin schools, with the aim to introduce the competition and to provide an additional information on participation to the interested parties.  

Crowfunding platforms in Italy

CrowdfundingCrowdfunding is an activity collects money to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform. The initiative could be a nonprofit campaign (e.g. to raise funds for a school or social service organization), a political campaign (to support a candidate or political party), a philanthropic campaign (e.g. for emergency funds for an ill person or to produce an emerging artist), a commercial campaign (e.g. to create and sell a new product) or a financing campaign for a start-up company.(Wikipedia) In Italy there are many platform dedicated to this goal: DeRev ‎ – a platform for creating social innovation, offers a toolkit for projects (named Rivoluzioni). The platform did receive an investment of € 1,250,000 on august 2012, and the headquarter is in Naples. Siamosoci helps companies to collect money from private citizens, and enables investors groups to access information for investment. Headquarter in Mila CrowfundMe is a crowfunfìding-equity based website, enabling investors and businessmen to connect. Headquarter in Milan WeAreStarting – online platform for crowfunfìding-equity based activities related to italian market. Focused on startups,. Based in Bergamo. Smartika – Based in Milan, the platform is a social lending initiative, privies known as Zopa Italia. Boober  is a peer to peer social lending platform. Born in Netherlands, is now based in Bergamo. Produzioni dal Basso – Pdb is the oldest italian crowfunding platform, it connects investors and new ideas. Eppela – Is a general and reward based platform, founded on 2011. It collects funds mainly for art, tech, cinema, design, music, social innovation and writing projects. Kapipal – Founded on 2009, it’s a site to collect money for personal projects. Free. Starteed  – Based in Milan, the platform allows users to create an own one and to sell directly their products. COM-Unity  – Based in Modena. Owned by Banca Interprovinciale SpA, the platform funds projects in social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific fields. Prestiamoci‎ – A social lending website, Prestiamoci is online since 2009 connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Based in Ivrea. Starsup – A crowdfunding website recently created and invested by Consob, the financial italian authority

State aid approved for research programme in the field of green chemistry

State aid: Commission approves aid of €43.65 million for the IFMAS research programme in the field of green chemistry The European Commission concluded that the aid granted by France to the IFMAS public‑private partnership for the development of plant-based plastics and bio‑based paints was in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission felt that the project would help to achieve EU targets in the area of science and the environment without unduly distorting competition in the European internal market. Joaquín Almunia, the Commission Vice-President in charge of competition policy, said: ‘The advances envisaged by this ambitious project would make it possible to substitute plant-based products, in particular plastics and paints, for those based on hydrocarbons, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. Public financing will help to implement a project whose scientific and environmental impact is indisputable.’

Tender: Croatia – Second Science and Technology Project (STP II)- REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for individual consulting services of Project Assignment Expert

News inserted on 27/03/2014
Country: CROAZIA
tender description
The Republic of Croatia has received 20 million EUR from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the implementation of Second Science and Technology Project (STP II). Through the STP II, the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES) has the objectives to (i) improve the capacity of Croatian R&D and innovation institutions to implement Europe 2020 strategy for increased investments in R&D through efficient absorption of EU funds and (ii) develop a pipeline of public and private R&D projects, including research groups, that could qualify for financing through EU structural funds. Within the implementation of STP II, MSES envisages to engage a consultant to act as Project Assignment Expert. The consultant services of Project Assignment Expert would include: developing project assignments for four (4) proposed R&D&I infrastructure projects to be ready for applying to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for financing in the programming period 2014-2020. The Consultant will closely cooperate with appointed MSES team and the beneficiaries to get needed guidance, to define the approach and to facilitate preparation of requested documents. The object of the project assignment is defining the necessary construction documentation in accordance with the Law on Spatial Planning (Official Gazette 153/13), Construction Law (OG 153/13), Law amending the Law on Architectural and Engineering Activities in Spatial Planning and Construction (OG 25/13), other applicable and valid laws and regulations and industry standards. The project assignments should include following elements: the object of the assignment, general information (description of the project, existing documentation (if applicable), current project status), tasks and guidelines for the preparation of project documentation, goals, objectives and expected results, estimation of project documentation value, estimation of cost of works and equipment risk analysis, method of delivery of documents and the deadlines. The Consultant must visit all locations as well as revise all existing project documentation which will be available in Zagreb. The consultant will have to submit completed project assignment (as described in the chapter Scope of work of the TOR) and report for each R & D & I infrastructure project (for all proposed locations). Consultant must prepare detailed schedule of deliverables. The MSES now invites eligible candidates to submit his/her expression of interest, together with the curriculum vitae and requested evidences and references, in English language. Interested Consultants may obtain further information regarding detailed Terms of Reference at the Ministry’s website http://public.mzos.hr/Default.aspx?sec=3534 or at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Project Implementation Unit, attn. Ms. Vesna Grbac, Donje Svetice 38, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by e-mail: vesna.grbac@mzos.hr, tel. +385 1 4594551. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Project Implementation Unit, attn. Ms. Vesna Grbac, Donje Svetice 38, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, or by e-mail: vesna.grbac@mzos.hr no later than April 4, 2014. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/oglasi/2578856.html
Tender Identification number Proc. Ref.: STPII-CS-26

New EU funding opportunities for your R&I project/idea: Horizon2020

HORIZON2020 is the new  program launched by the commission to support Research and Innovation for securing Europe’s global competitiveness as foreseen by the Europe 2020  flagship initiative,  Innovation Union. It  combines all research and innovation funding previously channeled  through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (FP7), the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). If you want to learn more about Horizon2020: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020 One of the important innovative element of Horizon2020 is the high relevance given to the participation of SMEs, for which the program foreseen a new devoted financing stream: the SME instrument. It offers financial resources for business innovation support from idea to market, covering the three stages of the full innovation and start up creation cycle (proof-of-concept, innovation development and commercialization). In addition, a coaching and mentoring scheme is provided exclusively to beneficiaries of the instrument in order to accelerate the impact of the funding provided. If you want to learn more about the SMEs instrument download the brochure: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/sme-instrument-your-highway-innovation Horizon2020 call are open! You can easily find the call better fitting with  your need here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html