NEXT Open Book: data and benchmarking

Schermata 2015-07-14 alle 11.57.56 One of the expected outputs from the  project are the Open Books on the  partners territories.  Along with  NEXT trend and Country Outlook,  OBs are a set of information that  meet the requirement of accessibility  NEXT set out to accomplish. The publication of a set of essential  information on the territories, which  are important to understanding the    level of maturity and quality of  innovation, is for stakeholders (businesses in the first place, but also the financial world and public bodies) a way to obtain a quickly opinion on the situation. Partners were asked to provide an overview of innovation policy followed in the area, and a range of information on the structures of the research centers present, complete with financial data, types of services offered, the target sectors of the offer. If the information is updated in time, in addition to being a powerful marketing tool and showcase the state of innovation in the area, the OB is a benchmarking tool available to the business community. Here you can download the Open Book of Istria, which also contains a general section on innovation in Croatia: Croatia OB

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.

The Italian Startup Ecosystem: Who is Who

Bring together, map out and promote the main players and protagonists in the Italian startup ecosystem in a single reference. This is the aim of the Who is Who project, the first permanent Observatory focusing on startups and the world of business innovation in Italy. See more at: and

A map of startuppers in Italy. Where they are located and who finance them?

3,454 start-ups in Italy since the Star-Up Act come into force on 2013. 142 are located in Marche Region. 57.9% of them are in still in red balance, in while 48 thousand Euro is the medium of their capitalization. Only 9 have assets over 1 mlion of Euro (they are located between Milan and Bologna area). Here, the geolocation of start-ups (who they are, where the are, what they do, how many work for them, how much is their company’s assets and turnover), the map of bank creditors, the exit strategies and private fund investors; numbers and false mythos of this ecosystem, Source:

Startups in Europe

Schermata 2014-11-19 alle 17.25.44There are two basic elements that have made the issue of startups to become one of the “hottest” of the moment. First, the development of the Apps, which followed the success of the smartphones; many of these have been developed by young graduates, and some have had a huge success. But even more, the financial crisis, with its heavy impact on the traditional labor market, has led many young people to look for a solution in self entrepreneurship. In fact, at least three years, the phoenomenon has become important at an international level. The study conducted by PEDAL Consulting for the “Startup America Partnership” map for the first time the European ecosystem, limited to ICT, remaining outside the biotech, hard-tech and clean tech. Nevertheless, a picture on Europe has a great interest, and Italy looks good in context. The top countries are the UK, Germany and France, London and Berlin are the most vibrant cities. In Berlin and London also reside the VCs most active. More comforting is the number of exits (ie sales of stat ups for investors who hope to transform the business), growing over the years: from 30 in 2011 to 37 in 2012, 54 in 2013 and only 67 in the first half of 2014 . Conversely, the number of startups has been affected by the crisis. One-fifth of the startups was initiated in pre-crisis period, only 8% in 2008. 63% benefited from seed funding or A (immediately after), while the crowfunding, widespread in the US, in Europe is little active. In this report, additional elements. The study is preliminary, it must be extended to the areas mentioned above in order to give a more comprehensive idea. There is no doubt, however, that the phenomenon is expected to grow, given the evolution of the labor market. Two phenomena that characterize the evolutionary trend: – The gradual disappearance of the job for life – The growth of the work related to the management of knowledge and the massive progressive automation of many tasks, not only manual

5th NEXT Steering Committee 20th – 21st November 2014 Hotel Sumarice, Desankin venac St, BB – Kragujevac (Serbia)

The Fifth NEXT Steering Committee meeting will be held in Kragujevac between the 20th and 21st of November. The project is coming into the final phase of its implementation. The information system – NEXT IS – had been completed in its final version, ready to be populated by local stakeholders (start-ups, RTCCs, “innovactors”), uploaded with information (big data) regarding projects and market opportunities, inter-connected with other database by sharing “open data” regarding the innovation sectors and fields. NEXT Blog needs to be fostered and feed by the partner in order to come a working tool to communicate with the community at local and macro-regional area. The population of the information system is symptomatic and propaedeutic to improve services addressed to the real needs of users. Data analytics will support partners in order to decide what kind of service should be implemented. Finally, the external evaluator had joined the project and with its support partners can improve the project actions and results. Relevant will be also the contribution of the evaluator to the finalization of NEXT Suite, the business plan for the future sustainability of NEXT information system as the first and hopefully most important application of the “open data” exchange system of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, the Adriatic-Ionian Cloud.