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 Platform presented in 4 Road Show

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

NEXT-IS Platform Presentation by Ms Sara Giannini, Marche Region Councillor for Productive Activities, Research and Innovation

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: info.next@regione.marche.it ; 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. Francesco Cuddemi

Competition “Your Innovative Idea” Tirana Albania, 20 February 2015

Foundation “Partnership for Development” (PfD) will organize on February 20, 2015 at Hotel Tirana International in Tirana, Albania the:

 1st Competition “Your Innovative Idea”.

The Competition will be organized by the Foundation “Partnership for Development” (PfD) in collaboration with the National Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation (ARTI) and the Academy of Science, in the framework of the NEXT Project 023 “Collaborative Platform to support research and technology transfer” funded by European Commission in the framework of IPA Adriatic Program. This Competition is 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. This initiative will directly contribute to the NEXT Collaborative Online Platform by furnishing and supplying it in a sustainable way with the proposals of innovative ideas. The Competition agenda will be prepared and shared in the upcoming days. Foundation “Partnership for Development” (PfD) NEXT Project Management Unit www.foundationpfd.org  

Support for Sme – HORIZON 2020- EU Program for financing research and innovations

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:  vblecic@pkcg.org, mkokovic@pkcg.org, or  fax:  020 230-493.  

ROAD SHOW PRESENTATION

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.

Famo.us Dev Conf: I Italian Conference – Ancona 10 December at 14:15

At the Faculty of Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Marche on 10 December will be held the first conference dedicated to Italian Famo.us: a tool for free and open source web programming born to obtain extraordinary performance on a wide range of devices from smartphones. Organized by Leaff Engineering, ICT company based in Osimo, in collaboration with the DII (Engineering Department) will, for the occasion, even the intervention from San Francisco’s CEO Famo.us Steve Newcomb. Objective of the event is to establish the beginning of a course of study and skill enhancement techniques for all programmers who want to leverage technology to create graphical interfaces Famo.us otherwise impossible to create. Speaker of the event will be Alessandro Annini (Leaff), back from training in California at the headquarters of Famo.us where he had the opportunity to collaborate with the development team and preview the next evolution of the instrument. The event will give you all the information you need to use and develop Famo.us web apps to the latest operational standards. For further informations, programme and registrations, please go to the address: http://goo.gl/gV1otI o sul sito www.leaff.it Leaff Engineering Srl Via Pastore 10 60027 Osimo (AN) tel. 0717819947 fax 0719806030 famous@leaff.it