17 Feb2015NEXT 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
17 Feb2015Elevator 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 Presentation by Ms Sara Giannini, Marche Region Councillor for Productive Activities, Research and InnovationThanks 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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
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
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