Startup Europe Partnership

SEPEuropean Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, recently did present the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), a project supporting the new start up internationalization. Mind the Bridge (a no profit operating through Italy and S. Francisco) manages the project with NESTA, a british foundation. Prestigious institutions support the project, such as IE Business School, HIIG Berlin, Cambridge University e European Investment Banking Group. The main axes of the initiative are three: Matching, international meetings in the main european towns; Sharing, best practices collected at the international level; Mapping, a database collecting the most “scaling up” companies. SEP has published the first report: more than one thousand European startups have secured an investment of more than 1 Mn $ in the last three years.

Marche Regional Authority – Innovation, Research and Competitivness of productive sectors Unit – Lead Partner Next

imageInnovation, Research and Competitiveness of productive sectors Unit (I&R Unit) is one of the 6 units of the Industry and Craftsman Department of the Marche Region. It is composed of 7 internal staff members. Regarding the drafting and implementing of CB projects, the Unit can be supported by the regional development agency “SVIM”. This is a company (100% share owned by Marche Region) with a total staff structure of about 25 members covering all phases of project cycle. Both the Unit and SVIM headquarters are well equipped with all the office and web tools necessary for the successful CB projects implementation and joint partnership coordination. In the last 3 years, the I&R Unit has injected in the regional economic tissue about 100 ml Euro from EU and State funds stimulating private investments (for about 300 ml Euro) in research, technological transfer, innovative practice, creation of spin-off, etc. to increase regional enterprises international competiveness.

Puglia Region – Economic Development Department – Partner NEXT

imageIn the Puglia Region Authority the Department for Politics for Economic Development and Innovation represent a major player in the implementation of politics for technological innovation of SMEs, business development and research. With more than 100 officer and administrator in the recent years the department has managed regional resources for research, innovation and information society policies 2007 – 2013 . It has suitable and experienced staff members in the management of cooperation projects and in the implementation of the specific activities envisaged in the project.

Mario Spacca: The Adriatic Ionian Macro-region strategy

Mario Spacca, MarcheRegion PresidentThe Adriatic Ionian macro-region represents an innovative way of territorial cooperation among regions and nations with the common goal of an inclusive and sustainable development of the communities that live there. The Adriatic Sea is the origin of our region history. It was the border between east and west and became a sort of extension of the Berlin Wall . When this is gone, the Adriatic was again opened, transforming itself from a frontier line in community. And  on this newfound unity and common origins’ rediscovery of the Adriatic Ionian macro-regional strategy finds its roots . The macro-region represents an extraordinary opportunity for the growth and development of this area, the realization of the process of building a common European citizenship. A strong run by a powerful push from the bottom. Even before the States, were associations and relationship networks to give input to the birth of the macro-region . The Marche Region has always supported and encouraged this strategy. We have worked hard for its realization . Now here we are: the birth of the macro-region will be made official the next Italian EU leadership period, and will be one of the main goals. The European Union is aware of the need to strengthen the weaker side of the continent, the south-east, and married the strategy with great determination. The same was done and continue to do by all European Regions. The Intergroup Adriatic Ionian – which I am honored to chair – the Committee of the Regions, has produced a considerable amount of suggestions, proposals and exchanges of views summarized in a document as contribution to the European Commission. All this in the belief that the needs of communities must be represented in a multilevel governance approach from the bottom to better address the problems and challenges of the Adriatic and Ionian region . We need to develop and implement projects by aggregating the structural funds of the EU macro-region countries and resources of the countries in pre –accession phase. A bottom-up effort that recalls the contribution of institutions , local authorities, economic and social groups and associations. The contribution of Marche Region  to this project route is particularly lively. In the Action Plan, an operational tool of the macro-region, various projects were included with our contribution. Among them, a Cloud Adriatic Ionian Initiative , a no-heavy infrastructure able to quickly communicate the communities of the macro-region. On this goal we have already collected the availability of the INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics ) for collaborating on the project . Another project regards the creation of a school on the French ENA model, to enhance the administrative culture of the macro-regional areas . There are also plans for development of SMEs, especially focused one networks creation, and the theme of physical infrastructures. NEXT is located precisely in this context. Its objective is to create a network of relationships and a platform for the exchange of knowledge among communities of researchers, research centers and companies of the Adriatic Countries. The theme of research and innovation for Europe is the lever to increase the competitiveness of the EU and boosting development. The collaboration among countries to innovate in a sustainable and inclusive way is the core of the new European 2014-2020 Programme. NEXT is a contribution of Marche Region to streghten the Europe 2020 strategy and an important step to building a strong and innovative market in the Adriatic area.     Gian Mario Spacca President of Marche Region

GRAD Sibenik – Partner NEXT

sibenikŠibenik is a historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik-Knin county.

The City of Šibenik has 80 employes,annual budget is 25,3 million EUR. Department of Economics, Enterprise and Development will be responsible for the project, Dep.has competence and experience with all technical conditions for the NEXT project. Business Zone PODI Šibenik Infrastructure (2007-2008), largest commercial zone in Dalmatia in the plan for first large solar power plant in Croatia, Regional waste Management centre Bikarac (2008-2009)ISPA fund, first and only Croatia waste center according EU standards. In the City there is a college for Tourism, as well as the maritime innovation center INAVIS that will soon become technology park. Foundation of the university is planned, with study programs for ecology and energetics. Šibenik is also the leading croatian city for electricity production from renewable sources. Science institutions in the city area together with the entrepreneurs and the protected natural enviroment, to be preserved, is the city contribution in this project.


Foundation Partnership for Development – Partner NEXT


PFDThe main goal of PfD is to contribute in the social-economic and institutional sustainable development of Albania in the framework of its future regional, European and international integration. It aims to simulate, support and disseminate opportunities of democratic, social, economic, cultural, environmental and human development of Albanian population in cooperation with the other nations of the Region and wider.

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Chamber of Economy of Montenegro – Partner NEXT

montenegroThe Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro is an autonomous, business, professional and interest-basted organisation of business organisations, banks and other financial organisations, personal and property insurance companies, and entrepreneurs doing business in Montenegro (MoE 2009: 38). Within CCE, eleven sub-associations exist.

Functioning as a link between the private and public sector, CCE provides information and training services to its members to strengthen their position in the market, by means of continuous updates on the standards and legal regulations of the EU and the WTO, staff and management training for a more efficient transfer to business operation in compliance with EU rules and standards (MoE 2009: 57

Basic Activities
• Improving business operations
• Education
• Fostering research and development
• Business information
• Organizing activities in the field of economic relations with foreign
countries and companies
• Encouraging good business practice and business ethics
• Certificate issuing

Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. – Partner NEXT

idaThe Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. is the first regional, and one of the leading Croatian development agencies. It was established on 14 December 1999 as an operational body entrusted with the implementation of development programmes of the Region of Istria and the Istria 21 Development Consortium. Registered with the Commercial Court  in Rijeka on 29 May 2000, it became operational on 1 June 2000.

From October 2007 IDA is a member of the Coordination of Regional Development Agencies of the Adriatic Statistic Region – RAJ. In addition to IDA, the Coordination’s members are the Regional Development Agency of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region DUNEA Ltd., the Regional Development Agency PORIN Ltd. from Rijeka, the Zadar Region Development Agency ZADRA Ltd., the Regional Development Agency of the Šibenik-Knin Region and the Regional Development Agency of the Split-Dalmatia Region.

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REDAH Regional Development Agency Herzegovina – Partner NEXT

Regionredahal economic development presents a key instrument for support and acceleration of the process of economic and social reforms, as well as for preparation of foundations for access to European Union.

Regional economic development is a dynamic process aimed at creation of jobs, maintenance or increase of existing employment level, promotion of foreign investments and improvement of regional advantage in competitiveness to the maximum in medium-term and long-term period.

REDAH has been established as a result of wish of relevant protagonists from the region to devote themselves to the issues of common interest more actively. All this is aimed at enabling faster economic development of local communities and achieving balanced development of the region as a whole.

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