NEXT Match-making events (Marche Region and Montenegro) The first NEXT match making event took place in the frame work of the fair Innovactors (, organized by NEXT Lead Partner Marche Region in June 2014. The match making aimed at helping SMEs, Universities, research centers of different countries  to get know each other and to start cross border cooperation. In fact, almost 70 actors from Montenegro, Albania, Italy (Marche and Puglia regions), Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia took part to the event, coming from the Agro-food, the ICT, Construction and renewable energies, and Social science and Humanities sectors (see the match making catalogue for details: file:///C:/Users/Elisabetta%20Zeni/Downloads/catalogo-stampa.pdf) The event, based on the “speed dating” format, offered the opportunity to meet in a smart and informal way, several potential partners during pre-arranged, bilateral face to face meeting in order to: • Get to know new research and business partners located in the Adriatic Ionian Region • Promote products and services in an international context • Indentify solutions for specific problems • Find cooperation partners for EU and National funded projects The 68 participants (48 SMEs and 20 CRTT, of which 14 stemming from Marche Region) confirmed the success of the initiative through the answers they gave to the feedback questionnaires: 31% rated the event as excellent, 35% as very good. In terms of impact, the event allowed more than 50% of participants to identify possible area of cooperation, declaring at least three contacts that gave a follow up after one month. Positively, 24% has declared the start up of an official cooperation, already one month after the event took place.   We will be following up the paths SMEs and CRTT that participated in the first NEXT match making event will be going in the near future….Stay tuned!     NEXT partners have been also starting promoting and organizing match making events. Firstly, Sandra Tinaj, General manager of University of Donja Gorica and senior staff in NEXT project presented the format of the match making event and illustrated the opportunities it generates. The presentation took place in the framework of the event From innovation to business – organized inside “Regional XIX Milocer Development Forum 2014″ by Faculty for information system and technologies in cooperation with Association of Economics and Managers of Montenegro, University of Donja Gorica and Alliance of Central-Eastern European Universities. The NEXT event From innovation to business was attended by 400 participants, 70 eminent participants from sector of business, science and politics (see: Secodnly, the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro participated within NEXT project at Festival of ICT held in Budva, form 29th September to 04th October 2014. INFOFEST is known as the biggest ICT event in the region, that gathers huge number of companies from all over the world. This year more than thousand representatives from more than 20 countries participated at this event ( The aim of such participation was to present current activities of CoE in ICT area supported by NEXT project within ICT cluster and to ensure further cooperation through matchmaking of relevant ICT companies that for the future NEXT Collaborative Platform. Within the framework of INFOFEST, NEXT second Match Making event has been organized; 53 companies held 120 bilateral meetings and presented new and innovative business solutions realized in past years, opening the way to new cooperation in the next future. Stay tuned on NEXT Blog  for learning the first results of the Montenegro Match making event, to be published soon!

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