WIRE 2014 – Week of Innovative Regions in Europe Jun 12, 2014 to Jun 13, 2014 Athens (Aegli Zappiou) / Greece

The conference, organised under the auspices of the Greek EU Presidency, will focus on research and innovation as drivers of competitiveness, employment, sustainable grow and social developments. The event, today recognized as a key element in facilitation of the European regional agenda, will provide the opportunity for regional authorities, funding agencies, representatives of the national research bodies, the applicant’s parent organisation, and end-users (SMEs, industry, etc) to participate and thus to ensure synergies with local, regional and national policies. During the “Access to finance in Horizon 2020: opportunities for SMEs” Jean David Malofrom the DG Research & Innovation (European Commission) will introduce the Eurostars programme, and Rune Bjerkestrand from Cinevation (Norway) will present the Eurostar project “Archivator: Data Recording and Data Scanning with Data Boxing and Un-Boxing”. http://www.eurekanetwork.org/showevent?p_r_p_564233524_articleId=3433799&p_r_p_564233524_groupId=10137

Techsylvania May 31, 2014 to Jun 2, 2014 Cluj-Napoca / Romania

For the first edition of Techsylvania, the biggest technology event in Transylvania, participants will have the opportunity to listen disruptive technology speakers delivering insights into what the future may actually be like, to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and meet investors. The first two days (May 31st and June 1st) of the event will be a “hackathon“, focused on wearable and connected technologies, where teams of talented people come together to hack a solution on some of the most interesting devices out there. The third day (June 2nd) will be the main event day consisting in a great conference with leading innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals giving participants valuable insights about global new technologies and trends in product and business development. http://www.eurekanetwork.org/showevent?p_r_p_564233524_articleId=4066665&p_r_p_564233524_groupId=10137

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

The CIP consists of three programmes:
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)
  • Information Communication Technologies Policy support Programme (ICT PSP)
  • Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)
All three programmes are managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), a EU government body established by the European Commission to operate and oversee the various activities of CIP. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) The European Commission indicates that EIP focuses to facilitate access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and encourage investment in innovation activities and to create an environment favorable to SME cooperation, particularly in the field of cross-border cooperation, thereby promoting and assisting in all forms of innovation in enterprises. The EIP will specifically support innovation efforts in the ecological sector. It also has the broader ambition to promote an entrepreneurship and innovation culture and related economic and administrative reform. The objective of integrating the two networks (Euro Info Centres (EIC) and the Innovation Relay Centres (IRC)) is to offer businesses a one-stop-shop of integrated services under one roof to better assist companies in addressing their business and innovation need. The type of services offered by many of the regional teams comprises:
  • business partnering such as supplier, distribution and join venture partner searches
  • Online tools for tracking European public sector tenders
  • Online facilities for assistance in finance and grant searches
  • Advise on IPR and legal matters
  • Advice on finance including grants, debt and risk
  • Assist businesses in accessing research programmes and apply for R&D grants
  • Advice and assistance on accessing EU programmes and funds
  • Access to information on EU policies, regulations and support programmes
  • Technology and R&D partnering
  • Assistance for accessing Seventh Framework Programme.,
In addition to the new Network, DG Enterprise & Industry have established other initiatives such as the European Investment Fund (EIF), which provisions for venture capital aimed at SMEs – in particular high-tech early-stage companies.

EU launches top tech start-up competition

date of publication > 29-April-2014 This year’s Tech All Stars competition, organised by the European Commission will be awarding Europe’s best startups.  The award will allow the nominated startup, a company founded  within the last years, to attend the most prestigious startup events in Europe and network with other actors.  Applications are open until May 22, 2014. http://www.eurekanetwork.org/events/-/journal_content/56/10137/4140668

Business Center Cetinje: Public call for Mentoring Program

Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises has announced a public call for the implementation of mentoring program , which is conducted in cooperation with the business center of the town . The aim of the project is a free service for selected 18 entrepreneurs / companies on the territory of Cetinje , Podgorica and Bar , for a period of 50 hours per client , by the end of November of 2014. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA. The right to participate in the tendering have registered micro and small enterprises and entrepreneurs in accordance with the Companies Law , which are headquartered in the territory of Cetinje , Podgorica and Bar, operating 100 % privately owned and at least 2 years, regularly paying taxes and contributions , have not had operating losses in the past two years , have not performed as part of the military industry , not organized gaming / lottery and are not concerned with the production of tobacco and alcoholic beverages . bizniscentar.tripod.com/

Business Center Bar

BSC Bar is currently implementing the following projects:
  • IDEA Lab- Project financed through Life Long Learning programming funds
  • SIVA – project financed through SEE program
  • Empowered Women – Richer Society- Project financed by American Embassy in Montenegro
  • Entrepreneurship Endeavors – Project financed by American Embassy in Montenegro
www.bscbar.org/

Calls from H2020

WATER INNOVATION: BOOSTING ITS VALUE FOR EUROPE

H2020-WATER-2015-two-stageSub call of: H2020-WATER-2014-2015
Publication date 2013-12-11 Deadline Date 2014-10-16 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Stage 2 2015-03-10 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €75,000,000 Main Pillar Societal Challenges
Status Open OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11.12.2013
 

GROWING A LOW CARBON, RESOURCE EFFICIENT ECONOMY WITH A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF RAW MATERIALS

H2020-SC5-2015-two-stageSub call of: H2020-SC5-2014-2015
Publication date 2013-12-11 Deadline Date 2014-10-16 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Stage 2 2015-03-10 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Budget €50,000,000 Main Pillar Societal Challenges
Status Open OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013
 

Information Technology Cluster Istria and Međimurje IT Cluster signed the Agreement on Cooperation

The Agreement on Cooperation between Information Technology Cluster Istria and Međimurje IT Cluster was signed in the Technology Incubator of the Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. on May 7, 2014. The agreement was signed by the President of the ITC Istria Emanuel Blagonić and Andjelko Vukoja, cluster manager of the Međimurje IT Cluster. The agreement defined the establishment and development of a more lasting business and development cooperation, especially in terms of providing professional, business and organizational services – in order to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the ITC Istria and the Međimurje IT Cluster. In addition, the Agreement defined the responsibilities concerning the joint development and research projects within the available EU programs (i.e. development of the new innovative products and solutions, increasing the competitiveness of the ICT sector, as well as of the region as a whole – by associating different technology and professional competences); the increase of productivity and resource allocation; the improvement of accessing market and technological information, networking; achieving the recognition and attractiveness for foreign investors (FDI) and the stimulation of export. Also, the agreement is supposed to boost the cooperation in the development of human resources, provide more effective lobbying and gaining of public support, as well as providing a common approach to domestic and international sources of financing, and joint marketing and promotional activities. After the signing of the Agreement, Andjelko Vukoja held a workshop “Clusters – alliance to success”. He introduced the term cluster, talked about the formation of clusters and benefits of associating in clusters, and he also explained why companies join in clusters in the first place, as well as the stages of the process.

Developing Region through Collaboration

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Istrian development agency (IDA) has organized, in the frameork of the project NEXT, Local Working Group targeting Policy makers, universities and centers for research and technology transfer. The meeting took place on the 26th May 2014 in Pula. The activities presented during the meeting aim at supporting universities and CRTT to build relationships with the local communities located in the Adriatic basin. The event will constitute an opportunity to learn about the project and the opportunities it provides to the CRTT cited in the Region of Istria; besides, it will be an important occasion for starting dialogue and gather feedback, expectations and needs from the innovation actors to which NEXT intends to respond. The objective of NEXT project is the set up of a collaborative platform that supports the ‘innovation and technology transfer in the countries of the Adriatic’, through the creation of : • a virtual space of integration and cooperation (online platform) for sharing information and for access to common services for matching supply / demand for R & I in the leading sectors of the territories involved; • an orientation for the design of strategies for projects development, provided to the actors involved (companies, universities, research centers) in order to integrate and capitalize knowledge and encourage the transfer of technology, particularly in the areas of specialization of the Adriatic –Ionian Region.