NEXT Successful case studies

Successful case studies, success sTories, and besT practices from stakeholders, who have been actively involved in the project NEXT.
The project NEXT, co-financed by the Euro- pean Commission through the programme IPA Adriatic, has been promoted by Marche Region (Italy) as Lead Partner – together with 10 partners coming from 6 different coun- tries of the Adriatic basin (Italy, Albania, Bos- nia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia). Its general objective was to create a web platform and a set of services, supporting co- operation among public bodies, researchers, Research and Technology Transfer Centres (RTTCs), enterprises and investors. Accord- ing to the principles of transnational cooperation, open innovation as well as governance of the Adriatic-Ionic area as a whole, NEXT’s specific goal was to enhance technology transfer and applied research, innovation and foster internationalization of SMEs. Read more  

Fast Track – Innovation Pilot

The Fast Track to Innovation Pilot, operational since January 2015, is a pilot project characterized by a “bottom up” approach that allows you to submit proposals in all the thematic areas of LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) whose main components are 6 Key Enabling Technologies (Micro and nano-elechtronic; photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing) and the Social Challenges of Horizon 2020, in particular those related to environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources. It is an action that promotes innovations “close to market” (starting from a level of “maturity” that coincides with the technological demonstration prototype field – TRL 6), with the obligation to come to market within three years after ‘beginning of the project. Proposals must be submitted by a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 partners located in at least three Member States or associated UE28 Program Horizon 2020.

OECD: brain circulation

Schermata 2015-06-11 alle 13.18.54 The OECD has published a paper on factors that influence the international mobility of research scientist. The brain circulation was spread by globalization, and is becoming a competitive factor for territories. The OECD paper remarks that researchers mobility contributes to diffusion of knowledge, exchange of experiences and also inventors. Many countries are building policies to attract talents or to bring back scientist gone abroad; nowadays is better to focus more on brain circulation than on brain drain Many factors can influence brain circulation: research opportunities and career advancement, the research facilities quality, wages level, presence of prestigious researchers or institutions, freedom of research and speech. OECD uses an original methodology, bibliometric and changes in authors institutional affiliation reported in publications, a gravity-based empirical framework. Here you can dowload the report: (.pdf) Mobility

InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators

“InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” is the joint initiative launched by the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) in cooperation with the European Commission under Horizon 2020. InnovFin consists of a series of integrated and complementary financing tools and advisory services offered by the EIB Group, covering the entire value chain of research and innovation (R&I) in order to support investments from the smallest to the largest enterprise. InnovFin is available across all eligible sectors under Horizon 2020, in EU Member States  and Associated Countries. By 2020, InnovFin is expected to make over EUR 24bn of debt and equity financing available to innovative companies to support EUR 48bn of final R&I investments. More information are available at: http://www.eib.org/products/blending/innovfin/

VJ ACCELERATION PROGRAM

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JCube and Vertis are organising a startup acceleration program, aiming to train, assist and grow startups from all countries of the Adriatic. 

VJ Acceleration Program is the entrepreneurial acceleration program promoted by Vertis and JCube, thanks to the support of the project PACiNNO – Platform for trans-Academic Cooperation and Innovation – coordinated by the University of Trieste and co-funded by the European Union. VJ Acceleration Program comes from the experience of Vertis SGR and JCube, operators of reference in the world of business creation, incubation and venture capital. How to apply Applicants are asked to fulfill and submit the application form online within 30th June 2015. Who can apply Team with business projects or startups, based (or to be based) in the Adriatic Area. Participation in VJ Accelerator is completely free, reserved only for the best business ideas and startups that can bring important innovations in their markets. All other expenses are not included (ie: travel expenses, room and board, expenses to attend the training sessions etc.). An evaluation committee made up of operators of venture capital and incubation professionals will assess the applications as they arise: selections will close on 30th June 2015. Due to the limited number of places available and the high number of applications, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.

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Lessons from pitching

In the recent pitch event in Ancona, Paolo Anselmo, IBAN president (Italian Business Angel Network Association), made a presentation very useful for understanding the start up financing business. Here you can read the presentation (.pdf):  Pres_Anselmo Some remarks are particularly inspiring: Banks perceive SME as a riskier biz; there is a great distance between the attitudes of businesses and the methodology used by financial bodies; in Europe (and in specific South Europe) capial market ids fragmented and immature; there is an under evaluation by start uppers as regard as the exit strategy of their business idea. The final part of the presentation is useful to understand the different biz-models of equity providers, VC and Business Angels.