Monitoring S3 implementation and results

Here, I just copy and past a relevant news from RIS3 EC Platform. Enjoy the reading.

The European Commission has put strong emphasis on a more results–oriented approach for EU cohesion funding in its legislative proposals for 2014-2020. Relevant guidance documents can be found here. The S3 Platform is planning further activities to support regional and national authorities in the design and implementation of monitoring mechanisms. Future activities will build on our first indicators workshop in Groningen (NL) in January 2013 which lay the technical groundwork for a structured discussion on monitoring S3 implementation. A second workshop took place in Barcelona on 11-12 Dec. 2014 (more information can be found here). The next important event on the topic was the high level conference Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Monitoring Implementation  held in Seville on 6 March 2015. In the context of innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3), monitoring mechanisms perform three fundamental functions: (1) inform about what the strategy achieved and whether implementation is on track and making this information available to decision makers; (2) clarify the logic of intervention of the strategy and make it comprehensible to the broader public; (3) support the constructive involvement and participation of stakeholders through transparent communication and promote trust building. RIS3 monitoring focuses on tracking the developments related to policy interventions within the specific priority areas identified in the strategy. The monitoring mechanism should be able to capture and follow the relevant expected changes that are foreseen in each RIS3 priority by means of an appropriate choice of result indicators; it should also capture and follow the policy output that ought to make expected changes happen. Regions and countries with extensive experience in monitoring innovation strategies and territorial development policies in general should build on existing monitoring structures; those with limited experience in this field should begin to develop their own internal capacities and experience starting with simple indicator systems, following the practical guidelines of S3 Policy Brief 13/2015.

Boosting event in Ancona

Last week, ten of the most innovative startups grown up in Marche region, and selected through the NEXT project, had the opportunity to scale up their business attending an investment readiness workshop on May 11th and pitching their ideas to professional investors the following day, on May 12th. The two days of activities was designed in a way to leverage the participation of SMEs/startups into the NEXT project, on one hand coaching the teams attending, and on the other hand giving them the opportunity to bridge the gap between investors and entrepreneurs. Ten startups have been selected between the applicants to NEXT catalogue and NEXT-IS Platform:
  • Soulshape
  • Kube Design
  • AESIS Therapeautics
  • Nutratech
  • Natural Clima
  • Un paese e cento storie
  • Freello
  • DENPI
  • Polimates
  • Site Specific

Tirana: ANCE appears on the Albanian market

ANCE On May 14 ICE, in collaboration with ANCE (National Association of Builders) and the Italian Embassy in Tirana, organized a B2B event to Albanians operators . Ambassador Massimo Gaiani, in greeting his address, stressed that Italy is the first trade partner, with a share of 37% of the interchange, and the country’s first foreign investor for number of firms in the territory. The ambassador also recalled the upcoming revision of the law on concessions in Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) and the fact that the Albanian government is going to launch 65 projects that will use this formula. They have joined the scheme 124 Italian companies from 15 Italian regions and belonging to the following sectors: • Construction and Infrastructure. • Energy (production, management and construction) • Environment (design, manufacturing, construction, services). The catalog of Italian companies participating (bilingual version, Albanian and Italian) is available here.

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SME Instrument day: pre-screening of proposals

FAST, as partner of Entreprise Europe Network, is going to organise on next 28th of May in Milan a day dedicated to the pre-screeing of project proposals related to phase 1 and phase 2 of EU SME INSTRUMENT 2020. The event is regarding innovative SMEs which are interested to submit a new project proposal or to re-submit the former proposal which was not approved before. Check-up and high expertise assistance is ensured toward 8 selected SMEs. Who is interested as to fill-in this template for registration within and not later than 20th of May 2015: MODULO DI REGISTRAZIONE

Boosting event in Ancona, 12.5

On May 12 at the Marche Region, Sala Raffaello, ten start-ups / SMEs in the Adriatic will present their innovative ideas to private investors during a pitch lasting 5 minutes (see agenda, session 11: 00-13 : 00). The event is part of activities under the project NEXT and presented at various road shows organized in recent months in various locations in the territory. The main objective of the NEXT project is to implement a technology platform at the service of the various actors of innovation and research of the Adriatic Ionian: www.nextisplatform.eu. This event is intended to provide a concrete example of the activities that the platform-IS NEXT could support through virtual interaction between the various stakeholders, especially through the encounter between innovative ideas and potential funders. Those interested to attend public sessions can send an email to info.next@regione.marche.it or contact the following no .: 071 8063625 – 8063602. Here the agenda Boosting agenda_regional stakeholders_draft_300415

V Stock of entrepreneurial idea

On this occasion, we inform you that an open competition for application ideas for the fifth market of entrepreneurial idea that will take place on 09 May 2015 at UDG. We remind you that the turnover on the stock exchange last year reached 25,000.00 eur, while some of the ideas already evolved into a business! Given the success of the project in previous years, the concept of the Exchange is already known. The Stock Exchange of entrepreneurial ideas is a meeting place for supply and demand. On the “supply” there are business ideas, and on the “demand” companies and institutions that want to invest in new business ideas. The top 10 ideas will have the opportunity to present themselves before the party “demand” on the Day of European Countries 09 May 2015. Traditionally, presentation are followed by a quotation.  After quotations will be held sped up meetings of entrepreneurs and students and researchers. The best 30 ideas will be presented in the fourth edition of the book “The Book of ideas.” What is important to emphasize that the representatives of “demand” will be able to invest in all the ideas you find in this edition of the book, but are not presented. The competition is open to all high school students from Montenegro and Europe! More information on http://www.udg.edu.me/berzaideja/.

NEXT envive for the future – Opportunity

Schermata 2015-04-29 alle 15.52.33 On July the NEXT project will end, but we would like to exploit the follow up of a three years collaborative project. So we have made a proposal to NEXT partners that’s open to new ones. You’ll find in attach two papers that explain how we would like to give continuity to NEXT:
  • In the coming years the Italian regions, Croatia and Slovenia, will publish calls for financing initiatives to develop areas of specialization chosen by their Smart SpecializationStrategy (S 3)
  • At the same time the EU through Horizon 2020 will play a similar role.
  • In Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania governments will proceed to strengthen themselves excellence with targeted funding.

This means that in the next 6-7 years, it’s opening a space of opportunities to seize on innovation. In the Adriatic Ionian Macro Region will be therefore to materialize projects and initiatives to address the needs of common development.

Academicus ISJ, balcan scientific journal

Prof. Arta Musaraj has published on Linkedin this news, related to the Academicus Journal: Dear Authors, Readers and Collaborators of Academicus ISJ, It’s a great satisfaction to announce you that Academicus ISJ becomes the first Scientific Journal in all Balkan area that becomes part of an electronic repository. http://econpapers.repec.org/article/etcjournl/ RePec, one of the 4 biggest electronic repositories in the world, has included in its electronic repository all works published in Academicus, as future works will also be deposited there. All authors have now protected and guaranteed their works published in Academicus ISJ, as part of the humanity scientific heritage and Academicus is once again holder of the most advanced standards of publishing and shows once again its institutional responsible for the protection of the intellectual property and heritage. Click at the Academicus website. Be yourself part of the Academicus network on Facebook and Twitter. Click “Like” on its Facebook Page and “Follow” at its Twitter Page to be updated with latest news. Team Academicus, International Scientific Journal