20 Nov2014Lombardy Region held in Milan, on 13 and 14 November, a major conference in collaboration with DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. The subject was the regional policy and the innovation. One of the axes of Europe 2020 is the Regional policy, seen as a tool to respond to the financial crisis and trigger innovation in 360 °. The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) wants to give practical tools for member countries to enhance the excellence of the territories, making the continentale economy more competitive. Emerging Industries are the result of the regional policy through clusters and specialisation activities. On the website of the conference are documents setting, and soon will be published the conference proceedings. Here a background paper on the theme of regional policy in relationship with innovation.
19 Nov2014There are two basic elements that have made the issue of startups to become one of the “hottest” of the moment. First, the development of the Apps, which followed the success of the smartphones; many of these have been developed by young graduates, and some have had a huge success. But even more, the financial crisis, with its heavy impact on the traditional labor market, has led many young people to look for a solution in self entrepreneurship. In fact, at least three years, the phoenomenon has become important at an international level. The study conducted by PEDAL Consulting for the “Startup America Partnership” map for the first time the European ecosystem, limited to ICT, remaining outside the biotech, hard-tech and clean tech. Nevertheless, a picture on Europe has a great interest, and Italy looks good in context. The top countries are the UK, Germany and France, London and Berlin are the most vibrant cities. In Berlin and London also reside the VCs most active. More comforting is the number of exits (ie sales of stat ups for investors who hope to transform the business), growing over the years: from 30 in 2011 to 37 in 2012, 54 in 2013 and only 67 in the first half of 2014 . Conversely, the number of startups has been affected by the crisis. One-fifth of the startups was initiated in pre-crisis period, only 8% in 2008. 63% benefited from seed funding or A (immediately after), while the crowfunding, widespread in the US, in Europe is little active. In this report, additional elements. The study is preliminary, it must be extended to the areas mentioned above in order to give a more comprehensive idea. There is no doubt, however, that the phenomenon is expected to grow, given the evolution of the labor market. Two phenomena that characterize the evolutionary trend: – The gradual disappearance of the job for life – The growth of the work related to the management of knowledge and the massive progressive automation of many tasks, not only manual
Presentation of Feasibility study for the use of biomass in order to utilize wood waste – 17.11.2014. at 13:30, Technology Park Intera in Mostar, Oslo HallRegional Economic Development Agency for Herzegovina – REDAH is organizing, on Monday 17.11.2014., presentation of Feasibility study for the use of biomass in order to utilize wood waste, for the purposes of Wood Cluster Herzegovina. Main objective of this activity was to support wood cluster in utilizing wood waste, biomass and to create the Feasibility study for the use of biomass. In that sense, following results are expected: Creation of a study that will analyze the existing wood processing companies or other categories of companies whose production processes generate solid wood waste -biomass, which is linking them in a network of potential regional suppliers. Furthermore, testing the reliability and long-term capacity (10 years) for supply of biomass. Results of the study will include assessing the annual quantity of solid wood waste – biomass by types, energy potential, methods of collecting and processing and assessment of market prices. Based on the analysis of the data collected, proposals for the use of biomass will be given, which bring the greatest economic and social benefits (such as heating, cogeneration, power plants, pellets). The objective of this study is to evaluate the potential of biomass in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, as well as the potential of biomass that is accessible by the largest wood processing company in the area of Herzegovina. As part of the Feasibility Study is necessary to perform quantification of the structure of solid wood waste – biomass that can be used for energy purposes.The study covers a detailed analysis of the existing wood processing companies in Herzegovina, and beyond, as well as commercial companies engaged in the management of forest areas in the region of Herzegovina, but also in the area of wider FB&H. The study has been recognized as necessary and was done in the framework of project Collaborative platforms to support research and technology transfer – NEXT. NEXT, project co-financed through ETC program “CBC IPA Adriatic 2007-2013”, involves 11 partners. Lead beneficiary of the project is Marche Regional Authority – Innovation, Research and Competitiveness of productive sectors Unit, other final beneficiaries are Puglia Region – Economic Development Department – Research and competitiveness unit, Regional Council of Shkoder, Foundation “Partnership for Development”, Istrian Development Agency, Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje, Association for Economic Development REDAH, City of Šibenik, University of Donja Gorica, Faculty of Information Systems and Technologies, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Technology-University of Mostar, Chamber of Economy of Montenegro) and 2 Associates (Mountain Area Development Agency- Albania and Italian National Agency for invar investments and business development – INVITALIA S.p.A., based in 6 different countries (Italy, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro). The project NEXT foresees to set up a platform that can be shared among actors of the Adriatic region, with the aim of integrating strengths present at regional level and fostering cooperation, with a focus on its economic results. The platform will provide both on line and offline services, targeting local authorities and institutions, stakeholders as Universities, research centers, technology transfer centers and SMEs and last but not least, investors.
5th NEXT Steering Committee 20th – 21st November 2014 Hotel Sumarice, Desankin venac St, BB – Kragujevac (Serbia)The Fifth NEXT Steering Committee meeting will be held in Kragujevac between the 20th and 21st of November. The project is coming into the final phase of its implementation. The information system – NEXT IS – had been completed in its final version, ready to be populated by local stakeholders (start-ups, RTCCs, “innovactors”), uploaded with information (big data) regarding projects and market opportunities, inter-connected with other database by sharing “open data” regarding the innovation sectors and fields. NEXT Blog needs to be fostered and feed by the partner in order to come a working tool to communicate with the community at local and macro-regional area. The population of the information system is symptomatic and propaedeutic to improve services addressed to the real needs of users. Data analytics will support partners in order to decide what kind of service should be implemented. Finally, the external evaluator had joined the project and with its support partners can improve the project actions and results. Relevant will be also the contribution of the evaluator to the finalization of NEXT Suite, the business plan for the future sustainability of NEXT information system as the first and hopefully most important application of the “open data” exchange system of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, the Adriatic-Ionian Cloud.
10 Nov2014the Foundation “Partnership for Development” (PfD) organized the Meeting for the launching of the Competition “Your Innovative Idea” The Competition was organized by PfD in collaboration with the EPOKA University, in the framework of the NEXT Project 023 “Collaborative Platform to support research and technology transfer” funded by European Commission in the framework of IPA Adriatic Program. This competition is intended to promote the “SMART PEOPLE”, generate innovative ideas that provide solutions, minimize risks and maximize impact through the technology and intelligent methods, contributing to the development of various sectors of the economy by improving the life of citizens. During the event were made: presentation of the NEXT Project; presentation of the competition process; presentation of the application form to the students. The message launched in the event was: “Apply your innovation idea, you have chance to become owner of your idea. Today is the time of innovation and technology, and whoever better than you have the chance to generate new ideas…”