Cross-border cooperation bw Croatia and Montenegro

The aim of the project between Croatia and Montenegro is to create a successful cross-border tourism products, primarily the development of active cross-border “cluster” of tourism entrepreneurs.  In the line with the new trends in tourism, through this project will be introduced innovation in the creation and promotion of tourism products by using ICT technology. Within this framework will be developed fully functional geoportal (web page on GIS platform ) and two mobile applications that will facilitate the gathering of information and improve communication with final beneficiaries. The project aims to establish collaboration between the relevant institutions, organizations, businesses and individuals in the direction of joint action in the field of tourism, protection of natural and cultural heritage, and community development and strengthening of human resources. More information here:‎  

INVO project in Montenegro

INVO project, implemented by Ministry of Science, is part of a comprehensive strategy framework Montenegrin Government for European Integration in the fields of science and science and research, and also its strategy for higher education. The project will support the initiative of the Government of Montenegro to ensure that universities and private companies are involved and benefit from research and development and technology transfer opportunities. INVO project consists of four components:
  • Reform of the financing of higher education and the introduction of standards for the provision of quality;
  • Development of human resources through initiatives internationalization;
  • Establishment of a competitive environment for research;
  • Management, monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science are the main actors in the implementation of INNO project, and it is planned that the project activities should be implemented for a period of five years, since 2012. until 2017., and financed by a World Bank loan, which amounts to 12 million euros .

Montenegrin participation to DT contest for innovation

Deutsche Telekom has announced the global competition for innovation, students, entrepreneurs, start ups did participate. The competition includes categories such as Internet security, e-health, mobile internet, the future of media and cloud services. Submitted ideas from Montenegro will be evaluated at the national competition, which will be organized by Montenegrin Telekom in May 2014. The winning team will thereafter enter the next stage of the competition, and will participate in the entrepreneur academy and the final competition of innovation in June 2014, which will be held in Krakow, Poland. Telekom will organize a series of workshops in Montenegrin schools, with the aim to introduce the competition and to provide an additional information on participation to the interested parties.  

Crowfunding platforms in Italy

CrowdfundingCrowdfunding is an activity collects money to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform. The initiative could be a nonprofit campaign (e.g. to raise funds for a school or social service organization), a political campaign (to support a candidate or political party), a philanthropic campaign (e.g. for emergency funds for an ill person or to produce an emerging artist), a commercial campaign (e.g. to create and sell a new product) or a financing campaign for a start-up company.(Wikipedia) In Italy there are many platform dedicated to this goal: DeRev ‎ – a platform for creating social innovation, offers a toolkit for projects (named Rivoluzioni). The platform did receive an investment of € 1,250,000 on august 2012, and the headquarter is in Naples. Siamosoci helps companies to collect money from private citizens, and enables investors groups to access information for investment. Headquarter in Mila CrowfundMe is a crowfunfìding-equity based website, enabling investors and businessmen to connect. Headquarter in Milan WeAreStarting – online platform for crowfunfìding-equity based activities related to italian market. Focused on startups,. Based in Bergamo. Smartika – Based in Milan, the platform is a social lending initiative, privies known as Zopa Italia. Boober  is a peer to peer social lending platform. Born in Netherlands, is now based in Bergamo. Produzioni dal Basso – Pdb is the oldest italian crowfunding platform, it connects investors and new ideas. Eppela – Is a general and reward based platform, founded on 2011. It collects funds mainly for art, tech, cinema, design, music, social innovation and writing projects. Kapipal – Founded on 2009, it’s a site to collect money for personal projects. Free. Starteed  – Based in Milan, the platform allows users to create an own one and to sell directly their products. COM-Unity  – Based in Modena. Owned by Banca Interprovinciale SpA, the platform funds projects in social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific fields. Prestiamoci‎ – A social lending website, Prestiamoci is online since 2009 connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Based in Ivrea. Starsup – A crowdfunding website recently created and invested by Consob, the financial italian authority

Italian Week in Albania

TiranaThe Italian System (lItalian Embassy, ICE, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Albania, Confindustria Bari e Puglia and Unioncamere BAT) schedules the “First italian week “ on May 5,6,7 in Tirana. The event has the goal to present  to italian businesses  the opportunities in the “Eagles Country”. Attendees will be presented to the folowing sectors: energy, tourism, manufacturing and agricolture. The Embassy message: “the main goal  is to present analysis about investments and business integration among operators of the two countries. The businesses will be provided inquires about a wide range of  opportunities”. The meeting will be focused on several dedicated themes. People interested to a followup of the convention may contact the address: commerciale.tirana @

10 current technologies that can change our future

genomex519_0Recensione MIT Technology raccoglie 10 tecnologie innovative 2014 che sono pietre miliari reale e creare nuovi modi potenti di utilizzare la tecnologia: Droni agricoli a buon mercato e potente, l’aiuto agricoltore per ridurre i danni delle colture, Smartphone Ultraprivate, utilizzando crittologia, evitare il controllo esterno Mappatura del cervello sta avanzando: la creazione di un modello computazionale può aiutare a capire come funziona il cervello Chip neuromorfi aiutano computer e robot per simulare, in maniera molto limitata, come funziona il cervello umano Genomica introduce modificazioni genetiche Trough un’ingegneria DNA (CRISPR), e potrebbe aiutare biomedicina a combattere malattie complesse L’uso di inchiostri a base di diversi tipi di materiali permette stampanti 3D per costruire una vasta gamma di manufatti Nuovo software per la produttività mobile semplificare il modo in cui le persone possono adottare per interagire e collaborare tramite smartphone creazione di documenti in movimento Cuffie realtà virtuale stanno diventando forti potente: per il momento sono applicati ai videogiochi, ma ben presto la tecnologia avrà applicazioni in architettura, telepresenza, CAD e anche in fobia teraphy Le recenti prototipi di robot sono in grado di funzionare attraverso terreni accidentati e irregolari; robot agili possono essere impiegati in operazioni di soccorso di emergenza e, sì, anche nelle guerre. La combinazione di dati grandi e software di intelligenza artificiale è ora possibile avere le previsioni che vengono energia solare e impianti intelligenti eolici a prezzi accessibili

NEXT – Local Workshop in Vlora District, 9 April 2014

 10168257_382963328512444_1962371295_nFoundation Partnership for Development, in full collaboration with the communication expert and with the Dean of the University “Ismail Qemali” Vlore Albania, have prepared a small business plan for good workshop implementation in this district. During these days, a meeting was held with the Dean of University, Doc. Aurela Saliaj, and it was explained the idea and the objectives of NEXT Project. As a result, when the parties encountered (PFD and university), they agreed in principle for the adoption of cooperation in the realization of the Workshop. There were completed all modalities and technicalities required for the activity.

On 09 April 2014, it was organized the workshop on the presentation of the NEXT Project. This workshop was attended by representatives of the academic sector, university professors , business community, students, Vlora chamber of commerce and industry etc.

On behalf of the University, Dean Mrs. Aurela Saliaj, welcomed participants and Foundation PfD for this initiative. She made a brief presentation of Vlora University about the innovative activities.

On behalf of PfD Foundation partner in the NEXT project, Mrs Mimoza Preku, project Manager welcomed and thanked the participants in this workshop for the bilateral collaboration. During her speech she explained the importance of NEXT project in terms of better connection between research, innovation and business sector.

The communication expert Mr. Edmond Sheshi presented in PPT NEXT project objectives and activities. During the presentation Mr. Sheshi being in the same time, member of the European network of enterprises brought his experience from EEN platform.

The Students and the participants also, being very actively during this presentation addressed many questions about NEXT project and more particularly, for the implementation of the platform on line.

NEXT – Workshop with Universities and CRTT

Marche Region has organised the first Workshop with Universities and CRTT, that took palce in Ancona on April the8th 2014, in the framework of the project NEXT.

The workshop has been opened by Patrizia Sopranzi, director of the regional department for Innovation Research and Competitivty, who presented the oppurtunities the project NEXT offers in terms of supporting Universities in establishing relations with actors in all countries of the Adriatic basin.

All Universitites present in the territory of the marche Region participated – the delagates were 18.

Besides, the event saw participation of SMEs, through the presence of staff responsible of R&D areas.

The possiiblity to be part of the Smart Innovation People Gallery has been particularly appreciated by participants; the Gallery represents indeed a suitable channel for fostering the matching of all different regional actors. With this regards, SMEs representatives have agreed on being interviewed in the frmawork of the upcoming event INNOVACTORS, that will take palce in Civitanova Marche, form 5th to 7th June 2014.

The workshop constitued the occasion of starting a dialogue with involved actors, aiming at understanding to what extent the project NEXT might give an answer to CRTT needs as well as at collecting suggestions on possible services’ improvement.

Some interesting issues/suggestions emerged. In particular, the importance of defining the priority sectors in order to facilitate the matching between demand and supply and the need of awareness raising actions throughout the regional territory for fostering SMEs participation.

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The RIS3 by European Commission

Schermata 2014-04-15 alle 17.11.16Facing a reduction of funds after the financial crisis, the EC     decided to launch the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS 3). The strategy wants to avoid wasting resources: the EC will finance innovation approaches related to the excellences in a specific territory. To coordinate the efforts has been defined the S3 Platform where each european region can upload information about its own strategy. On the platform you can find an interactive Guide.

The platform is also opened to contribution  of non member countries, if you are interested then go here.

Here you can find the Regione Marche and Regione Puglia RIS3 Strategy

Croatia country outlook

Schermata 2014-04-15 alle 10.27.14 One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the Croatia Outlook: CO Croazia