Enterprises: 10 billion of euro to SMEs for growth and innovation

It is the plafond amount costituted by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank and Small Industry Enterpreunership Italian Association (Confindustria Piccola Industria) for Italian SMEs. The objective is to foster the access to the bank credit and the growth of these enterprises. This amount will be add to the former 35 billion already committed in the previous years and addressed to finanze research and development projects and for internationalisation project as well. Following the full article at:

Innovazione: i bandi in scadenza per startup e pmi

I principali settori incentivati vanno dall’efficienza energetica all’Ict, fino al rilancio del Made in Italy e alle nanotecnologie. L’innovazione è il filo rosso che lega bandi, iniziative e concorsi promossi sia da enti privati che pubblici. Dalle startup nascenti in cerca di formazione alle pmi che vogliono rinnovare i propri modelli di business, dalle nuove tecnologie fino alle imprese sociali, abbiamo selezionato alcune occasioni da tenere d’occhio. Eccole in ordine di scadenza. L’articolo continua su:

The 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea” – 20 February 2015, Tirana

Foundation “Partnership for Development” Albania The 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea” organized on 20 February 2015                                    Foundation “Partnership for Development” in collaboration with the Agency for Research and Technology Innovation, in the framework of the Next Project activities organized in Tirana Albania, on 20 February 2015, the 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea”. This competition was 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. The Competition was attended by the personalities of central and local Institutions, representatives of Innovation and Researches Institutes, Academics, Universities, business community, etc.  The innovative ideas have been presented by the competitors before the Jury composed by Academics, Professors, and Researchers. The organization and the presentation of this Competition were accompanied by emotions, excellent presentations and debate between competitors and audience.  At the end of the presentation, three innovative ideas have been evaluated with the Excellent Price, three innovative ideas with Merit Prices and the rest innovative ideas with the Evaluation Price. Foundation “Partnership for Development” is convinced that this initiative will directly contribute to the NEXT Platform by furnishing and supplying it, in a sustainable way, with the proposals of these excellent innovative ideas with the aim to find the collaboration between partners in the future, realizing into the projects, for the development of the economy by improving the life of citizens. Please click the link to see the event

BIOerg, new startup from Università Politecnica

BIOerg, biotech startup, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Next Equity, one of the equity crowdfunding authorized platforms by Consob. Next Equity, founded in Civitanova Marche launched his first campaign: BIOerg comes from the world of scientific research, founded by two young women, Giulia and Alessandra Cinti Micozzi. The company was the first funds from the winning E-Capital – business plan competition (20 thousand euro) and Footprint units (5 thousand), an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce for female entrepreneurs. The two founders, coming both from the University Politecnica delle Marche with different experiences of research and teaching, have combined their expertise in the fields of biology and economics of enterprise.

BIOerg is working on dextran, natural molecule (a polymer of glucose) obtained by fermentation and today used primarily in the pharmaceutical industry – it has a high market price-, which fluctuates between 300 and 3000 € per kilo depending on the purity of the product.


Beeing held between 16th and 19th of March, it is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world – where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Over the past five years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transfrom innovation into reality. In this framework, the NEXT Project has partenered with GEC 2015, to organize an internation event focused on assessing and evaluating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Adriatic Region. The Adriatic Investor Forum will be held on March 18th, and aims to gather all the NEXT partners and other stakeholders from IPA Adriatic Countries, in order to leverage the entrepreneurial opportunities in the Region. NEXT partners interesting in attending the Event should express their interest to the organizers. NEXT will also build up a branded booths in the exhibition area, to disseminate its activities and to host private B2B meetings. For futher informations, please contact our office at this mail

Presentation of NEXT IS platform

NEXT-IS platform, developed in the framework of the Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer–NEXT project was presented on 25/02/2015 at the Technology Park INTERA. Presentation was organized by Regional Economic Development Agency for Herzegovina – REDAH. Furthermore, preparation for the matchmaking event with investors, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Milan, Italy in mid-March 2015, was also held, were possibilities for matching with investors and applying for this opportunity were presented. The presentation was attended by representatives of the innovative private sector.

When patent licences don’t lead to tech transfer

Schermata 2015-02-25 alle 15.33.31 The defender of licensing affirm that the system facilitates tech transfer and passing of critical knowledge from investors to companies. That happens with patent trolls or non-practicing entities. But a study by Mark Lemley (Stanford University) and Robin Feldman (UC Hastings) shows that the majority don’t lead to innovation projects, but are about paying for freedom to keep doing what the licensee was already doing. This conclusion seems to admit that the copyright opponents are right, because this append also for product producing companies and universities. Upload the paper: .pdf

How social innovation is changing our lives?

Nesta is an english project funded by European Union, who studies the innovative impact that the network can have on our lives. Nesta produces interesting reports: Growing in digital social innovation ecosystem for Europe is a rundown on social innovation possible, based on four strands: Open Hardware, Open Networks, Open Data, Open Knowledge. The report is accompanied by examples of projects and useful reflections. 10 predictions for 2015 strives to identify developmental trajectories that influence our behavior. One of the issues, very present with us, is the organization of ideas on the net. The aforementioned project is D-CENT, who initiated experiments in Finland and Iceland, and also in Spain with Podemos. I suggest to read two papers too: on Accelerators and about Startups

EFISIO, financing Smart City

Efisio EFISIO is an  interactive platform for mapping national and international projects, using diagrams, models and financial instruments for the implementation of interventions in the “smart city”contest. Objective of Efisio is becoming a real community of practice on the issues of “Financial Planning for Smart City” and a dynamic discussion and debate among administrators, technicians and operators. The platform is aimed primarily at policy-makers, administrators and technical staff of local authorities who wish to deal with the experiences of financial planning of projects that have an impact on local development and that are characterized by a strong “smart”. EFISIO is divided into four areas, in addition to the Home Page: • The “Index”, which presents the projects scope, financial instrument, financial source or Region from where project managers come from. • The card project, which has all the information and data of the project. • The “Glossary” where you can learn the most definitions that are found within the platform. • The “bulletin board”, space dedicated to the most relevant information concerning projects and individual administrations involved. Each user, starting from the home page and choosing their own “thematic” of interest, can follow a guided route among the themed trails, or draw personal guidelines, constantly attended by an interactive and dynamic interface, offering at any when the opportunity to interact with the extensive information contained in the tabs of the design experiences that are presented. The platform is full of case studies and information on experiences and funding models.