CULTLAB: a new cultural and creative start up project

Meccano ScpA, research and innovation centre, is currently leading a project for development, organisation and support to new cultural and creative start up project ideas  called CULTLAB , in joint partnership with Macerata and Urbino University .   CULTLAB  is an incubator project promoted and financed by the 6 LAGs of Marche Region  (Local Action Groups: combination of public and private partners implementing a multisectoral development strategy in a rural area forming a local community) within the framework of the Rural Development Plan of Marche Region 2007/13 – Axis IV -LEADER approach -measure 421-  in complementarity and synergies with the Cultural District of Marche Region.   CultLab offers specialist services: -Training activities (creativity management, market analysis, coaching and tutoring, business plan , networking, crowd funding, technological and certification consultancy etc.) -Matching between start up ideas and potential  private investors -Support  and methodology for identification of  appropriate calls of proposal and tenders and for projects drafting.    – Financial packages and security contributions consultancy – Supplying of autonomous spaces for start up business   At present CultLab is incubing 15 startups in the field of innovative culture and creativity: heritage, patrimony conservation, design, cultural tourism, food, refurbishment, new didactic technology,  innovative applications for performing arts and exhibitions, sustainability and social responsibility of enterprises.   For more information on the project :

Horizon 2020, projects financed (2014)

The European Commission has published data on Horizon 2020 financed projects (CORDIS website).

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UK was the country with the highest number of approved projects, but Germany was awarded the higher amount of investment, followed by Spain and Italy. Germany has also the medium project impact (600.000 €), than France, Nederland and UK (400.000) and Italy (300.000). Here you can dowload Horizon 2020 Projects and Participants data extract

European Environmental Bureau Report on Eco-design

Eco-design The next European directive on circular economy should arrive  later this year. The report of the European Environmental  Bureau (EEB), a body that brings together the major European  environmental organizations, has released the directive on eco-  design – known as Eco-design Directive. The eco-design is already producing significant energy savings  by allowing consumers to obtain a reduction in bills for  hundreds of Euros. The report “Proposing efficient products in  the consumption of resources” claims that define the  requirements for use of the materials in the products would  provide many other benefits to businesses and consumers in theUnion. Upload the report (.pdf  eu ed eco design).

The Italian Startup Ecosystem: Who is Who

Bring together, map out and promote the main players and protagonists in the Italian startup ecosystem in a single reference. This is the aim of the Who is Who project, the first permanent Observatory focusing on startups and the world of business innovation in Italy. See more at: and

NEXT Adriatic Investment Forum 18 March 2015 H 14.30 MiCo – Milano Congressi Venue: Amber 5

Debate about latest trends of entrepreneurial ecosystems within the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region. During the event the contribution of regional stakeholders will be presented together with the point of view of entrepreneurs. The debate will develop around demand and supply issues among issues connected to accessibility of services though NEXT-IS platform and their relevance in the international arena.  Objectives  
  • Showcase the approach to entrepreneurship by Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region stakeholders (both public and private) and frame it into the international dimension
  • Present business cases to a wide international audience
  • Exploit potential for further actions beyond the NEXT project
  • Promote the business and project matchmaking through NEXT-IS platform
  Expected results  
  • Allow stakeholders from the NEXT partnership to present in front of a potential audience of investors and peers.
  • Access to international practices to be further investigated/exploited to strengthen Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region entrepreneurial ecosystems
  Expected Output  
  • opportunities for further partnerships investigated by the NEXT partners thanks to the meeting held during the GEC 2015
  • at least 100 new registered users to

Smart Cities and RIS 3

In developing the new 2014-2020 Programme is crucial to be able to define a coherent policy for the Union launched with Europe 2020, connecting points (say Steve Jobs) to discover the plan. An article on URBACT website, can very clearly to rebuild the sense of Smart Specialization Strategy connecting two strategic approaches emerged in recent years, the triple helix and the open innovation, then contextualize it in an urban area. Peter Ramsted takes the smart specialization strategy, focused on a regional approach, to affirm the fact that cities have to carve out a role. This can use the approach of the triple helix, connecting to research centers and companies in the identification of a role and an autonomous physiognomy, and then rely on the contribution of active citizenship arriving to quadruple helix. The set of research, business, local government and citizens must rely on companies to seek their path, the more functional as the entrepreneurial proves open to the exchange of knowledge (in a logic of open innovation). In this way, lucidly argues the author, the smart city is not only a laboratory of technologies more or less innovative, but also points to the value of human capital and the involvement of citizens as a research tool for sustainable solutions. If you are interested, here is the article: Smart Specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon.

NEXT at GEC 2015

MI-CO NEXT partnered with GEC 2015 to organize an  international event focused on assessing and  evaluating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the  Adriatic region. The Adriatic Investor Forum will  be held on saturday 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  will also build up a branded booths in the exhibition area, to disseminate its activities, to host private B2B meetings, and to advertise the NEXT IS Platform

The crowfunding market in europe

Forbes, the US magazine, publishes the results of a Cambridge university study about the alternative finance sector. The Uk dominates the scene with worth 3,56 Bn €; this was the first european market, 10 years ago. France is following with its 70 platforms and funding worth 253 Mn €, and Germany accounts for 3236 Mn €. Netherlands (155 Mn €) and Spain (101 Mn €) are followers. The problem of the continental markets is the uncertainty of sector regulations