Title: SMART INNO - Smart Network and Sustainable Innovation Cluster to increase RDI Competitiveness of SMEs in the Adriatic
Financing programme and type of project: IPA Adriatic CBC Programme 2007-13
• strategic project
Priority and Measure: Priority 1, Measure 1.1
Contents: The SMART INNO project aims at overcoming identified deficiencies and shortcomings (e.g. low access to financing, lack of synergies among SMEs and R&I producers, policy makers and investors) by widening the geographic scope of action (bridging 17 regions from 8 countries), and using a holistic approach for bridging demand and supply, by providing smart coaching and match-making, and by increasing access to alternative funding of regional innovative ventures.
The main goal of the SMART INNO project is to develop a smart networking system for monitoring and fostering research & innovation capacity in SMEs across Adriatic Region.
The SMART INNO Consortium is composed by 18 partners coming from 8 Adriatic Countries (Italy, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia). Such Consortium includes relevant actors from different fields: regional authorities, chambers of commerce, innovation and technology transfer centres, regional development agencies, a University with scientific innovation capacities, a SME specialized in cluster organization and an NGO focusing on EU regional cooperation.
Expected results and impact: The implementation of SMART INNO will have the following impacts in the participating regions:
• Establishment of trans-regional network of R&I institutions and SMEs in Adriatic, that, through clustering, will increase collaboration, flow of information and investments.
• Establishment of a novel type of SMEs and Start-ups ecosystem with coaching for fund-raising and access to investment sources, through a finance marketplace.
• Increasing the opportunity of scientists for employment within their region, Reducing brain drain.
• Provision of alternative funding for innovative activities, with the establishment of the Adriatic BAN.
• Increasing technology transfer from regional public RTDI institutions towards SME’s, and thus increase the exploitation of research results producing significant regional value added and spillovers.
• Increasing the capabilities of the Regional Innovation System in designing, planning and monitoring RTDI actions and programmes.
• Building up regional data/intelligence/transfer to non EU members, practices, routines and methods that will enable them to converge to the EU policies.
Duration: November 2013/September 2016
Budget: € 5.046.560,64
Lead partner: Province of Rimini
• The association of chambers of commerce of Veneto Region
• Friuli Innovazione, Research and Tecnology Transfer Center
• Scientific and Technology Park Tecnopolis PST S.c. a r.l.
• SIPRO Development Agency - Ferrara
• Agency for Innovation of Administration and Public Local Services (Pesaro)
• Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises (Montenegro)
• Zlatibor Regional Development Agency
• Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia
• RDA Green Karst, Ltd.
• Regional Development Centre Koper
• Primorska Technology Park (PTP)
• LIR Evolution
• Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
• The Istrian Development Agency
• ATLANTIS Consulting S.A.
• European Regional Framework for Cooperation (ERFC)