Our most recent awardees

EURADA constantly supports RDAs in their search for innovative and transferable practices. To highlight our member’s proficiency in finding inspiring ideas that foster regional economic development, we’ve launched the EURADA Award with a jury composed by members of our Board of Directors.
The annual ceremony takes place every autumn during Agorada+. The Award will contribute to identify new initiatives and to promote them as best practices among other European regional development agencies and practitioners.
The 2017 edition will have a special category opened to all European development agencies, not necessary a member of EURADA. More details will be given soon but you can already prepare your candidatures for summer 2017, we’re always looking forward to hear new ideas!

Cross-sectorial Model
Kainuun Etu from Finland won the 2016 edition of the European Development Agency of the Year Award, which recognizes best practices implemented by members of EURADA, those practices can then serve as examples for other European regional development agencies.

3 criteria were held for this year’s selection:
Novelty compared to current practices
Potential impact
Transferability and readiness for dissemination

With a focus on innovation and internationalisation of SMEs, Kainuun Etu has a one-stop-shop service based on a cross-sectorial model and a demand-led approach that serves as a unique entry point for companies. Their central management system mobilises all the stakeholders that could potentially satisfy the needs of the company. Success is already there with an increase of the customer base of the RDA by 300%.

2016 Quality finalists:
East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA) from Turkey for its practical information system allowing the users to get all the relevant information they need in a specialised way serving as a medium of interaction between MARKA and its stakeholders.

ACCIÓ from Catalonia for the European Projects Management Office which performs the overall coordination of new ACCIÓ’s participation (or already going participation) in EU projects resulting in an easier access to EU projects for Catalan firms.

North-East Regional Development Agency from Romania for the establishment of a genuine cooperation with the northern Provinces of The Netherlands. This collaboration involves coordinated smart specialisation strategies in both regions as well as an exchange of experts to fill the gaps in each region’s value chain.

Food Valley Ambassador Program
Oost NV of the Netherlands won the 2015 edition of the European Development Agency of the Year Award which recognizes best practices implemented by members of EURADA, those practices can then serve as examples for other European regional development agencies.

3 criteria were held for this year’s selection:
Novelty compared to current practices
Potential impact
Transferability and readiness for dissemination

Oost NV has implemented a new instrument using human capital for the first time. Before, human capital had never been an issue in the work of the agency. It was focused on internationalisation and innovation of the companies. For the first time in their history, the agency has put in place an initiative connecting internationalisation, human capital, and innovation.
The initiative contributes to talent attraction. It provides a grant to young international researchers to work during one year in local food companies. This one year period allows carrying out real projects and to establish strong relations. After this period, the young researchers use their relations in the local companies and in their countries to establish new projects.

2015 finalists:
FUNDECYT from Extremadura for its ‘Office for Innovation’.
İzmir Development Agency (IZKA) for its programme to support clean production.
The Regional Development Agency from Aragon for its ‘Open Spaces for Innovation’.
Madrid Emprende for its international lab for entrepreneurs and its privately funded accelerator program.
North-East Regional Development Agency from Romania for its innovative tools for the management of the Sectorial Operational Programme.