EURADA is selecting a company that will provide consultancy services for the external support during the process of policy learning and exchange of experience within the ESSPO project (Efficient Support Services Portfolios for SMEs).
As you may recall, the EURADA Award was launched in 2015 to promote the recognition of best practices in regional development. The winner of the first edition was Oost NV's Food Valley Ambassador Program.
From left to right: Esteban Pelayo (current EURADA CEO), Stanislaw Ginda (Bielsko-Biala RDA and EURADA President), Henri Janssens (Oost NV) and Christian Saublens (former EURADA CEO)
With the EURADA Award, we want to identify new developments introduced by members of our network and to showcase these new practices for the benefit of all members. Four types of action will be rewarded:
New organisational models for RDAs
Support provided to consolidated companies (financing, innovation, internationalization, etc.); creation and consolidation of companies and entrepreneurship
New topics or their new use in the area of RDA actions
Re-inventing the RDA (only for members who have been in EURADA for more than 10 years).
Interested members should apply by submitting their case on maximum two A4 pages, answering the following questions:
Why do you believe your RDA deserves the Award?
Summarise the tool you are implementing
Explain how this tool is a breakthrough compared to your past ones
Who is the final beneficiary of your action?
Potential for transferability.
Applications should reach us not later than 1st October 2016.
The Awards ceremony of EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR 2016 will be held during the Agorada+ annual meeting on social innovation that will take place in Bologna (Italy), on 22nd and 23rd of November.
The Jury will be composed of members of EURADA's Board of Directors. They will select one (or several if they consider it appropriate) winner based on the following criteria:
Novelty compared to current practices
Potential impact within members
Availability to diffuse/transfer action principles.
The Award will contribute to identifying new initiatives implemented by EURADA members and to promote them as best practices. They will serve as examples for other European Regional Development Agencies and practitioners.