Helping regional economic development

As a network of RDAs, EURADA is constantly involved in various initiatives helping regional economic development. Those projects are implemented with the cooperation of European partners, with the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund in particular. Discover our different on-going projects in detail on this page.

Funded by the EU’s COSME programme, the EMEN project focuses on sharing approaches and lessons learnt across and between public administrations, business development support and financial organisations, social enterprises, non-profit organisations, educational institutions and other public and private organisations supporting migrant entrepreneurship in cities, regions and countries.

The aim is to develop, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants. Ultimately the knowledge gained will be of use for those developing and promoting support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs, leading to a more inclusive society.

  • Funding: COSME Pogramme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs
  • Duration: 2017-2020


1st November 2016 – 31st October 2019

The project is going to develop educational material for vocational and educational training. The purpose is to readapt the skills of the workers in the wood and furniture industry to the next Industry 4.0 technologies. It has the participation of vocational and educational training (VET) centers and wood and furniture associations from Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. EURADA coordinates the communication and dissemination of the project

Coordinator: Technology Centre of Furniture Industry (CETEM)


Regional development and innovation agencies are crucial actors for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the local and regional level, which helps creating jobs, prosperity and welfare across Europe. Therefore, it is key that their segmentation and innovation support services are of excellent quality to achieve maximum impact. The OaSIS project aims at exactly this goal: “Optimizing Support for Innovating SMEs”. For 24 months, from December 2017 to December 2019, pan-European benchmark & Big Data analyses will be carried out to result in best-practice recommendations and a developed software tool to help regional development agencies and policy makers to support innovating SMEs more effectively and more efficiently.

For achieving this goal, and to help regional development entities to improve their SME segmentation and innovation support services, the OaSIS project establishes cooperation agreements. For participants this comprises of sharing data about innovation support instruments for SMEs as well as taking part in expert interviews about SME segmentation strategies and innovation support impact assessment measures.

The coordinator of the OaSIS project is Cracow University of Technology and it has two other consortium partners: The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) and Linknovate, a start-up specialized in Big Data analysis to uncover hidden patterns and correlations among innovating SMEs. The project has been funded by the European Commission’s H2020 research & innovation program under the grant agreement no 777443 with € 549,750.


1st february 2019 – 31st January 2022

TeRRItoria (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Through the involvement of local R&I Actors) is a project which places regions and local authorities as a factor to be considered in the overall concept of Responsible Research and Innovation.

TeRRItoria project operates in a context of transition in European society, which is often critical. For territorial governance this shift and transition can be a challenge to the usual strategies and measures fostering  economic development and social cohesion. In this context of contestation and transition, the concept of RRI and by extension the search for Territorial RRI may be a way of enabling local and regional governance to deal with such an era of change. By linking RRI to regions and territorial governance, the project assumes that the competitiveness of European territories and regions will be fostered. Adopting RRI into regional governance is not well documented and TeRRItoria will mark one of the first steps to exploring this unmapped territory.

EURADA is the project partner responsible for communication.


1st April 2016 to 31st March 2021   

How can we stimulate European businesses, knowledge institutes, and relevant partners to join forces to discover new ideas which could lead to innovation? That is the central question in Beyond EDP, a European Interreg project formed by eleven partners from nine countries.

Theoretically, Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) are expected to provide a relevant solution to this issue, but the RIS3 quality is entirely based on the efficient understanding and implementation of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP). Beyond EDP addresses the issue of inadequacies in the design and implementation of innovation policies by recognizing that policymakers do not have innate wisdom about future priorities. They need to be prepared to listen to entrepreneurs, researchers, and citizens to identify specialization areas, improve their acceptance, and facilitate the emergence and growth of new activities.

The Beyond EDP project addresses the core of the European innovation strategy, making it a critical project for achieving the goal that Europe wishes to reach by 2020: an economy based on smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. It stimulates relationships and cross-connections between regions, as well as between businesses, knowledge institutes, and other stakeholders and promotes innovation for smaller SMEs, whether they are focused on high tech or craftsmanship not only in the cities but also in the countryside.

Coordinator: Centre-Val de Loire Regional Innovation Agency (FR)

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1st April 2016 to 31st march 2021    

ESSPO addresses the issue of insufficient impact and efficiency of policies aiming to enhance SMEs competiveness, especially their growth on national and international markets as well as their engagement in innovation processes. The project will support the improvement of regional policies to support SME competitiveness

The territories represented in the project as well as all EU regions need to develop comprehensive support portfolios designed as policy mixes, making synergies of different services and in a smart way targeting their specific support to appropriate segments of SME population. The project will work on the solutions to align the support services into efficient portfolios such as as:
development of new support services to better much the SME needs (filling the gaps, aliment to changing conditions)
diagnostic tools to assess company absorption capacity and managemnt tools to provide the right match of needs with competent support;
combination of different kinds of support (financial, advice, access to infrastructure etc.) into a joint set;
better coordination the support provided by different actors and remedies to its fragmentation;
improvements of support good quality;
improvements of programme management practices (calls for proposals, project and contact with beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluation the results).

EURADA provided the methodology for seld-assement of regional policies, the peer learning and supports the communication of the project

Coordinator: Poznan Science and Technology Park Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (PL)

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1st July 2019 to 31st Januay 2021

SCALE UP plans to improve policy instruments supporting SMEs capacity to growth in national and international markets. Main objective of SCALE UP is to contribute to European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the improvement of 6 policy instruments linked to business growth and robustness. SCALE UP represents six EU regions (plus Advisory partner) with different stages of development in terms of industry SMEs scale up but common needs.

The following scale-up key areas have been identified to work in the project:

  • New business collaborative models;
  • Improve collaborative culture between science, technology, innovation & industrial companies;
  • Regional smart specialisation sectors in form of partnerships/networks/clusters;
  • Use & adaptation to new technologies and accessing to finance tools.

SCALE UP work plan has been designed following a coherent and integrated approach where all the activities are interlinked and framed in a logical path. The approach starts with an analysis of partners’ local situations to identify valuable practices which will be then reviewed (through site visits and peer reviews) in a perspective of transfer and adaptation, to design and implement 6 action plans.

These stages are backed up by structured activities and a learning process to improve the level of development of business scaling policies and knowledge of key actors (Interreg. Policy Learning Events, brokerage events, roundtables, open innovation seminars, etc). Stakeholders Action Groups will be created in each region and main local & regional actors will be actively involved in the whole interregional learning process.

Coordinator: Instituto de Fomento de la Region de Murcia (ES)


1st April 2016 – 31st march 2021   

SOCIAL SEEDS will provide evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth & employment (preferably of vulnerable social groups) in social enterprises (SE) including their eco-systems in European cities and regions.

SOCIAL SEEDS partnership aims to equip policy-makers with evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth & employment (preferably of vulnerable social groups) in social enterprises (SE) including their eco-systems in European cities and regions. To this end, regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises (SE) will be established. It will help policy-makers’ concrete actions towards creating the right conditions to allow the sector to thrive.

Although, similar issues related to strengthening the position of SEs within the private & public sphere has already been part of EU development agendas for many years, but the focus on ranking and benchmarking regional and local SEs according to policy metrics is new. Therefore, SOCIAL SEEDS partners believe that the achievements will efficiently contribute to shaping European policymaking as well as engage multi-stakeholders in the way policies are generated, implemented and monitored.

EURADA is the partner responsible of communication in the project

Coordinator: IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry (HU)


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The aim of this project is to establish industry-driven initiatives that respond to the underlying principles of smart specialisation. As such ReConfirms needs to identify very specific and focused initiatives that point companies to market opportunities, ideas about how to respond to future challenges and access to investors and finance.

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The global agri-food sector has been undergoing in the past years some important changes, particularly in terms of demographical change and income, change in food demand and supply, as well as in consumption patterns and agricultural production techniques. In order to successfully cope with these changing conditions, it is important to understand the megatrends (global and macroeconomic forces that influence economy, society, businesses and define the future of a country, region or the world) that stand behind the major changes in the agri-food landscape, the challenges that they will potentially bring to the sector and to adapt the policy actions in a timely manner.