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.

July 2017 – December 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 373,242 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 6,148 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EASME

Description of the project: EMEN: European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network – Crossing borders for financial and business development services.
The project focused on sharing approaches and lessons learnt 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 at all levels: cities, regions and countries. These practices, together with the Good Practices in Promoting and Supporting Migrant Entrepreneurship benchmarking tool (2016) served as basis to develop entrepreneurship support schemes for migrants. The project aimed to create, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice on support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs and enterprises benefitting migrants collected from RDAs and IAs and analysed.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: AEIDL; ALDA; DIESIS; THUAS-FINE; UNITEE; Eurochambres; ETUC; REVES; CECOP-CICOPA; KMOP.

Webpage: http://emen-project.eu/about/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

November 2016 – October 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,171,593 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 57,436 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EACEA

Description of the project: IN4WOOD: Industry 4.0 for wood and furniture manufacturers.
The furniture and wood sector identified a shortage of professionals with high qualification in ICTs and other emerging technologies. Specific Skill that stand out as critical for managers in the furniture sector are ICTs skills which are crucial to operate in a modern business environment. They may require attention in terms of additional training and adjustments in the official curricula. ICT skills are useful for mass production and customized products e.g.: ICT support and management systems-E-commerce (marketing, CMRs tools).
The main outputs of IN4WOOD were:
1) A deep analysis of the furniture sector regarding the lack of knowledge and skills in Industry 4.0;
2) A complete and agile training path for wood and furniture practitioners;
3) Dedicated training materials of the most useful key enabling technologies of Industry 4.0 including more than 300 videos;
4) A mobile based platform to reach out a wide audience of beneficiaries;
5) A joint curriculum for “manufacturers of furniture smart factories”.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to IN4WOOS project partners about best-practices related to Industry 4.0 with focus on managerial and entrepreneurial needs of SMEs;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.
  • Organisation of IN4WOOD final conference “The next generation of education and training in the wood and furniture sectors and why it matters for development agencies” with the participation of European institutions, RDAs, IAs, academia and enterprises of the wood & furniture sector; food sector; luxury sector.

Consortium members: Centro Tecnológico del Mueble y la Madera de la Región de Murcia; INDRA Sistemas, S.A.; Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena; British Furniture Manufacturers; Ionology; Open Awards Limited; Centro Sperimentale del Mobile e dell’arredamento; Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’anna; Internationaler Verein für Technische Holzfragen; Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie; Murcia STE; PILDOREA

Webpage: https://in4wood.eu/es/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/IN4WOOD_PROJECT
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12101525/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

January 2018 – December 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 549,750 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 177,875 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: OaSIS: Optimizing Support for Innovating SMEs.
The aim of the OaSIS project is to strengthen Europe’s economic growth and innovative potential through the optimization of innovation support schemes, provided by the support agencies and organizations. The optimization will be achieved via segmentation of innovating SMEs, identification of highest-potential groups of enterprises and targeting various sectors with the support mechanisms best suited to their needs, potential, and ambition. This will lead to a better understanding of innovation opportunities and activities as well as their outcomes, achieving higher economical and societal impact from innovation support schemes and to the improved effectiveness and efficiency of the operation of innovation support agencies.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research about existing methodologies of the segmentation of innovating SMEs; and description of the portfolios of the innovation support measures used by the support agencies and assessment of their efficiency in addressing the needs of important regional segments of innovating SMEs, analysis of the biases towards certain innovating SMEs present in the currently used support measures and opportunities to overcome them.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Politechnika Krakowska; LINKNOVATE Science SL.

Webpage: http://projectoasis.eu/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/innovationOaSIS
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

February 2019 – February 2022

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget:1,999,833.75 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 148,375 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: TeRRItoria: Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Through the involvement of local R&I Actors.
TeRRItoria 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.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the communication activities (ensuring that the activities of the project and project partners are communicated and disseminated to identified stakeholders, policymakers and the general public);
  • Coordination of the external experts and third parties involved with the project in the research and government sector.

Consortium members: ESF; K&I; Aarhus University; Central Macedonia; NTNU; ARC-Fund; ASTER; SEERC; DBT: Municipality of Gabrovo; Community of Trodelag; ADR Nord-Est.

Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

April 2016 – March 2021

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,897,328 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 123,492 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

Description of the project: Beyond EDP: Improve the RIS3 effectiveness through the management of the entrepreneurial discovery process.
The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to Beyond EDP project partners about best-practices related to the entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) and the RIS3 EU-wide;
  • Support of Beyond EDP project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to strengthening the RIS3 at regional level;
  • Organisation of Beyond EDP final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, enterprises and academia.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level

Consortium members: DEV’UP;  Universities and Higher Education: Foundation of Castilla y León; Regional Development Agency Centru (RDA Centru); (FUNDECYT-PCTEX); Lodzkie Region; North France Innovation & Development; Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance; Region Östergötland; Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg; Umbria Region; Regional Council Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/beyondedp/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/beyond_edp?lang=es 
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

January 2016 – December 2020

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,152,103 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 263,175 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

Description of the project: ESSPO: Efficient support services portfolios for SMEs.
The project takes a long-term approach to contribute to the creation of effective and efficient SME support service portfolios, which are capable to impact the regional economies via increasing SME’s competitiveness, especially focusing on their growth on national and international markets as well as on their improved engagement in innovation processes. The project seeks to develop changes in the regional territories of the project partners listed and includes making changes to regional development instruments such as voucher schemes and incubation support. Changes to soft support of regional partners are also sought in the areas of promotion of services for SMEs and supporting business support organisations.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to ESSPO project partners about best-practices related to SMEs support service portfolios with focus on national and international markets and innovation processes;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.
  • Support of ESSPO project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to SMEs support service portfolios at regional level;
  • Organisation of ESSPO final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, enterprises and academia.

Consortium members: Poznan Science and Technology Park; Dev’Up; ADE – Castilla y Leon Region; Municipality of Gabrovo; ARC Fund; Tartu Science Park Foundation; Tecnalia

Webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/esspo/
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/ESSPOproject/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

August 2019 – July 2022

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget:1,290,802 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 148,440 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

Description of the project: SCALE UP: Supporting concentration and robustness of SMEs within the renewed EU industrial policy.
SCALE UP plans to improve policy instruments supporting SMEs capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets. SCALE UP contributes to the European competitiveness and acceleration of regional economic growth through improvement of policy instruments. This way, regional and local authorities can respond adequately to key obstacles that hamper SMEs on their path to growth.
The following 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.

Type of services provided:

  • Identification and benchmarking of best-practices about industry business scaleup policies at EU level;
  • Organisation of the SCALE UP final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, SMEs and academia
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members:INFO Murcia; Regional Management Northem Hesse GmbH; Regional Development Fund on behalf the Region of Attica; Lazio INNOVA; Lubelskie Voivodeship; Nottingham city council

Webpage: https://northsearegion.eu/scale-up/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthSeaRegion
Linkedin: 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/north-sea-region-programme/
Eurada contact person: giacomo.frisanco@eurada.org

January 2016 – December 2020

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,636,675 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 273,900 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

Description of the project: Social Seeds: Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System.
The project gathered regions with the goal to enhancing the social enterprise eco-systems in European regions through government-run measurement and labelling scheme. Social Seeds equipped policymakers with an evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth and employment in social enterprises including their eco-systems in European cities and regions. To this end, a regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises was 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 and public sphere have already been part of EU development agendas for many years, the focus on ranking and benchmarking regional and local SEs according to policy metrics is new.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to Social Seeds project partners about best-practices e.g. start-up, scale-up, finance, internationalisation, up-skilling, and innovation related to social innovation and social enterprises EU-wide;
  • Support of Social Seeds project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to strengthening regional social enterprise eco-systems;
  • Organisation of the Social Seeds final conference titled AGORADA 2019 (27/28.03.2019) with the participation of 100+ representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, social enterprises and academia.Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: IFKA Public Benefit Non­Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry; Steinbeis Innovation GmbH;  Rzeszow Regional Development Agency Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia RERA Inc; BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj.

Webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/socialseeds/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectSocialSEEDS/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/Social__Seeds
Linkedin: 
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8530360/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

September 2019 – September 2022

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget:19,999,212 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 125,000 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: POCITYF: A POsitive Energy CITY Transformation Framework.
POCITYF supports the Lighthouse cities of Evora (PT) and Alkmaar (NL) and their Fellow cities Granada (ES), Bari (ΙΤ), Celje (SI), Ujpest (HU), Ioannina (GR) and Hvidovre (DK) to address their urgent need to deliver positive energy blocks and districts in their cities, towards rendering their mixed urban environment (also including the case of cultural protected buildings) into cheaper, better accessible, healthier and more reliable. By demonstrating in overall 10 integrated solutions (ISs), comprising 73 individual innovative elements (technologies, tools, methods), rooted under existing City Information Platforms (CIPs), POCITYF quantifies their value, and connects interests of many different stakeholders in innovative business models, allowing for upscale and replication of those solutions in a form of a validated roadmap for sustainable cities across Europe and world-wide.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the promotion and selection process of EU regions;
  • Coordination of peer learning and in-depth understanding of regional needs and practical RIS3 benefits, identification of new business opportunities, and establishment of pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements EU-LA.
  • Support of the promotion of IUC-LA project in the forums and conferences.

Consortium members: Ecorys; Inno; MetaGroup; SPI; EBN.

Webpage: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reconfirm
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ReConfirm&src=typd
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

November 2016 – November 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 3,100,000 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 33,500 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG DEVCO

Description of the project: IUC-LA: International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions – Regional Action Latin America.
IUC-LA strengthened the city-to-city cooperation related to sustainable urban development; local and regional climate change action and EU and Latin America region-to-region cooperation on innovation for local and regional development. IUC-LAC promoted pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements between EU and LA. To this end, pairings have been organised and selected regions have been provided with technical support related to RIS3 development / implementation, generating concrete pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements. IUC-LA also included visits where Latin American regions visited designated EU pairing regions, and EU regions visit designated LA pairing regions.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the exploitation of POCITYF results, to enlarge experience in the field of Smart Cities and energy innovation and will extend this benefit to its members (cities with cultural heritage and/or protected monuments);
  • Management of activities to engage citizens, local communities and stakeholders under open innovation and co-creation activities that aim at enriching smart cities solutions to create a sense of ownership of the smart city vision, transition tracks and relevant solutions & technologies;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members: Ecorys; Inno; MetaGroup; SPI; EBN.

Webpage: https://www.edp.com/en/pocityf-smart-cities
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/InnovationatEDP/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/innovationatEDP
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/edpbrasil/ 
Youtube: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXhsiXFUUCPb-GiZoMLsUEQ
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

October 2016 – December 2020

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2.088.000 € (+2 more years funding)
Budget carried out by EURADA: 102,800 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EASME

Description of the project: ReConfirm Initiative: Regional Co-Operation Networks for Industrial Modernisation.
ReConfirm aims to establish industry-driven initiatives that respond to the underlying principles of smart specialisation. This requires that the project responds to real business needs and overcomes obstacles which hamper these initiatives to develop. As such the need 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. Such opportunities may emerge from cooperation of business partners in unexpected places and territories. The project will foster industry led initiatives, in selected promising industrial domains, linking companies across different regions, including lagging regions.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of advice on innovative practices in the field of regional development focusing on RDAs and IAs (benchmarking, business angels, proof of concept, investment readiness, value chain models etc.);
  • Coordination of 30+ activities (conferences, seminars, transnational projects) aimed at strengthening regional competitiveness based on entrepreneurship, RDTI and internationalisation thanks to the experience of its members and from its contacts with its sister organisations located all over the world.

Consortium members: Ecorys; Inno; MetaGroup; SPI; EBN.

Webpage: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reconfirm
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ReConfirm&src=typd
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

July 2019 – September 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 70,000 €
Budget origin: European Parliament

Description of the project: The European Parliament is conducting a study on the megatrends that will shape the agri-food sector from 2019 up to 2050 on a global level. The main objective of the study is to identify:

  • The major drivers behind the changes that the agri-food sector is poised to undergo globally;
  • The key economic environmental, social, regulatory and technical challenges that such drivers are likely to involve;
  • The policy options that are available to the EU to address those challenges.

Type of services provided:

  • Conduction of qualitative interviews with high-level experts of the agrifood sector.

Consortium members: EBN; Valdani Vicari & Associati; Arcadia International.

Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

October 2019 – September 2021

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 280,456 €
Budget Carried Out by EURADA: 56,956 
Budget origin:
European Commission – EACEA

Description of the project: U-eco: Upskilling for more creative circular economy.
The U-eco focuses on the key role of Circular Economy (CE) as a way of decoupling growth from resource constraints, i.e., of generating no or minimal waste, and whatever waste generated can be used as an input for another business or safely returned to the environment. The project aims to:
1. in BE and SE – enhancing the notions of sustainability while maintaining progress in finding new market segments to boost employability over the coming decades;
2. in ES – to sustain circular economy through eco-efficient and sustainable processes requires putting into practice a new model with greater added value, more innovative, cleaner and competitive;
3. in PL – to promote strategies of ecological education and sustainable of consumption;
4. In RO – to identify, design and plan industrial ecosystems within an eco-innovation park as an important way promoting circular economy on regional, microeconomic and sectoral scale.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of advice to project partners about the suitability of the solutions provided based on its experience of its members in the promotion of start-ups, Circular Economy and the implementation of public support policies for industrial competitiveness.
  • Coordination of EU-wide multiplier events to facilitate the exploitation of the project results with regional and local authorities.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members: SwIdeas; Training for Develop and Integration (DEFOIN); BIOAZUL; Association for the Regional Initiatives Development (ARID); Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente.

Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

September 2019 – September 2022

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,999,973 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 178,750 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: XPRESS: Support for Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the development and adoption in renewables in regions.
The XPRESS will facilitate the introduction of innovative RES technologies (Renewable Energy Source) and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption through the objectives: 1. creating a web platform that supports interacting between public procurers, innovative SMEs and end users of green innovations (WP2); 2. mapping of the low carbon energy needs of cities and municipalities with the RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs (WP1 and WP2); 3. improving the application of GPPs to innovative RES technologies (WP3); 4. increasing the awareness of innovative SMEs about RES technologies via GPPs (WP3); 5. developing a new methodology to evaluate RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs across their life cycle in order to estimate the CO2 emissions (WP4). XPRESS will focus initially on selected cities and municipalities within UK, IT, NO, DE, SE, ES, DK SL, PT and BE with the goal of extending the analysis and the involvement to wider regions within those countries.

Type of services provided:

  • Data collection and management about green public procurement (GPP) and RES technologies at EU level;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.
  • Coordination of policy co-creation workshops and case studies to gather representatives from cities and enterprises across Europe and co-create policy recommendations with a focus on the thematic areas mentioned in the EU Urban Agenda as well as in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs);

Consortium members: Officinae Verdi Group SPA; eAmbiente SRL; University of York; Element Energy Limited; Berlin DIW; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Agenzia per la promozione della ricerca europea; Linnaeus University; GLOBAZ, S.A.; Rete Internazionale Per Le Piccole e Medie imprese; Fundancion Circe; European Green Cities APS; Alleanza per il Clima Italia; Climate Alliance Europe; Slovak Craft Industry Federation.

Webpage: http://www.insme.org/the-xpress-project-is-about-to-sail/#targetText=The%20XPRESS%20project%20(Support%20for,about%20to%20officially%20kick%20off.
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org