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

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.

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1st November 2016 to 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)

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1st April 2016 to 31st march 2021    

The project is improving the application of the smart specialisation strategies making operative the concept of entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP). It is involved in the project the RIS3 platform and Dominique Foray from the University of Lausanne.

The entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) is a process of continual interaction between businesses, knowledge institutes and, preferably, users, which aids the developments of new ideas and discoveries (“entrepreneurial discoveries”); discoveries which, if focused and supported in mutual cohesion, can grow to become a coherent palette of innovations, eventually becoming new economic strengths.

The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process 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.

How do we stimulate innovation among these SMEs? Many European regions are faced with this problem; the Beyond EDP project was launched in 2014 for that reason. The participants share their knowledge and experience in various ways, including peer to peer reviews, joining forces to discover the success factors for stimulating innovation. They also want to know what they, as public authorities and management organisations, can do to facilitate that for companies and knowledge institutes, using tools such as financial stimulation. The aim is to create interesting crossovers on the intersections between sectors.

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 April 2016 to 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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Join the International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions – Regional Action Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC)

Start your cooperation with regions in Latin America!

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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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