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.