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May 2013 – April 2016

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 999,806 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 104,400 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project: Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation (BENISI)
BENISI created a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation to accelerate the growth of over 300 enterprises based on social innovation. The project partners of BENISI over assisted 300 social innovators across Europe to scale up their ideas. The majority of enterprises supported in the framework of BENISI were micro-sized ones as the median size of team was three FTE and median annual revenue was 86,000 Euros. The ‘double’ positive change for 45 percent of all the enterprises based on social innovation, meant an increase in FTE and revenue. 67 percent of the social enterprises supported by BENISI (203) experienced a growth in revenue as a result of the project; 25 percent of the social innovators (75) participating in the programme scaled internationally. The three top sectors in which social enterprises flourished were health and well-being; education and training; and public participation.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Provision of research about best-practices and policies of Regional Development Agencies and other relevant regional and local public entities fostering: - development of social enterprises, - support of social entrepreneurs, - strengthening of regional and local ecosystem with regards to the social sector.

  • Provision of advice to project partners about the project approach to scaling support service portfolios related to: intake, guidance on scaling approach, matching social innovation with scaling resources, active support of social innovations.

  • Support for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs involved in BENISI to network at European level with regards to opportunities of both expanding and internationalising.

    Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: I-Propeller NV; Impact Hub GmbH; DIESIS Coop; Impact Hub Vienna GmbH; Hub Kings Cross Limited; Hub Stockholm AB; Ropot Development SRL; Impact Hub Amsterdam BV; Hub SRL; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde; Pole Europeen des Fondations de l’Economie Sociale AISBL.


1st April 2016 -  31st March 2021  

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,735,398 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 144,950 €
Budget origin: Interreg Europe

 

Description of the project: Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation (BENISI)The Beyond EDP project aimed 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.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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.

 

Website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/beyondedp/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beyond_EDP 


September 2019 – September 2022

 

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

 

Description of the project:  European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network (EMEN)
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.

EURADA carries out following tasks:

  • 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: https://www.emen-project.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23migrent
Eurada contact person: tessa.anne(at)eurada.org


1st April 2016 – 31st March 2021

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,897,328 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 123,492 €
Budget origin: Interreg Europe programme

 

Description of the project:  Efficient support services for SMEs (ESSPO)   
The aim of ESSPO project is to address the issue of efficiency of SME support policies and develop comprehensive support portfolios designed as policy mixes, which would identify and establish synergies between different services and smartly target relevant segments of SME population. 

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.

EURADA carries out following tasks:

  • 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;

  • Establish a self-evaluation questionnaire to identify the main gaps in SME support policies for each partner; 

  • Provide a methodology for peer learning, provide training with a workshop and contribute to the implementation of the peer learning methodology;

  • 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; 

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level. 

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(at)eurada.org 


June 20103 – May 2015

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 999,364 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 37,053 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project:  Professional promotion of eco-innovation knowledge through an integrated expertise platform for policy makers, SMEs and the public in view of boosting the Green Economy (GreenXpo)
GreenXpo pursued a faster and wider uptake and exploitation of technological and nontechnological eco-innovations as well as best-practices related to eco-innovation. Concretely, GreenXpo created a single online portal gathering eco-innovation knowledge from different areas such as technologies, services, business models, processes, and policies. This portal presents eco-innovation knowledge in a user-centred, intuitive and easy-to navigate manner that focuses on the functionality of each piece of knowledge.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the preparation of the project methodology to gather knowledge of diverse research areas: e.g. technologies, services, business models, processes, and policies.

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Greenovate! Europe; youris.com; Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production; Technopolis Group; Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd; SP Technical Research Institute; ICLEI European Secretariat; National Cheng Kung University – NCKU.


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:  Industry 4.0 for wood and furniture manufacturers (IN4WOOD)
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;

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Provision of research and advice to IN4WOOD project partners about best-practices related to Industry 4.0 with focus on managerial and entrepreneurial needs of SMEs;

  • 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;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

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


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 Partnership Instrument

 

Description of the project:  International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions - Regional Action Latin America (IUC-LA)
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.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Ramboll Danmark A/S; Información y Desarrollo SL (INFYDE); Confederação Nacional de Municípios (CNM)


December 2011 – December 2014

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,132,078 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 163,862 €
Budget origin: Interreg Joint Technical Secretariat | Interreg IVC 1341R4

 

Description of the project:  Enhancing the regional competences in strategic management of innovation policies (Know-Hub)
Know-Hub contributed to bridge the gap of the shortage of knowledge, skills and experiences of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. Practitioners from 10 EU regions collaborated in reviewing their policies and practices to identify critical issues related to innovation and share good practices to address these. The project partners learned together how to apply the know-how and experience identified in the peer review process and shared these learning outcomes with the aid of modern knowledge management tools. The project collaborated with the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3) in their work of revision and improvement the project partners’ Smart Specialisation Strategies for Research and Innovation (RIS3) and built on lessons drawn from the implementation of previous Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS and RITTS) initiatives.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Provision of research and advice for the Know-Hub handbook on “Challenges for smart regional specialisation as a way to escape from uniformity of innovation policy”;

  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the Know-Hub handbook on “Effective policy mix and instruments for Smart Specialisation”;

  • Organisation of the Know-Hub final conference (18/20.11.2014) “Paving the Way to Regional Smart Growth” with 150+ participants of EU institutions, RDAs, regional and local authorities, SMEs and academia;

    Coordination of two cycles of regional workshops about: - smart specialisation strategies; - effective instruments of innovation policies;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Foundation Université Adam Mickiewicz; INNOVA Eszak-Alfold Regional Innovation Agency; Basque Government - Industry, Innovation Commerce and Tourism Dept.; North France Innovation Development; Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of SMEs; Lower Austrian Government, Dept. Economic Affairs, Tourism, Technology; Weser-Ems – Association of Counties and Cities in the Weser-Ems, represented by the District Ammerland; Banská Bystrica Self-governing Region; Castilla y León Regional Government – Universities and Higher Education Foundation of Castilla y León; Applied Research and Communications Fund; Municipality of Gabrovo; Tecnalia.


July 2013 – June 2016

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,496,215 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 174,272 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project:  Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems (MIRRIS)
MIRRIS targeted a better exploitation of European R&I programmes and a wider participation in the European Research Area (ERA) of new EU Member States (EU-MS) by setting up a process of analysis, dialogue, mutual learning among key stakeholders, namely research, R&I actors. MIRRIS carried out three rounds of policy dialogues per country, involving: decision-makers, implementation institutions and operational structures. The I round identified gaps affecting participation in EU research programmes in the 13 target countries. The II round provided a platform to select and prioritise a set of intervention actions specific to each country. The III round elaborated an agreement on an action plan and consensus-building around a roadmap to be implemented. As result of the policy dialogues the 13 new EU-MS were provided with recommendations, an action plan with a roadmap with relevant pilot activities. Overall, MIRRIS initiated 40 policy dialogues in the new EU-MSs, along with 13 coaching exercises. Over 800 stakeholders and 85 national ministries were involved in the dialogues helping identify priorities and barriers towards enhanced participation in ERA.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Coordination of the overall policy dialogues: i.e. around 40 policy dialogues in 13 EU-MS reaching out to 800+ stakeholders and 85+ national ministries;

  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the preparation of the MIRRIS Policy Dialogue Structure as well as provision of analysis and advice about the common challenges of the new EU-MS related to: - Participation to FP7/H2020, - Research excellence promotion, - Mobility of researchers, - Innovation drive and market-oriented research, - Brain drain, - Skilled human capacity, - Involvement of private sector in ERA, - ESIF H2020 synergy, - Evaluation system..

Consortium members: META Group SRL; Coventry University; European BIC Network; EFMD - The Management Development Network; European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Information; International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises-INSME; Aalborg University; Proton Europe; Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP); Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI); APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea.


December 2017 – 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:  Optimizing Support for Innovating SMEs (OaSIS)
The aim of the OaSIS project was 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 was 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 leaded 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.

EURADA carries out following tasks:

  • 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;

  • Coordination a group of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), engaged as project l third parties to bring practical applications to the project from Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Croatia;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level. Organisation the final conference.

Consortium members: Politechnika Krakowska; LINKNOVATE Science SL. EURADA


October 2016 – January 2018

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2.088.000 €
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 is an EU funded project designed specifically to assist European regions and industrial stakeholders to implement their action plan under the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P). ReConfirm assists partnerships composed by regions with the same priorities in their smart specialisation strategies along the phases of the S3P-Industry towards the signature of investment protocols. 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 fostered industry led initiatives, in selected promising industrial domains, linking companies across different regions, including lagging regions.

EURADA carries out following tasks:

  • 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.


July 2013 – June 2016

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,749,851 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 32,256 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project:  SmartSpec: Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation
The overarching goal of the project was to operationalise the concept of smart specialisation in a useful manner for actors in different regional contexts. To this end, the project consortium strengthened the analytical underpinnings of the smart specialisation concept, provided methodological guidance for practice and generating strategic intelligence for policymakers. Through an integrated, multi-dimensional and place-based approach focused on 8 Work Packages, SmartSpec developed robust practical and analytical findings to strengthen the implementation of smart specialisation strategies. With a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange and facilitated learning, SmartSpec delivered useful results to inform practitioners and policymakers in the development and assessment of smart specialisation strategies, whilst extending the state of the art.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Provision of advice to project partners for the validation of the project research integrated, multi-dimensional and place-based approach to analyse the concept and implementation of the smart specialisation strategies;

  • Provision of research for over 13 scientific articles related to smart specialisation strategies published among the others in the scientific journals: Taylor & Francis; Springer; Sage Publications; Cardiff University;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Cardiff University; Charles University; Claire Nauwelaers; Independent consultant; Deusto Foundation; Groningen University; Lund University; Newcastle University; Padua University; Utrecht University; ERRIN.


1 April 2016  –  31st March 2021

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,636,675 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 273,900 €
Budget origin: Interreg Europe programme

 

Description of the project:  Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System (Social Seeds)
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.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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.

 

Project website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/socialseeds/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Social__Seeds 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectSocialSEEDS/
Contact person at EURADA: tessa.anne(at)eurada.org 


1 February 2019  –  28th February 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,999,833 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 148,375 €
Budget origin: Horizon 2020 programme

 

Description of the project: Territorial Resposible Research and Innovation Through the involvement of local R&I Actors (TeRRItoria)

TeRRItoria was a project which placed regions and local authorities as a factor to be considered in the overall concept of Responsible Research and Innovation. TeRRItoria project operated 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 assumed that the competitiveness of European territories and regions will be fostered. Adopting RRI into regional governance is not well documented and TeRRItoria marked one of the first steps to exploring this unmapped territory.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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);

  • Managing the dissemination of the outcomes and exploitation of the results

  • Organisation of 12 #ResponsibleRegions Dialogues to gather in webinars regional practitioners and academics

  • Coordination of the external experts and third parties involved with the project in the research and government sector

  • Organised the final conference of the project.

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

Project website: http://territoriaproject.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Territorial_RRI
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/28807603/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8QW7ohNJVPLCnwufDzWBA
Contact person at EURADA: giacomo.frisanco(at)eurada.org 


1st October 2019  –  31st September 2021

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 280,456 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 56,956 €
Budget origin: Erasmus+ programme

 

Description of the project:  Upskilling for more creative circular economy (U-Eco) 
U-Eco focused 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 so that any waste generated can be put back into use for other purposes or safely returned to the environment. To achieve this, the project developed a holistic set of training materials to form the basis of training courses to be run in order to stimulate CE entrepreneurship. These materials include: 

  • The content to be taught on such a course, offering beginners a look into the principles and practices of CE, the basics of entrepreneurship, how to find a career path within CE, and much more 
  • A set of 13 case studies – real-life examples of CE companies and intitatives – which may serve as inspiration for those following such a course on CE entrepreneurship 
  • A trainers’ manual, offering in-depth guidance on how to set up and run classes, teaching methodology, ideas for activities, and advice on running mentorship programmes, among other topics. 

The project concluded in September 2021 and its materials are already being put to practical use for the teaching of courses on CE entrepreneurship in the framework of the Erasmus+ project One Block for Educational Credentials (OBEC) on which EURADA and the lead partner of U-Eco, SwIdeas, also work.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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;

  • Joint development with the consortium of the training materials developed by the project; 

  • Consultation on and peer reviewing of the materials developed by the project partner; 

  • Coordination of public EU-wide multiplier events to facilitate the exploitation of the project results with regional and local authorities; 

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination of 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. 

 

U-Eco's 3 Intellectual Outputs:

  • Intellectual Output 1 – Circular Economy for promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment: Major expected outputs: design and implementation of a training strategy based on the analysis of the current state of development and application of the CE in the partners’ countries, needed to detect which our baseline is and to trace the way forward,  
  • Report on Market research on entrepreneurship opportunities 
  • Catalogue on job profiles needed in a CE context 
  • Training modules 
  • Intellectual Output 2 – Learning from real life. Major expected outputs: selection of successful case studies and good practices divided into 5 blocks connected to the areas previously identified with the aim of inspiring the potential entrepreneurs, 
  • Intellectual Output 3 – Upgrading facilitator for Circular Economy. Major expected outputs: the creation of a manual for trainers (in e-format). Future trainers will need to work independently in an effective way, so it is intended to produce a manual too, on the one hand, be able to use all tools and products developed within the project and, on the other hand, be able to apply de methodology followed within U-eco and further develop their own tools.

 

Project publications 


September 2016 – July 2018

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,199,275 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 151,340 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EASME

 

Description of the project:  Awareness Raising Campaign of the European Commission for industrial modernisation. WATIFY
As awareness-raising campaign WATIFY stimulated the modernisation of European industry. It was focused on technological transformation of traditional SMEs, promotion of regional digitisation and uptake of advanced technologies. WATIFY boosted the rate of European industrial modernisation through increased productivity and efficiency, resulting in improved competitiveness and job creation. The campaign successfully implemented 235 awareness and 13 flagships in 19 different EU countries, almost half of them in lagging behind regions. In addition, WATIFY organised 40 Matchmaking events for B2B meetings to establish technology cooperation agreements. The campaign had a strong online presence. Twitter chats and webinars with experts were organised explaining specific practical aspects for technology transformation in SMEs. For Facebook the number of followers reached 94.817. The Twitter account reached 11.830 followers and the LinkedIn account reached 1.503 connections.

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • Organisation of 20+ WATIFY events (e.g. at the EU Industry Days) and webinars presenting this initiative and related advantages for technology transformation of the SMEs mobilising networks of RDAs and IAs Europe-wide;

  • Organisation of one B2B for social enterprises and two conferences on Industry 4.0 and technology transformation in the framework of WATIFY;

  • Support for the establishment of a WATIFY network of ambassadors using the expertise of its network’s staff. These experts were appointed as speaker in the WATIFY webinars.

Consortium members: GOPA GmbH; CARSA; Technopolis; ATOS; Brainport Development.