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PAXIS - Results and policy recommendations

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


The Pilot Action of Excellence for Innovative Start-ups (PAXIS) was launched in June 1999 as part of the planned activities in the Innovation and SMEs specific programme of the 5th Framework Programme. PAXIS activities were completed in the first half of 2002. The specific objective of PAXIS was to contribute through a practical approach to the identification, analysis, validation and dissemination of local conditions of excellence for the creation of innovative firms. The main results achieved were:
- Setting-up a dissemination and communication platform as a European showcase and awareness-raising tool concerning local models of excellence in support services for innovation;
- Implementation of a learning process about successful local models and practices where European regional champions acted as "hot spots";
- Integration of local resources and schemes for supporting start-ups by fostering joint activities between regions, such as the European Day of the Entrepreneur introduced by the larger European cities.

This final evaluation report of the first phase of PAXIS is produced by the INNOVDETECT Consortium. INNOVDETECT is an accompanying measure responsible for the Innovation Policy Interface of PAXIS. Its goal is to link the results obtained through the 24 projects and 4 thematic networks funded by the EC under the PAXIS 1 action with enterprise-related policies at EU, national or regional level. The INNOVDETECT report includes a set of policy recommendations based on an analysis of the activities of the PAXIS projects and networks.

The report is published by the Innovation Directorate of DG Enterprise as Innovation Papers no. 30 (EUR 17056) - ISBN 92-894-4722-2.

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