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SPREADing the global potential of developing innovation ecosystems to strengthen INNOvation in regional and local businesses

Project description

Riding the wave of innovation in Europe

Innovation is Europe’s response to the climate, energy and food security crisis. Positioning Europe at the forefront of a new wave of deep-tech innovation and start-ups is a top priority. In this context, the EU-funded SPREAD2INNO project will bring together different innovation stakeholders, spanning incubators, accelerators, innovation businesses, research organisations, consultancies and networks. These stakeholders will hail from six crucial European innovation regions: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy and Austria. The overall goal is implementing scalable, replicable and holistic programmes for the provision of high-quality business services.


SPREAD2INNO brings together different innovation stakeholders – incubators, accelerators, innovation businesses, research organizations, consultancies and networks – from crucial European innovation regions: Germany, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. The goal is implementing scalable, replicable and holistic 2 year program for the provision of high quality business services, and collaboration between different entities of well-connected and less connected regional innovation ecosystems, with immediate impacts on the local and EU level.

In order to create a sustainable and replicable model easily adopted by the rest of EU, the consortium will implement a set of activities for enhancing capacity and competitiveness of both business acceleration entities and SMEs and start-ups, particularly:

- 6 local events that will provide insight of networking and exploring opportunities across Europe that relate to scaling-up of businesses, along with training courses aimed at improving business and marketing case of businesses, including roundtables for acceleration entities for educational and practical exchange and cross-contamination;
- An online platform as a single point of reference for information exchange between different innovation ecosystems about opportunities, events and funding accessible in these regions;
- 2 intensive educational/training Academies as well as tailor-made feasibility studies for participants;
- A one-week business case and investor training for finalists (at least 50% woman-led businesses) delivered through collaboration of developed and less developed innovation ecosystem entities.

The SPREAD2INNO unique and interdisciplinary methodology will enhance business activities in less developed innovation regions, reinforce their acceleration capacity and enable entrepreneurs to scale their concept to a fully concrete solution with strong market potential, subsequently enhancing the development and competitiveness of these regions.



Net EU contribution
€ 224 875,00
00133 Roma

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