Periodic Reporting for period 2 - INCluSilver (Innovation in personalised Nutrition through Cluster cooperation in the Silver economy)
Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-02-29
The SME’s received knowledge and insights about problems caused by the barriers and by that also possibilities for innovations that would solve the problems and reduce the barrieres within personal nutrition. We also recruited 20 experts from the stakeholders and carried out an intensive workshop with them during two days in Ireland to get a deeper knowledge and insight about the problems and barriers. The findings that were generated through this workshop were compiled in reports that were disseminated to SME’s in all nine countries.
The reports were communicated to SME’s that were interested in developing innovations with the cluster and university networks in the project. We arranged two networking and training events. The first event took place in the beginning of the project in Budapest and the second event took place during the second half of the project in Paris. On the Networking and Training Events SMEs received knowledge and possibilities to form partnerships. To be able to attend the meetings they could apply for a travel voucher from the project. We also tried to build a digital meeting platform. However, it was very hard to get SME’s to participate in that platform while we still had to pay for it. We therefore move the meeting place to LinkedIn. The last task we did to increase insight’s and knowledge in the SME’s about demanded innovations in personal nutrition were that we arrange systemic meetings with a stakeholder who told their story, their problems and their wishes for solutions and SME’s participated in those occasions discussing what they could do. The systemic meeting was digital. By this activity we received results that were a set of specific possible solutions to a problem or barrier. For example, one challenge for the elderly is their appetite. One of the systemic meetings therefore aimed to answer the question” Why don’t I feel like eating anymore”? This topic was discussed between participating small and medium sized enterprises that later on applied for vouchers to develop and implement the innovations that would solve the problem.
The voucher scheme made it possible to develop and implement all ideas that were generated among SME’s to improve personal nutrition among elderly. We carried out five application rounds and granted in total 88 vouchers to 78 unique SME’s in the nine participating countries. cross –sectoral innovation projects selected under the IVS M1-M18 reached 39 cross-sectoral innovations projects, 13 cross – border projects where SME’ from different countries cooperated in developing innovations. 37 new products and services within personal nutrition’s for the elderly. These projects and product/services were within food that is easy to chew, to help you fall asleep, to measure your blood pressure after eating, to develop food from algae, to present the food in an appetizing way in elderly care homes and many more. During their development phase the project arrange a series of innovation support services were the enterprises can participate in webinars where they learn how to develop a business model, to go international, apply for funding and financing, branding and incubation. 52 unique SME’s has participated during the project. The results have been disseminated through the project website visited by 17.800 unique persons. Our LinkedIn group has 336 members and we have 220 followers on twitter. The project has been presented in several conferences and workshops in Europe during the project period.