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Networking Innovation Room for Added Value Networking Alliances

Objective

The use of online collaboration platforms facilitates the access of SMEs to Open Innovation environments where they can collaborate, co-create and co-participate in innovation projects.

Despite these benefits, European SMEs have so far failed to embrace the use of online platforms to facilitate open innovation.

The Europe Enterprise Network, the most widespread innovation support service in Europe, is successfully addressing this challenge mainly by organising brokerage events or clusters around interested stakeholders.

However, EEN support services are very labour intensive, and the resources available are small, meaning many agents are unable to offer the level of support they believe is necessary. This often results in collaborations being set up, but then failing to realise their potential due to the lack of ongoing monitoring, support and management.

The NIR-VANA project will tackle these drawbacks through the design of a new service that will be provided by innovation agents. This service will promote the online collaboration for SME during the entire innovation process using an innovative approach based on ICT solutions, training and novel methods to support SMEs. Three members of the EEN a two other innovation organisations will collaborate in the design of the services that will be later tested by other 10 EENs and innovation agencies.

The project will develop an ICT-based layer that will facilitate the work of the innovation agents and will also promote a change of mentality of the SME. Some services will be provided online using a novel Networking and Innovation Room (NIR) where the innovation agents and the SMEs interact to develop innovation partnerships.

These services will allow direct and ongoing support provided by the innovation agents to the SMEs, links to other platforms/social networks, increased efficiency for the management and monitoring, and services aimed at encouraging SMEs involvement.

Call for proposal

H2020-INNOSUP-2015-2
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Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 113 319,19

Participants (7)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 108 811,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCE BRUXELLOISE POUR L'ACCOMPAGNEMENT DE L'ENTREPRISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 87 455,68
Address
Chaussee De Charleroi 110
1060 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
VENETO INNOVAZIONE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 96 470,68
Address
Via Ca Marcello, 67/D
30172 Venezia Mestre
Activity type
Research Organisations
ISTANBUL CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS EXPORTERS' ASSOCIATION
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 61 455,68
Address
Dis Ticaret Kompleksi, Cobancesme Mevki Yenibosna Bahcelievler
34197 Istanbul
Activity type
Other
FUNDACIO PRIVADA UNIVERSITAT I TECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 437,50
Address
Calle Sant Joan De La Salle 42
08022 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EASY INNOVA S.L.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 53 297,44
Address
Avenida Lluis Santalo S/n
17071 Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)