Periodic Reporting for period 1 - YoungInnovative (Young and Innovative: how to help young entrepreneurs be more innovative – a peer learning project)
Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2016-11-30
SMEs play a significant role in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy both by impact on the overall economic growth and by creating new and maintaining existing worksites. Furthermore the more innovative SMEs become the more consistent and competetive european economy as a whole will be.
The main goal was to develop recommendations to improve systems supporting innovation among young entrepreneurs, applied by specialized business environment institutions, using the Twinning+ method and then to disseminate them in the partners’ regions and countries and other EU countries.
1.Verification of the quality and quantity of the support innovation instruments used by the project partners.
2.Raising the knowledge level of each of 4 Partners through the exchange of experience in the 'peer learning' meetings and remote contacts (online).
3. Spreading knowledge of peer learning opportunities for innovation agencies and results of the project among other entities specialized in supporting innovation (over 100), as well as the authorities at local, regional and national levels.
1.1. Development of inventory questionaire
1.2. Online consultation
1.3. Start of the inventory
2.1. Peer learning - Bydgoszcz - 14-15.06.2016
2.2. Online consultation
2.3. The Invetory Report - 30.06.2016
In July Partners focused on the further delivery of conclusions from The Invetory Report. On 15th July another online consultation was held during which Partnres once again talked about the conclusions from The IR. Partners also set the final date of the second peer learning meeting (22-23.08).
4.1. Peer learning - Mór/Szekesfehervar - 22-23.08.2016
4.2. Online concultation
5.1. Peer learning - Ljulbjana - 26-27.09.2016
5.2. Development of The Design Options Paper - The final table of contents was delivered.
5.3. Online consultation
6.1. DOP development - 31.10.2016 - the final version of The DOP was send to SyGMa
6.2. Online consultation
7.1. Remarks to DOP
7.2. Peer learning - Torun - 8-9.11.2016
7.3. DOP development - the final version of The DOP including remarks was send to SyGMa
7.4. DOP - final approval - 11.11.2016.
7.5. DOP - translation.
7.6. DOP - dissemination&exploitation
The starting point for dissemination of the paper was the development of the dissemination plan. Each Partner declared the dissemination channels and also number and types of entities to be reached.
The dissemination channels and number of reached entities:
• Partners’ websites – 6
• Third Parties’ websites – 8
• Newsletters – 4
• Mass media – 4 press releases (5 in total)
• Project events – 1 (during meeting in Torun),
• Other events – 1 (Expansion Forum 28-29th Nov 2016)
• Partners’ offices
• Mailing – 156 in total, including: Austria (1), Croatia (1), Estonia (1), Greece (1), Hungary (9), Italy (2), Lithuania (1), Poland (131), Slovakia (1), Slovenia (7).
In case of both Partners from Poland recommendations already have been integrated or will be integrated. For instance both organizations have established within their structures counterparts to the cooperation managers as both of them have implemented the INKOR project. Further steps will be undertaken in the near future.
Rrecommendations have been directly integrated to the services provided by this CTRIA. Their youth exchange services have been widened along tailor-made consultancy and knowledge exchange approaches. This service developement has been shared as a good practice within the Columbus (Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs) consortium. The running IP evaluation and R&D validation services have been further developed by dedicated young entreprenuer development consultancy.
Selected recommendations discussed and developed by partners of Young Innovative project have been integrated and implemented within a mix of services TPLJ provides as an leading regional ecosystem for commercialization of technology: in a process of further development and execution of tailor made national programs for fast development of ideas and startups as well as programs supporting growing startups and SMEs in testing and adapting their business model to target markets. Additionally, TPLJ provides services to regional development entities in implementation of customized business incubators and technology parks, thus several of identified practices and recommendations could be integrated in a process of knowledge and practice transfer and setting support programs for young population - students and researchers.
Due to the fact that the recommendations are based on the solutions verified by the Partners or other entities their further deployment should end successfully. In the opinion of DOP’s authors this is the only way, that is by showing the real effectiveness of recommendations, to rise the probability of effective dissemination and exploitation among other stakeholders.
2. The involvement of young innovative individuals and firms is growing in regional innovation systems as they are better supported and connected to each other.
3. The project contributes to improvement of innovation systems in regions and thus support the shift towards knowledge economy.
4. Project itself implements strict non-discrimination and equal opportunity approach. It practically means, that by nature, all project results are not creating any kind of discrimination and that there will be equal approach to any young entrepreneurs and servise providers using them.