|Enterprise Europe Network
Enterprise Europe Network helps small and medium enterprises, as well as large enterprises, research organizations, professional and sector associations, technology centers and other entities to seize the unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market.
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One of contact points in the Republic of Slovenia is also Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation.
In the scope of the project, Slovenian scale-up SMEs will be supported. We define a scale-up company as a company with a high growth of revenue and number of employees in more consecutive years. We will support SMEs with potential to scale-up with removing the most common barriers to fast growth like: Recruiting people with the skills and ambition for technical and business roles, Developing business leaders with the ability to manage rapid growth, Selling to large companies and government, entering new markets and gaining regulatory approval for new products, Attracting appropriate growth capital, Accessing research and development facilities and finding suitable premises. The services will be provided in a form of business coaching and/or individual advisory support.
There is a growing skill gap between what is provided by higher education and what is needed in the job market, and, as a result, it is not clear which education profile provides better understanding of the future and gives better preparation for life in general: what gives us transversal skills, what are the new, emerging professions related to science and technology besides the already established ones, and how cross fertilization with education in humanities can lead to blooming professions.
In other words: Do we want more scientists? Or do we want different kinds of scientists & engineers who work closer to society?
This is our food for thought, and it leads us around two focuses:
In the face of economic challenges SMEs are widely recognised as potential engines of growth that have the necessary attributes of agility, flexibility and technological innovation. It is also recognised that they find it exceptionally difficult to mobilise the resources needed to help them bring breakthroughs to market quickly, costing time and money and inhibiting economic growth.
OPENISME is designed to help unlock the innovation capacity for smaller firms, through the creation of novel “Open Innovation” partnerships between European SMEs and research partners. Th Open Platform for Innovative SME is funded through the CIP programme of the EU and aims at the creation of novel tools that support and facilitate innovation processes within European SMEs, simplifying the collaboration with Universities and research centres.
The overall project goals are:
EURAXESS is a unique European Research Area (ERA) initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services for European and non-European researchers wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It offers access to the job market; assists researchers in advancing their careers in another European country and supports research organisations in their search for outstanding research talent. EURAXESS is a truly pan-European initiative, supported by 40 participating countries across Europe.
Researchers can find a wealth of constantly updated information on job vacancies, funding opportunities and fellowships throughout Europe. Posting their CV will allow recruiters to find them. On the other hand, companies or research institutes can post vacancies free of charge and search for the CVs of international top-notch researchers.
The Alpine Space includes diverse regions that have high innovation potential. Yet, as a transregional space, it is not living up to its potential – in terms of competitiveness, it lags behind other EU hubs. By establishing the Alpine Space (AS) as an innovative hub on the international level, the AS will attract startups, and through this, the economy in the AS will be improved.
The main aims of the SCALE(up)ALPS project are to foster the scaling up of Alpine Space (AS) startups and to brand the AS as a cooperative area for innovative businesses and job creation. The project is about improving funding opportunities, finding the talent and a skilled workforce, developing leadership and facilitating access to markets.
The project’s main outputs will be:
The SCALE(up)ALPS project is funded by the European Union under the Alpine Space programme, which is an European transnational cooperation programme for the Alpine region for 2014-2020. The total budget of the project, which will last 30 months, is 1.793.944,00 EUR (ERDF: 1.424.602,00 EUR).
Within the INPRO project, the involved partners want to peer review IPR support programmes for SMEs in order to improve their knowledge and attitude towards this important topic as well as to transfer good practices into regional/national programmes.
Using the Twinning Advanced methodology, the Design Options Paper (DOP) on IPR services to SMEs will be elaborated in order to be at disposal for other innovation agencies to design and/or deliver similar IPR services.
Professional experts with extensive knowledge and experience on IPR and on creative moderation methodologies will be subcontracted to moderate the two peer learning workshops in order to achieve the highest quality results. The peer learning group will be composed by 12 persons from the 3 Regions/Country involved (Friuli Venezia Giulia region – Italy; Spain; Slovenia). The aim of the working group will be to strengthen the IPR support services and programme design through the application of the Twinning+ methodology.
The project aims at supporting competitiveness of traditional MED clusters (mechanical, building, furniture) with cross-innovation actions involving creative sectors to define new products and services according to the social trends (particularly demographic changes, climate changes and environmental risk) and the main technological trends (particularly social technologies, robotics, cloud, design, etc.).
Business entities and PROs in Central Europe wish to jointly develop and test necessary models and operational tools for connection of PROs (KET) with SMEs in Central European countries. The availability of technological infrastructure varies greatly amongst the countries in Central Europe.
GOAL: Establishing an overview of PROs’ services, establishing the supply on a supra-national level for the SMEs in the region and thus bridging the gap to enable SMEs across Central Europe to access high level technological services.
To overcome common challenges incl.: low global innovation performance&technology transfer, low New Member States participation in R&D, inefficient funding for SMEs, administrative barriers for innovation, the SNYERGY aims at enhancement innovativeness in EU regions through strengthening linkages&beyond border cooperation to create synergy between the actors: SMEs, industry, research, education, intermediaries&policy makers. The SYNERGY idea is to analyze existing know-how from finalized research projects & cluster them in 3 Key Project’s Areas (KPAs) covering the most promising modern industrial technologies.
Key Project Areas: 1. Additive Manufacturing & 3D-Printing (laser technologies, lithography, Inkjet, FDM, printing technologies); 2.Micro- & Nanotechnology-related Processes & Materials (Nanoparticle-filled materials, novel nanomaterials, knowledge management & databases for micro- & nanotechnology-related processes & materials, OHS issues related to nanosafety); 3.Industry 4.0 (decentralised or customised production, production assistance systems, Human-machine interface, tailor-made products).
Energy sector SMEs in MED area are considered a strategic development asset for the area due to abundance of renewable energy resources available and the increasing demand of energy coming from the industrial sectors and urban developments. The link between energy sector SMEs and sustainable development is clear to all actors working for the economic development of MED countries.
The objective of the project is to approach both Local and Regional Authorities, and Financial Operators in charge to support energy sector SMEs development, proposing innovative financial instruments for in Local Development plans, innovative services and improving matching between SMEs in search of financial means and Investors. The project will consider the financial situation of many countries and the need to balance the public support of Energy sector through strengthening cooperation between private and public institutions.
In the context of the international economic crisis, and dramatic pressure on public funds, green-technology small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are experiencing increasing difficulties when seeking financial support from market sources. The FIDIAS project aims to develop innovative financial instruments and services to support local and regional authorities (LRAs), business investment operators and green-tech small and medium sized enterprises to avail of the opportunities of financial tools. By highlighting the importance of increasing local development actions, the FIDIAS project will reinforce local development policies, the attractiveness of the Alpine Space for transnational financial operators and innovation processes. Based on the exchange of experiences, best practices and territorial cooperation, FIDIAS will provide, through a bottom-up approach, a framework to help local and regional authorities and small and medium sized enterprises take the lead on eco-innovation and smart growth issues.
|Consortium for technology transfer / KTT (2013-2014)
Six major Slovenian public research organizations, Jožef Stefan Institute, National Institute of Chemistry, National Institute of Biology, University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor and University of Primorska, have established a consortium performing the activities of technology transfer in the Slovenian public research organizations in years 2013 and 2014. Consortium which presents support environment is led by the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Jožef Stefan Institute and is co-financed by the Ministry of economic development and technology through the public agency SPIRIT Slovenia.
The main goal of EVLIA project is developing a dedicated methodology for the financial and economical evaluation of Intangible Assets of SMEs in strict agreement with financial stakeholders and intermediaries.
Main topics of the project are:
|Central Community (2012-2014)
Innovation is the driver for enhancing competitiveness in European SMEs. But its application still presents access barriers, especially in the Life Science industry, where R&D costs are high and information sharing needs many efforts.
ICT technologies offers a valuable instrument to overcome those barriers, and to bring different actors to interact and work together: the creation of communities, interacting through an advanced ICT platform, leads to the generation of a collective knowledge and a collaborative approach, that can bring to new product development and new collaboration models.
Central Community project wants to enhance framework conditions for collaborative innovation among the European Life Science actors, by providing two key elements in support of innovation:
Transport is one of the main factors of economic sustainability and growth, but increasing demands in that sector call for pro-active procedures in order to get more innovative solutions quicker into the market. A lot of funding goes into transport RTD, but RTD results do not reach the market accordingly. What is needed are good practices for the different transport modes, to see which exploitation channels are working, where to find financing and first users and how to access new markets.
Thus, the objective of the TIPS project is to produce better innovation in the transport sector by enhancing the capacity of EU-funded FP projects in the field of transport to be at the source of innovation and to help them transform research results into products and services.
Excellent research, but insufficient valorization? The case of the European Transport Research in the 7th Framework Programme (note: article is accessible only from IP addresses within the Institute’s network).
The purpose of Slovene-Italian cross-border project IP4SMEs, joining 12 organizations from both countries, is establishing a network of knowledge and services for protection and exploitation of intellectual property. In the course of the project, tools and activities will be developed in order to improve offered services and increase competitiveness and awareness of entrepreneurs and companies in the field of business based on intellectual property.
The project addressed both policy making and cluster management activities, with a trans-regional approach and had impact on phase 2 and 3 of the policy cycle in order to:
Specifically, Alps4EU mapped Alpine Area clusters strategic priorities, developed guidelines and proposals for joint programming activities, elaborated a Joint Action Plan including common funding opportunities for clusters, fostered transnational technology transfer activities, promoted inter-cluster activities for innovation, promoted Alpine Space clusters at EU level.
The goal of ENVIMPACT project was enriching the European knowledge collection with the results of Central and Eastern European researchers on the topic of environmental protection. In this respect, ENVIMPACT project aimed at establishing new cooperation within FP7 programs, which could lead to innovative solutions for sustainable environmental protection.
In the course of Slo-Inno-Boost activities the partners on the Enterprise Europe Network strengthened their recognisability and presence amongst the Slovenian entities of business supportive environment. In two years they have co-organized two major events and 24 regional events, where they, together with local supportive players, arranged for activities helping the companies seize the European opportunities.
The aim of Proincor project was to improve the innovation force of small and medium-sized enterprises. This was achieved by cooperating with the regional and national innovation and technology centers, universities, research institutes, universities of applied science and business developers. The vision of the project was to reduce economic disparities between the regions which were east and west of the former iron curtain, at the same time laying the foundation for a development corridor characterized by innovation.
Project RENDER was established to provide a comprehensive conceptual framework and technological infrastructure for enabling, supporting, managing and exploiting information diversity in Web-based environments. It has helped to realize a world where information is acquired and shared in a fundamentally different manner than the consensual approach promoted by movements such as Web 2.0, and where communication and collaboration across the borders of social, cultural or professional communities are truly enabled via advanced Web technology, supporting one of the credos of European society: “United in diversity”.
The goal of project COSMOS was to establish a network of National Contact Points for the Space theme under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. The objective of the project was to build a network of Space NCPs. The participating NCPs have identified and exchanged good practice, elaborated and conducted training courses for the NCP staff, gathered and provided up-to-date information on Space and neighboring topics, improved project partner search and developed common concepts to raise awareness for Space in FP7 and the Space NCPs.
The MAPEER SME project was supporting activities to create the background conditions in which Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) is welcomed, supported and nourished in European SMEs. The ultimate goal was to increase the participation of SMEs in the EU research programs, by improving the conditions for participation and overcoming the barriers for innovation activities.
In the course of MEDOSSIC project ten partners from seven countries cooperated to improve competitiveness, promote regional collaboration and environmental protection and encourage eco-innovative sectors of specific regions. Key activities of the project were analysis of existing state and overview of good practices, development of strategic and operative plans for establishing regional pilot structures, advising and education with intention of effective execution of measures.
Innovation in Science Education – Turning Kids on to Science has developed adaptive strategies to facilitate innovation of curricula and teaching and learning of science and technology (S&T) in formal and informal settings.
The overall aim was to enhance the interest of young people in S&T and in science careers. Diversity and inclusiveness, gender equity and activity based and learner centered approaches were explicitly taken into account throughout the whole project.
TEuridice was an Integrated Project funded by EU’s Seventh Framework Programme ICT for Transport Area. The basic concept of Euridice was to build an information services platform centred on the individual cargo item and on its interaction with the surrounding environment and the user.
The EURIDICE project had the following main objectives:
The Act Clean project supported Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout Central Europe to implement eco-efficient production processes. It promoted environmental technologies and management systems by connecting demand and supply: it provided SMEs with technological and managerial know-how on one side and it facilitated the marketing of already existing solutions on the other.
|KTT 2011 (2011)
KTT 2010 (2010)
Performance of a RTD Technological Audit of the ICT RTD in Slovenia (2009-2010)
KTT 2009 (2009)
Research on the state of innovation activities in Slovenia with improvement suggestions for stimulating competitiveness and innovation in Slovenian economy (2009)
Lean TTT (2006-2008)
Innovation Relay Centre of Slovenia (2004-2008)
New Product Development (2004-2007)