PROJECT TITLE: Smart Network and Sustainable Innovation Cluster to increase RDI Competitiveness of SMEs in the Adriatic
PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.smartinno.eu/content/project
PROGRAMME WEBSITE: http://www.adriaticipacbc.org/
DESCRIPTION: The project bridges 17 regions from 8 Adriatic countries, with the vision of capitalizing on existing Research & Innovation (R&I) results and establishing a smart networking system for monitoring and fostering research & innovation capacity in SMEs, to increase competitiveness, and support SMEs sustainable growth through cluster synergies and the use of financial instruments and coaching schemes on improving investment readiness, with emphasis on cross-border cooperation across the Adriatic. The main innovation of the project is the establishment of a novel Adriatic ecosystem bringing together regional authorities, policy influencers, RD&I entities, SMEs and financing operators (target groups, see also 3.3.1 for stakeholders), supported by a smart clustering approach, new investment instruments (Adriatic BAN), matchmaking and coaching facilities, training events and strategically targeted dissemination activities. The project will last 28 months.