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Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are drivers of innovation and set important impetus for an intelligent and sustainable economic growth in Europe in order to ensure the future viability of our society. However, there are major differences in access for SMEs to KETs within Europe. These are particularly evident in many Central European countries where a suitable infrastructure for KETs is still insufficiently available.
The KETGATE project, coordinated by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ), connects business support organisations (BSO) and research institutes (RTO) in order to help SMEs accessing high-level technology for advanced materials, photonics and micro-& nano-electronics in the areas of transport, health and food.
For this purpose, a contact point is set up at each partner location which offers advice to SMEs towards KET application. In pilot projects, jointly developed service models offer selected companies the concrete application of KETs through cross-border cooperation. In total, the network of smart access points will support at least 90 SMEs from Central European regions as well as at least 15 transnational pilot cooperation agreements.
Besides, contractual obligations will be made with 20 other organisations to expand and to strengthen the network. Thus, the project will not only contribute to the competitiveness of SMEs in Central Europe, but also generate significant change for the entire region by supporting regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).
In order to collect the relevant information for defining the KET Innovation Ecosystem and assessing SME’s KET service needs, all the Project Partners are organizing Regional Stakeholder Workshops.
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP:
to promote the project and involve stakeholders into the project activities,
to collect insights and information from the stakeholders in order to better organize and set up the network of smart KET access points.
Please find on the right a list and links to the Regional Workshops.
The first activity foreseen in WPT1 is preparing the ground for the setting up of the transnational KET Access & Service Network through a double step approach:
1) Understand and evaluate the present KET Innovation Ecosystems and
2) Assess the SME needs in regard to KETs, at regional level.
This phase is rather critical to better understand which services could be part of the KET Access point portfolio.Partners collect individual data concerning their specific KET’s innovation ecosystem and include the outcomes of the analysis in the Regional KET Innovation Ecosystem Profiles.
The data are collected through QUESTIONNAIRES that are available in all project languages - please find the links on the right.
SEZ is a non-profit body and part of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion. The core activities of SEZ for the last 25 years are to assist SMEs and R&D organisations to participate in EU R&D projects, to promote transnational innovation & technology transfer and to support the internationalisation of SMEs. SEZ is a member of the regional EEN consortium and is a Contact Point for SMEs and RTOs in Baden-Württemberg for EU funding oportunities.
Veneto Innovazione is the in-house Regional Agency for research, innovation and technology transfer with the aim of promoting applied research and innovation in the Veneto Region. The Agency moreover provides support to the Regional Authority in the policy making process and develop and manages regional, as well as national and European, projects on research, innovation and local development related topics.
The National Cluster Association (NCA) brings together a range of organisations and individuals to coordinate sustainable development of cluster initiatives and to support the evolution of cluster policy in the Czech Republic by concentrating knowledge, experience and expertise – all with the ultimate goal of strengthening the competitiveness of the Czech Republic as a whole.
GAPR operates Regional Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer assisting SMEs among others in strategy development, productivity techniques implementation, innovation management, technological partnerships creation. GAPR offers technology brokerage services aiming to improve efficiency and effectiveness of technology transfer and research results commercialization.
TERA Tehnopolis is a joint-venture of the Josip J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, the City of Osijek and the Osijek-Baranja County. The activities of the Centre especially focus on the development of knowledge-based economy implementing significantly improved technologies (products, services and processing), including the commercialization of publicly funded research conducted by the university and the protection of intellectual property.
One of the largest non-university research Institutions in Austria, JR employs about 450 researchers dedicated to the fields of MATERIALS, HEALTH, DIGITAL, POLICIES, ROBOTICS and LIFE. Cooperates on an international scale to generate innovations and the consequent know-how transfer into the economy. The research unit MATERIALS is the first port of call in the areas Hybrid Electronics and Patterning, Optical Technologies, Laser and Plasma Processing, Sensors and others.
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research is Hungary’s largest public applied research institute. BZN supports companies in obtaining sustainable competitive advantage; provides innovation management services, technology transfer services and R&D infrastructure for its industrial partners in biotechnology, engineering and smart technologies. The Institute also offers state-of-the-art development services.
Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 960 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. Subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering.
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