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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).
Croatian project partner TERA Tehnopolis Ltd. in cooperation with Zoran Aralica Ph.D. (Economic Institute Zagreb) and Natala Drvenkar Ph.D. (Faculty of Economics in Osijek) organized KETGATE workshop in Osijek on 18th January 2018. During a workshop 22 representatives from SMEs, universities and BSO met to express their ideas on how companies perceive research, and in particular KETs, as tools for innovation and how SMEs can be helped to exploit such technologies for their growth.
The workshop - organized by The National Cluster Association (NCA) - took place on November 27, 2017 at the Technological Center of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The workshop was attended by 18 representatives among them: cluster managers, representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises, business support organizations, state institutions, key technology experts.
On the 16th of January 2018 top-class representatives of BSOs discussed possible implementation areas of KETs especially for the areas food, health and transport and to identify strengths and weaknesses of the present ecosystem in Austria. The workshop was rounded off by a tour through the laboratories at the venue in Weiz. Furthermore, there was time for inspiring and continuative discussions.
In the frame of 10th International Technology Transfer Conference - organized by the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Jožef Stefan Institute Conference, KETGATE regional workshop was successfully carried out.
Regional workshop organized by GAPr Ltd was attended by representatives of the nanotechnology area from Silesian Voivodeship, both scientific and research units as well as business representatives, including SMEs. The participants were introduced to the Interreg KETGATE project and had the opportunity to exchange experiences in order to gain new contacts during networking sessions.
Regional Stakeholder Workshop was held by our Italian partner Veneto Innovazione in Venice, during a world café at Venice Science and Technology Park eleven representatives of Veneto innovative networks, clusters and universities met to express their ideas on how companies perceive research, and in particular KETs, as tools for innovation and how SMEs can be helped to exploit such technologies for their growth.
Regional Stakeholder Workshop was successfully held by our project partner Bay Zoltan in Budapest. Stakeholders with different professional backgrounds took part in the workshop that intended to map to what extent SMEs are aware of Key Enabling Technologies at RTOs in order to increase the accessibility of research centers for SMEs and the visibility of bridge organisations for SMEs. The main goal of the workshop was to discuss the main elements for a regional KET Innovation Ecosystem in order to better connect SMEs with research organisations.
A regional Stakeholder Workshop was organised by SEZ in Stuttgart on 5th December 2017 in order to collect insights from different stakeholders for a better organisation and set up of the network of smart KET Access Points. The workshop was attended by representatives from Applied Research Organisations and Business Support Organisations of the Baden-Württemberg region. The main goal of the workshop was to assess SMEs and RTOs needs for a KET innovation ecosystem and to identify framework conditions for a better connection of SMEs with RTOs in the field of KET service provisions.
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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