A kick off meeting was organised by lead partner Friulinnovazione Udine in January 2017 to: discuss mutual expectations with all project partners, align communication plan and tools, work packages and project reporting. Partners also discussed THINGS+ project objectives – how to enrich portfolio of SME companies, increase their value and improve their market position. Get to know our partners below.
Main Things+ project activities are:
. Analysis of existing support tools / services for the sub-process of the development of new services and commercialization,
. The preparation of a common approach and the development of a portfolio of support services for the introduction / management of innovation processes in manufacturing enterprises,
. Training of support institutions for implementation of pilot implementation and exchange of experience,
. Implementation of pilot activity "servitization" - introduction / development of non-technological innovations in manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises in Central Europe
. Analysis of the program and preparation of recommendations for decision makers.
Despite vast investments and development of innovation technologies, many industries in Central Europe still focus on product manufacturing. Low cost competition from non-EU counties, together with gradual commoditisation further challenge their competitiveness. Thus, it is essential especially for SME companies to adapt their skills and successfully overcome rapid changes, following innovation and technological progress. Servitisation of products through adequate human capital investment could be one of the solutions for a greater prosperity on an ever-changing market.
THINGS+ project aims to enrich portfolio of companies with additional services that can increase value delivered to customers and improve their position on the market, by strengthening entrepreneurs skills in service innovation management.
THINGS+ project is focused in transformation of traditional companies into regional innovation motors, with no excessive investments. Key output will be a new approach to improve entrepreneurs’ skills that help them introduce service innovation into manufacturing companies and increase prosperity on changing markets.
TOTAL BUDGET: 1.889.299,50 EURO
ERDF CO-FINANCING: 1.562.517,31 EURO