InNow project supported by the EU through Interreg Central Europe programme addressed the hot issue of innovations so necessary to boost development of cleantech sector in Central Europe. 


Partners from: Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia looked for practical solutions how to foster collaboration and innovation co-creation between cleantech startups/SMEs and large companies. The change is that, going beyond traditional procurer-supplier relationship and addressing the obstacles that companies in both sizes traditionally have, both target groups' strengths can be utilised to the maximum extent and as a result, more innovative products and services will be offered as a long-term impact.


This was done through enabling more efficient way to collaborate with other interested stakeholders. Project has shown the need to better understand potential partners approach and way of thinking as well as identifying their needs. For both the startups and large companies it became obvious that most beneficial might be international cooperation.


During the matchmaking acceleration programme pilots startups could declare what company and market they are interested in. It turned out that they are very open to develop their business to international markets seeing a great potential there. Also corporates concentrated on their actual innovation needs and not on the availability of the solution in their own market. These approaches enhance the international cooperation  where state border are less important than potential cooperation benefits.


Language barrier also turned out to be of lesser importance as for most startups at least communicative level English is prevailing. Even though not all startups had in fact a chance to start a more elaborated cooperation  with large companies they gained some experience that indicated them the way they should follow in order to find way for commercialisation of their innovations.


This also showcased to all involved stakeholders (startups/SMEs, large companies and business support organisations that going  beyond purely competitive co-existence into complementary collaboration in today's highly specialised economy can bring mutual benefits and added values for all of them.


These results through application of new tools and services particularly contributed to potential improvements of 3S  strategies in the programme areas and beyond.










 
 
 
 
INNOW
PROJECT
INNOVATE NOW! INNOVATION SUPPORT FRAMEWORK FOR FOSTERING THE COLLABORATION OF STARTUPS, SMES AND LARGE COMPANIES ON CLEAN-TECH PROJECTS. WE LISTEN, TO SUPPORT, AND TO CONNECT ENTREPRENEURS TO THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES.PRIORITY: INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT
VALUE CREATION
(GDP, JOBS, IMPACT):
 
 
We find the most promising startups and SMEs and develop their cleantech innovative ideas into a grown-up market ready business plan
 
We find the most promising startups and SMEs and develop their cleantech innovative ideas into a grown-up market ready business plan
 
We find the most promising startups and SMEs and develop their cleantech innovative ideas into a grown-up market ready business plan
MINDSET
(AMBITION, CONFIDENCE):
 
 
Startups in every stage of development and SMEs with an innovative cleantech idea
 
Large companies seeking ready for business innovative cleantech solutions
We are proud to represent innovators from the Interreg Central Europe programme area
PURPOSE
DRIVEN CHANGE:
 
 
We find the most promising startups and SMEs and develop their cleantech innovative ideas into a grown-up market ready business plan
 
Overcome barriers in development and adoption of innovative cleantech solutions
 
Help large companies find a ready to business cooperation startup and/or SME with promising solutions that they need
PROJECT PARTNERS

facts ABOUT THE INNOW PROJECT

7 partners of the project from 6 countries


€ 1 370 988.23 total budget of the project


Implementation period: 04.2019 – 03.2022


2 Tools and services developed and/or implemented for strengthening linkages within the innovation systems: Innovation Support Package and Methodology for designing and implementing Matchmaking Acceleration Programmes.


315 trainees in Business Support Package 246 certificates issued for finalisation of online courses.


10 innovation audits of large companies in Innovation Support Package.


Over 3000 participants in events where InNow tools were presented within Innovation Support Package


55 startups and 7 large companies participating in the Matchmaking Acceleration Programmes

Project Outputs

  • In practice Business Support Package that answers needs of (emerging) startups which, due to COVID restrictions, was developed in form of an online platform offering trainings attracted a large number trainees. Although the free coaching is no longer possible you can still use our free training and download free training materials by registering free here:

    https://greenbrother.hu/academy/innow-training

  • Innovation Support Package by innovation audits for large companies and by different events to which the companies were invited and where startups showed their potential found the real value in cooperation with external innovators.

  • Thanks to the Matchmaking Acceleration Programme new promising contacts and started  mutually beneficial cooperation.

  • If you want to learn more about our findings and use our outcomes check our download library.


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