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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).
The European Digital Single Market plan, business digitalization and the new European strategies to encourage innovation were the main subjects at the meeting organized in Mestre last 24th May. The KETGATE project encouraged the discussion when it presented the model of cooperation created to foster the connection between companies and research and technology centres.
Exchange of knowledge in technology service provision between JSI and IFIN-HH
Recently the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) hosted a delegation from the Center for Technology Transfer and Marketing of the Romanian Horia Hulubei National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering.
Additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics, production planning tools, artificial vision, process simulation, operational intelligence, IoT, and the Key Enabling Technologies - also known as the intelligent industry, are considered to be the fourth industrial revolution, click here to read more.
36 Research and Technology Organisations, 23 SMEs, 3 clusters of companies and 9 Business Support Organisations from Central Europe met in Venice last January the 31st to set up innovative projects and ideas based on cutting edge technologies.
This new report provides an overview of over 150 projects financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2016-2017 which contribute to the different stages of a circular economy. The fields covered are diverse…
On 23-24 October 2018, the EU AM-Motion project organised an event about additive manufacturing with the European Commission. The aim was to discuss the challenges and key pillars for additive manufacturing industrialisation and market implementation.
The report of this workshop is now available here
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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