Croatian partner Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka started with the 1st Pilot action of introducing service innovation into manufacturing SMEs in the end of June. The first phase started with a group workshop, where the 6 participating SMEs were guided through the use of tools which will enable them to recognize opportunities for servitization, based on existing capabilities and knowledge within the company. During the 2nd group workshop participants worked with the tools that will point out the opportunities based on external developments on the market and new insights. With every step, the participants are getting closer to a detailed servitization concept. Workshops were led by servitization expert Mr. Boris Golob, with assistance from other STEPRI staff.
At the end of May 2018 Technology park Ljubljana hosted a very interesting workshop called Train-the-trainer. From the 28th to 30th of May more than 30 experts from different product & business development sectors participated in this Workshop, enabling them to efficiently impart knowledge about servitization and help manage processes in their companies. Additional informations are available at TP-LJ website
Friuli Innovazione, lead partner of the THINGS+ project, opened a call for experts to identify an innovation business consultant
to support own staff in implementing the pilot action with Italian SMEs. Italian language mandatory. Deadline to submit CV is April 13.
Link ot the call www.friulinnovazione.it/lavora-con-noi/job-opportunities/consulente-aziendale
On March 13th THINGS+ was presented to the participants of the Augmented Joint Transnational Training held in Brno, CZ, in scope of CERIecon project. Mr. Boris Golob, STEPRI, presented key facts and activities of THINGS+ project outlining evolution of business model towards servitization of product-based offering, including cases and examples of service innovation in manufacturing SMEs. Participants were introduced with key activities of the project and the significance of servitization trends for the Central Europe economy.
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.
On October 25th and 26th THINGS+ project partner STEP RI - Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka hosted first Interactive Working Group Session. The consortium discussed relevant documents and analysis developed so far. The revision of relevant documents and discussion led to a creation of a new Service Innovation Methodology, specifically: Factsheet of existing service innovation methods and impact measures implemented in THINGS+ regions and Catalogue of service innovation and new service creation tools.
Project Partner Slovak Business Agency hosted the second Working group Session and partners meeting from 14th to 15th of December 2017 where business, market and customer assessment tools were discussed. Partners also worked with experts in small groups focused on the challenges of service commercialisation and internationalisation.
The first 50 companies that will send their application by June 15 will join the pilot action and test for free the Service Innovation methodology (SIM) on their own business model.
Calls are already open in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech, Saxony, Germany, Hungary, and Lodzkie Poland.
Don't miss the chance, apply now.