Project partners have been successful at identifying Good Practices, Policies and Initiatives from their own Regions, and sharing them amongst each other’s. They found interests and inspiration to develop policies and actions composing their own Action Plans.

Some good practices are very promising in building stronger innovation ecosystems and network. For example, Bretagne Développement Innovation (Brittany Region) has promoted its database called CRAFT to boost cross-sectorial collaboration for innovation, with more than 9 000 organizations in 30 sectors. Aster and Emilia Romagna Region highlighted their online community « High Technology Network » and « Emilia-RomagnaSTARTUP » program, aiming at informing about 500 start-ups about opportunities and support the development of 200 of them. Finally, EcoPlus (Lower Austria) presented its « Technopole program », dedicated to gather technopoles, universities and companies working on the same thematic.

Some other good practices are very interesting in improving technology transfer. Navarra Region highlighted new financial agreements and funding mechanisms, with TractorProjects, 32 projects funded in 2017. Lithuania presented new forms of subsidies and grants to help new start-ups commercializing R&D results, with “Small Scale R&D” program. 800 000€ funding have been distributed, for an income of 2 million €. Finally, Central Denmark have shared its “Future Food Innovation” system, providing individual support to companies.

Finally, some good practices aim at changing the mindset toward innovation and promote new models. Central Denmark presented its “ShortCuts to Knowledge” methodology, a study proving the benefits of business/research collaboration that enhanced partnerships. Pannon (Hungary) have highlighted its showroom model “AM-LAB”, improving innovation’s comprehension, access and spreading through demonstrations and teaching sessions.

Thanks to the sharing of these Good Practices, partnering regions have improved their innovation policies, through new Regional Action Plans, to be implemented in the next 2 years. For example, CRAFT (BDI) has been peer-reviewed by Inkrease partners and worked from the lessons learned by Lower Austria’s “Competence Mapping Program” and Emilia Romagna’s “High Technology Network”. Based on that, CRAFT will be developed and deployed at a European scale. On the meantime, Lower Austria’s House of Digitalization has benefited from CRAFT’s methodology to develop online platforms, during learning camp in Brittany.

Thanks to Interreg Europe Database, all these good practices will spread across Europe, showing that once more, Interregional cooperation gave European regions the potential to shape together the future of innovation, to the benefit of all.

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