Title 2inno.eu - DO innovation now!
Project Number LLP-LDV-TOI-13-AT-0002
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Aimed at managing directors and senior employees of SMEs and supported them in recognizing the need for innovation management and innovation processes introduce even the smallest companies, and to make practical usable.18 experienced partners from Europe, including 6 "core partners",introduced the results of the project in six EU countries(AT,ES,HU,IE,IT,SI).
"Innovation" is one of the current key issues on European level as well as in all partner countries. According to the aims of Lisbon strategy from 2000 EU is still losing ground on the United States and Japan in the field of innovation and R&D. Therefore, companies need to be encouraged to develop systemic approaches, new skills and competencies linked to the process of innovation, contributing to greater competitiveness, entrepreneurship and new employment possibilities. In 2007 the European Commission published its ideas on ‘Competitive European Regions through Research and Innovation’ and called on Member States and regions to make more effective use of the available funding instruments. In June 2010, the EU Heads of State and government endorsed the Europe 2020 strategy that aims to get the European economy back on track. At the heart of Europe 2020 is the conviction that we need R&D and innovation to create smart, sustainable growth and get Europe out of the current economic crisis.
The EU therefore fosters these interactions, within regions and clusters, and their opening up. The European Commission provides support for innovation through a series of initiatives and actions aimed at better innovation support services for SMEs, notably start-ups, by developing and testing new forms of business support and facilitating transnational cooperation with a view to mobilizing more resources for the creation of a European Innovation Space. An important service is offered by the Enterprise Europe Network, which comprises about 600 partners in 44 countries employing around 4 000 experienced staff helping to increase the competitiveness of EU businesses.
12 ASSOCIATED PARTNERS who help us spreading the 2inno idea on EU level:
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) & Standortagentur Tyrol with its clusters (AT); Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber affiliated with Chambers Ireland and the international network of chambers of commerce; IADT - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Ireland; VENTURIA Technology Park in Ljubljana is a venture capital firm supporting innovative Mechatronics projects.; With SYNTEA SA in Lublin, working in Life Science (PL), Phystec (mechatronics) and DVU (IT sector) in AT we found three companies who acted as "test companies" from the beginning on.
Innolearn (HU), Spirit (SI), Eblart & FNL (IT) have been involved as experts in promoting innovation measures. Please view the partner profiles for more information.
Following the research undertaken for the needs analysis by all core partner organizations, and at the basis of country specific training materials currently available in partner countries searched and collated by the partners, we came to the conclusion that most of the training offers provided in the area of innovation management / implementation of innovation strategy & processes, addresses high skilled experts and people in tertiary education. These trainings are mostly centralised, on-site and very expensive and – one of the major problems - often based on a very theoretical and complex level.
Whereas multinational companies are supported by specialists (via their R&D departments, innovation assistants or other experts in the field), SMEs/MEs risk to be excluded from implementing important innovation measures. As stated above, the European Commission recognized this danger and implemented various initiatives to help small companies in the field of innovation (management). With our "2inno.eu" project we like to contribute to the aims defined by the Commission and to the objectives stated in the Lisbon Strategy.
The theme of "Innovation" is an important topic in the study of economics, business, entrepreneurship, design, technology, sociology, and engineering. In our society, innovation aids in comfort, convenience, and efficiency in everyday life. There is a huge amount of tools, methods and theoretical material available on the theme Innovation (Management). And: all this knowledge is easily accessible. But why is it – especially for small businesses – so difficult to put "innovation" into practice? We assume that there is a dangerous gap between the knowledge you need and the concrete action to "Do" innovation. The main aim of our project was to fill this gap and to help owners of SME to find their own "culture of innovation". The way we suggest in the 2inno.eu project is the DUI-mode: "learning by doing, using and interacting mode". Many scholars claim that there is a great bias towards the "science and technology mode" (S&T-mode), while the "learning by doing, using and interacting mode" (DUI-mode) is widely ignored. For an example, that means you can have the better high tech or software, but there are also crucial learning tasks important for innovation. But these measurements and research are rarely done. This is exactly the point of departure for our 2inno.eu project – Do Innovation now!
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
material for open learning
To reach the aims and objectives of the project the work programme was split into ten work packages including separate work packages for dissemination, exploitation and sustainable implementation, quality management as well as project management. Each work package had clearly defined aims, responsibilities, activities, milestones, outputs, start/end dates and costs. Objectives and activities were clearly defined, outputs are measurable and time bound.
For each work package there was a work package leader; all core partners were actively involved in the work packages and contributed to all of them. The partnership combined the expertise of institutions that is necessary to reach the aims and to realize the outputs as described. All partners (including associated ones) are integrated in regional/national and European networks related to the aims of the project. This grants professional dissemination activities and sustainable implementation in VET and related institutions.
The work packages was defined as follows:
• WP1: Transfer and adaptation of the "iModel" content: Definition which content and tools are to be transferred in which way.
• WP2: Build up the "2inno-platform": Creation of a multi-language portal with two sections for articles & links; implementation of a Content Management System with access for all core partners; Design of the project CI; The platform will also be used during the workshops with the owners and for self-study sessions.
• WP3: Profile of competencies for "2inno Coaches": Definition of skills which are absolutely needed to act as a coach within the project. We won't be able to train unexperienced coaches within the project. Our main target group are the owners and therefore we have to work with internal & external experts in the field. For these experts we will develop a short training on the 2inno.eu tools. This means that the chosen Coaches will get an additional qualification.
• WP4: Short modular workshops (trainings) for owners and key staff of SMEs/MEs: Curricula development for the workshops; Here we work on a general frame of the trainings/workshops. It will be crucial that the Coaches together with the owners and their key staff, decide which modules they need and which focus they will choose together for their workshops. Coaches have to be aware that this is not a mainstream curriculum, but that they have to come to a "tailored" training with the main target group. The whole training process will be based on the outcome of the "2inno diagnostics tool", which will be the point of departure. The main aim of this WP is to start "DOING" innovation: owners and their key staff will be enabled to work on their tailored innovations strategy.
• WP5: Virtual Networking Space (open social media): Find appropriate tool and implement the social media project space.
• WP6: Management of the pilot training phase (consists of two main parts): Expert & Pilot training: Outline the general frame for the piloting; then all partners work on country specific adaptations.
• WP7: Dissemination activities on regional, national and European level: we will work with dissemination plans which follow the general dissemination strategy set up by P3-IE.
• WP8: Exploitation and sustainable implementation of the "2inno-tools": our broad network of associated partners will assist us in the sustainable implementation of all results & products on national & EU level.
• WP9: Quality management: will be based on the general strategy set up by P1 and will then be carried out on process level as well as on product level
• WP10: Project management: will be led by Hafelekar and sustained by all core partners who are all experienced in PM
Transfer activities pay much attention to adapt the products to the needs of the partner countries by keeping the innovative basic outlines/frameworks as well as contents of the initial products.