Title LEGEND - Leverage knowledge for sustainable innovation and growth
Project Number 2013-1-SK1-LEO05-06361
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The main goal of the project Leverage knowledge for sustainable innovation and growth (LEGEND) was to contribute to increased use of knowledge by Slovak small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to enhance their sustainable growth and innovation. The project was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci – and responded to a weak connection of the Slovak labour market and vocational training system.
The "Leverage knowledge for sustainable innovation and growth" (LEGEND) project, as its MAIN OBJECTIVE, was supposed to contribute to increased use of knowledge by Slovak small and medium-sized companies in order to enhance their sustainable growth and innovation. In addition, the project SPECIFICALLY focused on transferring the intellectual capital methodology applicable to SMEs and their partners to be used as a specific training and reporting tool in the local context, with the aim to contribute to increased competitiveness of SMEs and their partners involved in research and development. The project responded to low level of linkages between the labor market and the system of VET and for Slovak SMEs and presented an innovative topic with high potential for future use.
Four partners from three countries created a unique consortium combining their expertise: the German partner, Wissenskapital, (P2) as the holder of the transferred innovation for SMEs; the Austrian partner, FH Joanneum, (P3) as the academic representative experienced in intellectual capital management at Austrian universities; and the strong Slovak partnership represented by Centire (P0 and coordinator) and the IT Valley association (P1) which together provided a guarantee of successful implementation of the LEGEND project as well as dissemination and exploitation of the developed outcomes.
Within the 24 months of the project duration, six work packages were carried out:
WP1 - Developing content and methodology
WP2 - Developing training program
WP3 - Methodology pilot-testing
WP4 - Scaling up and sustainability
WP5 - Dissemination
WP6 - Project management and communication.
The project consortium accomplished objectives specified in the application form. The main objective „(to) contribute to increased use of knowledge by Slovak small and medium-sized companies in order to enhance their sustainable growth and innovation“ has been more a medium or long-term goal. The project succeded to arouse the interest in this topic leading to the greater innovativeness of participating organizations. In addition, the project was supposed to „specifically focus on transferring the intellectual capital methodology applicable to SMEs and their partners to be used as a specific training and reporting tool in the local context, with the aim to contribute to increased competitiveness of SMEs and their partners involved in research and development.“ With 23 successfully carried-out results, persistent communication and cooperation with SMEs and SME partners it may be stated, based on their feedback, that the project surpassed the original objectives and the project potential. The LEGEND project proved that transfer of new approaches is essential in order to help Slovak organizations grow and be more innovative.
The biggest benefit of the project lies in the mindset shift as the companies started to focus on other areas, including factors ensuring their future success. Besides the close cooperation among the project partners, the project linked SMEs with their natural partners resulting in new fruitful cooperations.
The project success may be demonstrated by its main outputs. The project LEGEND succeeded in:
- a comprehensive report on the IC methodology combining focus on SMEs and their partners
- application of the IC methodology to Košice region context
- extensive curricula and training materials
- a modern and user-friendly e-learning system
- 19 participants from 8 institutions to training of trainers
- 18 registered participants from 9 SMEs to training for SMEs
- 27 participants from 11 organizations (universities, research organizations, municipalities) to training of SME partners
- 5 SMEs for implementation of the IC methodology within the LEGEND project
- 3 bilateral meetings with HEIs representatives and 1 meeting at the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR
- press conference with broad media coverage
- final conference with reputable international speakers attended by 54 participants
- two non-modules courses for accreditation.
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
Product information The main project outcomes for the final beneficiaries (small and medium-sized enterprises and their partners in research and development activities) included: a training program based on the German methodology Intellectual Capital Statement adjusted to Slovak context, training of trainers, training materials and relevant e-learning system, trainings for SMEs, trainings for SME partners and a range of scaling up and dissemination activities with the aim to improve sustainability of the project outcomes beyond the scope of the project. Due to involvement of the IT Valley association, as a unique representative of diverse target groups, all project outcomes were reviewed and tailored to the needs of the final beneficiaries. The project impacts included implementation of the Intellectual Capital Statement methodology in Slovakia, better international collaboration as well as higher economic growth in Slovakia.