Title Improving the Capacities of SME’s by Developing Innovation Managers
Project Number 2008-1-TR1-LEO05-03183
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Innovation is regarded as one of the key elements within strategies aimed at sustainable economic and social development with all aspects of running businesses. The importance of SMEs in the innovation process is fully recognised and accepted as the backbone of the European ecenomy.
Sme’s are frequently unaware of the potential of innovation, reluctant or unable to implement innovation. Thus their lack of long term competitiveness is of great concern of stagnate economy.The INNOCAP project aiming to increase the innovation potentials of the enterprises by creating a vocational profile of an Innovation Manager who help SME’s strenghten their competitiveness and increase their productivity.
The Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Middle East Technical University Technopolis – METUTECH, Adana Chamber of Commerce (ACC), Mersin University, Small and Medium Sized Industries Development Organisation Mersin Enterprise Development Center Directorate (SMIDO), Development Organisation Adana Enterprise Development Center Directorate (SMIDO) will implement the Annual Innovation Planning to the SME's to increase the innovation potentials of the enterprises and they will be responsible for dissemination of the outputs and develop their explotiation and valorisation plans for the future implementers.
The need analysis to the number of 450 enterprises , SME meetings, pilot meetings with stake holders, developing and implementing the curriculum with a pilot project in the enterprises, internet portal, information events as workshops, international conferences will be the actions and the tools for the high impact outcomes to reach and impose minimum 1000 people in the economic sector. The events will also increase the awareness and overcome both mental and practical barrriers about innovation in the implemented areas.
The enterprises, which benefit from the knowledge of sufficiently qualified innovation managers will use it in a practical manner in their every day activities in the working place and foster a climate of creativity.
The objectives of the project can be defined as; improve SME’s innovation capacity by creating a new profession as innovation manager in SME’s, Improve a training model targeting SME workers, private consultants and SME advisers in Turkey in innovation management based on applied training techniques, Improve innovation consultancy in SME support organizations.The number of trainees who will acquire the innovation manager certificate will be another indicator. The project and the following certificate programmes will provide a new training opportunity for SME’s and SME support organizations in cooperation between different innovation actors. Moreover
The cooperation between the experienced partners from Spain and Greece, the best practice in Europe will be transferred to Turkey in order to strengthen the overall competitiveness in economy. The methodology of the training programme offered in the project will use learning by doing and informal learning in the field activities in pilot SME’s. Because the target trainees are expected to be trainers in the longrun there is a long period of applied training with intense coaching in annual innovation planning.
The target group in INNOCAP Project is the experts of the institutions such as, universities, technology parks, chambers of industry and trade, and other SME support organizations in Mersin, Adana and Ankara Region. These experts are already working for SME support and training programmes and has experience in SME’s needs and handicaps in their regions. In the training programme these experts will acquire knowledge in innovation management tools and annual innovation planning through training seminars and pilot studies with SME’s. After the project the trainees from universities are expected to continue special training programmes on innovation management in order to dublicate the project further for the benefit of SME managers and private consultants. The SME representative organizations on the other hand will offer a new service in innovation consultancy for their member SME’s.
The Innovation Manager profile handbook
E-book of an Innovation Manager