Partners' Profiles

RTD Talos (www.talos-rtd.com) was established in September 2000 following a private initiative with the mission to provide effective support for the technological upgrading of SMEs in Cyprus. Talos' objectives are, 1. to ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF SMES IN RTD activities and to enhance the innovation capacity of these Enterprises, through, i) the provision of information on research opportunities and new technology trends, ii) the support of business collaborative networks between Industry, Science and Research, Finance and Public Authorities, and iii) the provision of technical support on research, technology and innovation management; 2. to foster the CREATION AND GROWTH OF HI-TECH START-UPS, through, iv) the provision of technology transfer, exploitation of research results and business development services (business planning, marketing, finance, quality) and v) practical training; and 3. to CONTRIBUTE TO EFFORTS FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT through the formulation / implementation of an appropriate innovation strategy. Since its establishment Talos has been very actively involved in the promotion of innovation through dedicated support actions to stimulate, encourage and facilitate the participation of organisations (SMEs) from Cyprus in R&D activities within the EC Framework Programmes (5th & 6th). Such services comprise of information, awareness, and training activities; networking of national contact persons and industrial representatives and co-ordinating their efforts; grouping of SMEs into Clusters and establishing 'Technology Teams" (examples include the Ceramics, Wood and Plastics Ind. in Cyprus) with common strategies and collective action plans. Talos hosts the

National Contact Point for SMEs for the 6th Framework Programme.

Talos has been / is involved in a number of National and European initiatives and projects, including Economic and Technological Intelligence measures (TRANSTRACC, FREETIME, ALIMEDA, CERAMICRAFT, INWOOD, SMEsFORFOOD, QUALITYMEAT, PLASTEAM, WOODISM, RURAL-NET, STARNET, IST WORLD, SMEsTOLEAD), Thematic Networks in business incubation (Gate2Growth) and regional development (IRE) and Vocational Training (Leonardo- INNOPRO, TRADI) Projects in innovation management. Furthermore, Talos signed a contract with the Cyprus Government (February 2003) to set up and operate a hi-tech start-up business incubator.

Talos is the initiator and the scientific coordinator of the RIS-Cyprus project (Nov 01 - Jun 04) and and the main actor behind the successful implementation of the project, establishing the basis for Innovation Strategy Formulation in Cyprus and producing a first elaborate Action Plan to address the weaknesses of the Cyprus Innovation System. Talos has been following very closely the implementation of RIS activities in all NAC Regions through the PARTNER network and is now involved in 3 new projects, RIS-Lithuania, 5-SCHEMES and OMEN.

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Contact details

Diogenous 6, ERMIS Building, 1st Floor, Offices 101-105, P.O. Box 21722,1512 Lefkosia, CYPRUS

Tel.: (357) 22 559555
Fax: (357) 22 559400
[email protected]