RIS - Lithuania Partners

Partners

It is strongly believed that the success of this initiative depends crucially on the skills, knowledge and commitment, in terms of the resources dedicated to the project, of the Consortium members. The Consortium was established having in mind the objectives of the call and the RIS Programme. The consortium brings together eight partners establishing a comprehensive level of expertise in innovation policy, infrastructure and business support. Partners have clearly distinguished roles, functions and expertise areas, strongly complementing and supporting each other.

Four of these partners, representing all levels of the Lithuanian Innovation System, Policy, Intermediary and Implementation (Science and Industry), form the Lithuanian part of the consortium. These include:

  • a leading Business Incubator with strong links with the Scientific Community, the Kaunas University of Technology Regional Business Incubator who will assume the role of the Project Coordinator of the RIS-Lithuania project;
  • a Public Organization, the Agency for International Science and Technology Development Programmes, responsible for the administration and co-ordination of European science and technology development programmes including, the 6th Framework Programme, EUREKA, and COST. The Agency is operating under the Ministry of Science and Education (one of two ministries responsible for technological development and innovation in Lithuania) and will provide a direct link between the Project and Innovation Policy makers in Lithuania;
  • the first innovation centre in Lithuania, the Kaunas Regional Innovation Centre, with ten years experience in monitoring innovation in science institutions, marketing new technologies, providing training and technical support with a focus on high technology enterprises, will play a key role in the establishment of closer links between Science and Industry, and the Project;
  • the biggest organisation in Lithuania uniting small and medium businesses, individual entrepreneurs as well as regional and sectorial associations of SMEs, the Lithuanian Business Employers' Confederation, representing more than 1700 enterprises and 60 associated structures.

Furthermore, four external partners from both older Member States (Germany and Greece), bringing in extensive experience stemming from the implementation of RIS/RITTS projects in their own, as well as a number of other regions, and new Member States (Cyprus and Latvia), exhibiting very similar economic structures and development / innovation characteristics will form the expert Partner Regions part of the Consortium. These include:

  • a leading private organization in Cyprus specializing in regional development, SMEs support and innovation, RTD Talos, scientific coordinator of the RIS-Cyprus project, responsible for technical (hands-on) support in the implementation of the RIS-Lithuania project;
  • a leading technology transfer and innovation marketing organization in Germany and one of the most successful IRCs in Europe, IMG Innovations-Management GmbH, scientific coordinator of the RIS-Rheinland-Pfalz project (also involved in the RIS-Latvia project), responsible for counseling / methodological support in the implementation of the RIS-Lithuania project;
  • a university laboratory for the promotion of research and supply of scientific and technological services, the Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit URENIO, scientific coordinator of the RTP Central Macedonia project, one of the first five pilot innovation strategy projects to be implemented on a European level that served as a basis for the RIS methodology (also involved in the RIS-Cyprus project), responsible for counseling / methodological support in the implementation of the RIS-Lithuania project;
  • a leading business support organization specializing in the establishment and growth of knowledge based SMEs and stimulating cooperation between research and industry, the Latvian Technological Center
  • , scientific coordinator of the RIS-Latvia project, responsible for technical (hands-on) support in the implementation of the RIS-Lithuania project.