Selected Projects

Cities and Regions of Technological Innovation

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  • Strategic priorities for the development of Thessaloniki
  • Single European market and regional development in East Macedonia and Thrace
  • Cities as centres of knowledge
  • Technology demand and investments in the Balkans
  • Innovation and system-areas in Greece
  • EXCELLENCE in Central Macedonia
  • INVENT: Innovative ventures in Thessaly
  • K-CLUSTERS, Western Macedonia
  • Innovation and employment strategy for Thessaly

Clusters, Technopoles, Science and Technology Parks

  • Technopoles and science parks in Europe
  • Technopoles and industrial modernisation in Greece
  • Science Park of Technical Univ. Crete
  • Innovation Centre, Andalusia Technology Park
  • Innovation Centre, Belice
  • Agropolis, American Farming School
  • Development strategy for Democritus University
  • ESTEP
  • INNOTENDER
  • Spin-off: Digital Innovation Technologies

Regional Innovation Systems and Strategies

  • RTP Central Macedonia
  • RIS+ Central Macedonia
  • RITTS East Macedonia-Thrace
  • RIS Thessaly
  • RIS Western Macedonia
  • RIS+ Western Macedonia
  • RIS Epirus
  • RIS Cyprus
  • RIPE: Regional Innovation Strategy of Peloponnesus
  • INNOREGIO: Dissemination of innovation technologies
  • Innovation award C. Macedonia
  • Benchmarking in the Ionian islands
  • Quality standard in the Ionian Islands

Digital Innovation Spaces and Intelligent Cities

  • ONLI: On-line Innovation
  • Online BENCHMARKING
  • VERITE: Virtual Environment for Regional Innovation Technologies
  • PANDORA: Pilot action for the development of virtual economy in agricultural regions
  • Digital Innovation Centre, Thessaly
  • Regional Documentation Centre, Thessaly
  • Digital Research Centre, C. Macedonia
  • Innovation Portal & Innofinder, C. Macedonia
  • e-Cluster: physical and virtual networks in W. Macedonia
  • Digital Corfu
  • STRATINC, Strategic Intelligence
  • METAFORESIGHT

Science Park – Technical University of Crete

European Commission, DG Enterprise, Sprint Programme
Partners: Politecnico di Milano, Catholic University of Louvain

The project has three objctives: the creation of an environment for co-operation between the academic and business institutions; the creation of an infrastructure to promote technology development and innovation in SMEs or larger firms; and the creation of a pole for innovation, through the attraction of innovative firms, capable to diffuse technology to the productive system of the region. To meet these objectives, the science park is structured around four centres, including:

  1. The Centre for Technology Transfer supporting new businesses, creating networks for technology cooperation, and raising awareness in new markets and production innovation.
  2. The Centre for Advanced Technological Services, including quality certification, product development, multimedia applications, CAD-CAM applications, software and computational tools, and various types of laboratory analysis, destructive and non-destructive quality analysis, chemical analysis, laser and optoelectronics applications, mineral exploration analysis, hydrogeology surveys and analysis.
  3. The Centre for Innovation Financing which is intended to complement to existing financial resources and provide seed and start-up capital.
  4. An Incubator for accommodation of technology based firms; tenants of the premises are SMEs in the sectors of computer, electronics, consultancy, medical-health related, and communications.

Innovation Centre – Andalusia Technology Park

European Commission, DG Enterprise, Sprint Programme
Partners: Politecnico di Milano, Catholic University of Louvain

This project is about the creation of an Innovation Centre in the Andalusia Technology Park (PTA), focusing on environmental technologies and the construction industry. It had been included in the European Union’s Sprint Programme (Strategic Programme for Innovation and Technology Transfer), had been approved and had the unreserved support of the Park, the University of Malaga and the Engineer’s Associations who considered such a Centre would be extremely favourable for the environment and the development of the park and the region.

The PTA covers an area of 168 Ha and is located 13km from the centre of Malaga on the main road network. The park has five main categories of land use: (1) an area containing facilities for research and development (26 Ha); (2) an area containing facilities for research and production (26 Ha); (3) a central area where technology centres and services, the innovation centre, the telecommunications centre, the technological development and technology transfer office, university institutes and public R&D centres, the hotel, conference centre and business and commercial centre are gathered (13 Ha); (4) a recreation zone, golf course, sports facilities, club (17 Ha); (5) open spaces of which 74 Ha are green areas, gardens, copses and wetlands and of which 12 Ha are roads and service facilities.

The Centre is located in the central area together with a series of other centres dedicated to particular technologies and services (materials, telecoms, quality).

RTP & RIS – Central Macedonia

European Commission, DG Regio
Patners: Region of Central Macedonia, Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace

RTP aimed, on the one hand, at enhancing innovation and regional competitiveness and enabling the industry of Central Macedonia to work at the best practice level, and on the other hand, elaborating methodologies and tools appropriate at sustaining regional innovation. RTP concluded with the elaboration of a regional innovation strategy based on six priorities, which in turn are specialised in 22 pilot projects.

"RIS+ in Central Macedonia", was a follow-up project, and focused mainly on the implementation of 10 pilot projects of the RTP strategy. In addition, the regional innovation strategy was updated and enriched with the preparation of feasibility studies for new innovation projects.

RITTS – East Macedonia and Thrace

European Commission, DG Enterprise, Innovation Programme
Partners: Infyde, CM International

The overall evolution of this project includes three distinct stages: (1) setting-up of the project, (2) analysis of the regional system of innovation and of the technology supply and demand and (3) elaboration of the strategy, its development into a specific action plan and preparation for implementation of that plan. The innovation system of the region is characterised by a serious shortage of specialized and highly trained personnel; low level of business involvement in R&D projects; lack of cooperation with universities or other technological institutes; need for improvement of the quality of the transport and energy networks; need for dissemination of information and provision of information on new markets and technologies.

In line with the problems, RITTS EMT focuses on 8 areas, involving the strengthening of existing businesses, the development of new industrial sectors, the strengthening of business services, the transfer and supply of technology and the funding of innovation. These priorities lay emphasis on three policies: a policy for encouraging clusters and strengthening links between businesses; a policy for strengthening the transfer of technology and, secondarily, of the local supply of technology; and finaly, a policy for financially supporting businesses to enable investment in technological modernization and to create new technology-intensive businesses.

RIS – Cyprus

European Commission, DG Enterprise, Innovation Programme
Partners: Talos SA, Kent Technology Transfer Centre

Main objective of the project is to enable regional enterprises to work at best practice level in the technologies relevant to them, to enhance the emergence and growth of new innovative enterprises and to promote international technological co-operation and competitiveness to international markets. RISC includes:

  1. The design of a strategy for technological development and innovation in Cyprus, based on the agreement between the principal bodies and agencies of the public and private sectors in Cyprus.
  2. The formulation of a programme including projects and actions to be implemented through public and private investment, focusing to support structures for the regional innovation system and actions connected with information on technology and innovation, technology transfer, automation services, quality control and certification, on-going vocational training etc.
  3. Development of mechanisms to attract funds towards actions sustaining the technology and innovation capability of Cyprus.
  4. The creation of ERMIS – a mechanism for evaluating the progress, monitoring the impact of the RISC and disseminating information on the innovation and technological development of Cyprus.
  5. The participation of Cypriot organisations in the network of EU Regions which are elaborating RIS and collaborating on issues of technology development and innovation.

Excellence in Central Macedonia

European Commission, DG Regio, ERDF Innovative Actions
Region of Central Macedonia

The programme focuses on the creation of an environment of innovation which accelerates the introduction of businesses, research centres, and technology intermediary organisations of the Region to the world of business intelligence, smart products, technology watch and foresight.

The aim is to strengthen the Region’s outward orientation and competitiveness through the diffusion and application of "business excellence" and "world-class manufacturing" principles, and to promote a knowledge-based regional economy.

The programme includes 10 pilot actions which promote technology foresight exercise, development of digital clusters, technology transfer via technological clinics, staff training in innovation management, creation of a digital research centre and a regional innovation observatory.

INNOREGIO

European Commission, DG Regio, RECITE II
Partners: Agencia Innovacao, LEIA Technological Foundation, Region of Thessaly, University of Wales Cardiff, Technical University of Crete

http://innoregio.urenio.org
The aim of the project is to develop and diffuse methods and techniques which facilitate the organisations composing a regional system of innovation (SMEs, technology producers, technology brokers, consultants) to manage knowledge and implement technological innovations.

Focal point is the methods and techniques, which enable the concerned organisations to deal with innovation. These techniques, tools and technologies cover the entire process of innovation, including R&D, technology transfer, business skills, networking, and finance.

Main components of the project are:

  • the development of 26 methods and techniques on innovation and knowledge management, which are appropriate for companies, technology transfer organisations, technology providers, and R&D institutes
  • the organisation of training on these techniques for 400 organisations per region and 2.400 in total SMEs and TI organisations
  • the application of Innovation Diagnosis and Action Plan to 600 SMEs
  • the co-finance of pilot implementation of selected innovation techniques to 120 SMEs;
  • the creation of a network of Internet Websites to provide on-line information for demonstration and implementation of these techniques.

Virtual Network of European Technology Parks – On-Line Innovation

European Commission, DG Enterprise, Innovation Programme
Partners: Thessaloniki Technology Park, Technology Park Oulu, Technology Park Ostfalen, Tagus Technology Park, Hellenic Technology Transfer Centre

http://www.e-innovation.org
The project links technology parks, university labs, and technology transfer centres of Finland, Germany, Greece, and Portugal. Main objective is to develop a virtual innovation environment and integrate it with the technology practices of the technology parks.

ONLI starts from the services currently being offered by the four technology parks of the network. These cover the main domains of technology transfer: technology watch, technology evaluation, technology audit, technology clinics, innovation financing, and promotion of innovation.

The second level is the creation of a virtual system, composed of Internet tools and innovation management tools, through which the users can instantly access on-line innovation development technologies, technology matches, training, consultancy, self-assessment, success stories, best practices, and information links.

The third level is the integration of the real and virtual innovation services, and mainly the adaptation and adjustment to the particularities of the environments of the participating parks. It is a critical step towards achieving full, on-line technology consultaning services.

Digital Innovation Centre – Thessaly

European Commission, DG Regio, ERDF Innovative Actions
Region of Thessaly, Regional Development Fund

http://center.innovate.grDigital Innovation Centre is an on-line resource of innovation tools addressed mainly to companies and entrepreneurs for the development of new products and the management of innovation activities. The Digital Innovation Centre includes three main components:

  1. innovation management tools supporting business activity related to new product development and start-ups creation (business plan, marketing plan, cost-benefit analysis, and technology audit)
  2. open discussion forum for exchange of experiences on entrepreneurship and innovation issues
  3. roadmaps for new product development and spin-off creation. NPD roadmap is structured on 5 levels: ideas generation, evaluation of ideas and selection of the final criteria, research and idea development prototyping, market testing of the product, design and production of the new product – each level accompanied by the relevant assessment process.

Regional Documentation Centre – Thessaly

European Commission, DG Regio, ERDF Innovative Actions
Region of Thessaly, Regional Development Fund

The Regional Documentation Centre was created in the framework of INVENT programme (Innovation Ventures in Thessaly), focusing on creating a dynamic process for the measurement of innovation in the region of Thessaly. Its a virtual space providing watch services related to the evolution of technologies, products, and markets for the major industrial sectors of Thessaly, and monitoring its innovation performance with selected indicators.

http://center.innovate.gr/dc

The Documentation Centre is oriented towards the enterprises of Thessaly seeking to cover their needs for information on issues related to technological evolutions, entrepreneurship, markets, and innovation, and towards technology intermediaries aiming to enhance their capabilities to provide innovation support services to companies. The DC is structured on three basic components:

  1. Technology watch focused on three vital sectors of Thessaly: diary products, textiles, and metallurgy. It observes and provides information on markets and technologies, raw materials, prices, business news, events, information centres at the physical and the virtual space.
  2. Benchmarking. The section includes information on the use of the technique and the procedures for the acquisition of the title of benchmarking qualified consultant, and links to benchmarking e-learning and on-line application.
  3. Innovation measurement. The section includes the evaluation of innovation perfomance in Thessaly for the years 2002 and 2003 with the help of 20 innovation measurement indicators classified in four categories: production system, human resources, knowledge creation and innovation development.

Digital Research Centre

European Commission, DG Regio, ERDF Innovative Actions
Region of Central Macedonia

http://www.vrc.gr

DRC is an infrastructure which supports the cooperation between academic research units and businesses for the exploitation of R&D results. It includes four components:

  1. On-line R&D database with relevant research outcomes, especially those leading to new products, production processes and services.
  2. On-line innovation support which facilitates (1) new product development, (2) intellectual property rights management, (3) spin-off creation, and (4) management of quality.
  3. Communication between academia and business through an on-line technology matching tool.
  4. Pilot R&D exploitation projects where private sector and university laboratories cooperate on the development of commercial products or services based on R&D results.

Benchmarking

European Commission, DG Regio
Partners: Regions of Thessaly, C. Macedonia, W. Macedonia, Ionian Islands

http://www.urenio.org/benchmark/Benchmarking is the process of improving performance by continuously identifying, understanding, and adapting outstanding practices and processes of other companies to increase competitive strength. The benchmarking process involves comparing a company’s performance on a set of measurable parameters of strategic importance against companies known to have achieved best performance on those indicators.

The objective of the technique is to improve the processes performed but it also involves discovering the thinking behind innovation. Urenio has developed a benchmarking application with a database consisting of about 600 Greek companies. The application evaluates a large number of operational functions, which aim at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the organization’s management and operation. The evaluation is achieved by the use of about 150 indicators in the following fields: financial data, administration and management of resources and personnel, strategy, research and development, manufacturing, engineering, products and marketing, quality and customer satisfaction, warehousing and distribution.

Urenio also provides specialized benchmarking services which include:

  • Training and certification of benchmarking consultants
  • Detailed information and reporting on the technique
  • On-line benchmarking application to facilitate distant users
  • Customized benchmarking towards companies of the same sector, of all sectors, of the same geographical area, etc.
  • Development of tailor-made modules according to sectoral needs
  • Company visits and development of action plan for the company.

Digital Corfu

European Commission, DG Regio, ERDF Innovative Actions
Region of Ionian Islands


The aim of the project is the digital representation of the Old Town of Corfu, including a series of information: the city, the monuments, the cultural events and activities, and also commercial and tourist information (hotels, restaurants, museums).

A web site supports virtual itineraries in the historical centre, combining interactive maps and panoramic images. The creation of Digital Corfu is based on an extented survey of the Old City. The design is based on a research over thirty virtual cities all over the word, which are analysed and used as models regarding the design, the techologies, the web architecture and the services provided.

META-FORESIGHT

European Commission, DG Research, Regions of Knowledge Programme

Partners: Fundecyt, University of Wales Cardiff, Infyde, Institut Jules destree

The project concerns the design and development of an integrated regional information system, linking data included in different applications and information systems and providing extended search capabilities.

The intended integrates five fields of intelligence to a unique territorial intelligence application: (1) regional foresight, (2) R&D results data-bases, (3) company benchmarking, (4) technology and market watch, and (5) regional technology competences and skills. The application seeks to produce a homogenous EU regional intelligence system. The project includes six main components:

  1. Establishment of an intra-regional and trans-regional partnership among stakeholders of the participating regions.
  2. Evaluation of existing information systems, methodologies and data including auxiliary modules, such as benchmarking, foresight, technology and market watch etc.
  3. Analysis of best practice identified in projects of the Innovative Actions Programmes, in the fields of information technology applications for the development of regional intelligence.
  4. Design and development of the meta-foresight model and software application. Integrated search, analysis and data reporting in the fields of foresight, R&D, benchmarking, market watch and technological skills will be provided.
  5. Testing and evaluation of the application in one partner region, and free distribution of the application to European regions.
  6. Dissemination of the project activities and results over EU regions.