1.       TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries - TRACE-KEI - COSME

TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries - TRACE-KEI project fits into the EU action for the improvement of cluster management as a mean to strengthen EU SMEs and increase their competitiveness. Besides that, TRACE-KEI project aims at engaging EU policy-makers in the efforts to define cluster development strategies and to match regional policies with cluster development needs. TRACE-KEI project is an industrial programme to strengthen management and improve the quality of dedicated services for SMEs among cluster managements in the Agro-Food, ICT and Energy sectors. In order to achieve the overarching objective of the call TRACE-KEI project gathers 7 clusters from 7 COSME (6 EU and 1 non-EU) participating countries (Italy, Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia) working together.

TRACE-KEI aims at strengthening the cluster management, in terms of market foresight, strategy definition, and improve the quality of services offered to their associate SMEs firstly in the partner clusters and as a cascade effects in the clusters’ territories and countries. The project’s aim is to create a spill over effect among clusters and among the involved regions. A more intense cross-sectorial and cross-borderscooperation is one of TRACE-KEI main objectives in order to overcome the economic crisis and to increase the EU enterprises’ competitiveness. TRACE-KEI project’s approach is bottom-up and will work at two levels:

• From one side, the cluster managers’ needs will be identified and the knowledge gaps bridged through training and mentoring

• From the other side, the needs of enterprises will be evaluated and actions to address these weaknesses will be performed (tailored services set-up, strategy definition, etc.)  TRACE-KEI will be the place where exchanging expertise on management skills in order to increase the global performances of all partner clusters and improve the competitiveness of EU SMEs.

·         Project duration: 16/11/16 - 16/11/2018

·         Programme: COS-CLUSTER-2015-3-02 Clusters Excellence Programme

·         Total Budget: ERDF 213,737,86 EUR

·         Partner Budget: 15.207,38 EUR

·         Specific Objectives: TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries

Parteners: Lead partner 1. DISTRETTO AGROALIMENTARE REGIONALE SCRL IT

Partner 2. INNOSKART VALLALKOZASFEJLESZTESI NONPROFIT KFT HU

Partner 3 EURA-CONSULT AG (BioMA) DE

Partner 4. ASSOCIACAO PARQUE DE CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA DE ALMADA/SETUBALMADAN PARQUE (MaPAR) PT

Partner 5. AGROFOOD MANAGEMENT SRL (AGROCO) RO

Partner 6. CLUSTER ZELENA SINERGIYA (GreSy) BG

Partner 7. UDRUZENJE KLASTER ZA ENERGETSKU EFIKASNOST (CluEE) RS

 

2.       STrategies for Regional INnovative Food Clusters – STRING – INTRREG EUROPE

Food industry, perceived as traditional, is in fact a challenging driver for innovation and growth today. STRING unifies regions sharing the ambition to improve the innovation capacity of their food clusters, enabling them to meet the increasingly diversified needs and the growing demand for larger quantities of food. These clusters are often impeded in their development and thus fail to efficiently support the innovation ecosystem and hinder the partners’ access to new markets. The shared bottlenecks of AgroFood innovation ecosystems –often rooted in the malfunctioning of policy instruments– urge partners to work on solutions adaptable to specific regional contexts.

All STRING regions have been re-known for their food production traditions, and for their innovation potentials. They all are engaged in food innovation and production in different roles. The overall objective of the partners independent from their development level and the strength of cohesion in their regional food sectors – is to improve the performance and implementation efficiency of development policies and programmes related to food R&D&I and clusterization to promote innovation value chains for the sector. By deepening cluster integration and creating more added value contributing to smart growth – each region will reach this ambition. STRING promotes intensive interregional learning, knowledge exchange and lasting inter cluster cooperation. As the result of STRING the performance and implementation of ERDF financed policy instruments related to AgroFood innovation and to the vertical, triple helix clusterization – both supported by enhanced SME participation – are improved. Intra- and inter cluster cooperation is deepened serving the proper operation of food innovation value chains in the 7 partner regions. Strategies for creating added value are adopted and successfully applied also via food innovation projects born at the interface of coworking among economic sectors.

·         Project duration

01/01/17 - 30/06/2019 1 Phase

01/07/19 - 30/06/2021 2 Phase

·         Total Budget: ERDF 2.118.128 EUR

·         Partner Budget: 111.420 EUR

·         Specific Objective: 1.2. Improving innovation delivery policies

Partners: Lead partner 1. Province of North Brabant NL

Partner 2. Southern Agricultural and Horticultural Organisation (ZLTO) NL

Partner 3. Emilia Romagna Region Directorate General For Agriculture, Hunting and Fisheries IT

Partner 4. Research Centre for Animal Production IT

Partner 5. Municipality of Debrecen HU

Partner 6. University of Debrecen HU

Partner 7. Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalization of Castilla and León (ADE) ES

Partner 8. VITARTIS, Food Industry Cluster of Castilla and Leon ES

Partner 9. Central Denmark Region DK

Partner 10. The Association of Small and Medium Size Enterprises of the County of Covasna RO

Partner 11. ARIA Alsace (Regional Association for Food Industries in Alsace) FR

 

Other projects

3.       ACCELERATOR

Developing accelerators to provide better access to innovation finance for SMEs acceleration services and influencing the concerned strategic framework at partner’s regions and program level.

·         Program: INTERREG Danube Transnational Program

·         Leader: Széchenyi Tőkealap-kezelő ZRT- Hungary

·         Duration: 01.01.2017-30.06.2019

·         Project budget: 2,007,363.42Eur

·         ASIMCOV budget: 214,020,25

ACCELERATOR’S main objective is to enhance access to innovation finance through improving the institutional framework conditions and related policy instruments by developing the practical solution of acceleration services and influencing the concerned strategic framework at partner’s regions and programme level.

 

4.       Research study on the development of marketing strategies with positive impact on food chain waste management

The study was conducted on the basis of filled questionnaires in the food value chain sector in the Center Development Region. The analysis on developing strategies for positive impact marketing on food chain waste was done by quantitative research by Renerg Srl (Internal Company accelerated by the ASIMCOV) in collaboration with the National Research and Development Institute for Food Bioresources - IBA Bucharest. The study was implemented among food, bread, dairy, meat processing, food distribution, supermarkets, restaurants, and catering companies in the Center Region for Development.

 

5.       Research on the development of strategies for integrated food chain management (refrigeration chains, portion, serving / self-service systems)

The study was conducted on the basis of filled questionnaires in the food value chain sector in the Center Development Region. The analysis of the elaboration of integrated food chain management strategies (refrigeration chains, portions, servicing/self-service systems) was done by quantitative research by Renerg Srl (Internal Company accelerated by the ASIMCOV) in collaboration with the National Research and Development Institute for Food Bioresources - IBA Bucharest. The study was implemented among food, bread, dairy, meat processing, food distribution, supermarkets, restaurants, and catering companies in the Center Region for Development.

 

6.       „I want to be an entrepreneur!” – FSE

Leader: Exino București, partners: ASIMCOV, SC Resources Development & Ideas SRL Bucharest

Programme: European Structural Funds – Human Capital Operational Program

·         Leader: Exino, Bucuresti,

·         Duration: 01.01.2017.-31.12.2020.

·         Project budget: 4,740180 EUR

·         ASIMCOV budget: 1,258.880 EUR