Monthly Archives: October 2018

DSPF Networking: Vienna

The purpose of the networking event was to present the projects funded from DSPF to more stakeholders, and to enable exchange between EUSDR & EUSAIR actors.

Ana Turcan and Jürgen Raizner represented European Early Innovators Initiative at DSPF Networking event.

12 projects are supported by DSPF. The 12 projects were at the center of attention throughout the day. Representatives of various institutions emphasized the importance of the projects for the whole Danube region:

Exhibition | Project Space

Steinbeis representative at the EEII project stand answered questions related progress of EEII and discussed synergies with other projects. Furthermore, future partnership which aims to design European Early Innovators Program was put on high emphasis.

Qualitative networking was supported also through the presence of Mr. Eric Bartha in his quality as representative of Council of Danube Cities and Regions and possible future project partner.

Session “Empowering the Youth”, moderated by Claudia Singer (PAC 10)

DSPF fosters integration and reconciliation of Danube countries, with a particular focus on the training of young people. Main question of this session was, what support youth in Danube Region needs. But also: how to get in touch with “the” youth. Six projects, funded by DSPF, address exactly to the societal challenges of youth and EUSDR: EEII, SECCo2, The Bridge, RONNI, I-VET, DIY-ACCEL (DSPF projects on web). Synergies were discussed. Solutions are under construction.

Annual Forum EUSDR in Sofia

Steinbeis Transfer Management was represented by Jürgen Raizner and Ana Turcan at this key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, Bulgaria and the European Commission, in cooperation with Danube Transnational Programme – 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy of the Danube Region in Sofia. The main focus of the event was on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion.

Important topics concerning measures to be taken for development and cultural heritage or which scientific tools are the most suitable for promoting European heritage and tourism in order to offer online and interactive access to cultural heritage for example, were put on high emphasis. Furthermore, issues related to qualifying the staff as a prerequisite for the development of tourism and or tourism infrastructure (improvement of Danube River navigation for example) to which suitable solutions would help to reach a sustainable tourism linked to European funds and investments, were approached as well.

Session dedicated to scientific research covered subjects like security in public spaces, safety and security in tourism, consequences from acts of terrorism in Europe and worldwide, vulnerability assessment and protection in public spaces and major events with international dimension.

Full sessions were also dedicated to on-going programs and most important projects in Danube region, synergy/interrelation of the EUSDR within the ESIF programs and also current and future implementation opportunities for EUSDR were approached for a better overview on Danube macro-region.

Within this great framework, representatives of Steinbeis Romania took the chance to promote European Early Innovators Innitiative project as a great contribution to diminish discrepancies in Danube region when it comes to research and innovation and, furthermore, explain the results of research on best practices to be implemented in future European Early Innovators Programs. More topics of networking in Sofia: business friendly environment for doing business in Danube Region, supporting female entrepreneurship and excellency in consultancy on various business areas.

Good to know:

  • 3rd Call in Danube Transnational Program is announced to be launched end of 2018. Application documents are available already.
  • DSPF Networking event will take place October 31st, 2018, in Vienna.

CoDCR and Steinbeis

Extended Executive Committee of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR) meets in Sofia. There was a noticeable low participation of mayors. However, there is a clear commitment to strengthening capacities to develop projects by using existing facilities, e.g. the status of CoDCR as legal entity.

CoDCR’s general secretariat in Bucharest supports new Romanian presidency in EUSDR.

Jürgen Raizner attends the CoDCR meeting as alternate general secretary.

Special Guest: Rudolf Schicker presents new Danube Strategy Point with offices in Vienna and Bucharest. Congratulation to him for becomming DSP Coordinator.

Early Innovators PPP Meeting Uzhgorod

Uzhgorod, October 16th: Second Private-Public-Partnership event was focused on Biology, Medicine, Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. Event was held in the premises of Uzhhorod National University – the biggest higher educational and research institution in Transcarpathian Region, Ukraine

The concept of this event was to link research with industry, by stimulating a target-oriented interaction among stakeholders and decision-makers from various regions. Funding opportunities coming from both public and private programs were presented to young entrepreneurs from Ukraine. Purpose of this event was to make young scientists aware of the existence of funding programs and analyze how best practice from Western regions can be adapted to current situation in Eastern Danube region. Foreign participants of the conference met with young entrepreneurs and scientists from Ukraine, who presented their startup projects. The discussions on further cooperation was held between EEII project partners and invited institutions.

EEII – the European Early Innovators Innitiative – is a project of Danube Strategic Project Fund with STM as lead partner.

Welcome remarks were made by Prof. Ihor Studeniak – Vice-Rector of Uzhhorod National University, who encouraged young researchers to explore the opportunities, which exist in Danube Region and are designed to support market-oriented research. Prof, Studeniak assured that Uzhhorod National University as a strategic project partner will continue to support the implementation of EEII. He also pointed out that the University is ready to become project partner in future European Early Innovators Program.

Next speaker, Mr. Jurgen Raizner – director of Steinbeis Romania – described Steinbeis business model in general and explained activities, which are performed in Danube Region. His presentation of EEII indicated benefits for invited stakeholders.

Mr. Mike Nagorkin, organizer of the EEII event in Ukraine, presented the results of the executed research on support infrastructure for young scientists. Mr. Nagorkin has also described the start-up competitions, conferences, innovation parks and funding programmes existing in Ukraine.

Project Partner Common Regions, represented by Mrs. Karolina Fortunenko, spoke about the start-up infrastructure in Slovakia. Ukrainian young entrepreneurs were encouraged to participate in the start-up competitions of Slovakia and use the facilities which exist in Slovakia – in just a few kilometer distance.

AREA Science Park was presented by Mrs. Sara Zanchiello by video conference. She spoke about the support, which will be provided to the young entrepreneurs from Ukraine, who has submitted their start-up ideas to the EEII project consortium.

Students and researchers from Ukraine presented five projects ideas:

  • Composition of essential oils with wide range of antimicrobial activity;
  • Artificial reality tourist guide;
  • Autonomous Injection Module Device;
  • Radiological monitoring test;
  • Remote monitoring system with elements of augmented reality

High potential is identified and 3 of the presented projects are pre-selected by Jürgen Raizner for further evaluation.

Early Innovators PPP Meeting Kosice

Kosice, October 15th, 2018: EEII Private-Public-Partnership event was focused mostly on Informational Technology and Artificial Intelligence. Event was held in the premises of Telegrafia a.s. – a highly innovative and global active enterprise.

The event was organized in order to link research with industry by stimulating a target-oriented interaction among stakeholders and decision-makers from various regions. Funding opportunities coming from both public and private programs were presented to young scientists from Slovakia. Purpose of this event was to make young scientists aware of the existance of funding programs and analyze how best practice from Western regions can be adapted to current situation in Eastern Danube region. The discussions on further cooperation was held between EEII project partners and invited institutions.

EEII – the European Early Innovators Innitiative – is a project of Danube Strategic Project Fund with STM as lead partner.

Welcome remarks were made by Mr. Jürgen Raizner, director of Steinbeis Romania. He explained EEII and expressed strong interest in the proposals of the participating young scientists from Slovakia. Kosice Technical University is invited to become project partner in future European Early Innovators Program. EEII project partners were introduced to the attendees.

Mr. Mike Nagorkin, director of Steinbeis Enterprise in Ukraine, presented the results of mapping start-up infrastructure. He described examples which were established in Ukraine successfully with financial support from US and EU investors.

Host of the event, NGO Common Regions, represtended by Mrs. Karolina Fortunenko, introduced the start-up infrastructure in Slovakia.

We thank external experts for their contribution to the sucess of the event:

  • Radko Lapoš, COE of Education and Innovation Center, Velmax (Slovakia) – presented Erasmus programme for young entrepreneurs;
  • Csaba Sidor, researcher at Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia) – presented IT infrastructure which can be used by start-ups in the sphere of tourism in Slovakia;
  • Virág Zsár, coordinator of international office, HÉTFA Research Institute and Center for Economic and Social Analysis (Hungary) – presented new project “iFEMPOWER” what is focused on supporting women entrepreneurship in EU.

Teams composed by students and researchers from Slovakia and Ukraine presented their project ideas. Examples:

  • App to strengthen efficiency of waiters in restaurants
  • Hotel and recreational center for pets;
  • App for selecting and adapting accessories for cars;
  • City guide for foreigners.

Proposed projects will be evaluated carefully and have the chance to become pilot projects of EEII. If so, the project developers will be coached by EEII project partners and get the chance to present their project ideas to potential investors.

After “Unity Day” Party. Celebrating and Networking in Best German Tradition

Promoting German–Romanian Collaboration

Steinbeis Transfer Management became co-organizer of the German Night in Bucharest. German and Romanian enterprises and people work a lot together and we think that more collaboration is possible, but it is also time to celebrate more together, because more is better.

Right after the German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit / 03.10.2018) this event perfectly justified celebrations

Special Guests:

  • Mrs. Swantje Kortemeyer, Director of Economic Department at German Embassy – representing the Ambassador at our event.
  • Mr. Radu Gorincioi, National Coordinator of EU Strategy for Danube Region (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Mrs. Maria-Manuela Catrina, State Secretary Ministry of Communications and Information Society

We thank Beraria H for making this event possible. The success story is worth to be repeated in 2019.

A German-Romanian Night in Bucharest, or a sort of Beer Festival, becomes authentic with music made by a real German music group – the “Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten”.

Founded in 1986, the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are a slightly different music club. The band is made up of 14 musicians, most of whom are masters of several instruments and provide the typical live sound of German musicians – what is known as “Octoberfest Style”. Four musicians are also on stage as singers. The repertoire includes not only traditional folk music but also hits, evergreens as well as the most recent mood tracks. Good humor and fun music made the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten well known in Stuttgart Region and beyond. Occasionally performances take place all over Germany. The focus is on engagements to which the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are committed year after year.  Most of their performances take place at street and tent festivals. In addition, company anniversaries or wedding parties. 3 CDs were recorded. Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are named after their regional origin, the town of Wiesensteig in Stuttgart region, Germany.