Early Innovators in Trieste

Project Partners of European Early Innovators Initiative meet in Trieste. Special guests: Scientists from Romania and Ukraine who received an intensive coaching during the 2-day workshop.

AREA Science Park in Trieste – a public national research organization promotes the development of innovation processes. With 40 years of experiences AREA Science Park is an excellent project partner for implementing EEII. Together with us in Trieste: representatives of NGO Common Regions from Slovakia, of Steinbeis Ukraine and our coordinator of Danube Strategic Project Fund.

Additionally participating scientists benefit from EEII knowledge base on funding opportunities, start-up initiatives, support actions, etc. what is made available to them – and what is available for others for download from our project website.

Business opportunities: collaborate with our scientists. Profiles of participating scientists

04.12.2018: With Early Innovators from Romania and Ukraine in Trieste. Training on business canvas at Contamination Lab of University Trieste.

05.12.2018: Networking and Pitching in Trieste. Coachhed by our Italian project partner, scientists from Danube Region complete their business canvas. Presentations to invited experts are more professional on this second day of the EEII event.

Knowledge Society and EEII

Jürgen Raizner was invited to take part at the 16th Steering Group Meeting of Priority Area 7 (“Knowledge Society”) which was hosted by Serbian coordination team and took place in the Rectorate building of the University of Belgrade on November 22nd and 23rd, 2018.

Interesing for the Steering Group Members: the ongoing European Early Innovators Initiative (EEII).  Jürgen Raizner presented outputs and status of the project. EEII was designed to strengthen competitivness of enterprises (PA 8) but it contributes also to a stronger knowledge society in Danube Region.  SG members are invited to recommend project partners for the future European Early Innovators Program (EEIP) what is currently under construction.

Steering Group decided to revise the PA 7 action plan. Inputs from stakeholders are valueable. details

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.

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.