Innovation networking for economic development
Short title: LT.InnoConnect.BY
PRIORITY 1: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Measure 1.1: Promotion of socio-economic development and encouragement of business and entrepreneurship
Beneficiary: Lithuanian Innovation Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Partners: Yanka Kupala Grodno State University (Grodno, Belarus), Educational Institution “Polotsk State University” (Novopolotsk, Belarus), Innovation Association "Akademtehnopark" (Minsk, Belarus), Panevezys Science and Technology Park (Panevezys, Lithuania), Business Cooperation Centre of Southern Lithuania (Alytus, Lithuania), Kaunas University of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania)Associates: Grodno City Executive Committee (Grodno, Belarus), Novopolotsk City Executive Committee (Novopolotsk, Belarus), Committee of Economy of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee (Grodno, Belarus), Panevezys City Municipality (Panevezys, Lithuania), Alytus City Municipality Administration (Alytus, Lithuania), Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (Vilnius, Lithuania), Government institution “Administration of the Free Economic Zone “Grodnoinvest” (Grodno, Belarus), Public Association "Businessmen Club" (Grodno, Belarus), Unitary Utility Consultative Enterprise of the City of Polotsk “Centre for Business Support” (Polotsk, Belarus), Panevezys Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Panevezys, Lithuania)
PROBLEM: Limited access and insufficient ability to integrate external knowledge, proprietary technologies and resources as well as to enter foreign markets by utilising innovation partnerships disable SMEs both in Belarus and Lithuania to fully exploit innovation and technological development opportunities. Innovation support organisations lack exchange and network of their services and key innovation stakeholders (including public authorities) remain isolated through underdeveloped cooperation.
OBJECTIVE: The balanced partnership of academic and innovation support organisations was meant to stimulate cross-border economic development through diffusion of innovation both locally and trans-nationally in accordance with the needs of the industrial, economic, and social institutions in Lithuanian-Belarusian regions.
The main result of the project is the established network of Lithuanian and Belarusian innovation intermediaries with shared vision, common goals and mutual trust.
37 innovation support practitioners increased their business consulting competences through participation in 6 good practice workshops and 3 study visits. 22 persons completed the full innovation learning module and were awarded certificates recognising their qualification as cooperation coaches.
The “Reference Guide of Lithuanian Good Practices to Support (Regional) Innovation to Stakeholders” and “Reference Guide of Belarus Good Practices to Support (Regional) Innovation to Stakeholders“ were prepared.
The book “Knowledge Economy. Internationalization and systematics of innovation” was issued.
The website of the project (www.innoconnect.eu) was launched in order to sustain the results of the project.
|Grant Contract number:||1VL-986|
|Total budget:||235 935 €|
|EU contribution:||212 341,50 €|
|Implementation period:||18 months (10.2011-04.2013)|
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