Via company interviews the individual needs and competencies of companies, esp. SMEs, were determined and inventoried, based on the contacts of the project partners (and their networks) in the individual regions.
The managers conducted bilateral discussions with identified companies on the basis of a uniform interview guideline.
Aim of the in total 109 interviews conducted by the Technology Transfer- (TT) managers in EarlyTech was on the one hand to identify concrete problems and needs, but also initial development ideas of companies, and on the other hand to show them funding opportunities and options for cross-border partnering between SMEs and universities / research / engineering offices.
Aim of the in total 181 interviews conducted by the BDS managers in I2M was on the one hand to identify concrete problems and needs, but also initial development ideas of the companies and on the other hand to show them partnering opportunities, as well as the variety of European and cross-border funding.
EarlyTech: B2S Voucher
Ten B2S vouchers have been spent with an amount of 45,000 Euros. In total ten SMEs and nine different knowledge providers were involved and benefited!
These vouchers offered the unique opportunity to examine and to analyse the initial basis of your innovative ideas for projects, services or products together with an expe-rienced partner: A knowledge provider from a neighbouring region within the Greater EMR area. With the B2S Voucher cost of this initial study up to € 6,000 (€ 3,000 in early stage) could be covered.
I2M: B2B Voucher
In I2M nine B2B vouchers have been spent with an amount of 84,000 Euros. In total 15 different SMEs and seven different knowledge providers were involved and benefited!
These vouchers offered interesting, simple funding opportunities for SMEs in the early stages of cross-border cooperation. If two SMEs from two different countries of Greater EMR area intended to cooperate with each other and a knowledge provider in an R&D activity / project (industrial research and experimental development), the Business¬2-Business (B2B) voucher provided valuable start-up assistance.
At least two technology-oriented SMEs, independent from each other and from two sides of the national border within HYPEREGIO created a cross-border R&D consortium, receiving support via a knowledge provider (institute / engineering business). After fulfilling all deliverables a “lump sum” of up to € 12,000 was paid to the Lead SME (€ 6,000 in early stage).
You can find the summaries of the results in the projects here >>