Innovations are changing energy sector, and large companies increasingly acknowledge the fact that technological start-ups and small companies could change the market due to their innovation potential. There are immense opportunities for cooperation between start-ups, SMEs and large companies that could result in mutual synergies and an increased number of innovative solutions and products.
The InNow project will foster such win-win cooperation in the clean technology sector which has a huge growth potential. The project consortium consisting of partners from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia will design an innovation support framework suited for their markets. It will consists of three programmes, each targeted at a certain maturity and size of relevant companies.
The “Business Support Programme” targets start-ups and SMEs, enabling them to partner up with the large energy sector companies. It will be done by mapping their needs with trainings as a follow-up.
The “Innovation Support Programme” increases awareness of large companies about opportunities that open with cooperation with technological start-ups and SMEs. It also designs events for such cooperation.
The “Matchmaking Acceleration Programme” introduces individual tailor-made solutions for all stakeholders that aim at accelerating cooperation in innovation.
These support programmes will be piloted in around 200 clean-tech start-ups, SMEs and five large companies in the participating countries.
The tested framework will then be open for transfer to other business support organisations in central Europe and the EU.
The project is implemented by an international consortium. Its leader is EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe (Poland), ABC Accelerator (Slovenia), Optimization (Croatia), University of Debrecen (Hungary), EH Invest (Hungary) and Neulogy (Slovakia).
The implementation of this project which is cofinanced by the INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE programme will take three years.