Co-operative Innovation Networks Programme: (sub)regional innovation stimulation
Topic of the practice
This tool encompasses support in the search for finance and go-to-market, assistance to build up an expert network or community of companies, help for companies to design its innovation strategy and to look for international partnering through a network of regional innovation centers in all five Flemish provices.
Good Practice Information
To effectively support SMEs innovation centres were established serving as a point-of-single-contact organisation. Innovation centres do not have their own funding programmes and do not play an evaluator role: they assist companies, in particular the SMEs, in applying to the Flemish Innovation Agency (IWT) funding programmes, mainly the SME programmes and by providing various innovation services.
The stakeholders involved in the RIS process are the advisor of the innovation centre entrepreneur and later on also the IWT advisor (and expert review committee). Duration of the whole process depends on the specific case. Overall RIS budget is 16.5m EUR for 2011-2014, equally divided among the 5 regional innovation centres to 4 FTE innovation advisors, and eventually part time administrative support. In 2011-2014, the role of the innovation centres has been enlarged to other specific tasks addressing new policy needs and complementary to the RIS-projects
Evidence of success
Some innovation centres have already transnational experience through participation in as a partner in ERDF INTERREG projects (service innovation). The Innovation centre has been already presented as a best practice in European projects.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Annex completed on: 11-14-2013