Project Details

Title: Effective Reproducible Model of Innovation Systems
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €2,075,867.50
ERDF contribution: €1,617,755.82

Lead partner

Chamber of Commerce French Riviera
20 boulevard Carabacel
6005, Nice

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    • Contact Person: Rémy-Antoine Conti
      Phone: +334 93 13 75 20
      Fax: +33 4 93 95 45 58

Project summary

SME's are a key part of the economic fabric of the ERMIS regions and it has faced tremendous social and economic transformation over the last two decades, suffering increased competitiveness in the global economy. Despite public sector financial and technical support programs to foster innovation, the return on investments from such initiatives and policies within SME's is often considered insufficient.


Yet, SME's represent a vital source of economic growth and innovation for a region as long as they are able to grow to a critical size allowing them to finance their development and market innovations. Today, with the financial and economic downturn and resulting job losses in large enterprises, the Lisbon Strategy’s aims and objectives,notably on the importance of the EU innovative SME sector have become even more acute. More than ever, the innovation capacity of SME's is vital to achieve economic growth again. It is this innovation capacity that is at the core of the ERMIS project.

ERMIS partners have access to innovation support structures such as knowledge centres, incubators and venture capitalists. However, the regional innovation performance depends more on the interaction between structures as on their individual performance. Local innovation policies solely dedicated to support specific tools or instruments do not generally induce sufficient dynamic to generate collective performance to support SME growth and competitiveness.


ERMIS partners aim to enhance the leverage effect of their local innovation policies and systems by developing an effective systemic approach involving the whole value chain of political and economic actors dedicated to SME's. In other words, ERMIS partners have the "pieces of the puzzle" and this project will help them fit the pieces together more efficiently. The ERMIS objective is to jointly develop effective and transferable governance models for Local Innovation Systems (LIS) dedicated to fostering value innovation in SMEs.

To achieve this, ERMIS will exchange effective LIS tools and methods; design & exchange a governance framework and methodology to manage a LIS; design a set of governance and management guidelines; involve public stakeholders outside the project wherever relevant; involve policy makers to validate policy recommendations for implementation in the local and regional policies and Structural Funds. ERMIS will achieve these step by step through pre-modelisation of LIS based on existing research, SWOT analysis, an assessment of partners' LIS performance and a benchmark and a formalisation of "next practice" to prepare the ground for transfers in partner's territories.


ERMIS brings together a balanced partnership with public authorities from Spain, France, Italy, Rumania, The Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Greece and Portugal. In addition a number of local actors involved in SME support, such as innovation centres, Chambers of Commerce and incubators are partners in the project.

Project achievements

After a successful launch event in April 2010, partners defined the methodology for the SWOT analysis of their Local Innovation System. The Lead Partner and CASA organized the 1st Interregional Innovation Workshop, held adjoining to the launch event, where approaches to the concept of an ideal Local Innovation System were introduced. Then, the Lead Partner started the premodelisation of an ideal Effective Reproducible Model of Innovation Systems "ERMIS", to gather a set of performance criteria with the involvement of Eindhoven Municipality and Copenhagen Regional Agency. Based on findings, the Lead Partner's innovation expert together with regional project managers, elaborated a first draft of the premodelisation of an ideal ERMIS and defined a set of performance criteria. The model of ideal Local Innovation System andthe performance criterias were presented and refined at an Innovation experts meeting in September 2010 in Brussels, to adopt a common approach of the methodology.

Afterwards, partners prepared their SWOT analyses based on investigations regarding 1/the definition of SWOT analysis reference framework 2/ the positioning of partners' regions 3/ the analysis of economic performance 4/ the model of development of SMEs 5/the model of regional governance. After the elaboration of the 9 SWOT, partners gathered to exchange their experiences and evaluate the outcomes of the analysis phase during the 2nd Interregional Innovation Workshop in Miskolc in Hungary (March 2011). The meeting also served to bridge the previous analysis phase with the knowledge and good practice sharing phase of ERMIS. The major Mid Term event of the project took place in the middle of June 2011 in Coimbra (Portugal) where the catalogue of Good Practices and the 1st Draft of Policy Recommendation were presented. The second part of 2011 was spent with partners actually exchanging their experiences to adapt the best fitting solutions into their own practices and decision making.

This has been done through intensified transfer of experiences visits: site visits, study tours, workshops involving ERMIS partners and relevant regional stakeholders i.e. incubators; Chamber of Commerce, policy makers. Transfer visits have been carried out in 8 regions of ERMIS partnership: Emilia Romagna region (IT), Sophia Antipolis (FR), Chios (GR), Penela & Coimbra (PT), Eindhoven (NL), Valladolid (ES), Iasi (RO) and Horsholdm (DK). All ERMIS partners organized or participated in transfer visits which involved 185 participants and the presentation of 21 good practices.

Results were summarized in transfers of experiences reports prepared by partners which were the basis to elaborate local/regional action plans. At the 4th Interregional Innovation Workshop in Eindhoven (April 2012), partners and innovation experts laid the ground for the preparation of final outcomes and discussed the adoption of visited Good Practices.

CASA launched a ‘Business Pole’ dedicated to enterprises based

on the IPN Incubator model Good Practice. CISE decided to merge 2 Good Practices and to implement a new process to stimulate innovation in SMEs.

The last Interregional Innovation Workshop was organized in Mytilini (HE) during which partners discussed their local / regional action plans, the Charter of Good Practices and the Policy Recommendations including an ERMIS. Based on comments and remarks, the documents were finalized and presented at the Final Conference in Sophia Antipolis in November 2012.


Moreover, in the last period PPs managed to improve 9 regional/local policies or instruments in the field tackled by ERMIS and transferred 4 more Good Practices (Ecobiz online platform from Nice; United Brains initiative from Eindhoven; Connect Denmark from Copenhagen Agency and the Specific Unit of Identification and Monitoring of European and International consortia from the Spanish Agency)


ERMIS final outputs have been gathered in a Tool kit (USB) disseminated at the Final Conference.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Chamber of Commerce French Riviera, Nice FRANCE Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur +334 93 13 75 20
Sophia Antipolis Communauty Agglomeration, Sophia Antipolis Cedex FRANCE Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 33489877015 /
Cesena Municipality, Cesena ITALY Emilia-Romagna +39 0547 356215
CISE, Forlì ITALY Emilia-Romagna 39054338213
Eindhoven Municipality, Eindhoven NETHERLANDS Noord-Brabant 31402382290
Penela Municipality, Penela PORTUGAL Centro (P) + 351 239 560 120
IPN Incubator - Ideas and Business Incubator, Coimbra PORTUGAL Centro (P) + 351 239 700 300
Miskolc Municipality, Miskolc HUNGARY Eszak-Magyarorszag +36 46 348 879, + 36 46 512 738
Miskolc Holding Plc., Miskolc HUNGARY Eszak-Magyarorszag + 36-46-519-450
ADEuropa Foundation, ARROYO DE LA ENCOMIENDA SPAIN Castilla y León 34983214792
Region of North Aegean, Μytilene GREECE Voreio Aigaio +3022510-37737/ 47370
Samos Chamber of Commerce, Samos GREECE Voreio Aigaio 0030 2273087970
The Municipality of Hørsholm, Hørsholm DENMARK Hovedstaden 00 45 48 49 10 50
Copenhagen Regional Agency (Erhvervnet), Hillerød DENMARK Hovedstaden 4545271009
Iasi Municipality, Iasi ROMANIA Nord-Est 0040.0372.321.134
Castilla y León Innovation and Financing Business Agency, Valladolid SPAIN Castilla y León +34 983 21 47 92


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