Project Details

Title: Improving Regional Policies promoting and motivating non-technological Innovation in SMEs
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 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,898,033.52
ERDF contribution: €1,442,716.91

Lead partner

West Sweden
Advokatfirman Lindahl KB, Södra Hamngatan 37-41, Göteborg, Sweden
404 39, Göteborg

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    • Contact Person: Johan Myren
      Phone: +46 317991000
      Fax: +46 317991099

Project summary

Innovation in SMEs is one of the big challenges of the European economy to compete in the global markets. Even if different policies and programmes have been put in place in different Regions to push SMEs in this line, the lack of motivation to innovate in SMEs has been identified by all the actors involved in the innovation system.

And for the major part of the European SMEs, the non-technological innovations are the most important ones. How to deal with new business models, marketing strategies, commercialisation approaches, organisational issues, etc.

In consequence, how to convince SMEs managers to use a part of their time to define and implement innovation policies becomes the key question to develop and adopt non-technological innovations in the companies.

The objective of InnoMot project is to prepare the deployment of new policies and programmes addressed to support the adoption of non-technological innovations by SMEs in the Regions involved.

The challenge of the project is to improve the development and adoption of new business models in SMEs by designing, implementing and managing strategies, policies and tools, whose aims are to improve non-technological innovation, and especially regarding the factors related with the motivation of SMEs’ owners and managers.

Specific objectives will be:

- to define a new approach on SMEs motivation

- to develop and apply a methodology to identify, pack and transfer the better practices found

- to identify a set of good practices

- to define and design tools to motivate the promotion of innovation in SMEs, using the practices found

- to facilitate the creation of platforms involving the different stakeholders to learn more about the deployment of new practices

- to define Regional Implementation Plans

- to improve among the regions the development of materials to push ahead the deployment of new policies' approaches

- to disseminate the policies and results beyond the consortium

The aim of the project is to build up expertise in the public administrations in order to improve the current practice regarding design, implementation and monitoring of Innovation motivation policies.

The basis to reach the objectives is to identify the existing good practices, to analyse them identifying the key success factors, to establish the conditions to transfer them among the involved Regions, and to use them to improve the existing policies. In addition, a generalisation of this transfer system will be generated to help other Regions to apply it in the future.

This path will be not linear but with a permanent feedback among the tasks to guarantee that the results, both intermediate and final will be adequate to the regional needs.

Project achievements

During the last three years the InnoMot consortium has been addressing the challenge of promoting and supporting the adoption of non-technological innovations by SMEs in the Regions involved.

All started at the beginning of 2012 with the design and implementation of a methodology and toolkit to identify, describe and analyse Good Practices. During that year, 34 Good Practices from the 9 partner Regions were incorporated into the project. They cover a wide spectrum of the "Non-Technological" field, categorized into 5 groups: New business models, Organization structure, New marketing approach, Social innovation, and Service innovation. An InnoMot Good Practices book was published and is also available in electronic format at At the same time started the activities directed to make regional policymakers and stakeholders aware of the objectives of the project and get their involvement and cooperation.


Besides countless personal meetings with policymakers, experts and persons in charge of local Good Practices, nine local awareness creation workshops were held during the first year of the project with a total of 174 participants, and a second series of 10 regional workshops to discuss good practice selection for potential transfer were held in the third semester with a total of 236 participants. A milestone event, the Intermediate Conference, was held in Valencia in September 24, centered on three main topics: 1) New approaches supporting non-technological innovations in SMEs, 2) Social innovation and 3) Measurement and impact of services innovation.

In 2013 started the first phase of the exchange of experiences through combined Interregional Workshops and Study Visits. Each partner region organized an Interregional Workshop where experts in charge of the local Good Practices explained them in detail.


Then, the Good Practices received the visit from the partners to discuss details and collect information for a possible transfer. From June to November 2013, a total of 8 workshops have been attended and 23 good practices from 8 regions have been visited by 168 persons, of which around 70 were stakeholders (both policymakers and technical experts) and the rest partners’ staff. This experts’ mix has been crucial to the success of the visits, and the contacts were highly evaluated by the participants. As a last preparation step, Guidelines were produced about how to prepare in an orderly and homogeneous way the Implementation Plans.

The first half of 2014 was devoted to the final analysis and selection by each partner Region of the external Good Practice they wished to transfer, and then began the preparation of the Implementation Plans, with the participation of partners’ staff, local experts and stakeholders, and intense contact with the source region’s own experts.


Each Plan comprises three sections: 1). Structured information about the original Good Practice; 2). Strategic information about the recommended Good Practice transfer process, including the adoption decision procedure; 3). The practical implementation information: activities, resources and deadlines, financial and sustainability plan, success indicators and its monitoring.

Now, at the end of the project, 10 Implementation Plans, in line with the innovation strategies of the partner Regions, are fully produced and have been presented to 134 regional policymakers and stakeholders in a string of 9 Regional Workshops between October and December. The Plans have been published and can be freely downloaded from

A Final Conference held on November 5th at the European Parliament building in Brussels closed the project presenting experiences and results as well as keynote speeches about Services Innovation as a Driver to Improve Regional Economies



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
West Sweden, Göteborg SWEDEN Västsverige +46 317991000
TeleRegions Net, Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 3225010815
Lodz Region, Lodz POLAND Lodzkie + 48 42 663 31 02
Meath County Enterprise Board, Navan IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00 353 46 9078400
Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Varna (RAPIV), Varna BULGARIA Severoiztochen + 359 52 383 700
European Business Innovation Centre of Navarra - CEIN, Noain SPAIN Comunidad Foral de Navarra + 34 848 426 039
Valencia Institute for Business Competitiveness (ex IMPIVA), Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana 34963986230
North France Innovation Development, Lille FRANCE Nord - Pas-de-Calais 0033 3 20177225
ERVET - Emilia-Romagna Economic Development Agency L.t.d., Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna 051/6450411
Department of Regional Development, Viborg DENMARK Midtjylland +45 8728 5155
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