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Good Practices Exchange Storyboard – Veneto Region

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During the whole Mini Europe project, the partners engaged in bilateral experience transfers, matching a partner ‘exporting’ a specific good practise with a partner ‘importing’ it. After thorough preparation a delegation of the exporting region visited the importing region to train and assist local staff directly in implementing the good practise. As each partner has […]

During the whole Mini Europe project, the partners engaged in bilateral experience transfers, matching a partner ‘exporting’ a specific good practise with a partner ‘importing’ it. After thorough preparation a delegation of the exporting region visited the importing region to train and assist local staff directly in implementing the good practise. As each partner has successful tools to offer, as well as development needs related to the project themes, all of them will both export and import two tools. Veneto Innovazione assisted the Veneto Region in the exportation and importation of  the Good Practices selected. In both cases (import and export) we focused on regional instruments (policies to support clusters, to foster entrepreneurship, to boost cooperation among research and business).

Exporting…

The Good Practice “Financial Engineering” is a support system, structured by the Veneto Region, to facilitate the credit access in particular to SMEs and to foster the investments in research and innovation. The financial aid in fact concerns only investment in industrial research, organisational innovation, cooperative research and technology transfer through three synergic tools: revolving soft loans, guarantee system and venture capital fund.

This GP has been exported to Impiva and Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency.On December 2009, the Veneto Region hosted, in collaboration with Veneto Innovazione, a delegation coming from Valencia (represented by Impiva) in a two days visit and several specific meetings to deepen the “Financial Engineering” and “Cluster” programmes focusing on the strengths and the weaknesses. Valencia Region was in fact planning, on one hand, to structure a fund to sustain innovative enterprises and, on the other, to assess the ongoing industrial clusters in order to select the new regional priorities.

On May 2010 was organised by Veneto Innovazione and the Veneto Region a video conference with the Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency to present the “Financial Engineering” programme and on November 2010 took place also an exchange visit in order to deepen further the its features and discuss on how to implement the practice in the Hungarian context.

The Good Practice “Cluster programme” consists of a specific programme to foster and support the development of productive clusters and SMEs networks. Since 2003 the Veneto Region has launched this programme to take into account and strengthen the spontaneous trend of companies to aggregate together (bottom-up approach), formalise such clusters and provide funding not for their governance itself but for common initiatives focusing in particular on research and innovation.

This GP has been exported to Maramures and Mid Sweden. On July 2010 an exchange visit with Maramures took place in Veneto to deepen the “Cluster Programme”. The meeting was mostly devoted to present the experiences of three different Veneto Region cluster: the Footwear Cluster, the Refricold Cluster and the Nanotech Cluster.At the beginning of September a business exchange took place between Veneto Innovazione and Mid Sweden to transfer the Veneto Region experience in developing clusters in the food sector through case studies and experiences. In fact a Swedish embryonic cluster of small scale food producers asked to be sustained in their strategy to create a well defined brand positioning and so the Prosecco Venetian cluster was chosen as “study case”.

Importing…

The Észak-Alföld Good Practice “Genomnanotech Debrecen Regional Knowledge Centre” supports a better cooperation between universities and SME’s in order to utilize the research results and transfer them to business and industry. It is a novel and streamlined infrastructure created with commercial spirit to protect intellectual property and to promote spin-off and start-up companies, and a management system for easy accessibility with University-wide, global and versatile integration potentials.

The Veneto Region, together with Veneto Innovazione, deepened it though a videoconference on May 2010 involving also the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) responsible at the Ca’ Foscari Venice. The GP has risen the interest of the TTO responsible who is now checking how to adapt part of the model to the Venetian contest.Moreover the Veneto Region wanted to transfer it into one action programme of the Regional Innovation Law: at the moment this exchange process is still ongoing.

The Mid Sweden GP “Summer Entrepreneur” aims to promote local entrepreneurial spirit giving young people the opportunity to launch their own undertakings within the scope of a summer work programme offered by the municipality. The output of this GP is the creation of micro and mini enterprises for practice and development of entrepreneurial attitudes and skills during the summer vacation: young people could create their own “summer jobs”. In June 2011 two Veneto Region officers participated to a “train the trainer” session with a Swedish consultant (three training days) in Manchester to deepen the GP “Summer Entrepreneur” and discuss on how implement it in the Venetian context.

The Veneto Region in fact plans to include the training into the support measure for young and female entrepreneurs which is part of the Regional Operative Programme. The measure is supposed to integrate the programme according to the Swedish GP model.

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