Entrepreneurs, development and local government experts, and university researchers of the partner regions attended the Mini Europe Creative Workshop, held in Debrecen, Hungary in June 2010. The three main themes of the event and the discussions were cluster development, women entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.
The Mini Europe interregional project, which is funded by the INTERREG IVC programme of the European Union and implemented by the cooperating 8 European regions, aims to develop the SME sector. Entrepreneurs, development and local government experts, and university researchers of the partner regions attended the Mini Europe Creative Workshop, held in Debrecen, Hungary in June 2010. The three main themes of the event and the discussions were cluster development, women entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.
Due to the good practice exchanges organized continuously in the frame of the project – which has a budget of 1,9 million Euros –, in the youngest region of the Netherlands, in Flevoland 50 young people will get the opportunity to start their own “enterprise” this summer, and even they get only a small amount of “scholarship”, participants will receive consultancy and a “start-up package” of business cards and useful folders. Flevoland, NW-England and Mid-Sweden representatives also had a meeting the day before the Creative Workshop where they have discussed their methods of supporting women entrepreneurs and started to draw up a common strategy. Észak-Alföld and other partners could join this initiative at the Creative Workshop roundtable discussion about women entrepreneurship.
Észak-Alföld region has a remarkable good practice in the field of cluster development – the approach of the hosting region’s cluster policy is mainly bottom-up, and supports enterprises already have the willingness of forming a cluster. Two different approaches of building a bridge between universities, knowledge institutions and enterprises have also been presented. Maramures region’s ADISS project encouraged university students, to get involved in the project of a local company, dealing with wastewater management, while Észak-Alföld region’s Technology Transfer Office supports the innovative ideas and projects of regional researchers.
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