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CT3
Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
email: ct3@ijs.si
phone: +386 1 4773593
fax: +386 1 4773935

Boost-It, Set-up of a Collaborative Permanent Network for Boosting

Most of incubated SMEs struggle to become a solid reality; they’re compelled to face a strong competitive environment with few resources. Though, they’re readiness for change, the close links to the incubator organization and its networks, the nearness of other incubated and complementary SMEs, and the frequent proximity to knowledge and technology poles, may be regarded as encouraging factors. Boost-It gathers into a permanent structure a core group of innovation service providers and small incubator societies, in order to develop a framework (made of services and tools), capable of supporting incubated SMEs through the live-cycle of their own innovation projects. Both the services and the tools are aimed to facilitate the participation of the ACC, and AC SMEs active in the ICT sector into the Framework Programmes of the EC, enhancing the above mentioned positive aspects and boosting the incubated SMEs competitiveness by means of Innovation. The focus of the project activities is in creating awareness among the incubated SMEs towards the opportunities of the VII Framework Programme, and to train and assist them to fully benefit from those opportunities. The BOOST-IT project intends to improve the levels of innovation and technological cooperation in Europe – and in particular in Southern Countries, New Member States and Candidate and associate countries, where such levels are lower – by implementing a range of technological services targeted to what is the driven force behind European economic recovery and growth: high tech SMEs and spin-offs from the IT sector hosted in small scale incubators. Most of incubated SMEs struggle to become a solid reality; they’re compelled to face a strong competitive environment with few resources. Though, their readiness for change, the close links to the incubator organization and its networks, the nearness of other incubated and complementary SMEs, and the frequent proximity to knowledge and technology poles, may be regarded as encouraging factors, and often result in incubated SMEs being amongst the companies with the larger potential for innovation. On the other side, national governments trying to meet Lisbon objectives, namely in terms of private investment in R&D, are encouraging spin-offs and entrepreneurship and providing incentives, as tax benefits or support to creation of R&D structures in companies. But seldom do incubated SMEs take advantage of such incentives, as they lack the resources and information to apply, being too focused in their daily business. Boost-It proposes to bridge these two realities, and contributing to exploit the innovation potential of incubated SMEs by developing a range of services that will help them to benefit from Community and national incentives. Boost-It gathers into a permanent structure a core group of innovation service providers and small incubator societies, in order to develop a framework (made of services and tools), capable of supporting incubated SMEs through the live-cycle of their own innovation projects. Both the services and the tools are aimed to facilitate the participation of the ACC, and AC SMEs active in the ICT sector into the Framework Programmes of the EC and other international initiatives, enhancing the above mentioned positive aspects and boosting the incubated SMEs competitiveness by means of Innovation. By implementing a range of services that will foster the development of trans-national innovative projects involving the targeted companies, as well as their clients and partners, the BOOST-IT project will reach an effect of scale that will allow it to impact several hundreds of organisations around Europe.

DURATION: 15 November 2007 – 30 June 2009

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