Meet The Team
INNOWWIDE’s project consortium includes 11 partners from eight different European countries: six national funding agencies, one of the most relevant international business acceleration networks, the most important multilateral business led R&I organization, two highly specialised and renowned firms in international R&I management and an outstanding innovation public-private partnership organization.
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology – E.P.E. (CDTI E.P.E.) is a Public Business Entity, answering to the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, fostering the technological development and innovation of Spanish companies. It channels the funding and support applications for national and international R&D&i projects of Spanish companies. CDTI seeks to contribute to improving the technological level of the Spanish companies by implementing: financial and economic-technical assessment of R&D projects undertaken by companies; managing and fostering Spanish participation in international technological cooperation programmes;
fostering international business technology transfer and support services for technological innovation; supporting the setting up and consolidating technological companies.
SPI is a private consulting company created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME and innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between private sector companies, science and technology institutions, and national and international public and private organizations.
SPI has more than 80 full-time staff located in the various offices of the company – including in Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Évora and Azores), China (Beijing and Macao), Spain (Santiago de Compostela) and USA (Washington D.C. and California). In addition, SPI has an affiliated office in Belgium (Brussels) through the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN). SPI also has established professional and business network and operations in Brazil, Africa, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, India, Mediterranean countries and in other countries/regions of the world.
Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i) is the sister company of Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, part of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion which has more than 40 years of experience in supporting research, development and innovation. The Foundation runs a network of 1,000 Innovation and Technology Transfer Centres., with S2i/SEZ acting as the largest operating centre within the network, working regionally, nationally and internationally to build the bridge to Europe for enterprises, universities, research organisations and regional authorities. It also offers support regarding EU Funding and acts as the operational unit for the Commissioner for Europe in the Minister of Economy, Labour and Housing within the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, providing a political advisory function for innovation policy. S2i/SEZ has 25 years’ experience in EU funded projects, acting as coordinator or partner in more than 90 projects in the field of innovation and providing support to SME collaboration with R&D organisations in INTERREG and Research Framework programmes.
The European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) is the leading, non-profit, pan-European, association of incubator units and business support structures. EBN was created in 1984 by the European Commission (EC), and European industry leaders, with the aim of stimulating the growth of new enterprises by providing technical support to innovative start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs, and entrepreneurs. EBN is a network of over 150 quality certified Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) and has more than 100 associate members which support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs. At present, EBN’s members cover over 40 countries in Europe and beyond (Turkey, Canada, USA, Egypt, China, among others). Over the last two decades, EBN has become a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-off, incubation, entrepreneurship, SMEs, and regional economic development.
Fundación Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA) is a public-private partnership (PPP) that was created in 2005 as joint effort of Andalusia regional government and a group of key companies to trigger innovation activities performed by the Andalusian private sector and to connect these activities with academia and society, supporting public bodies innovation policy implementation and promoting world-class R&I in a transition region.
CTA’s main activity during these years has been advising, mentoring and funding (with own funds) innovation projects lead by companies and with a clear a measurable market application, especially in the international domain, in a short and medium term, being therefore deeply embedded in the productive system.
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. It helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations. Netherlands Enterprise Agency focuses on providing services to entrepreneurs. It aims to make it easier to do business using smart organisation and digital communication. The Agency works in The Netherlands and abroad with governments, knowledge centres, international organisations and countless other partners. Due to the services and the independent role RVO has an extensive network with industry, universities, knowledge institutes and governmental organisations.
Business Finland is the main public body supporting innovation, trade, investment, and travel promotion in Finland. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is an accelerator of global growth, creating new growth by helping businesses go global and by supporting and funding innovations. In 2017, some 510 Million euro was granted to more than 4000 innovation projects. Business Finland was created on 1 January 2018 by the merger of two former organizations: Finpro, which offered services for internationalization, investments and tourism promotion, and Tekes, which offered funding for innovation activities.
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency is the main public body to support industrial research, development and innovation in Austria. It operates a total funding budget worth more than 500 Mio. Euro. Founded in 2004, FFG operates four main kinds of programmes:
- General Programmes support high-quality bottom up industrial projects open to all fields of technology and free of constraints through tender submission deadlines.
- Structural Programmes optimise the structures of the Austrian innovation system by developing new forms of co-operation, building know-how and improving competencies in science and economy.
- Thematic Programmes set national thematic priorities and optimise and standardise the processes of implementation.
- European and International Programmes are the centre of competence and the “hub” as regards encouraging participation in international research and development activities.
- FFG also incorporates an Aeronautics and Space Agency, which implements the Austrian aeronautics and space policy and represents Austria in the main international bodies in this field.
EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial R&D. It is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation aiming to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries.
The EUREKA Secretariat, based in Brussels, is an international association that acts as the central support unit for the network. With a strong team of over 30, ESE manages the EUREKA project database and undertakes marketing, communications and network development activities. The EUREKA Secretariat is also responsible for the implementation of the Eurostars programme dedicated to the R&D-performing SMEs, co-funded by the European Communities and 36 EUREKA member countries.
Research, innovation and education – the DLR Project Management Agency has been providing an array of services to assist key decision-makers from government, science, industry and education for over 40 years. Our approx. 1000 employees develop practical strategies, manage funding programmes and projects, assist in dialogue processes and support knowledge transfer and utilisation on behalf of our clients. As part of DLR, the Project Management Agency is a key contributor to DLR’s ‘Science, Innovation and Education’ field of operations.
Bpifrance, the French Public Investment, is a key actor of the innovation and business ecosystem in France. We are supporting companies through a series of dedicated services:
- Financing businesses from the seed phase to transfer to stock exchange listing, through loans, guarantees and equity
- Accompanying firms in their innovation projects and international activities
- Insuring their export activity
- Providing training and networking sessions, as well as acceleration programs in France and abroad
With 48 regional offices, Bpifrance is the one-stop-shop for companies looking for support through their business development. In addition, Bpifrance’s international network and foreign offices provide key global support to French companies.