Innovation Region Styria GmbH
ERDF co-financing:€ 684 315,89
Total budget:€ 805 077,52
Timeline:05/2016 - 04/2019
Pannon Novum Nyugat-dunántúli Regionális Innovációs Nonprofit Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
MOBILIS Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.
Weizer Energie- Innovations- Zentrum GmbH.
NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H. (NFB)
The common challenge in AT and HU is the existing shortage of skilled labor in technical professions and the low proportion of women in technology (AT 15% and 10% HU). The availability of qualified staff will be a key to the competitiveness of the economy even more than in the past. One approach is to activate the potential of women to technical professions to get interested in.
- reducing the shortage of skilled employees
- increasing the proportion of women in technical professions
- intensifying the networking of SMEs /intermediaries /educational institutions
- increase the image of technical jobs.
Together and CB an innovative "CB service package for SMEs" with two application areas will be developed and tested.
1 Technical experimental modules (fields of strength in AT/HU metal- and electrical-, and energy technique, IT and process-oriented robotics)
2 Attractive tour guides for factory visits.
The challenge is to adapt for different user groups:
- female students between 6 - 15 years
- job-orientation teachers and educational colleges.
The pilot activities are the implementation of the technical modules (active, experimental, practice-oriented insight into technical jobs) and company visits based on the guide lines developed in the project. Employees in SMEs are involved in workshops to launch and implement the service package. At the same time a CB "knowledge platform" will be built.This new Peer Review Group PRG will ensure the quality of the project and bring in their experience, needs and ideas in addition. The actors of the PRG:project partners (4 Intermediary Business Support Organisations and 2 education institutes) and SMEs as well as other intermediaries, social partners, experts, educational colleges, schools and role models. Due to the different competences and strengths of the project partners and SMEs, a reciprocal effect arises and creates an important added value. Objective ist to strengthen local companies in AT/HU
ERDF co-financing:€ 840 889,39
Total budget:€ 989 281,64
Timeline:05/2017 – 05/2019
Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH
IITF Institut für Innovations- und Trendforschung
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH
The wood-processing and furniture industry is the most important sector of Western Transdanubia, Southern Burgenland and Eastern Styria. The latter is one of Europe’s research and innovation centre. This industry is being supported by several economic developments and cluster organizations on both sides of the border, the R&D&I capacities and the higher education are given. There have been only a few attempts to solve cross-border problems between these organizations, so the available experiences have not been used reaching across borders.
The SMEs of this sector are less prone to use new technologies, innovations and to cooperate with other companies and organizations. A lack of management attitude, the difficulties presented by a generation shift, incomplete market knowledge all cause a lacking innovation effort, so breakthroughs are sporadic. At the same time a shift in consumer needs and in the macro environment force a new international appearance with new products. The presence of knowledge and a source of raw material along the border make cooperation, and reaching new, international markets possible.
The overall project objective is to strengthen the innovation based international competitiveness of SMEs in the border region AT-HU, operating in the wood-processing and furniture industry. Discovering operative cross-border cooperation opportunities, expanding the market knowledge, knowledge transfer, developing innovative niche („market niche”) products, the marketing system necessary for commercialisation, an environment that stimulates innovation are all areas of common opportunities for the region. For activities that are being realized, the cross border value added is the measure of value.
Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány
ERDF co-financing:€ 1 699 405,00
Total budget:€ 1 999 300,00
Timeline:02/2017 – 07/2019
Regionalentwicklungsverein Römerland Carnuntum
Sopron Megyei Jogú Városi Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH
Kőszeg és Vidéke Vállalkozók Ipartestülete
Verein Gemeinsame Region Bucklige Welt – Wechselland
Vas Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
Regions Entwicklungs- und Management Oststeiermark GmbH
Zala Megyei Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány
LAG Interessensgemeinschaft (IG) Kraftspendedörfer Joglland
The REGIONET initiative has set up a model of regional and cross-border cooperation between SMEs in the border region Austria-Hungary. As a result of this networking based structuring of the regions, the cross-sector and cross-border business relations of the border region have been able to budge from their stagnant state. Simultaneously, despite the cross-border efforts, the created networks are in the majority of cases only active within their own core regions. The cooperation between entrepreneurial networks is only limited to solving individual economic issues, they are not strategically dispositioned, and as an effect, the opportunities lying in strategic cross-border cooperations are not being utilized.
The impulses of open and motivated entrepreneurial networks tremendously strengthen the international competitiveness of enterprises. To make better use of the opportunities provided by cross-border cooperations aimed at strategic economic development, the networks are being reshaped with the involvement of economic development organizations to regional entrepreneurial initiatives, that form four bilateral economic development groups in the immediate border region thereafter.
As a result, the entrepreneurial networks will be able to venture outside of their own (regional-national) economic zones and will be able to cooperate more effectively, hence they can step in a catalisator role to spur the market growth of SMEs’ of the border region.
The strategic cooperation of bilateral economic groups for development, the establishment of cooperations yielding sectoral, innovation stimulating opportunities and the activities aimed at improving entrepreneurial competencies and establishing international business relations strengthen the international competitiveness of the border region’s SMEs.
Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
ERDF co-financing:€ 886 011,33
Total budget:€ 1 042 366,32
Timeline:01/2018 – 06/2020
Széchenyi István Egyetem
Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH
Wirtschaft Burgenland GmbH
CAMPUS 02 - Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH
Although innovation potential is high and economic performance exceeds the EU average in the program region, innovation performance results lag behind the EU average values. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen young enterprises (<5 years) with mentoring and coaching services and to help them to increase innovation performance on long term, to establish a cross-border business (start-up) community in order to support long-term innovation and business cooperation across the border.
As a result, active business cooperation is established among the young and start-up enterprises, R&D action plans tailored to specific SME needs will intensify the use of research infrastructure and know-how. Utilising project services, young SMEs can improve market and financial results and identified R&D possibilities ensure a strong base for long-term successful existence and operation. Start-ups receive targeted mentoring services, innovation management knowledge of young entrepreneurs increase, and as a main result, survival chances of young enterprises increase considerably. The final beneficiaries of the project are young enterprises on both side of the border. In the frame of the project individual (mentoring, coaching, and consultancy) and joint group (workshop, company visits with Austrian and Hungarian participants) events will be organised. Innovation performance of young SMEs will be assessed by the same method in both regions, therefore results can be compared and evaluated (such survey does not exist). The establishment and operation of the cross-border business community for young SMEs is a unique element that can become a best practice even on European level. All methods used during idea-selection, joint validation by Austrian and Hungarian businessman, common trainings, during the formation of possibly mixed (AT and HU participants) pilot teams can be utilised by the partners also on long term.