Cooperation between innovative SMEs, Lead Users and support organizations in the field of ICT (Tri ICT)
The relevance of knowledge based SMEs in both regions of Carinthia and Friuli Venezia Giulia is a key factor in their economic structures. In recent years both regions have set up innovative legislation schemes and supporting instruments to accelerate the development of the knowledge based economy in the Euroregion. Besides that, big and excellent enterprises, technology parks, incubators, investment funds, universities and research centres and public organizations are keen to adopt, as “lead users”, innovative solutions for increasing the quality of life of the citizens.
However, there is a clear necessity for the two – currently separate – “innovation ecosystems” of both regions to take better advantage of geographical proximity and better connect themselves. In particular, improved collaborations among SMEs is decisive to accelerate investments and growth throughout the area. Collaborative actions must take place at three levels (hence the project named Tri-ICT): the SMEs level, the supporting organisations level and the institutional level.
The specific objectives of the project therefore are: