Program: CBC Adriatic -Strategic (CBC program in the Adriatic region, projects of strategic importance)

Project Title: SMART INNO –Smart  network and sustainable innovation cluster in order to increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the Adriatic region through strengthening R & D and innovation activities

Total project cost: € 5,393,208

Duration: 01/12 / 2013- 31 / 12/2015

Project Lead Partner  : Rimini province, Italy

The main objectives of the project:

The main objective of the SMART INNO project is the development of smart networking system for monitoring and encouraging research and innovation capacities of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Adriatic region.

SMART INNO project also aims to strengthen regional cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region and to overcome the weaknesses such as the lack of sources of funding, the lack of synergy between small and medium-sized enterprises on one hand  and holders of a research and innovative function, policy makers and investors on the other hand  through connecting the innovation supply and demand, providing educational services and finding partners, as well as through increased opportunities for access to alternative sources of financing.

SMART INNO project has 18 partners from 8 countries of the Adriatic region (Italy, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)



The Province of Rimini

The association of chambers of commerce of Veneto Region

Friuli Innovazione, Research and Tecnology Transfer Center

Scientific and Technology Park Tecnopolis PST S.c. a r.l.


Agency for Innovation of Administration and Public Local Services

Directorate for development of small and medium sized enterprises


Regionalna Razvojna Agencija Zlatibor

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia

RDA of Inner-Karst Region, Ltd.

Regional Development Centre Koper

Primorska Technology Park (PTP)

LIR Evolution

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

The Istrian Development Agency

ATLANTIS Consulting S.A.

European Regional Framework for Cooperation (ERFC)


• Strengthening cooperation among stakeholders and policy makers in order to increase
Research  & Development innovative capacities

• Creation of mechanisms aimed at SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) that will support their research and development  innovative capacity in order to improve their competitiveness

• Establishment of a trans-regional network in  the Adriatic region among research and innovation (R & I)  institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises, which will, through establishment of clusters,  increase collaboration and information flow and investments in the sector

• Establishment of a new ecosystem to support SMEs and start-up companies, to find sources of financing and access to sources of investment through a financial market

• Increase of  employment opportunities for scientists in the regions of their origin, which will reduce  brain drain

• Provision of alternative means of innovative activities, with the establishment of the Adriatic Business Angels Network (Adriatic BAN)

• Increase of technology transfers from public institutions for research and technology development and innovation towards  the SME sector, and thus a significant increase  of use of research results, which will contribute to the increase of  added value of the region

• Capacity increase of the regional innovation system for creating, planning and monitoring  of activities and program of research and development of technology and innovations

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