NETKITE – Cross-border NETwork to foster Knowledge intensive business Incubation and TEchnology transfer, is the ENPI CBC MED project designed to convey innovation born in research labs into the industrial system and promote the mutual exchange among young spin-off companies or with more mature enterprises already operating on the market; this model is already adopted by several business incubators and technology transfer bodies.
The network will facilitate the creation and consolidation of micro and small creative enterprises, assisting their start-up phase and supporting, locally and transnationally, the consolidation of business networks.
Pilot initiatives will define opportunities for future innovation; in this way the technology transfer and spin-off development process will be improved; the idea is to spread the co-creation and co-design philosophy in the Mediterranean area and to open out the transnational cooperation with EU organizations.
The target groups to which actions will be addressed are:
junior researchers and post graduate students who will benefit from the enhancement of business incubation programmes;
technicians from industry who will benefit from technology agreement with R&D centers for joint projects, testing and prototyping activities;
SMEs and SMEs clusters.
Final beneficiaries will be:
research centers, attracting more investments in technology transfer and getting advantages from transnational networking;
business communities who benefit from an increased flow of knowledge from labs to industry;
young people increasing their employment opportunities through business creation and modernization of existing firms.
Project Title: NET KITE – Cross-border_NETwork to foster Knowledge-intensive business Incubation and TEchnology transfer.
Ref. nr.: II-B/1.1/0068.
Funding scheme: ENPI CBC MED Second Call for Standard Projects.
Priority and measure: Priority 1 – Measure 1 – Support to innovation and research.
Total budget: € 1.803.230,98 (Programme contribution: 90% of total budget).
Duration: 24 months.
Nr. of partners: 7
Nr. of countries involved: 7 (Italy, France, Jordan, Palestine Territories, Tunisia, Cyprus, Egypt)