Interreg ornament

SO11 Entrepreneurship

Key Information


Lead partner

Innovation Region Styria GmbH

Email:

claudia.krobath@irstyria.com

ERDF co-financing:

€ 684 315,89

Total budget:

€ 805 077,52

Timeline:

05/2016 - 10/2019

Project partners

Pannon Novum Nyugat-dunántúli Regionális Innovációs Nonprofit Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
MOBILIS Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.
Weizer Energie- Innovations- Zentrum GmbH.
Berufsförderungsinstitut Burgenland
NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H. (NFB)

Summary


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.


Targeted objectives:



  • 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

Key Information


Lead partner

Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány

Email:

sandor.borbely@kva.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 339 099,00

Total budget:

€ 398 940,00

Timeline:

01/2020 – 12/2021

Project partners

Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara
Dachverband burgenländischer Frauen-, Mädchen- und Familienberatungsstellen

Summary


Numerous national and international research and studies have highlighted the importance of female entrepreneurs in economic life. Although the number of female entrepreneurs is on a mild path of growth, they typically face more difficulties in setting up and running a business than men. However, the underrepresentation of female entrepreneurs in the economy is typical. Typical difficulties include: access to finance, training, networking, and reconciling business and family, all of which are prominent in the program area.


Despite several initiatives that have been set in motion in recent years to support female entrepreneurs, there is still no specific training or advisory program to support the economic situation and competence development of female entrepreneurs in the program area, to improve on their steady development in a focused manner at the AT-HU border region, to set the expansion of their development prospects in motion.


In this project, an international consortium - with the partnership of the two HU PPs - uses a complete mentoring methodology supported by a multi-module training program developed earlier, and puts it into a cross-border structure, focusing on a challenging and updated mentoring methodology to address the more challenging challenges in the program area. Then, in two mentoring areas, recruitment, preparation and bilateral relationship building take place, the mentor-mentee pairs are formed, and the mentoring is completed. Its special feature is that its results are summarized and utilized several times on a bilateral level. With the participants of the mentoring process and the PPs as founding members, the cross-border FEMskill community is established and its online platform is created.


Communication activities are completed by raising awareness to female entrepreneurs and women in the economy.

Key Information


Lead partner

Pannon Gazdasági Hálózat Egyesület

Email:

lazary@pbn.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 654 922,83

Total budget:

€ 770 497,45

Timeline:

01/2020 – 06/2022

Project partners

CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH
PROFACTOR GmbH
FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH
Forschung Burgenland GmbH

Summary


Digitalization is bringing enormous challenges for the businesses across all sector. The challenge could be overcome only by a structured, systematic approach, which is integrating all potential enablers of the transformation. Highly populated areas, big cities have an economic of scale for assisting this transformation – like new platforms, shift in the automotive from diesel to e-mobility or new technologies (like 3Dprinting or data science). This phenomena is affecting both the Austrian and the Hungarian companies.


By linking organizations dedicated to digital transformation from both sides of the border, the necessary pool of knowledge could be gained and contribute to the successful transformation of the companies. It will assist the cross-border interactions, meanwhile also upgrading the individual technology transfer organizations competencies.



  • a complementary service portfolio of the digital transformation organizations – later called digital innovation hubs (DIH) – will be elaborated,

  • joint methodology will be worked out for measuring technological maturity and digitalization potential for the individual companies,

  • case studies will be realized to provide proof of concept, with cross-border service offer,

  • internationalization of the network, integrating with policy stakeholders from various levels will be achieved.


Those DIHs are selected for the Improve! partnership, which are regionally, nationally or internationally appointed/accredited innovation hubs. These hubs alone do not have and cannot have the full spectrum of competency – from metal 3Dprinting through maturity audits to digital twinning or Nanoprinting -, therefore their integration is essential.


Digital Innovation Hubs are the strategic vehicles on European level for Digital Europe and Horizon Europe programs.


By connecting them in a cross-border way, with evidence of the service quality validation, a flagship project can be realized on EU level. 

Key Information


Lead partner

Effix-Marketing Kft.

Email:

pkj@effix.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 840 889,39

Total budget:

€ 989 281,64

Timeline:

05/2017 – 05/2019

Project partners

Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH
IITF Institut für Innovations- und Trendforschung
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH

Summary


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.

Key Information


Lead partner

Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány

Email:

sandor.borbely@kva.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 1 699 405,00

Total budget:

€ 1 999 300,00

Timeline:

02/2017 – 07/2019

Project partners

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

Summary


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.

Key Information


Lead partner

Berufsförderungsinstitut Burgenland

Email:

b.venus@bfi-burgenland.at

ERDF co-financing:

€ 552 651,59

Total budget:

€ 650 178,35

Timeline:

09/2018 – 02/2021

Project partners

Zala Megyei Cigány Civil Szervezet
A Cigányságért az Európai Unióban Egyesület
Zala Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara

Summary


The project area covers in Austria the county Burgenland and in Hungary the Zala county. The number of Roma and Sinti in this region is large and they often face the disadvantages of discrimination. In the context of our project we would like to emphasize those Roma and Sinti, who run a small business and are in a vulnerable situation. They need encouragement, professional support and competence development to stabilize their economic circumstances. The aim of the project is to increase the 3 years survival rate of Roma and Sinti SME through intensifying the cooperation among these enterprises and between these enterprises and institutions as well as through improving their managerial skills and entrepreneurial competencies. We will start the project with a personal survey to identify the characteristics and expectations of Roma and Sinti entrepreneurs in order to enable collaborative institutions to improve their services accordingly. This survey will serve as a basis for the prepararation of the consultants as we really consider it important that the curriculum focuses on issues that are of interest to the entrepreneurs. The trained consultants will provide support to the entrepreneurs through individual coaching and mentoring if required. We will also offer group coaching workhops for the development of professional competencies. Roundtables and study trips to learn best practices will facilitate the exchange of experiences and the networking process. Furthermore, an innovative internet-based roma entrepreneur platform will be established and equipped with mobile applications. The Roma enterpreneur will have the opportunity to present their business here and also other relevant information will be uploaded to this platform.

Key Information


Lead partner

Győr-Moson-Sopron Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara

Email:

felhelyesnejudit@gymskik.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 886 011,33

Total budget:

€ 1 042 366,32

Timeline:

01/2018 – 06/2020

Project partners

Széchenyi István Egyetem
Kisalföldi Vállalkozásfejlesztési Alapítvány
Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH
Wirtschaftskammer Burgenland
Wirtschaft Burgenland GmbH
CAMPUS 02 - Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH

Summary


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.


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Priority 1
COMPETITIVENESS
OF SMES
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Priority 2
ENVIRONMENT
AND RESOURCE
EFFICIENCY
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Priority 3
SUSTAINABLE
TRANSPORT
institution
Priority 4
BETTER
INSTITUTIONAL
COOPERATION

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