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The common challenge addressed by the SpinIT project is the significant territorial disparities within the Danube Region (DR). This includes disparities in terms of innovation capacity, knowledge and technological development, as well as isolation of ecosystems in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The project's impact is threefold: 1. directly impacting supported innovation intermediaries, start-ups, SMEs, and advanced ecosystems;2. reaching, promoting, and involving a wide range of stakeholders in the program; and 3. raising awareness of the benefits of ecosystem linkages and promoting skills development aligned with Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) through effective communication and the organization of events and workshops. The overall objective of SpinIT is to address the common challenges identified in the DR: 1. Connect less developed hubs with the most advanced ones and build links within the participating regions, ensuring greater interconnectivity of DR 2. Create and engage businesses, academia, policy makers, the public sector and SMEs to connect them with start-ups 3. Network and peer-learning of the participating stakeholders (start-ups, academia, policy makers) 4. Stimulate and connect local public and private stakeholders (regulators, policy makers, governments, innovation agencies). The SpinIT project incorporates several outputs to address the challenges and achieve its objectives in the Danube Region. These outputs include: 1. Enhanced cross-border cooperation among organizations: The project promotes cooperation among 30 organizations across borders. It facilitates knowledge exchange, benchmarking, and capacity building through reports, frameworks, and training programs. 2. Local Action Plans: The project facilitates the joint development of strategies and action plans through stakeholder identification and analysis, activation of Local Discovery Groups, MoU development, workshops, and creation of Local Action Plans. This collaborative approach ensures the active involvement of stakeholders in formulating comprehensive and effective strategies to drive innovation and achieve the project's objectives. 3. Pilot Projects: The project facilitates the joint development and implementation of pilot actions in smart specialization (S3) and the IT sector. This includes defining project requirements, selecting pilot projects based on local action plans and best practices, developing appropriate methodologies, and executing 10 pilot projects focused on ICT, Industry 4.0, and cross-sector collaboration. 4. Validation of Pilot Projects: The project facilitates the joint development and validation of pilot projects as a key output indicator. Implemented projects are replicated across diverse locations, allowing partners to collectively determine the most effective approach. Reports are submitted for analysis by scientific partners, ensuring scalability and identifying best practices. The project takes a transnational approach by operating in 10 locations across 8 countries in the Danube Region. This approach is necessary because the challenges faced by the region are not confined to a single country or locality. By promoting knowledge exchange and transnational implementation of pilot projects, the project aims to support digitalization, smart specialization, and sustainable development in the region as a whole. What is new and original about the SpinIT project is its focus on special niches of three pre-defined clusters: IT, I4.0 (Industry 4.0), and IT cross-sectoral collaboration. By concentrating on these areas and targeting less developed geographies where the distance to global best practices is greatest (Southern and Eastern Europe), the project aims to maximize its impact. Additionally, the project emphasizes the importance of diversity and transnational cooperation as catalysts for innovation, market growth, resilience, sustainability, and financial performance. Synergies with other relevant projects and initiatives is the decisive key to success, thus key element in SpinIT project: i)Work with results of completed projects to draw information and best practices (DIH4CPS (Horizon 2020), InNOw (Interreg CE), DANUBEPeerChains (Interreg DTP), STARTUP3 (Horizon 2020); ii)Collaborate with ongoing projects to incorporate results, organize common webinars (ESDGs! (Erasmus) MOOC educational program); iii)Utilize existing networks as channels for the dissemination of project material (ARISE network of Digital Innovation Hubs); iv)Avoid the duplication of effort. SpinIT pays special attention to ensure the durability and transferability of its outputs. Through financial sustainability, institutional structures, and political impact, the project aims to have a lasting effect on the territories and population. On boarded ASPs will enhance durability and transferability of the project's outcomes.

Project overview

Start date:

01 January 2024

Status: ongoing

End date:

30 June 2026

€2,419,000

budget

80.00 % funded by
Interreg Funds

10

countries

17

partners

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