ACTTiVATe aims to foster cross-sectoral innovation among SMEs from four different sectors, aerospace, agro-food, health and ICT allocating 85% of the project budget to SMEs. The project will focus its effort in setting up strategies that allow clusters to lead the engagement of SMEs in activities intended to create new services and products and therefore the generation of new value chains and emerging industries across Europe. Furthermore, ACTTiVATe intends to set up strategies to achieve stable growth of cross-sectoral and cross-border innovation beyond the project.
ACTTiVAte aims at helping emerge and consolidate smart and sustainable cross-sector value chains in the aerospace, agro-food, health and ICT sectors, by supporting SMEs to develop the identified cross-sector technologies and build the required interactions for successful and durable cross-border collaboration, and so creating genuine European new industrial value chains. Activities will be focused on technology translation from one sector to another i.e. from aerospace: light materials and structures for transport, portable Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), advanced sensing or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPASs) to the Agro-food sector and light-weighted and high-strength and conductive materials, sensing material like biosensors etc., to the Health Sector. Furthermore, crystallization devices from Health sector could be translated to aerospace and purification systems based on microalgae-bacteria to the Agro-food sector.
Activities are divided into seven work packages. The project begins with WP2 which is aimed at going further in the assessment of technologies, potential value chains and definitive selection of the areas which is included in the proposal process. WP3 will set up the methodologies for the technology transfer among the proposed sectors as well as the strategies to facilitate the innovation in the SMEs aimed at the project. WP4 will be focused on the selection of the SMEs to be funded as we all as the SMEs projects management (technical and financial management). WP5 will be focused on additional activities to foster the innovation in SMEs (e.g. training and coaching, exchange programs, technological congresses, investor forums). WP6 will be focused on the large scale demonstrators where the project results will be implemented at the regions of ACTTiVAte) where all the relevant stakeholders will take an active role (public regional development agencies, investors networks, enterprises associations and other clusters). WP7 will ensure the project results and achievements are communicated and disseminated to the defined targeted audiences. WP1 will be focused on the project management.
At the end of the project some of the expected results to be obtained, among others, are mentioned below:
- Enhance SMEs budgets for innovation by reaching the number of innovative project funded up to 30.
- Incorporate cross and open innovation processes to SME’s obtaining between2-5 the average number of profitable new products per supported SME and improve financial strength of supported SMEs reaching 30% to 50% the percentage of supported SMEs with higher P&L in one year.
- Creation of competitive value chains across the EU reaching the number of new cross sectoral value chains created between 10 to 15.
- Gain new markets in the international arena, approximately between 30% to 50%, the number of supported SMEs entering into international markets with new innovative products.
- Obtain 30-50 technology alliances and agreements developed by supported SMEs with other companies during ACTTiVAte.
- Integration in the supply chain obtaining the number of clients of supported SMEs in different industrial sectors 50-70 and number of providers of supported SMEs in different industrial sectors from 80 to 100.