The SHIPMENTT project is designed to improve SMEs innovation capacity in the ADRION area through specifically designed technology transfers and innovation management support actions tailored to the needs of the research and the SME community. The activities will extend beyond the narrow borders of national markets, interconnect and integrate in an inclusive inter-regional strategy. The project will exploit synergies and complementarities (transnational cooperation) among participating partners, as well as beneficiaries (SMEs, business innovation support organizations - intermediaries – and public authorities).
SHIPmEnTT’s execution is directly connected to the development of territorial cooperation in the innovation field, in the ADRION area. The project directly contributes to the programme’s specific objective of “support the development of a regional innovation system for the Adriatic-Ionian area”.
The SHIPMENTT project focuses on two crucial elements for the economic development of the ADRION area (blue technologies and green sea mobility) and implies the following actions (central to the overall success of the endeavour):
• Support the protection and exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR - patents, trademarks, models/designs granted by law to rights holders) and the wider concept of Intellectual Property (a general concept including many intellectual property instruments not necessarily ruled by law);
• Support access to finance (A2F) both from private and public sources. After the completion of the project:
o SMEs will strengthen their skills and enhance their competitiveness and potential in the global market;
o Intermediaries will improve the quality and scope of their work;
o Policy makers will better understand the stakes and opportunities, and will be in a position to devise an long-term accurate strategy for the region.