CRISP-University of Milano-Bicocca is responsible for the general management and coordination of the project. It was founded in 1997 and its mission focuses on Research and innovation in public services design, management and evaluation focused on human capital growth and development. The centre has developed selected lines of research, focusing on methods aimed at the management of information to support decision-making. Research on services has been applied to the sectors of employment, healthcare, education and training in two perspectives. The first relates to the socio-economic analysis of welfare services and human capital; the other develops innovative themes related to the use of technologies in public sector services and entrepreneurship.
Covering economic, legal, statistical and methodological areas, CRISP possesses all the competences that allow it to be able to cope with the complexity and multidisciplinary of the project. The centre has an extensive experience, both in human capital and labor market studies and in the management of international, national and regional projects on topics related to SMARTUP. The University will involve test students for the first roll out, will contribute to enlarge the number of student users, will manage the organization of the national roundtable for academia and the release of impulses for progress of SMARTUP Portal, and etc.
University of Thessaly, with 18 Departments and various Research Centres, holds a prominent position in Greek educational system. It provides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and extra-curricular modules in specific research and business fields, for over 12000 students. The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society.
The principal role of the University of Thessaly is to contribute to the coordination of research for setting the state of the art in term of successful contents and methods (though desk analysis, study visit to Stanford, interviews to relevant national actors, release of road-mapping on social innovation), as well as to participate to the design of didactic features of the training tools. It will involve the students and start-uppers for the first roll-out of the Portal, will recruit users for the one year pilot running, and etc.
Haaga-Helia University of applied sciences Finland is one of the largest business Universities of Applied Science in southern Finland. Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals in business and services offering students a versatile choice of studies, opportunities for specialization, high quality education in Finnish, Swedish and English, and a wide business network during the studies. The mission of Haaga-Helia is to educate professionals with strong service, sales and entrepreneurial skills.
Thanks to its experience in promoting students’ entrepreneurship, Haaga-Helia is responsible for the activities dedicated to the joint design of the learning contents, methods and tools, so it will coordinate all the other universities and companies in carrying out the SMARTUP open education resources (MOOCs, webinars, interactive learning trough serious game and apps), will revise them, and etc.
FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H. (FHJ), with ca. 4.000 students, is a young University of Applied Sciences. It has an international network of partner institutions in different educational sectors and within several industries. With its highly-specialized degree programmes offered at university level in the areas of international business & technology, information engineering, mobility, media and design, social services and public health, FHJ is one of Austria’s leading Universities of Applied Sciences.
FH JOANNEUM will lead the Quality Assurance Team. The activities will involve: definition of the Quality Plan, organization of the quality meeting, evaluation and assessment of the pilot testing, platform evaluation (user accessibility, user satisfaction, training provision), reporting, and etc.
Staga Soft Ltd. is a small Bulgarian company with big dreams. Being part of Regional Business Incubator Rila (RBI Rila) and Rila Info Cluster (RIC), it has experience not only with development, operation and maintenance of websites and portals; videoconferencing, VOIP and other ICT-related services but also with consultancy and other business-related services to companies, incl. start-ups.
Relying on its expertise, Staga Soft will lead the joint development of the project website and interactive web community, taking care of the development of the market place, the upload of materials and tools, the organization of the technical meeting and first test-rollout of platform involving test users, and etc.
R.Q. Research qualification s.r.l. works to support start-ups and start-uppers in accessing innovative learning and financial opportunities to start, grow and innovate. One of its aim is to create a permanent link between research, innovative start-ups and SMEs, to make the innovation fluid and open. Established in Milan (Italy) in 1993 by a group of professionals, researchers and business managers, it has assisted hundreds of companies in technological and organizational development projects and have deepened their specialization in activities related to industrial research and business innovation.
According to its experience in promoting the open innovation and the open innovation process among SMEs and researcher centres, R.Q. will participate to the preparation activities collecting and systematizing data and best practices about this topic, interviewing relevant actors, preparing the SMARTUP road- mapping of open innovation for start-uppers, and etc.
Totem Learning Ltd. is a UK software development company established in 2012. Totem specialises in games for learning and development for the corporate and education sectors. Such games which are designed for purposes other than pure entertainment are known in the industry as ‘Serious Games’ and may also encompass ‘Simulations’, i.e. virtual representations of real world situations or processes.
Totem will be in charge of developing the serious game for the business planning and crowdfunding. This will be an innovative learning tool aimed at reinforcing the entrepreneurial, managerial and collaborative competences, and promotes critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and leadership.
Teracomm RO SRL is a Romanian ICT company, established in 2005. It is part of the Allterco holding, which is a mobile services provider, operating in the European, Asian and American markets, with offices in more than 10 countries, offering mobile services and products in over 15 countries, with direct and indirect access to almost 1 billion users worldwide. Teracomm RO offers various value added services (VASs) to business customers, incl. development of software platforms and mobile applications; access to mobile networks and subscribers; mobile marketing and notifications.
Teracomm RO will support the project in 2 main ways. On one hand, it will guide the researchers in the development of learning tools linked to the real needs of a future entrepreneur and, in the same time, it will mentor the start-uppers during their challenging path. On the other hand, it will be in charge of developing the SMARTUP apps.
IrRADIARE Ltd. was founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Technical University of Lisbon. Three stages defined the journey: development, innovation and integration. IrRADIARE advises on new investments, public-private cooperation and regional public policies. Its widely tested expertise on energy systems modelling ranges from industrial process to city scale. Its aim is to assist communities in addressing the market barriers and promoting best practices, attracting innovation, investment, jobs creation.
This kind of experience gives IrRADIARE the necessary tools to share with young start-uppers important knowledge how to create a successful start-up. For this reason the company will be involved in the design of the educational tools, its staff will prepare the specific webinar on “How to start up in the green economy” and then will contribute to the revision of the products in order to improve them from the practical point of view.
European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), based in Brussels, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building. Its members are European crowdfunding platforms covering the different types of crowdfunding (reward-based, Peer to Peer, equity). It supports them in carrying initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry.
Aimed at increasing the use of crowdfunding to provide access to finance, support entrepreneurship and market take-up of innovative products and services, being well connected to the EU innovation ecosystem: innovators, entrepreneurs and early stage investors, ECN will support the consortium in the coordination of dissemination activities and integration of crowdfunding dimension. It will provide advice and expertise for training sessions and workshops.
Stanford University is one of the world’s leading universities. It carries out activities in higher education and research in several fields of knowledge. It is known for its entrepreneurial character and its relationship to Silicon Valley.
Stanford University will host a training workshop, which will span different aspects of innovation & entrepreneurship and will use practical examples from the start-up & innovation networks of the Silicon Valley. Stanford’s and USA successful tools and modules to promote start-ups will then be integrated into the SMARTUP programme, as to ensure high quality of the outputs.