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Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

MATCHER Human Centric Innovation Edition is financed by the Enterprise Europe Network.

The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network launched by the European Commission for companies and research institutes with innovative and international ambitions.

The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations. ART-ER is a member of the EEN since its creation in 2008 through the SIMPLER Consortium (Support Services to IMProve innovation and competitiveness of businesses in Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna). The Network offers free services on:

  • international partnerships (international matchmaking events, company missions, technology, business and R&D partner search)
  • advice for international growth, including Finance and EU funding and application support (e.g. Horizon Europe)
  • support for business innovation (innovation management, sustainability and eco-innovation, Intellectual property rights – IPR, technology transfer support and Open Innovation).

Teams of Network experts in each member organisation offer personalised services to businesses. They know the local business environment and have contacts for business opportunities worldwide.

The EEN is co-financed under the European Union’s programme for the competitiveness of SMEs (COSME).

For information and advice, find a local Network contact point in your region. 

→ Visit the website Enterprise Europe Network Italia

Regione Emilia-Romagna

Regione Emilia-Romagna

MATCHER Human Centric Innovation Edition is financed by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

A region boasting excellent quality of life and widespread social cohesion

Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy’s leading regions in terms of per capita income and for many years has been classified as one of the richest regions in Europe. Emilia-Romagna also ranks amongst the top regions in Italy for bureaucratic efficiency and quality of life.

Small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the driving force of the region’s economy and have fostered the extraordinary spread of wealth across the entire regional territory. The dynamic nature of the production sector in Emilia-Romagna has resulted in high employment levels; indeed, employed inhabitants amount to over 68%, considerably higher than the Italian average.

According to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard, based on the indicators analyzed by the European Commission Emilia-Romagna ranks first at the national level.

These indexes consider indicators such as the economy, governance, broadband coverage, mobility, innovation and the quality of life.

Technological innovation in Emilia-Romagna is a cross-sector that is proving to be more and more of a resource to the region and an opportunity for new investments.

Laboratories from the regional High Technology Network are related to new Human Centric technologies research areas and are also part of “Clust-ERs”, communities of public and private research centers, companies and training institutes.

ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory

ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory

MATCHER Human Centric Innovation Edition is organized by ART-ER.

ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory is the Emilia-Romagna Joint Stock Consortium born with the purpose of fostering the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalisation of the region.

The Research and Innovation Division promotes industrial research as the main driver of sustainable economic development and collaborates with company associations to develop joint research and corporate strategies and actions, facilities and services for industrial research, and the enhancement of human capital working in these areas.

It coordinates the regional innovation ecosystem that includes the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network, the Technopoles, the business Incubators, the Clust-ERs and Startups and also operates through the local S3 AREAS as meeting places set up to foster the relationship between young people and the most innovative employment networks.

The Division aims at an open innovation model, where businesses, startups, researchers and associations discuss and share experiences and models of action, have access to the same resources and have the opportunity to orient their activities towards the objective of generating innovative and impactful solutions for the whole ecosystem, to make Emilia-Romagna an open, inclusive and attractive region.