Projects

Interreg EUROPE
RAISE - Enhancing social enterprises competitiveness through improved business support policies
01-2017 a 06-2019
EU GRANT: 1,493.558 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO) (ES)
Project partners
IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the development of the industry (HU), Innovation & Management Centre Limited (WestBIC) (IE), Scottish Enterprise (UK), ERVET – Emilia-Romagna Economic Development Agency L.t.d. (IT), Region Örebro Country (SE), Centre for Social Innovation (AT)
Description

RaiSE brings together six pro-active regions and one advisory partner to address the common challenge of enhancing competitiveness of social enterprises.
The potential of social enterprises to generate inclusive growth and promote more and better jobs is widely recognised and RaiSE project partners will learn from each other to improve their regions business support policies.
Seven partners, with varied policy contexts, unite efforts to improve together the support that each region gives to social enterprises.
Thanks to this learning process, every region will develop an Action Plan at the end of phase 1.
During the second part of the project (2 years) Action Plans will be implemented and monitored.

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HANDBALL FOR DUAL CAREERS (H4DC)
01-2017 a 06-2019
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 362.183 EUR
Project leader
CLUB BALONMANO GRANOLLERS
Project partners
FEDERATION OF THE EUROPEAN SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY (BE) , IK SAVEHOF (SE) , FENIX TOULOUSE HANDBALL (FR) , EUROPAISCHE HANDBALL FODERATION (AT) , STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM (NL)
Description

Handball 4 Dual Careers (H4DC) aims at setting-up a comprehensive support service for the development of handball players’ dual careers through a collaborative approach between sporting bodies (clubs and federations), educational organisations and private sector representatives.
This initiative will target handball players from three different European Clubs (BM Granollers, Spain; Club Fenix Toulouse, France and IK Sävehof, Sweden) ranging from 12 years old to university students, including professional players.
Hence, H4DC follows a holistic approach to cover two main pillars of the Dual Careers concept, as stated in the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers :
i) ensuring players’ engagement in the educational system (including vocational training)
ii) fostering their employability potential.
H4DC specific objectives are:
1. conceive a club-based DC Support Service (DCSS), encompassing awareness raising, training and individual guidance;
2. test, monitor and evaluate the methodology with 120 players through pilot actions;
3. draw conclusions from the pilot actions and draft a Policy Recommendation Report, transferable to any handball or other interested sport club or sport organisation (Transferability Plan);
Besides the 3 clubs, the partnership is complemented by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, academic partner in charge of conceiving the DCSS methodology and evaluate it, as well as by the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which will facilitate the connection of the handball clubs with private companies from the sports industry, aiming at increasing the employability of players.

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Cosmetics4Wellbeing - EU Cosmetics Creative clusters: a driver to international wellbeing industry
12-2017 a 05-2019
EU GRANT: 199226 EUR
Project leader
COSMETIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION (FR)
Project partners
Aebb - Associação Empresarial da Beira Baixa (PT), Transilvania LifeStyle (RO), Beauty Cluster Barcelona (ES), France Cluster (FR)
Description

Cosmetics4Wellbeing is a partnership of 3 clusters (Cosmetic Valley, Beauty Barcelona Cluster, Transilvania Lifestyle Cluster), 1 network of clusters (France Cluster) and 1 business network (Beira Baixa Business Association), covering 4 European Member States (FR, ES, RO, PT).
The aim of the project is the creation and development of a European Strategic Cluster Partnership–Going International (ESCP-4i) in the cosmetics sector and related industries (Technology, Health and Agro-food), which is oriented towards increased internationalisation and strengthened sustainability of European SMEs.
The ESCP-4i has set 4 specific objectives:
1. Fostering cooperation among cluster organizations and its members in the ESCP-4i and across sectorial boundaries;
2. Promoting new value chains along the cosmetics cross-sectorial industry, geared towards international markets, based on inputs and needs from SMEs;
3. Developing a Joint Internationalization Strategy geared towards third key markets beyond Europe;
4. Developing a governance system and a common branding for the ESCP-4i to ensure active and sustainable collaboration among the different stakeholders;
The ESCP-4i represents more than 1,000 members, most of them SMEs (551), which are the project key target group.
To develop the Internationalization Strategy, the partnership will conduct several complementary actions: diagnosis of capabilities and SWOTs, development of cross-sectoral value chains, identification of international trends and most promising third markets, development and selection of internationalization tools and one exploratory action in one of these markets, with the participation of SMEs.
These actions will be complemented by training sessions to upgrade skills of SMEs and clusters’ staff.
The ESCP-4i will also develop a sound communication plan and a common brand&identity for the partnership, as well as a robust governance and sustainability plan to ensure a long-lasting cooperation beyond EU funding.

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Interreg MED Transnational Cooperation Projects
ALTER ECO - Alternative tourist strategies to enhance the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity
11-2016 a 04-2019
Sustainable Tourism
EU GRANT: 2,293.630 EUR
Project leader
Valencian Institute of Building – IVE (Spain)
Project partners
Málaga City Council (Spain), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTH (Greece), South Aegean Region (Greece), Municipality of Genoa (Italy), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – UNIVE (Italy), Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands – OTIE (Italy), City of Dubrovnik (Croatia), Larnaca-Famagusta Districts Development Agency – ANETEL (Cyprus), The European City of Culture, Tourism and Development (France)
Description

The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism.
 
As a consequence areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture.In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders.
 
The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory.
Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies in order to create new business opportunities.
 
ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism.

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Erasmus+ Sport
ETHICS4SPORTS
01-2016 a 12-2018
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 396.952 EUR EUR
Project leader
AYUNTAMIENTO DE SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES
Project partners
ERSTE ROLLHOCKEY GEMEINSCHAFT ISERLOHN EV (DE) , UNIVERSITE RENNES II (FR) , UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER (UK) , AFC BARWELL (UK) , ASSOCIACIO SANTCUGATCREIX (ES) , A.S.D. SCUOLA DI PALLAVOLO ANDERLINI (IT)
Description

The sport community faces several risks that threaten its integrity.
To face them, a collaborative partnership of 7 EU public and private organisations, following a participatory approach involving all concerned stakeholders, proposes a specific response: the Ethics4Sports (E4S) project.
The partnership covers Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
The main objective of E4S is to develop innovative mechanisms to promote ethics in grassroots sports and ensure its effective enforcement, by enhancing the capacities and skills of sporting bodies and allowing them to give more efficient responses to risks threatening the integrity of sport.In order to achieve the general objective of the project, PPs will pursue the fulfilment of the following specific objectives:

  1. develop and/or improve new Codes of Ethics for sporting bodies to spread ethical values in sport, following an inclusive and cross-cutting approach;
  2. develop a set of verifiable indicators to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of the Codes of Ethics’ enforcement;
  3. effectively enforce the Codes of Ethics developed and make the most of new technologies (through the so-called “Ethics App”) to fulfil this aim, by conducting pilot tests;
  4. test, monitor and evaluate the enforcement of the Code of Ethics, hence gathering lessons learned for replicability around Europe;
  5. set-up a public-private network of institutions aiming to cooperate in the field of ethics in sport and identifying new members to be engaged in the future and enrich the alliances

 

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Erasmus+ Sport
Green Play
01-2017 a 12-2018
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 320 299,88 EUR
Project leader
CONSELL ESPORTIU DEL BAIX LLOBREGAT
Project partners
ISTITUTO PER LA RICERCA SOCIALE SCARL (IT) , FUNDACAO SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL (PT) , HAMEEN LIIKUNTA JA URHEILU RY (FI) , SPORT ET CITOYENNETE 3S (FR) , ASSOCIAZIONE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA S.S. LAZIO BASKET (IT)
Description

The overall objective of the proposed project is to encourage positive educational values in team & individual grassroots sports among children and youth.
The specific objectives of the proposed project are:

  1. Creation of a integrated methodology enforcing positive values in individual sports, based on the pre-existing Green Play methodology for team sports;
  2. Implementation of Green Play methodology for Team and Individual Sports through pilot tests involving schoolchildren from 5 to 18 years old, featuring the use of new technologies;
  3. Monitoring and assessment of behavioural changes in the target groups and gathering of lessons learned for replicating in other parts of Europe;
  4. Identification and networking with organisations working in the promotion of positive educational values in sport and through the practice of sport; The proposed project seeks to fight all forms of intolerance, discrimination and violence by promoting positive educational values in sports and through sports. Green Play is an alternative and innovative methodology implemented by Baix-Llobregat Sports Council based in Catalonia, Spain, since 2013 and represents a radical departure from the current model of scoring system in school sport competitions.
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COSME
PPACT - Public Procurement and Cross-border Tendering
05-2016 a 09-2018
EU GRANT: 249985,5 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO) (ES)
Project partners
CCI Paris IdF - Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de región Paris Ile-de-France (FR), UCV EIC- Uninoncamere del Veneto (IT), BANGOR - Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies at Bangor en University (UK), IBDP-ConsultIRE - International Business Development Partners Consulting Ireland Limited (IE)
Description

The PPACT (Public Procurement and Cross-border Tendering) project aims to rapidly elevate SME public sector tendering skills and equip them to participate in cross-border bidding teams focused on tapping into the Smart City sector.
The European Partner on the EC Funded ‘Public Procurement and Cross Border Tendering ‘ (PPACT) will meet to further the PPACT Programme including the development of partner training courses and plan future B2B events for 125 companies to allow them partner up for and tender on future National and Regional Government opportunities, particularly in the ‘Smart Cities’ areas such as Waste, Water, Transport, Energy etc.

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Erasmus+ Sport
Adaptive Surfing Camps for people with an impairment - First European Adaptive Surfing Seminar
01-2017 a 12-2017
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 60000 EUR
Project leader
Play&Train
Project partners
Surf Clube de Viana (PT), HAssociation Happy Wheels (IT)
Description

The project intends to contribute to the overarching goal of improving sport accessibility to all, focusing in facilitating the sustainable development of Adaptive Surfing by:

1. Holding for the very first time a summit of adaptive surfing in the EU;

2. Enhancing education and raising awareness in general on sport for youngsters with an impairment and on adaptive surfing specifically as a new adaptive sport that includes sharing the experiences with youngsters without a disability.

 

The project objectives are: 

1. Improve the European Adaptive Surfing Network
2. Increase the number of people with an impairment practicing adaptive surfing in Europe by the implementation of daily programs: Italy implemented a summer program; Portugal implemented a yearly program.
3. Increase the variety of different impairment practicing adaptive surfing. As Visual Impairment in the Italian program and Physical Impairment in Portugal Program.
4. Improve the live for people with impairments.
5. Exchange of knowledge between European Adaptive Surfing Instructors, to improve the teaching methods, safety and equipment.
6. To empower Adaptive Surfing at European and International level in First European Adaptive Surfing Seminar.

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COSME
EU4SPORTSCLUSTERS ALLIANCE
01-2016 a 12-2017
EU GRANT: 449.991 EUR
Project leader
INDESCAT - Catalan Sports Cluster
Project partners
Sport and Technology (NL), Flanders’ Bike Valley (BE), Cluster Montagne (FR), EPSI - European Platform for Sport Innovation (BE)
Description

The general objective of EU4SportsClusters Alliance is to implement and test a Joint Internationalization Strategy for a European Strategic Sport Clusters Partnership (ESSCP), maximizing the potential of its cross-sectoral nature, developing new value chains and exploiting international opportunities for SMEs, specially those existing in third markets outside the EU.
The ESSCP is made of 4 Sport Clusters (INDESCAT, Sport and Technology, Flanders’ Bike Valley and Cluster Montagne) and EPSI, covering 4 countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain), and proposes an innovative approach to exploit the cross-sectoral nature of the sports industry and brings a new vision to the industry.
It defines one final consumer (the sports practitioner) and three main value chains that deliver products and services to these consumers:
i) sport events
ii) sport facilities &
iii) consumer goods and services.
Building from these value chains and its segmentation, the project will focus on its interaction with 6 traditional sectors:
i) tourism
ii) health
iii) food&nutrition
iv) IT
v) construction and vi) textile.
The Joint Internationalization Strategy will target three (3) third countries, carefully selected taking into account previous market research and consensus with sport clusters’ SMEs. These markets are the USA, Japan and China.
EU4SportsClusters Alliance will have a direct impact on 5 clusters and 823 clusters’ members (493 SMEs and 330 other institutions, such as big companies, technological and research centres, universities, etc.).

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TASEM - Training Athletes for Sports Events Management
01-2016 a 12-2017
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 416.415 EUR
Project leader
INSTITUT NACIONAL D'EDUCACIO FISICADE CATALUNYA (ES)
Project partners
UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS (FR) , FEDERACION ESPANOLA DE BADMINTON (ES) , COMITATO OLIMPICO NAZIONALE ITALIANO (IT) , BADMINTON SAVEZ SRBIJE (RS) , KYPRIAKI OMOSPONDIA BADMINTON KOM (CY) , UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FOGGIA (IT) , FEDERACION ESPANOLA DE TRIATLON (ES) , UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA (ES) , ELLINIKI OMOSPONDIA TRIATHLOU (EL) , ICSS INSIGHT (UK) , COMITE OLIMPICO DE PORTUGAL (PT) , AJUNTAMENT DE TARRAGONA (ES) , MALTA TRIATHLON FEDERATION (MT)
Description

The main objective of TASEM (Training Athletes for Sports Events Management) project is to promote and support dual careers for athletes by setting up a transnational network of stakeholders that will develop a platform for the training of athletes in the management and organization of sport events, hence contributing to their employability.
Through the collaboration of a transnational partnership comprised of 15 partners covering 9 countries, the project will conceive and develop a Dual Career Training Programme In Sports Events Management (TPISEM), delivered by the academic organizations integrated in the consortium and targeting 30 athletes and 15 coaches affiliated to the Olympic Committees and National Federations involved.
Thus, the partnership brings together a range of key stakeholders jointly working for the strategic development of new educational and training opportunities for athletes in the field of sport management, notably around sports events, which will also benefit from the programme and develop a greater social legacy.
The project will focus on the euro-mediterrenean region, making the most of the Mediterranean Games to be hold in the city of Tarragona in 2017 (running from 30th June to 9th July 2017).

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