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COHES3ION partners learn from Innovation experts in the North-West Region of Romania.

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COHES3ION partners learn from Innovation experts in the North-West Region of Romania.

COHES3ION project partners came together for the fourth project study visit on June 26th 2020 which was hosted virtually by our Romanian partners.  Despite not getting to experience the historical North-West Region of Romania partners were still able to hear and learn from innovation experts on implementing their smart priorities. The North-West Region is located in Northern Transylvania, which is famous for more than its association with the legend of Dracula!  

The NW region itself is comprised of six counties and is home to almost 13% of the entire countries population. Within the region, there are eight recognised clusters, two Digital Innovation Hubs, eight transfer centers and seventeen industrial parks. 

The study visit agenda included:

  • Overview of National Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3);
  • INCDTIM Development Strategy;
  • TETAPOLIS Digital Incubator.

Radu Gheorghiu gave an overview of the status of Romania’s S3, which has gone through a public consultation event and due for publication in November 2020.

Flaviu Turcu gave a comprehensive outline of the INCDTIM (National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies) Development Strategy, which is focused on customer driven R&D.  The INCDTIM is the only national institute for research and development in the North-West region of Romania and develops projects in top-of-the-range areas to allow the region to compete in the European Research Area.  Flaviu spoke specifically about the Center of Research and Advanced Technologies for Alternative Energies (CETEA) and their work in transferring the technologies to market using the Cluj Innovation Park as a testbed.

Mihai Coca introduced the TETAPOLIS digital incubator, Romania's first digital incubator focused on digital start-ups and spinoffs (company or academic). The incubator is strategically located in Cluj-Napoca, the second city of Romanian and recognised as the national technology hub with approx. 100k students, 10k developers and a 450k metropolitan population. Among other initiatives each year the Incubator hosts 3 ‘Start-up Camps’ consisting of an intensive one-month session with complementary focus themes. As with other incubators, applicants must go through an application process however, the incubator only selects those that align with local opportunities and global trends at that particular time making them more market driven than most others.

The second part of the visit gave partners the opportunity to discuss the case studies presented and share experiences.   

Ross Church, Programme Manager for the South-West Regional Enterprise Plan and project stakeholder found the study visit to be of great benefit saying “The virtual study visit was a very useful experience, particularly in terms of gaining insights into how to achieve more balanced regional development. The objectives of S3 are aligned with the overall goal of the South-West Regional Enterprise Plan which is to capitalise on our unique strengths to help improve the regional enterprise environment.”

The SRA are partners on the Interreg Europe COHES3ION project, looking at the integration of the regional dimension into Smart Specialisation Strategies, which will assist in identifying regional Smart Priorities and strengthening the regional coordination of innovation delivery and support players.

COHES3ION is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by BEAZ S.A.U., Spain.    

The project will run until 2022, find out more about COHES3ION here.

For further information please contact the Southern Regional Assembly:

Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer

Phone: +353 (0) 51 860 706                       Email: kcoughlan@southernassembly.ie

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