EBN member INCYDE Foundation is participating in the Smart Growth Operating Programme 2014ES16RFOP001ERDF through the Intermediary Agency of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, with its execution of the High Tech Incubators project to foster innovation and technology transfer to SME’s (micro, small & medium-sized enterprises), which is conceived as an essential instrument for promoting the smart, sustainable and integrating growth that the European Union will be pursuing in coming years.
The High-Tech Incubators Project (IAT’s – Incubadoras de Alta Tecnología) involve an initial creation of 12 infrastructures distributed throughout the national territory, and in accordance with the RIS3’s, which will help to position each region in specific niches or global markets and international value chains.
The project encompasses a set of action lines intended to achieve one single aim: to contribute to the development of the productive fabric of the region, by increasing the survival rate for Micro-SMEs, driven by the incorporation of R+D+i in their customary activities. The incubators will be an essential tool to help Spain position itself within the ranking established by the European Union for the 2020’s.
Given the nature of the Incubators, they can also be conceived of as projects in multiple locations, that have specialized facilities / equipment in different locations that can either be owned by the Beneficiary Institution, or otherwise usable by it through payment of a fee for its use, which can be chosen in the project. The purpose is none other than to make the most of already existing resources and avoid duplication of investment.
IAT’s are conceived as a project in which infrastructure, equipment, and primarily knowledge and actions of technology transfer to companies are indispensable to achieving the aims in view.
In IAT’s, the incubated entity will receive certain value-added services contributed by the various agents engaged in the process and by INCYDE, for a varying period of time (up to 5 years’ maximum), which will enable them to engage themselves in innovation immersion activities.
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