PRAXI Network is an established technology transfer organization with long-standing experience in assisting SMEs and research organisations throughout Greece to achieve cross-border technological cooperation. It is a distinct administrative unit operating within the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), the most active research organisation of Greece. It started out in 1991 as a partnership between FORTH and SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises with the mission to link industry with academia. This strategic alliance of the research and industrial world of Greece was reinforced four years later, when the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) joined the partnership.
Between 1995 and 2008, PRAXI Network was nominated by the European Commission as one of Europe’s Innovation Relay Centers (IRC) acting therefore as one of the main Greek stakeholders in the field of technological innovation and cross-border technological cooperation. In parallel and since 1999, the General Secretariat for Research & Technology in Greece appoints PRAXI Network as the National Contact Point (NCP) for the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development and currently Horizon 2020, rendering it an official entity for information and advisory support for EU-funded research programmes.
Since 2008, PRAXI Network provides innovation and technology transfer services, initially as a member and currently as coordinator of the Greek consortium of the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest network of integrated business support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Created in 2003 by the Government of the Brussels-Capital region, the Brussels Enterprise Agency (BEA) has rapidly become the leading partner for any starting or experienced entrepreneur in the Brussel-Capital region. In 2013, BEA was rebaptised impulse.brussels.
The core missions of impulse.brussels are:
To be the interface that enables all those doing business in the Brussels Region to find immediately and easily the specific information that they need, and to identify immediately and easily the people in public and private organisations who will help them consolidate their projects on a lasting basis.
To propose a growth ecosystem to innovative Brussels enterprises, in which they can acquire and share skills, meet partners and benefit from dedicated coaching throughout their growth cycle.
To provide selective support to high potential entrepreneurs in a limited but constantly re-evaluated range of topics, when such support is not accessible in the market.
The Brussels-Capital region entrusts selectively to impulse.brussels delegated tasks related to economic development. impulse.brussels also manages several European programmes.
impulse.brussels carries out its tasks in accordance with the priorities and directions defined in a management contract signed between the agency and the Government of the Brussels-Capital region. This contract sets out for a period extending over several years the objectives and the means to be employed to attain them.
Innventia, SP and Swedish ICT have joined forces in RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden - Sweden's research and innovation partner for business and society.
As a strong, independent research institute, RISE offers a wide range of excellence, research and innovation services and cross-border business areas for SMEs, industry, academia and the public sector. In global collaboration, RISE enables renewal and value-creating innovations for increased competitiveness and sustainable social development.
RISE 2200 employees are located in 30 locations in Sweden and abroad. RISE is owned by the Swedish state and in 2017 RISE is established in Gothenburg.
The parent company RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB changed its name to RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB (RISE Holding AB) on 28 February 2017. The subsidiary SP Sweden's Technical Research Institute AB changed its name to RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE AB) on March 16, 2017.
Technology Park Varaždin Ltd. is a company that deals with a) the establishment of incubation centers for innovative start-up companies, b) the establishment of a mechanism for improvement of existing technologically innovative companies and c) the transfer of knowledge from universities and development centers to businesses. It is involved in facilitating networking of companies, educational institutions, development agencies and innovative individuals, and it focuses on changing the perception towards innovation as a foundation of a new economy.