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 2018 by the Government of the Brussels-Capital region further to the merger of 3 existing regional public organisations hub.brussels is the Brussels Agency for Business Support, whose main mission is to stimulate and support economic growth in the Brussels- Capital Region.
hub.brussels has 3 core activities:
- Supporting entrepreneurs to start and/or grow their business by:
- providing administrative, legal and financial information/advice in a timely manner;
- accompanying them with customized advice on sector-related business development at local and international level, based on innovation, access to finance and EU R&D funding, internationalization, technology transfer.
hub.brussels hosts the NCP Brussels for H2020 R&D programme, Enterprise Europe Brussels, as well as hosts and manages the clusters of the Brussels-Capital Region.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is Sweden's largest research institute and innovation partner. In international collaboration with companies, academia, and the public sector, we contribute to a competitive business community and a sustainable society. Our 2,300 employees run and support all types of innovation processes. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is an independent state-owned research institute offering unique expertise and over 100 test and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.
Over several years RISE has been project leader for EUSMESupport2020, a support office for small and medium-sized companies, offering free advice and support. The support office is a project financed by VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) and the Swedish Agency for Growth. The aim is to increase Swedish SME participation in Horizon2020 and Eurostars.
EUSMESupport2020's core tasks include:
- Advice, support and dissemination of information
- Training and workshops
- Exchange of experience and networking forums
RISE is also a Swedish Network partner in the Enterprise Europe Network offering several different services.
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.