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Improving Regional Policies promoting and motivating non-technological Innovation in SMEs (InnoMot)
Start date: Dec 31, 2011, End date: Dec 30, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Innovation in SMEs is one of the big challenges of the European economy to compete in the global markets. Even if different policies and programmes have been put in place in different Regions to push SMEs in this line, the lack of motivation to innovate in SMEs has been identified by all the actors involved in the innovation system.And for the major part of the European SMEs, the non-technological innovations are the most important ones. How to deal with new business models, marketing strategies, commercialisation approaches, organisational issues, etc.In consequence, how to convince SMEs managers to use a part of their time to define and implement innovation policies becomes the key question to develop and adopt non-technological innovations in the companies.The objective of InnoMot project is to prepare the deployment of new policies and programmes addressed to support the adoption of non-technological innovations by SMEs in the Regions involved.The challenge of the project is to improve the development and adoption of new business models in SMEs by designing, implementing and managing strategies, policies and tools, whose aims are to improve non-technological innovation, and especially regarding the factors related with the motivation of SMEs owners and managers.Specific objectives will be: - to define a new approach on SMEs motivation- to develop and apply a methodology to identify, pack and transfer the better practices found- to identify a set of good practices- to define and design tools to motivate the promotion of innovation in SMEs, using the practices found- to facilitate the creation of platforms involving the different stakeholders to learn more about the deployment of new practices- to define Regional Implementation Plans- to improve among the regions the development of materials to push ahead the deployment of new policies' approaches- to disseminate the policies and results beyond the consortiumThe aim of the project is to build up expertise in the public administrations in order to improve the current practice regarding design, implementation and monitoring of Innovation motivation policies.The basis to reach the objectives is to identify the existing good practices, to analyse them identifying the key success factors, to establish the conditions to transfer them among the involved Regions, and to use them to improve the existing policies. In addition, a generalisation of this transfer system will be generated to help other Regions to apply it in the future. This path will be not linear but with a permanent feedback among the tasks to guarantee that the results, both intermediate and final will be adequate to the regional needs. Achievements: The first months of the project have been used to put the foundations for a successful development, throught the design and creation of work structures, procedures and tools. On the organizational side, a management and work structure is in place, both at project and at partners' levels. The partners have signed a Partnership Agreement to regulate their relationship during the project, and also the negotiation and administrative tasks towards the INTERREG Secretariat are completed. On the communication side, the project has an image. The InnoMot logo has been designed and approved, and with it all the elements required for communication: templates for powerpoint presentations and newsletters, stationery, etc. A first project brochure presenting InnoMot has been created, as well as a poster. Some partners have already started to disseminate locally the project through press releases and articles. Finally, the project website, is in place As for the core activities of the project, dealing with the identification and exchange of Non-Technological Good Practices, the first step, the design and implementation of a methodology to be used by all the partner Regions in the identification, description and analysis of the Good Practices, has been completed and validated with sample case studies. The methodology provides a definition of "Non Technological Innovation", a set of common criteria for searching and identifying Good Practices, and an Interview Guide for data collection. The next step is to ensure the involvement and cooperation with local stakeholders, experts and organizations where Good Practices may be identified. This is done through a series of Regional Workshops to create awareness and present the proposed methodology, getting a first feedback about the possible Good Practices to identify. Five such workshops have been already organized, with four others to follow soon
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