What is the Detailed Content of the Project

SMART Knowledge Hubs

Each project partner has its own network consisting of R&D institutions, industrial partners, SMEs and technology oriented education institutes. The goal is to put together those networks and to develop each project partner site even further.

How this will be done
We will start off with an analysis of each project partner’s site and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In a second step and based on these results, we will derive actions to iron out weaknesses and to improve strengths.
Additionally, the project partner’s networks will be tracked and put into a database. The goal is to have a central and available register of the networks of all seven project partners. This provides a reliable base for the other activities within the project and will be available to the broad public as well.


SMART R&D Cooperation

The goal in SMART R&D Cooperation is to establish a sustainable cooperation of the project partner’s networks. This will evoke common project ideas which will then be supported by the SMART FRAME project.

How this will be done
For each of the five thematic fields we touch in the project, a separate work group will be established: (1) Materials, (2) Surfaces, (3) Sensors/Actors, (4) Processes and (5) the integration of these four. Those five thematic coordination groups will consist of experts and stakeholders in the 5 thematic fields. Networking workshops will be organized, which will be utilized to give the experts the chance to introduce themselves and to get introduced to others. The result will be a sustainable network of experts and stakeholders.
Based on this networks, ideas for cooperation and collaboration shall be evoked. These project ideas will be supported to get concrete and running projects with transnational participation.


SMART Settlement

SMART Settlement aims at the settlement of companies at the project partner sites. The goal is to attract firms to settle down.

How this will be done
We start with the consolidation of existing regional marketing activities at the project partner sites. Based on this, we elaborate a marketing strategy to highlight the unique selling point (USP) and the added value for potential settlers. This is the input for the creation of a marketing package which will be used to promote the project partner locations.
In the next step, 50 companies that fit to the project partner sites will identified by each project partner. Those companies will be actively approached to settle down and supported in establishing the settlement process.


SMART Spin-Offs

In order to improve the frame conditions for spin-offs on the project partner sites, the SMART Spin-Off workpackage aims at the creation of a spin-off friendly environment. SMART FRAME focuses especially on the early cooperation of founders and managers of the companies, the founders are spinning-off from. We want to create a win-win-situation for both sides here and want to show, that such a situation is feasible.

How this will be done
Each project partner contributes with a collection of best and worst practice examples of spin-offs in terms of cooperation of foundes and managers. Inputwill be harvested by (a) interviews and (b) research. The results reflect the current sitatuation on the project partners sites.

The results of the SWOT analysis will be used to create a state-of-the-art spin-off model. This model will be adapted for founders and managers. Two SMART Spin-Off Handbooks will be created. One for founders and one for managers.Further, the model and the content of the handbooks will be spread to both founders and managers in dedicated workshops at each project partner site.