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Collaborative Support in Discovery, Incubation and Acceleration to SMEs and Start-Ups!

From June 2022 – June 2023 the INCORE Project will provide Collaborative Support in Discovery, Incubation and Acceleration to 22 selected SMEs/Start-Ups in the territories of the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira and La Réunion.

This support will by provided by the partner Dr. Oliver Schwabe, External Post-Doc Scientific Researcher at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico – Portugal), under the the following structure:

Introductory call:

  • Initial assessment by Dr. Oliver on the current situation, objectives and needs.

3 sessions (2h):

  • Horizon Scan
  • Identification and Assessment of Business Ecosystem / Model
  • Determination of Desired Future State for Business Ecosystem / Model
  • Identification and Simulation of Pragmatic Actionable Interventions for Achieving the Desired Future State

These 2-hour workshops will enhance understanding of current state business activity from an ecosystem perspective; help define a desired future state; travel towards future state in a measurable manner; and develop insights into realistic high-value, low-effort funding opportunities.

If selected, the start-ups and SMEs will collaborate with INCORE by co-writing & submitting competitive EU funding proposal, and benefit from the high-level mentoring efforts by Dr. Oliver.

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

Contact your INCORE Partner University or Dr. Oliver Schwabe via oliver.schwabe@tecnico.ulisboa.pt to learn more!

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Project Spotlight: INCORE!

INCORE is a project supported by EIT InnoEnergy | EIT HEI Initiative and, in January 2022, the Project Coordinator Nuno Almeida (Instituto Superior Técnico – IST) was invited by the HEI Programme Coordinator to conduct a written interview to highlight INCORE achievements. This initiative is named ‘Project Spotlight’, in which INCORE was selected (alongside three others) thanks to the great work that the consortium is performing is the past months.

Nuno received a questionnaire to describe several aspects, findings and impact of the project during Phase I, from which an article was elaborated and published by the HEI Programme communication personnel.

The article was published in 12 April 2022, covering several aspects about INCORE and its partners, such as:

  • Nuno’s background and role in INCORE
  • Goals
  • Background
  • The project and the EIT HEI Initiative
  • Consortium
  • Results
  • Challenges
  • 1st Open Event
  • Future steps
  • Highlights

Have a look at the full article at: 

Conclusion of Phase I

With the conclusion of 2021 activities, the INCORE project has reached the end of Phase I. In this first part of the project implementation (July-December 2021) the main objective was to conduct a complete assessment on the capabilities and potential of the involved HEIs, and the conditions to implement the actions on Phase II.

In addition, in Phase I the consortium focused on the identification of  the current needs and overall scenario within the Outermost Regions involved in the project (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and La Réunion). This task involved all regional partners, with the purpose of ensuring that local development can be implemented in alignment with the strategies of the different EITs – for example: EIT Climate, EIT RawMaterials, and EIT InnoEnergy.

The INCORE HEIs worked hard in the organization of several initiatives focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, with training events, workshops, and mentoring activities by experts. These initiatives addressed students, as well as academic staff and non-academic staff in these universities. Due to the current circumstances faced worldwide, some of the events were held online.

The INCORE team also offered support to start-ups of different sectors, with regards to financial, development of business plans, go-to-market strategies and other aspects of these companies. The experts from the INCORE consortium provided feedback and mentoring to overcome any bottlenecks encountered.

One INCORE Open Event was held at Universidade da Madeira (UMa), Portugal, in which students, teachers and the academic staff of UMa (in place) and an online audience (the Open Event was also broadcasted online) had the opportunity to learn more about INCORE and the added value that it will provide to Madeira and the other Outermost Regions involved in the project.

Finally, in order to prepare a transition from Phase I to Phase II, a roadmap was created based on the assessments on the conditions and needs from the HEIs and Outermost Regions to implement the future actions for 2022 and 2023. 

First in person consortium meeting

The INCORE consortium had the first opportunity to meet in person to discuss the project progress, and the short to long term objectives. The host of the meeting was the partner Eduardo Leite – Universidade de Madeira (UMa), who organized the meeting and the venue at Colégio dos Jesuítas – Funchal, Madeira (Portugal). The three-day meeting was planned according to the following schedule:

• 9th November 2021: Welcome by UMa´s Dean and Vice Dean
• 10th November 2021: 8th INCORE Consortium Meeting
• 11th November 2021: 1st open INCORE regional event

On the first day of the meeting (09/11), the INCORE partners were welcomed by the dean and vice dean of Universidade da Madeira at the Rectory Meeting Room. After a brief introduction of the consortium, the Project Coordinator Nuno Almeida provided a short presentation about INCORE’s concept, background and objectives, emphasizing its positive impact in the entrepreneurship and innovation sectors in the EU Outermost Regions. The introduction of the project was well received by UMa’s dean and vice dean, who showed a strong support to the initiative.

The following day (10/11) was dedicated to the 8th plenary meeting – exclusive to the INCORE partners. Plenary meetings have been held biweekly, online, and this was the first chance to conduct it in person. The task leaders related to Work Package 2 – Setting the Stage – presented the work progress and the produced deliverables that mapped the following topics:

  1. Contextual analysis of the regional innovation environment
  2. Institutional capacities and information exchange
  3. Training and mentoring programmes to be developed in INCORE
  4. Action Plan and Roadmap to implementation – towards Phase II of the project.

The third and last day of meetings (11/11) was organized as an open event, dedicated to UMa staff and students. This was a hybrid event held in the Courtyard Room I at Colégio dos Jesuítas (Universidade da Madeira), as well as online. The opening session was conducted by the vice dean of UMa, followed by the Project Coordinator Nuno Almeida, who provided a presentation about the project. After that, the next session titled “Innovation Capacity Building in EU’s ORs” counted with two invited guest speakers from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) – who are now part of INCORE project – to provide insightful presentations on:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurial Dynamics and Social-Economic Impacts in ORs (Miguel Amaral)
  • Requirements for Resilient Innovation Ecosystems in ORs (Oliver Schwabe)

The session was wrapped up with some questions from the audience, who demonstrated engagement and interest in deploying their entrepreneurial capacity in the Madeira Island. Our mentors already offered their support and follow up discussions with these students.

After intense meetings during these three days, the INCORE consortium reviewed the past and current progress of the tasks, and aligned the work plan for the upcoming months. In addition, it was an opportunity to develop team building activities, and strengthen the partnership within the project.

First action for the INCORE project

INCORE boosts innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Europe’s Outermost Regions (ORs) by seizing region-specific contextual and business opportunities. To achieve its objectives, there are a number of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to be accomplished, including training and mentoring activities, as well as support to start-ups from these regions.

In this context, on 15th October 2021 the INCORE project had already conducted its first initiative, coordinated by Universidad Europea Canarias: a round table on entrepreneurship and innovation titled: “Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Big Data. This is how 21st century companies evolve” (translated from Spanish). The program of the event counted with relevant topics, such as:

  • What is Big Data and Digital Transformation?
  • In what scenarios it is implemented and for what?
  • Importance of Human capital in the development of Digital Transformation.
  • Practical examples in the development and implementation of Big Data and Digital transformation.

The event was coordinated by the INCORE partner Juan Arquillo (Universidad Europea Canarias). There were 6 speakers and an audience of 34 participants, between in person and streaming modes (14 face-to-face students, 15 online, 2 teachers and 3 non-academic staff).

This is the first of many events that will be organized during INCORE’s lifetime. Initiatives in La Réunion (France), Madeira and Azores (Portugal) will also be organized in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

INCORE introduced at the #EURegionsWeek!

Our Project Coordinator Nuno Almeida was invited to contribute to the European Week of Regions and Cities, which was held between 11-14th October 2021. In this opportunity, the INCORE project was selected to be presented at an online Participatory Lab session entitled “Building smart and sustainable regions: Entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education”. The second half of the session had a World Café format, in which participants rotated in online breakout rooms to interact directly with projects in the HEI Initiative community.

This was the first opportunity in which INCORE could be formally presented in an event. Nuno represented the consortium with a 10-minutes pitch, which was followed by questions and input from the audience, as well as comments regarding future collaboration to the INCORE initiative.

The presentation covered an overview of the  consortium, the main vision and objectives of the project. In addition, our coordinator introduced the ways in which INCORE focuses on supporting and growing innovation in the EU Outermost Regions.

The workshop gathered HEIs, regional authorities and other interested participants to help strengthen the connection between the EIT, its innovation communities, and a new generation of Smart Specialisation Strategies.

A virtual meeting with EIT InnoEnergy

Following the first official Kick-off meeting, the INCORE team held another meeting on the 8th of September with EIT InnoEnergy  – the funding entity of the project – to discuss and analyse the project implementation and initial work plan.

In this occasion, the agenda was focused, at first, on discussions around the administrative and financial reporting of the partners’ activities (WP1 – Project Management). In addition, the consortium and EIT InnoEnergy discussed the implementation of the tasks of WP2 – Setting the stage, in order to meet the proposed KPIs, which include training and mentoring of students, staff and non-staff members of the targeted Outermost Regions. The discussions were finalised with a look at the communication and dissemination activities.

Follow the project on social media and the website to learn more on how we are connecting the Outermost Regions to support Innovation and Entrepreneurship!

Getting started with INCORE!

The INCORE project, one of the awarded Cross-KIC projects to boost Innovation and Entrepreneurship among Higher Education Institutions, held its Kick-off meeting, online, on the 17th of August.

The project represents a collaborative approach between four regions – Madeira and Azores (Portugal), Canary Islands (Spain) and La Reunion (France) – involving different actors from the Knowledge Triangle including education, research and industry partners. The project is, however, driven by the HEIs from Madeira, Canarias and La Reunion, and these are supported by IST (Lisbon). The partnership includes:

  • Instituto Superior Técnico (HEI, Portugal)
  • Université de La Reunion (HEI, France)
  • Universidade da Madeira (HEI, Portugal)
  • Universidad Europea de Canárias (HEI, Spain)
  • La Palma Research Centre (SME/Research, Spain)
  • Trisolaris Advanced Technologies (SME, Portugal)


    In order to start the work to be implemented during this year, the Kick-off meeting included presentations by the leaders of WP1 (Project Management), WP2 (Setting the stage) and WP4 (Communication, dissemination and outreach). The current and future plans for implementation of the tasks was discussed.