From 26-28 April 2023, the 31st Plenary Meeting took place in Azores, Portugal, where all partners of the project were gathered to review all work packages and discuss pending tasks that need to be completed towards the end of the project. This event was hosted by the partner Trisolaris Advanced Technologies. It was a momentous occasion for all those involved in the project, as it provided a unique opportunity to assess the progress made so far and to plan the next steps.
The event covered several key topics, including overall project management and coordination. The aim of this discussion was to ensure that all partners were aligned in terms of project timelines and pending deliverables. It was also an opportunity to identify areas where improvements could be made to achieve better outcomes.
Another important topic was the long-term view towards increasing the capacity of HEIs to better integrate regional innovation ecosystems. The participants discussed the implementation of institutional changes in a cooperative approach between the partners. The aim was to foster stronger partnerships between higher education institutions (HEIs) and regional stakeholders to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
The support package on discovery, incubation, and acceleration with selected start-ups and SMEs from EU Outermost regions was also discussed. The participants explored ways to develop and implement effective support packages for these companies, which would help them to grow and contribute to the regional economy.
Finally, the upcoming events where INCORE will be present were discussed. These events will provide an opportunity for the project to showcase its achievements and to engage with stakeholders from across the involved outermost regions.
Overall, the event was a resounding success. It allowed all partners to come together, review progress made so far, and identify areas where improvements could be made. It was also an opportunity to strengthen partnerships between the partners to continue INCORE legacy beyond the EU funded period. We look forward to continuing our work towards fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU Outermost regions!