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1. Leading partner.
National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Sized businesses – CNA Regional Association of Emilia Romagna
Emilia Romagna
Via Rimini 7
40128 Bologna (
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Phone : 0039 051 2133011 - 0039 051 2133210
Mobile : 0039 348 2502469
Fax : 0039 051 2133320

CNA, the National Confederation for the Craft Sector and Small and Medium Enterprise, represents Craft Businesses and small and medium enterprises.

CNA was founded in 1945 in Bologna and has developed at local, national, European and international level.
CNA Bologna associates 16,500 companies (Craft Businesses, SME, Workers on Contract, Self-employed Professionals, Trades) which produce over 3-billion-euro turnover and employ 47,000 people.

CNA Bologna has 1 provincial Head Office, 40 branches located on the local territory, 10 affiliated companies, 10 Business Associations, 22 Consortia. 400 Member Entrepreneurs are engaged in the Board of Directors and the employees are over 700.
CNA represents the interests of Craft Businesses, SMEs and experts in public and private institutions, in the Public Administration, and in political, social and economic organizations.

CNA offers a wide range of services, ranging from financial and fiscal assistance to strategic consultancy; it also promotes the economic development and invests together with its member enterprises in high added value projects for their economic development.
CNA Bologna participates in the Chamber of Commerce and has its own representatives in the local and regional Craft Commissions (C.P.A. and C.R.A.) and in the most important Economic Bodies of the territory.

In Italy CNA associates more than 350,00 enterprises and has 20 Regional Federations, 106 Provincial Associations, 10 Business Associations, over 1.300 offices and more than 10,000 employees.
CNA also has offices in Brussels, El Cairo and is a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Nice and New York. CNA also is a member of UEAPME and participates in NORMAPME (European Technical Office for Standardisation Process) , in the Avignon Academy (Scientific Body for the study of SMEs and the Craft/Trade System) and in the Jeune (Committee of Young Entrepreneurs of the European Union) . Besides, the CNA system belongs to the EURO INFO CENTRE which is the European Information and Cooperation Network.
2. Emilia Romagna Region. General Directorate for Industry, Tourism and Trade
Viale A. Moro, 44
40100 Bologna
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Phone : 00390516396419
Fax : 00390516396545

Emilia-Romagna Region:
Area (km2) 22.123 squared kilometros
Population (in thousands) 4.395.606 inhabitants;

Regional Economic contest:
The Emilia-Romagna productive system is strongly based on SMEs, organised in networks and clusters. The strength of the system is the deep attitude to learn, change and co-operate. Although the main regional clusters were originally based on traditional sectors, they are now highly specialised and, due the consolidation of the engineering sectors and in technical services, all of theme are now technology exporters. The main regional clusters are:
- mechanical engineering;
- motor industries (especially sport cars and motorcycles);
- agro-food and packaging;
- construction materials and technology (especially ceramics);
- biomedical and electromedical;
- textile and footwear.

Relevant actions supporting SMEs development:
The regional government aims at reinforcing the innovation performance of the productive system and of SMEs. The efforts are concentrated in:
- stimulating research activities, innovation and University/industry relationships
- favouring the diffusion of ICT technologies among SMEs;
- supporting SMEs internationalisation;
- developing critical infrastructure (broadband).
- supporting local development programs.

3. IMU-Institut Berlin GmbH
Werkstraße 1 / Netzwerkhaus
15890 Eisenhüttenstadt
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Phone +49 (0)30 2936970
Fax +49 (0)30 29369711

The IMU-Institute is an independent, interdisciplinary research and consulting institution and was founded in 1981 in Munich as a registered association with approved non-profit status. In 1985 it became IMU Institute GmbH. The institute is financing its research, consulting activities and transfer of knowledge only through project-linked grants and orders.

The IMU-Institute Berlin GmbH was founded 2004 and is based in Berlin with a local office in Dresden and project offices in Eisenhüttenstadt and Rathenow (Brandenburg).

The IMU-Institute Berlin GmbH is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 in the scope of project development, coordination and implementation of projects with the following contents:
- network and cluster management
- transfer of technology and knowledge
- occupational safety and health protection
- support of regional planning
- development of industrial strategies
- consulting of works councils
- operational restructuring of businesses

Consulting and research are the fields of activity at the IMU-Institutes in East Germany. With special regard to the interdependent development of companies, industrial sectors and regions the IMU-Institute runs projects and networks
- for a sustainable development of economy and labour in cities and regions in cooperation with the regional governments, social partners and other stakeholders
- to secure and strengthen locations and jobs
- to enhance regional cooperation, to support and manage networks and clusters
- to identify and interlink the instruments of facilitation and funding of economic and labour policy
- to evaluate labour, economic and sector-related programs, projects and structures

The IMU-Institutes supports and consults sector-realted networks of companies, research institution and regional stakeholders

Establishing and enhancing regional networks and clusters is a vital strategy to diminish structural deficits and to promote the existing strengths. Besides being an industrial policy essential cooperation within clusters aims at the preservation of jobs and SME, the attraction of new investors and companies, investments in the future and measures to improve the social and ecological environment. Therefore economic, scientific and social partners are closely integrated into the clusters and networks. Particularly in the field of innovation development cross-sector and trans-regional collaboration becomes more important. Finding and utilizing these synergies is crucial to tap the full creative, innovative and growth potentials of Eastern Germany.

4. CAMPUS 02 – University for Applied Sciences
Körblergasse 126
8021 Graz
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Phone : +43 316 6002 328
Fax : +43 316 6002 1220

Our key strategic approaches were defined based on our vision and mission statement, with the following unique selling points of CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences being identified:

CAMPUS 02 considers itself as “compact, focused, quality-oriented and entrepreneurial”.

The clear emphasis on integral and fundamental subject areas of the industry guarantees quality, short decision making processes and thereby dynamic portfolio innovation.

Developed communication skills in conjunction with a strong partner network ensure the promised performance for the long term.

In the given operational structure of CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences, the consequent practice-oriented focus of the courses on offer is guaranteed. CAMPUS 02 accords particular importance to inviting the industry to participate in the elaboration of curricula and to generally get involved.

CAMPUS 02 nurtures a close network with companies which, in turn, guarantees excellent access to science/practice.

Emphasis is on the portfolio of part-time degree programmes for working professionals.

CAMPUS 02 is the university of applied sciences which strongly highlights entrepreneurship and considers itself as a “University of Applied Sciences for industry” and of the industry.

CAMPUS 02 consciously sees itself as a “system provider”. In comparison to the national average, twice as many students have already successfully completed an apprenticeship (also corresponds to the Council of Universities of Applied Sciences Development Plan III requirement).

The 5 established fields of study are thus all geared towards the strategic specifications (focus on entrepreneurial functions and the industry’s needs; emphasis on students of part-time degree programmes for working professionals) and have been fully adapted to be in keeping with the bachelor and master system.

5. Pannon Business Network Association

Gesztenyefa u. 4.
9027 Győr
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Phone : 0036 96 506 935
Mobile : 0036 30 686 1380
Fax : 0036 96 506 935

The Pannon Business Network Association – later referred to as PBN – as a non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 with the aim to contribute to the economic development of the West-Transdanubian Region.
To achieve its economy development objectives PBN formed a company network cooperation which enables the offer of all inclusive services on business base for companies.

PBN realizes its objectives via the following 3 key areas:
- logistics and Capital investment promotion
- human resource development
- research and development

According to our philosophy we stand for providing needs-oriented, reliable and high quality services for our customers.

6. Centre for research, innovation and regional development
Slaměníkova 316/27
614 00 Brno
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Phone : + 420 54422637
Mobile : + 420 608 832 068
Fax : + 420 54422637

The aim of Centre for Research, Innovation and Regional Development is to connect the world of university research to the top-ranking companies in given fields of industry. This imaginary bridge enables the application of the research in practice. The Centre is interested in the key areas of its members and partner organizations. These are renewable resources, decreasing of energetic demand factor, machine industry, transport, safety of sport technologies or biotechnologies and regional development. This long-term cooperation of academic and comercial sphere makes the research more effiient and helps to find sollutions of common issues.

7. Regional Development Agency of Bielsko Biala
Ul. Cieszynska 365
43-300 Bielsko-Biala
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Phone : +48 33 816 9162

RDA Bielsko-Biala is experienced, non-profit regional organization actively working on the field of regional development and regional capacity building. RDA Bielsko-Biała is also strongly involved in implementation of EU co-financed projects. We took part in such programmes as : Interreg IIIC, Interreg IIIB CADSES, European Territorial Cooperation Programme PL-SK 2007-2013, Central Europe, EC Intelligent Energy Europe, Leonardo da Vinci and pre accession programs such as PHARE.

RDA Bielsko-Biala through its active involvement in regional policy making, business environment creation, business support activities and services, gained sufficient experience and has established wide network of cooperating international, national and regional organizations and authorities, science parks and clusters.

Close cooperation with regional business, authorities and R&D sector brought valuable results, just to mention the development of a Beskid Technology Incubator BIT ( , established in 2005 and operated since that within RDA structure.

Range of services offered :
- regional policy development
- business environment creation and support
- consultancy
- SME support and development activities
- project development and management
- internationalization services
- clustering services
- business incubation and company coaching
- start-up and spin-off services
- training programs development and execution

8. The Bielsko-Biała Association: Tourism, Enterprise and Local Development Centre
ul. Browarna 2
43-300 Bielsko Biala

Bielsko Biala Association: Tourism, Enterprise and Local Development Centre, hereinafter referred to as Association, has been established in 2001.

Association is composed of private entities and is a non-profit organization, what is expressed in Association’s Statute. Main goals of the Associations are :

  1. Support and development of tourism sector via stimulation of local entrepreneurship and business environment

  2. Support of small and medium enterprises before and after accession to the European Union

  3. Economic stimulation of the region

  4. Professional and vocational training activities

  5. Support of sustainable regional development

The Association achieves its goals via involvement of its members within different activities realized with cooperation of regional and local institutions and administration such as: Regional Chamber of Commerce, Regional Development Agency Bielsko-Biala, Bielsko-Biala District Authority and City of Bielsko-Biala.

The Association is recently strongly involved in implementation of European Community co-financed programmes focused on international and cross-border cooperation.

CHIRON project – Interreg III B CADSES Programme, is one of the examples. Project was being implemented from April 2006 till July 2008 with budget of ERDF 57 760 €. Goals of the projects were to :

  1. Preserve and monitor local and regional heritage

  2. Organize and activate European Cultural Heritage Forum (altogether with project partners, finally established in Volos, Greece 2008)

  3. Prepare plans of cultural heritage physical assets preservation

  4. Development of new promotional materials (guidebook) and establishment of Cultural Tourism Info Centre (finally established 2007 in Cieszyn)

  5. Rise local and regional awareness on heritage assets and increase regional touristic potential.

Association was also involved in implementation of Interreg IIIC project TOURISM PARTNERS EUROPE, implemented by Regional Development Agency Bielsko-Biała, and fulfilling different tasks as a subcontractor and expert organization.

Currently Association is involved in trans-border programmes planned activities supporting small and medium enterprises.

Apart from that, the Association implements its statutory activities on daily basis.

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