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Regional policy improvement for financially sustainable creative incubators units
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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 01 | AUGUST 2012

PRESENTATION

PROJECT PROGRESS

SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: WHAT'S NEW?

PRESENTATION

About InCompass Project

The InCompassproject aims to support the self-sustainability of creative incubator units and enable them to develop and share innovative methods to move away from a general dependence on public funding. Co-financed by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC Programme, the project objective is to inform on and stimulate collaborative development of local, regional, national and EU policy and thereby increase the capacity to create more spaces for experiment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries, and to enable them to provide a driver for sustainable growth and job creation as stated in the Lisbon Agenda.





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About Interreg IVC Programme

INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperationacross Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Operational Programme was approved in September 2007 and the period for INTERREG IVC will last from 2007-2013. The programme budget amounts to EUR 321 million (only European Regional Development Fund’s resources).

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PROJECT PROGRESS

Kick off meeting-Dundee, Scotland. 22-23 February 2012



The project Regional Policy Improvement for Financially Sustainable Creative Incubator Units (InCompass project) held its kick-off conference on 22-23 February 2012 in Dundee, Scotland. The meeting counted with the participation of the core project consortium, consisting of 15 partners from 12 European countries: Scotland, Spain, Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Slovakia, Italy, England, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary and Bulgaria. Hosted by Dundee College, InCompass Project Coordinator, and organized as a two-day session, the Steering Committee made the first decisions regarding tasks and work methodology, as well as the celebration of the first Thematic Seminar.

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City of Rotterdam hosts InCompass Project’s first study visit. 2-3 May 2012


The first InCompass project’s study visit took place on 2 and 3 May in the city of Rotterdam. Organized and hosted by the project partner of Delft University of Technology, the partners attending had the opportunity to identify and discuss best practices and models of management regarding the self-sustainability of incubators in creative industries in two referenced centers in Rotterdam – the Creative Factory and RDM Campus.

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Milan, the capital of fashion & desing, hosts the second study visit of the incompass project. June 2012


The Province of Milan and BIC La Fucina hosted the second study visit of the European project InCompass (Regional Policy Improvement for financially sustainable Creative Incubator Units) financed by the Interreg IV C Programme. The 15 project partners came to Milan to meet the players of the incubation experiences in the field of cultural and creative businesses with the aim of identifying good practices of financial sustainability.

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RIG's: First Regional Implementation Group meeting in Greece. July 2012




The 1st meeting of the Greek Regional Implementation Group (RIG) of the InCompass project took place on the 11th of July, 2012 at the premises of Chamber of Achaia. Eleven regional stakeholders participated, each having different orientation and positioning in the context of the necessity, in policy terms, for the Region of Western Greece (i) to prioritise the support of the creation of new high-tech innovative companies in its policy agenda and (ii) design and implement corresponding policies.

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SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: WHAT'S NEW?


InCompass Project participates in IF
On 27-28 February, some 300 policy-makers and practitioners gathered in Milan (Italy) for the official launch of the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) during the Innovation Festival Finale. This event brought together for the first time the 28 partner organisations from 12 countries that build the core of the ECIA. The conference began with policy discussions highlighting the importance of creative industries and how these industries can better be supported in Europe. During the two days meeting, InCompass’ coordinator, Andy Mckenzie, has the opportunity to present the project.

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€8.1 billion investment in research and innovation to create growth and jobs
The European Commission has today announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe's competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanisation and managing waste. The funding - which is open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States and partner countries - makes up the lion's share of the EU's proposed €10.8 billion research budget for 2013. This announcement comes just days after EU leaders emphasised the importance of research and innovation in the Compact for Growth and Jobs.

Source: http://europa.eu/

Jordan - Creative Business Cup
For the first time in Jordan a Business plan Competition dedicated to the creative industries, cash awards and a chance to compete globally among 25 other countries and win more than $50,000.

For Registration & More Information Please follow this link: http://qrce.org/cbc/pages/home

InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.
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