SETTING UP THE NETWORK

The Starter Kit is the complete service package that the KETGATE Point puts at the disposal of SMEs and RTOs to provide them with innovation services.

It offers SMEs qualified support to apply KETs in their own business successfully. At the same time, it supports RTOs to increase their visibility and connects them with companies and other KETs providers.

The dedicated services for companies are
-Evaluates your innovation capacity
-Facilitates your cooperation with RTOs
-Provides you with information on RTO services
-Provides you with information on funding schemes

The dedicated services for Research Technology Organisations are
-Promotes your latest developments and services
-Connects you with SMEs across Europe
-Strengthens your cooperation with other RTOs across Europe
-Provides you with information on funding schemes


Piloting the network 

The operational deliverable of the KETGATE services were tested with pilot projects.  Within this, SMEs that so far had low access to KET services received support from high competent KET-providers to help them solve their technological challenges  

Furthermore, many KET-providers in our network worked together in joint transnational projects and a CE-wide partnership started, which ensure a future broader service provision capacity for SMEs within the KETGATE network.

the project provided six promotional and informational videos showing the details of the pilot actions, their effects and impact on the further development of the company's product/service on the market.

 PARDAM, s. r. o. Czech Republic
MaterialScan Ltd., Italy

 Balmar d.o.o., SLovenia
Phoenix d.o.o., Croatia
Technometall Kft, Hungary

RTO services for SMEs 

KETGATE developed various tools to facilitate international cooperation between RTOs and SMEs. The toolbox includes support for the matchmaking, i.e., KETGATE platform and brokerage, organizational support, i.e., contract templates for international multi-stakeholder projects and promotion, i.e., through success stories.

In the document below 5 tools are exemplary presented. Members of the KETGATE network have access to the complete toolset with over 20 innovation support tools. KETGATE, with the help of this toolbox, enables transnational service provision for SME through RTOs forefront in KET.

Mainstreaming the network  

Virtual brokerage event 

In May 2020 we organized brokerage event in order to connect SMEs with Research and Technology Organizations in the field of Key Enabling Technologies. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the brokerage event took place online: https://ketgate-central-europe-brokerage-event.b2match.io/

318 participants from 23 countries registered to the event. You can find more information about the organization and statistics here 

Action Plan for a CE-wide KETGATE Network - and beyond

In last part of the project, the KETGATE network was open for new members in order to expand it. Several new Business Support Organizations and Research and Technology Organizations have joined it. In order to expand and strengthen the network we have prepared an action plan. You can find it here

 

Recommendations for qualification measures targeting RTO 

This document provides recommendations to Research and Technology Organisations (RTO), regional policy and the European Commission (EC) towards qualification of further RTO to be able to integrate them to the KET technology Inventory. You can find it here

Thanks to our Partners from the RTO and SME institutions we were able to fulfill the KETGATE Project mission, which was to strengthen the regional innovation capacity in Central Europe through the transnational network where companies have access to KETs independent of their location and language.  The network expanded from 8 KETGATE points and 3 RTOs to 10 KETGATE points and 20 RTOs from Central Europe. This growth shows the potential for providing KET services to SMEs, opening the door to the full expansion of the KETGATE network in Central Europe. 

Project results

10

KETGATE POINTS

16

PROJECT PROMOTING
COMMUNICATION
EVENTS 

277

PARTICIPANTS IN
COMMUNICATION
PROJECT EVENTS

80% 

STAKEHOLDERS'
SATISFied  
WITH THE PROJECT
INFORMATION

LESSONs LEARNT

Provide information about the KETs potential
and keep SMEs updated and aware

TRANSNATIONAL ROUND TABLE OF STAKEHOLDERS FOR DEVELOPING RTO-SME AND RTO-RTO COOPERATION AN ELABORATING COMMON ACTION PLANS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED

Support transnational collaboration
between research and business

Application for EU Calls enables RTOs to provide R&D services
to SMEs and should be continued

WHAT IS KETGATE?

Enhancing SME competitiveness through improved access to Key Enabling Technologies

Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are drivers of innovation and set important impetus for an intelligent and sustainable economic growth in Europe in order to ensure the future viability of our society. However, there are major differences in access for SMEs to KETs within Europe. These are particularly evident in many Central European countries where a suitable infrastructure for KETs is still insufficiently available.

The KETGATE project, coordinated by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ), connects business support organisations (BSO) and research institutes (RTO) in order to help SMEs accessing high-level technology for advanced materials, photonics and micro-& nano-electronics in the areas of transport, health and food.

For this purpose, a contact point is set up at each partner location which offers advice to SMEs towards KET application. In pilot projects, jointly developed service models offer selected companies the concrete application of KETs through cross-border cooperation. In total, the network of smart access points will support at least 90 SMEs from Central European regions as well as at least 15 transnational pilot cooperation agreements.

Besides, contractual obligations will be made with 20 other organisations to expand and to strengthen the network. Thus, the project will not only contribute to the competitiveness of SMEs in Central Europe, but also generate significant change for the entire region by supporting regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).

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Project Duration

Start Date

01.07.2017

End Date

31.08.2020

Project Partners

PROJECT PARTNERS

KETGATE in NUmbers

8

Project Partners

8

Countries

2.02

Project Budget in MLN

1.66

ERDF Funding in MLN

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