EMPHASIS
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Euro-Mediterranean Network Facilitating Market Uptake of Innovations from SMEs

About the project

EMPHASIS is set on co-creating a Mediterranean Open Innovation (OI) ecosystem, in which knowledge flows across borders and is translated into marketable innovations. The project will co-design, deploy and validate a Mediterranean OI service platform, aiming at better linking the fragmented innovation systems of the region by facilitating meaningful cross-border knowledge flows, empower SMEs with the skill-sets required to tap into external knowledge base and turn it into value and identify fields that can turn sustainability challenges (e.g., agri-food, energy, materials) into business opportunities. EMPHASIS will lead to the uptake of the results from a series of projects to identify SMEs, assess their ‘readiness’ to engage with OI and provide them advisory services - in the form of vouchers – to enhance their innovation capacity to build partnerships, covering the different stages of their innovation journeys. A joint transnational approach will be a solid action to address the sustainability agendas through effective market uptake of research outputs.

Key information

EMPHASIS
Euro-Mediterranean Network Facilitating Market Uptake of Innovations from SMEs
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.2 SMEs access to research and innovation
Greece, Jordan, Spain, Lebanon, Egypt, Italy

Financial data

0.8 million
Total budget
0.7 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

6
Partners
6
Countries
14
Technical outputs

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Objective

To deploy an Open Innovation system that supports SMEs to exploit sustainability business opportunities through external cross-border partnerships across the Mediterranean

What will be improved?

The implementation of EMPHASIS will provide a working collaboration of cross-border partnerships sharing knowledge and working together on co-creating new products and services within real-life environments with the user in focus. It will increase capacities of SMEs to innovate and their readiness to engage with innovation partners, turning external knowledge into new products, services and business opportunities. The project will validate the Open Innovation approach and will engage policy-makers and stakeholders, contributing to its mainstreaming. EMPHASIS will address SMEs of various patterns of innovation activity, including those that are not the usual beneficiaries of policy interventions, namely SMEs in non-high-tech sectors, as high-tech SMEs barely represent 8% of the total.

Who will benefit?

  • SMEs, start-ups and spin offs involved in submission of Open Innovation opportunities 
  • At least 12 enterprises providing Open Innovation opportunities will be assisted
  • Clusters and networks of SMEs and Spin-offs
  • Researchers and Research Units developing solutions in the field of sustainability
  • Innovation policy authorities
  • Business support structures
  • More than 60 public authorities, institutional actors and policy makers 
     

Expected achievements

  • An Open Innovation platform enabled, providing online tools to post supply and demand of innovation
  • 60 innovation opportunities proposed by SMEs boosted through an Open Call
  • 24 SMEs supported with advisory services
  • 6 regional capacity building seminars organized

Contribution to policy-making

EMPHASIS has inherited a substantial legacy of accumulated knowledge and experience from ENPI, ENI and other initiatives. This legacy will be capitalized through the inclusion of key members of many of these former and ongoing projects in the EMPHASIS consortium, adding a dimension of continuity and relevance to the proposed activities. The project is expected to contribute directly to the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, the Smart Specialization Strategy and the Europe Green Deal Strategy, as well as EU's and MPC countries long-term sustainability goals. Furthermore, it will support the Joint Africa-EU Strategy through exchanges with the EU-AU High Level Policy Dialogue groups (research partnerships on food and nutrition security and sustainable – FNSSA, renewable energy - RE and climate change and sustainable energy-CCSE). The cooperation among different regions, development of strategic partnerships and input from open call, innovation support services and joint projects development will be mainstreamed into regional policy making through community and dedicated engagement activities.

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Opportunity: External Expert needed for support services on Active Open Innovation for the EMPHASIS project in Spain

Expert needed for the provision of 'Open Innovation' mission organization and facilitation of cross border strategic partnerships …

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EMPHASIS in Spain launches a tender for the provision of innovation support services to 4 SMEs

Experts needed for profiling the innovation potential of the selected solutions or offers of the SMEs selected by the EMPHASIS Project in Sp…

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EMPHASIS project provides its Innovative Support Services to 4 Lebanese SMEs

EMPHASIS Lebanese partner selects 4 SMEs to engage with open Innovation ecosystem and provide them advisory services to enhance their innovation capacity to build partnerships…

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EMPHASIS' final beneficiaries to participate in the Mediterranean Innovation Hub in Barcelona

The Mediterranean Innovation Hub aims to connect entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, and the public sector in the Mediterranean to gener…

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Jordan: EMPHASIS launches a tender for the provision of support services to four SMEs

EMPHASIS project issues a request for proposals to profile the innovation potential of four SMEs' selected solutions or offers.

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EMPHASIS - Jordan: External Expert needed to provide Open Innovation related services

EMPHASIS project has issued a request for proposals for the provision of Open Innovation missions-related services that match the technologies and services offered by benefici…

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EMPHASIS Jordanian Partner is looking for an external auditor

The Jordan University of Science and Technology launches a call for the delivery of 6 Training Seminars on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Open Innovation, Commercialization & Technology Transfer

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EMPHASIS establishes synergies to improve support for innovation and entrepreneurship in Jordan

EU-funded U-SOLVE, MYSEA, EMPHASIS & MED-QUAD projects in Jordan identify a common objective of sustainable urban development based on e…

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EMPHASIS selects 24 Mediterranean SMEs to receive Open Innovation Support Services

EMPHASIS team gathers in Alexandria to discuss the co-creation of a Mediterranean open innovation ecosystem and choose 24 recipients for its open innovation call.

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Opportunity: External Auditor needed for the EMPHASIS project in Greece

External Financial auditor needed for the verification of the Lead Beneficiary’s expenditures and revenues. Deadline July 29th.

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2nd EXTENSION for Spanish and Lebanese SMEs to apply for the EMPHASIS Open Call!

2nd Extension: EMPHASIS extends the deadline for Lebanese and Spanish SMEs to apply their solutions to the most pressing Sustainability Priorities to 06/07

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: EMPHASIS offers FREE Innovation Support Services to 24 Mediterranean SMEs!

SECOND CHANCE: EMPHASIS announces the launch of its Open Call targeting Mediterranean SMEs, startups and spin-offs to apply their solutions to tackle the most urgent Sustainab…

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EMPHASIS project in Lebanon builds synergies with the TRANSDAIRY project to support the dairy industry

EMPHASIS participated in a focus group organized by the TRANSDAIRY project with the aim of reinforcing collaboration between the two initiat…

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OPEN CALL: EMPHASIS provides Services to selected SMEs to power up their Innovation Potential

Introducing the EMPHASIS Open Call services which will help selected SMEs assess their innovation potential, build a good product, and locate prospective twinning partners

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EMPHASIS Focus Group in Spain identifies Open Innovation Best Practices to adopted across the Mediterranean

ASCAME brought together Spanish Open Innovation stakeholders to discuss priorities and barriers to implementation of Open Innovation activit…

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SAVE THE DATE: EMPHASIS launches the 1st of May its Call for the Identification of Open Innovation Opportunities

EMPHASIS introduces the top sustainable priorities to be addressed by SMEs in its Open Call, which will result in at least 80 Open Innovatio…

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OPPORTUNITY: EMPHASIS partner in Egypt is seeking the services of a Marketing and Video Production Agency

Marketing and Video Production Agency needed for the production of two promotional videos for the dissemination of the project's Open C…

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Jordanian Open Day introduces the EMPHASIS project to stakeholders from the Tech and Tourism Industries

The Jordan University of Science and Technology brought together 35 stakeholders from the Jordanian business market to introduce the concept…

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Get to know EMPHASIS, the project that aims to commercialize small business innovations in six Mediterranean countries!

How does EU-funded EMPHASIS project foster the transfer of knowledge across borders, boost the innovation system, and empower SMEs? Find out…

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Jordan University of Science and Technology, partner of EMPHASIS project, is looking for an External Auditor

The Jordan University of Science and Technology, EMPHASIS Project partner, seeks the services of an external auditor to verify its revenues …

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Job Opportunity: Communication Manager needed for the EMPHASIS project in Lebanon

The Industrial Research Institute, is looking to hire a Communication Manager to support the project team in Lebanon in reaching the communication and visibility objectives of…

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Opportunity: External Auditor needed for the EMPHASIS project in Egypt

EMPHASIS project partner in Egypt is searching for an external auditor to verify expenditures on EU-funded projects. Applications to be submitted by January 20th, 2022.

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The Industrial Research Institute, Lebanese partner of EMPHASIS, is looking for a Technical Expert

Deadline for the submission of applications for the vacancy is February 2nd, 2022. The Industrial Research Institute, requests the services …

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The Industrial Research Institute, Lebanese partner of EMPHASIS, is looking for an External Auditor

Deadline for the submission of applications is February 2nd, 2022. The Industrial Research Institute, requests the services of an external a…

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EMPHASIS in Spain is looking for an External Auditor in Spain

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce, requests the services of an external auditor for the EMPHASIS project. Deadline 26/01/2022.