The CERIecon Team organised its 1st Steering Committee Meeting in November. The purposes of the 2-day Steering Committee Meeting was to monitor the project process, project content and financial performance monitoring, such as to discuss future activities and upcoming events.
The focus of the Work Package Leaders Meeting and Policy Group Meeting was to monitor project implementation, performance and develop sustainable policy measures and to polish the content of the free six-month training programme for start-ups across Europe.
The CERIecon project will launch seven playparks offering training and mentoring for start-ups in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.
The partner of CERIecon project started to cooperate.
14 institutions, represented by more than 40 people met in Bratislava on September 12-13, 2016.
The aim of this 2-day Common Workshop Culture Workshop and Project Kickoff Meeting was to discuss the project implementation procedure, tasks, responsibilities, work packages, and to create a good working atmosphere.
Target group indicator value
Education/training centre and school
Business support organisation
National public authority
Local public authority
Higher education and research
Regional public authority
Interest groups including NGOs
Funding initiatives (e.g. business angels, crowdfunding )
Change is still needed to make the cities and regions in central Europe better places to work and live. Daring young entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas could contribute considerably to this change. But they cannot. Factors such as a lack of an entrepreneurial culture and mind-set leading to a limited interest in entrepreneurship are hampering their efforts. There is also inadequate training to improve their skills and entrepreneurial competences and innovation in general is being hampered by the lingering effects of the historical east-west divide and the recent economic crisis through an underinvestment in R&D. And yet, entrepreneurs must be empowered to create change; they “form the majority of business entities and are the biggest employers” in central Europe.
“It is important to provide, at regional level, the right mix of financial and non-financial support to assist entrepreneurs to create new firms.” "And this is the goal of CERIecon. By mid-2019, the project will contribute to a change in the way entrepreneurs are inspired, trained and supported through a balanced package of strategies, actions plans, pilot actions, training, and tools to create new-type comprehensive regional innovation ecosystems in seven Central Europe regions. With their three-step logical project approach (Development – Implementation – Improvement), they want entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to benefit the most from what they do. But also their regions will benefit because from now on regional smart specialisation strategies will be further used to develop novel technologies, and brilliant products and services for economic and social innovation.”