The innovation priority addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe that are related to smart growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. It aims at more effective investment in research, innovation and education. The projects funded under this priority help strengthening potentials of technology-oriented areas that are destinations of foreign investments and capital flows, notably through better linking actors of innovation systems. They also address regional disparities in knowledge and education such as brain drain, and strengthen capacities and competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation, also responding to challenges related to demographic change.
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The second cohort of the taylor made training and mentoring programme of the CERIecon project started. The set of 7 practical entrepreneurial skills training workshops focused on the topics such as Market Analysis, Business Planning and Modelling, Marketing, Customers, Sale, Finances and Presentation Skills helping 15 new start-up teams to shift their projects to a next phase.
EU's innovation performance last year continued to grow despite somewhat uneven progress observed around Europe. The most innovative region is Stockholm in Sweden, followed by Copenhagen in Denmark. However also central European regional innovative hubs in Prague and Bratislava show significant progress and positive outlook according to the regional innovation scoreboard.
The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database