A new Interreg Europe funded project Design4Innovation led by PDR and having KEPA as partner starts its activities as of January 2017.
Design for Europe partner KEPA will participate in a new EU project called Design4Innovation and led by PDR (International Design and Research Centre). The project aims to support governments to develop and implement Design Action Plans to enhance SME competitiveness through a more strategic use of design. Design4Innovation will take place over five years and involves eight partners including regional European governments, design centres and innovation agencies. In addition to KEPA (Greece) and PDR (UK), we will work with partners from Belgium, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

A new Interreg Europe funded project Design4Innovation led by PDR and having KEPA as partner starts its activities as of January 2017.
Design for Europe partner KEPA will participate in a new EU project called Design4Innovation and led by PDR (International Design and Research Centre). The project aims to support governments to develop and implement Design Action Plans to enhance SME competitiveness through a more strategic use of design. Design4Innovation will take place over five years and involves eight partners including regional European governments, design centres and innovation agencies. In addition to KEPA (Greece) and PDR (UK), we will work with partners from Belgium, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
Through interregional knowledge exchange, we will identify best practice in design support mechanisms for SMEs and engage with policy-makers to integrate support instruments for design into the ERDF operational programmes. The project partners aim for 1,600 SMEs to benefit from support instruments (both financial and non-financial) to bring more innovative, user-friendly and profitable products and services to the market. Funded by INTERREG Europe —which helps regional and local governments across Europe develop and deliver better policy—, the project corresponds with the European Commission’s ‘Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation’ (2013), which recognizes design as an accessible “tool for user-centred and market-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy” and calls for European regions to develop their Action Plans for Design.
The project represents a new push in KEPA’s efforts in advancing the case for design in Greece and complements the recently launched DesignShots project. Through Design4Innovation, we particularly intend to improve the Greek Operational Programme (OP) Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation 2014-2020 by integrating design as an eligible cost within financial instruments such as grants and innovation vouchers. However, the route to building effective capabilities for design-driven innovation among SMEs is not clear for Greek policymakers. Design4Innovation will help clear this way out by engaging with policy-makers in exchanging experiences with peers from all Europe. To complement this, through DesignShots we will review Design-Driven Innovation Programmes and we will develop and test an adapted programme for our region that could then be easily funded by and integrated under the OP.

DateActivity
29/10/2019B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
22/10/20197th Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Barcelona
16/09/2019B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
21-22/05/20196th Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Cardiff
10/04/2019Dissemination event of Design4Innovation project entitled ‘Technology VS Human’
28/11/2018B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
20-21/11/2018Participation of KEPA in BEDA Insight Forum in Brussels, as a Design4Innovation project partner
30-31/10/20185th Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Riga
28-29/06/2018B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
10-12/4/20184th Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Valletta
29-30/3/2018B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
22/2/20183rd Thematic Workshop of Design4Innovation project entitled ‘Identifying good practices in financial support’ in Thessaloniki.
28/11/20172nd Thematic Workshop of Design4Innovation project in Thessaloniki
7-8/11/20173rd Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Santiago Compostella
16/10/2017B2B meetings of KEPA with representatives from the National Stakeholder Group in Athens, in the framework of Design4Innovation project
31/5-1/6/20172nd Interregional meeting of Design4Innovation project in Thessaloniki
9-11/5/20171st National Stakeholder Group meeting and thematic workshops of Design4Innovation project
7-9/3/2017Kick-off meeting of Design4Innovation project partners in Bruges
13/3/2017Announcement of participation in Design4Innovation project
For any information regarding "Design4Innovation" project, interested parties can contact KEPA's European Projects Department (Tel 0030 2310-480000, info@e-kepa.gr) or submit their question via the special submission form, by clicking here. Interested parties can also visit the project's website, https://www.interregeurope.eu/design4innovation/
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