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International Cooperation Projects

Project "URBACT Gendered Landscape"

Gendered Landscape

Date: From September 2019 to February 2020 (expandable form june 2020 to june 2022). Partners: Barcelona Activa, Frankfurt (Germany), Trikala (Grece), La Rochelle (Frace), Panevecyz (Lithuania), Celje (Slovenia).  Project objectives: Barcelona Activa is a member of the consortium managing the project Gendered Landscape, funded by ERDF funds of the URBACT program of the European Commission. Gender equality is a fundamental goal of European policy. Unfortunately, many urban policies, services, and physical developments still do not take gender into account, despite the fact that men and women use the city and its structures differently. Genderedlandscape seeks to create an understanding of the city as a place where gendered power structures are always present and develop locally contextualized tools and approaches to work towards gender equality in urban policies, planning, and services.

Project "CREATIVE METROPOLES" - Public Policies and Instruments to support Creative Industries (INTERREG 4C Programme of the European Union) 

Date: the project started in November 2008 and will end in September 2011. Partners: Municipality of Riga (Latvia) led the project, Barcelona Activa, Helsinki (Finland) Tallinn (Estonia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland), Amsterdam (Netherlands) Birmingham (United Kingdom) and Berlin (Germany). Project objectives: create a flexible and efficient system of local public support the creative industries in these cities to contribute to sustainable development at local, national and European level. The project is structured in 5 themes for the exchange of experiences, each of which is led by a city: (1) Architecture of public support for the creative industries coordinated by Tallinn (2) Business Capacity and internationalisation coordinated by the Stockholm area, (3) Space for the Creative Industries: Creation of  urban districts coordinated by Warsaw, (4) Funding of the sector's companies coordinated by Birmingham (5) Demand for goods and services of the sector of the creative industries coordinated by Helsinki

Project 'CLUSNET' - (INTERREG IVC Programme of the European Union)

Date: the projecte started in July 2008 and will finish in June 2011. Partners: Greater Lyon Aglomeration (France), that leads the project, Barcelona Activa and the Cities of Budapest (Hungary), Dortmund, Munich and Leipzig (Germany), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Stockholm and Göteborg (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Manchester (United Kingdom), and the EUROCITIES network of large european cities. Project objectives: to improve the effectiveness of local policies to suport business concentration environments in several european regions, analysing the existing support policies and making improvement recommendations. Une of the goals of the project is to strengthen alliances and contacts amongst these european business concentrations, through the launching of a common digital platform.

Project 'New technologies as tools of business consolidation and support to microbusinesses" (URB-AL Programme  of the European Union)

Date: project that started in April 2005 and finished in July 2007. Partners: Barcelona Activa that leaded the project, the European cities of Bilbao and Rome and the Latin American cities of Buenos Aires and La Plata in Argentina, Montevideo in Uruguay, and Santiago de Chile and El Bosque in Chile. Project outcomes: as a result of the project the European and Latin American partner cities are provided with four multimedia tools that coach the process of creation and growth of their companies (a tool for the SWOT analysis of business ideas, an expert system to help the making of a Business plan, an aplication to self-assess the key entrepreneurial skills and a tool that enables companies in a growth stage to analyse their current situation and the adequate planning of their future evolution). 

Project 'Cibernarium, learning environments for digital training and dissemination' (@LIS Programme of the European Union)

Date: The project started in november 2003 and finished in 2007. Partners: Barcelona Activa was the leader of the project, the Latin American cities of  Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre in Brazil, Quito in Equador, David  in Panamā, the Region of Maule on Chile, the European cities of Tampere in Finland and San Sebastian in Spain, and the Region of Brussels in Belgium. Project outcomes: a boost in cooperation between Latin America and the European Union in the area of the Information Society, contributing to reduce the digital breach in the two regions. This project has promoted the creation of more than nine Cibernariums - spaces of digital training and dissemination ' in the aforementioned cities and territories. The has also produced innovative contents amd services that have contributed to improve the knowledge, access and optimisation of ITC by workers, entrepreneurs, students, craftmen, jobseekers and people at risk of social exclusion.  

Project "PANEL" (Phase II) (PAXIS - Pilot Action of Excellence on Innovative Start-ups of the DG Enterprise of the European Commission)

the project started in 2003 and terminated in Desember 2005. Partners: Barcelona Region (represented by Barcelona Activa and the Barcelona Strategic Metropolitan Plan), Milan (Italy), Dublín (Ireland) and Munich (Germany),  Project outcomes: the project achieved the objective of becoming a suport instrument for young entrepreneurs, searching, identifying, raising awareness and promoting iniciatives and good practices developed by the networks partner regions, all of them considered regions of excellence of the European Union in the field of innovation and business creation. Thus, the regions that took part in this international cooperation project promoted meetings and joint work sessions with the participations of a panel of experts in several fieldss, with the goal to produce benchmarking studies in fields such as support to business creation in the University, Business and Innovation Centres, motivation and boost of entrepreneurship amongst youngsters and promotion of venture capital for the early stages of a business. With this project Barcelona Activa disseminated at European level the best practices of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area in the fields of entrepreneurship, and had access to other innovative actions which allowed the agency to improve its range of actions and programmes to support entrepreneurship in the city of Barcelona.

Project "EXE-MORE" (Programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission)Exe Project-More. (Programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission).

Duration: the project started on 1 January 2010 and will end 18 months later. Partners: Research and Technology Centre innovazione Friuli (Italy), as lead partner, I3P Incubatore Imprese Innovative Politecnico di Torino (Italy), CICOM Organisation ' Business Innovation Centre (France), Barcelona Activa (Spain), Technology Park Ljubljana (Slovenia), ITD Hungary Zrt 'Hungarian Investment and trade development Agency (Hungary), IPN Association for Innovation and R&D in Science and Technology (Portugal), ICT Cluster Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Agro Business Park (Denmark). Project objectives: the project aims at providing entrepreneurs and recently created companies with the possibility to have a stage in one of the companies linked to any of EXE-MORE project partners. Regarding quantitative targets, EXE-MORE aims at supporting 50 stages. The final purpose of this program is to provide entrepreneurs and companies with tools to facilitate their internationalization and to encourage innovative entrepreneurship and business development.

Project "EMMA" (Programme Interreg IVB MED. DG Regio of the European Commission) 

Duration: the project started in June 2010 and ending in June 2012. Partners: Umbria Region that leads the project; Barcelona Activa; Sviluppumbria - Society for the Promotion of Regional Economic Development in Umbria (Italy); Apid Impreditorialitā Donna (Italy); Diputaciķn de Granada (Spain), Department of Business of the Prefecture of Achaia (Greece); Local Development Agency of Heraklion (Greece); Regional Development Agency of the Alentejo (Portugal) and the Portuguese Association of Women Entrepreneurs APME (Portugal). Project Objectives: to strengthen the innovation capacities of SMEs led women and enhance their presence in domestic and international markets through the creation of a transnational public-private network to sustain the entrepreneurship of women in the legal field, access to finance, human resources management, the use of ICT, marketing, networking and sustainable development.

Project "MED KED" (Programme Interreg IVB Med. DG Regio of the European Commission)

Duration: the project started in June 2010 and will end in May 2013. Partners: ASTER S. Cons. Spa (Italy) that leads the project; Barcelona Activa; Province of Milan (Italy); Ljubljana Technology Park (Slovenia) and the Sophia Antipolis Foundation (France). Project Objectives: to promote knowledge-based entrepreneurship in the different participating region, improving their entrepreneurial profiles and respective potential areas, as well as increasing the participation of different stakeholders (government, research, industry, finance and support organizations) in developing public policies to support knowledge based entrepreneurship.

Project "ACCELMED - Acceleration for Mediterranean Companies" - (Programme Interreg IVB MED of the European Union)

Date: the project started in July 2013 and will finalise in December 2014. Partners:  Barcelona Activa, leader of the project; ASTER S.Cons.p.a. (Italy); PROMOS Special Agency of the Milan Chamber of Commerce for International Activities (Italy); Technology Park Ljubljana (Slovenia); ANIMA Investment Network (France); Business Innovation Center Attika (Grece). Project outcomes: ACCELMED has the objective of fostering the growth capacity of Mediterranean SMEs. For this purpose the partnership develops transnational cooperation tools that will support SMEs in accessing funding and will strengthen their international and acceleration strategies. Among the project activities, seven transnational investment fora will be organised; a network of crosslanding services will be articulated and an acceleration programme will be deployed. 

Project "OPEN CITIES, Open innovation for future internet services in smart cities" - (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme -CIP- of the European Union)

Date:  the project started in November 2010 and finalized in December 2013. Partners: ESADE, as Project leader (Spain); Barcelona Activa (Spain); Atos Origin (Spain); Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (Spain); DotOpen (Spain); Tempos21 (Spain); Ciutat d'Amsterdam (Holland); Dutch (Holland); Waag Society (Holland); Berlín Government Senate (Germany); Fraunhofer 'Fokus (Germany); Cap Digital (France); Bearstech (France); Institut Telecom (France); Forum Virium (Finland). Project outcomes: promote the integration of Open Innovation into the Public Sector, so that public administrations evolve from being service providers to service facilitators in a future of Internet Services in Smart Cities. To this purpose, ideas and best practices are identified on how to apply Open Innovation in the Public Sector and the use of initiatives of crowdsourcing, Open Data, Sensor networks and Urban Labs to test new tools and processes are validated, while promoting the development of advanced internet services.