InNow project addressed the hot issue of innovations so necessary to boost development of cleantech sector in Central Europe.
Partners from: Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia looked for practical solutions how to foster collaboration and innovation co-creation between cleantech startups/SMEs and large companies. Going beyond traditional procurer-supplier relationship and addressing the obstacles that companies in both sizes traditionally have, resulting in more innovative products and services.
For both the startups and large companies it became obvious that most beneficial might be international cooperation. During the matchmaking acceleration programme pilots startups could declare what company and market they are interested in. Many are open to develop their business to international markets. Also, corporates concentrated on their actual innovation needs and not on the availability of the solution in their own market.
Language barrier also turned out to be of lesser importance as for most startups communicative in English. Even though not all startups had a chance to start a more elaborated cooperation with large companies, they gained some experience that indicated the way they should follow in order to find way for commercialisation of their innovations.
This also showcased that going beyond purely competitive co-existence into complementary collaboration in today's highly specialised economy can bring mutual benefits and added values for all of them. These results through application of new tools and services particularly contributed to potential improvements of 3S strategies in the programme areas and beyond.