The Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía participates in the development of projects at regional, European and international levels. The Park is involved in all project phases, from the design, drafting and negotiation of proposals up to the search for collaborators and partners, managing all the stages of the process: beginning, planning, execution, control and closing.Listed below are some of the most recent European projects which the PTA has participated in:
n the framework of the approval of the European project IN-BUSINESS GROWTH from the Horizon 2020 programme, several agents of innovation are cooperating to revise practices related to the design and delivery of innovation support programs for SMEs.
The University of Algarve (Portugal), through its Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, the Regional Development Company of Kainuu (Finland), the Bulgarian Development Agency (Bulgaria) and the Technology Park of Andalucía (Spain) will be the entities implementing this project aiming at exploring an innovative challenge focused on the redesign of existing services and the creation of new instruments to provide more efficient tools of supporting innovation in SMEs.
During twelve months, partners and actors of the project IN-BUSINESS GROWTH are going to work on the analysis of the current situation for the creation of a guide of best practices and the establishment of an innovative methodology to be transferred to any innovation actor that wish to improve the growth and existence of SMEs.
Under the European MED program, the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía developed the Med Technopolis project together with ten other European entities. During the three year duration of the project, the main goals of Med Technopolis were to implement a Mediterranean Network of Technology Interface Structures (EIT) for the renovation of currently-existing EITs and expansion towards new regions of the Mediterranean, by creating technological zones in areas with little business or economic development. As a result, 50 companies were created, 140 business ideas were formed, and 8 centres for economic, social and environmental innovation were set up. Furthermore, 4 international meetings took place, giving rise to more than 300 B2B meetings between companies, a European network of entrepreneurs was created, and a training centre was finalised for them.
With the goal of reducing carbon footprint, the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, and the Bizkaia and Walqa (Huesca) parks are collaborating to develop a system that combines renewable energies with the use of hydrogen-based technologies to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. All this operates under the management of the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón, with the support of the Regional Government and co-financed by the EU.
SMART MED PARKS
The SMART-MED-PARK project is co-financed with ERDF funds from the European Commission through the MED program and led by the Andalucian Technology Institute (IAT). Together with the IAT and the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, seven other organisations from Slovenia, Croatia, Portugal, France, Italy and Spain are participating in this new initiative to improve energy efficiency in Mediterranean-area technology parks. The main goals of the project are the development of a new generation of science and technology parks, energy self-sufficiency through integration with existing energy networks and the generation of local, green energy, energy-saving related to the losses in the distribution and transportation network, and the promotion of a self-sufficient model of energy production and consumption.
ERASMUS MUNDUS THELXINOE
The PTA, together with the University of Málaga and various partners from France, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Australia and New Zealand are collaborating in a project within the Erasmus Mundus program, whose aim is the creation of a strong, sustainable and long-term network (TELXÍNOE-N) between EU institutions to promote academic, cultural, social and economic links.