In the current European context SME from rural areas meet the challenge not only to grow, but also to survive. The improvement of their innovation capacity is essential to promote the regional economic development and to fight against a rural exodus.
The RATIO project aims (duration 2016 – 2020), firstly, to identify the innovative potential of these companies. Second objective of the project is to help SMEs to grow and to expand their activities: a learning process to implement and manage innovation. This must be done by creating an effective exchange of experiences in supporting cluster cooperation and international alliances, networks and clusters. This exchange of experiences among regional actors will be followed by the transfer of the lessons learnt to the regional programmes.
The project will contribute to the reinforcement of the innovation culture in the region, boosting innovative ecosystems where actors (regional and local authorities and innovation partners) and stakeholders (associations, academia, regional governments…) can work together in the action plan, in order to reach the needed policy change for the consolidation of innovative companies in non-metropolitan areas.
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