INNOVARC – Supporting the businesses of the Jura Arc region in their innovation capacities

By encouraging Franco-Swiss collaboration through the organisation of innovation workshops in particular sectors, the INNOVARC project – which is based on the positive experience of the MINNOVARC project, which ran from 2010 to 2013 – has boosted the networked innovation capacities of businesses and laboratories in the Jura Arc region and helped them to develop a more international outlook by incorporating newtechnologies, combining their inter-sectoral skills and investing in emerging markets.

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Award of the pitch session prize to Julie Renahy of Prolipsia (France), in the middle, flanked by Innovarc's Swiss project leaders on the left and its French project leader on the right. Workshop on smart cities, 31 October 2014, Saignelegier (Switzerland) © N. Rébert (for three years) Award of the pitch session prize to Julie Renahy of Prolipsia (France), in the middle, flanked by Innovarc's Swiss project leaders on the left and its French project leader on the right. Workshop on smart cities, 31 October 2014, Saignelegier (Switzerland) © N. Rébert (for three years)

" INNOVARC has been designed around a dynamic Franco-Swiss team that wants to build solid partnerships around innovative projects with significant added value. "

Nathalie Rébert, project leader, France

The INNOVARC workshops have thus made it possible to conceive and develop innovative projects through cross-border consortia that bring together French and Swiss businesses and laboratories. Participants have also been able to expand their address books and their presence across the border by opening up to new markets and investing in new technologies. The main benefit of INNOVARC will be to reveal the stimulating ways in which project participants complement one another, enabling them to compete better with their mutual competitors.

Spheres of activity and essential technologies

INNOVARC is a non-profit-making cross-border project supported by local authorities. It supports and encourages start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, large businesses looking for partners and research laboratories in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc region, building their capacity to innovate in the spheres of mobility, smart cities, health technologies (medtech and biotech) and smart systems for the environment (cleantech). The essential technologies in this project are microtechnology, innovative materials, the plastics industry and information and communication technologies (ITCs).

INNOVARC is also seeking to overcome certain limitations encountered within the previous project, MINNOVARC, by introducing a new operating method. INNOVARC has thus increased the opportunities offered to businesses and laboratories in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc region and is involved in a total of 12 specific projects.

Total investment and EU funding

The INNOVARC project has received investment totalling EUR 715 536. The European Regional Development Fund’s contribution has been EUR 207 360, under the 'France-Switzerland INTERREG IVA' Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

29/01/2016