INNOSUP-1: providing innovation support for SMEs to develop cross-sectoral value chains

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‘INNOSUP-1’ is the Horizon 2020 funding programme of cluster-facilitated projects for new industrial value chains. The programme supports SMEs to develop new value chains that cross business sectors. It boosts innovation by combining expertise from different domains.

13 INNOSUP-1 projects have been supporting SMEs to date and five more were launched in May 2019.

What does innovation support do for SMEs?

SMEs have great potential to create new products and services. However, they often face challenges that could be solved thanks to cross-sector cooperation.

INNOSUP-1 gives SMEs the support they need to join the dots and create disruptive innovations. It connects SMEs with other SMEs or larger organisations across many sectors to create new value chains. By doing so, the programme enables SMEs to transfer technologies, strategies and approaches.

There are many positive impacts. SMEs from all sectors develop their business via these innovative value chains. European citizens benefit from improved products, reduced environmental impact, growth and new job opportunities.

53 clusters delivering the projects

The INNOSUP-1 projects are delivered by consortia of experts coming from SMEs, consultancies and research organisations.

Many of these project partners are cluster organisations. Clusters are groups of enterprises that collaborate closely with each other. The 13 projects that have been active so far were delivered by 139 partners. Two out of 5 of these partners were cluster organisations and between them they counted 6,500 SMEs among their members.

More than 3,200 SMEs reached

The INNOSUP-1 projects have established contact with at least 3,200 SMEs to date. This number will increase as the new projects launch their calls for support. The new projects aim to reach almost 1,500 SMEs in total and to give innovation support to over 600 of them.

Over 1,600 SMEs supported

To date, INNOSUP-1 projects have provided innovation support services for over 1,600 SMEs. These SMEs are located across Europe and beyond. They were present in 27 of the EU Member States and nine of the 16 Horizon 2020 associated countries.

€26 million spent on innovation support for SMEs so far, which will rise to a total of €63 million  

All INNOSUP-1 projects are required to spend at least 75% of their budgets on innovation support services for SMEs. Innovation support services can take the form of funding, vouchers for specialised services, workshops, mentoring, and online platforms.

SMEs have to date received over €26 million in innovation support services from INNOSUP-1. As the new and ongoing projects continue, this figure will rise to over €63 million.

Do you want to have more details on the impacts of INNOSUP-1 projects? Read the programme impact report

The INNOSUP-1 projects

Supports entrepreneurs from agri-food and ICT sectors in bringing ideas to market.

Supports blue growth by mixing water, aerospace, ICT and agriculture technologies.

Brings together the biopharmaceutical and ICT sectors to advance precision medicine.

Supports the development of innovative value chains in the bio-based economy.

Supports smart reindustrialisation across aerospace, agri-food, health, and ICT sectors.

Leverages ICT, health, bio and medicine sectors to promote innovations in personalised health.

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Accelerates innovative experiments in the automobile, ICT, Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Combines agri-food, ICT, health and creative sectors to promote personalised nutrition for the ageing population.

Brings together aerospace, energy, biotechnology and ICT to enhance personalised medical care.

Integrates IoT and related components into manufacturing and industrial processes.

Applies enabling technologies and design concepts to industrial value chains in order to promote a circular economy.

Supports new digitech value chains with applications to agri-food, forestry and environment.

Supports innovation in food chains through the efficient use of water, energy, and key enabling technologies.

Supports development of block chain technologies in agri-food, finance and logistics sectors.

Supports the application of innovations from the IT sector to medical diagnosis value chains in the health sector.

Supports the application of earth observation technologies to energy, environment and food sectors.

Facilitates the digitisation of the agro-food industry via smart sensor systems and data management.

Creates an innovation ecosystem for smart textiles, combining tech and textiles sectors.

Do you want to learn more about INNOSUP-1 projects? Check our Data Hub.


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