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Unveiling Serbia's Smart Specialisation Strategy and exploring the role of incubators, accelerators and S&T Parks in delivering sector specific support in the Western Balkans and South East Europe

Oct 15 2019
Oct 16 2019

In October 2019 the European Commission's Joint Research Centre organised a conference to present the Serbia's Smart Specialisation Strategy (4S) together with the opportunities and challenges for sectoral specialisation of Science and Technology Parks (STPs), Accelerators and Incubators in the broader region of South-East Europe.

The two-day event was co-organised together with EU4TECH Western Balkans, a project funded by DG NEAR, and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The conference took place on 15 and 16 October at the Science Technology Park Belgrade.

The first day focused on Smart Specialisation Strategy in Serbia and its priority domains such as Information and Communicaiton Technlogies, creative industries and food for the future.

On the second day, participants discussed the role of Science Parks and incubators in the Western Balkans and South-East Europe regions can play in supporting emerging Smart Specialisation priorities. 




Day 1

Part 1 - 2 - 34

Day 2

Plenary and Parallel sessions I & II A

Parallel session I & II B

Parallel session I & II C


/jrc/en/file/document/181683Implementing S3 in Lithuania: The Valleys project

Ričardas Valančiauskas, Head of RDI Programmes and International Cooperation Department, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Lithuania

/jrc/en/file/document/181684Development of financial instruments for supporting both start-ups and established companies for cross-border business within a smart specialisation strategy - experiences from INCluSilver a Horizon 2020 Innosup Project

Per Simonsson, InCluSilver Project coordinator, Livsmedelsakademin, Sweden

/jrc/en/file/document/181685CROWDSTREAM: From crowdfunding strategies to pilot actions in Western Balkan partner regions

Brigitte Hatvan, Team Leader Business & Innovation, ConPlusUltra, Austria

/jrc/en/file/document/181686Health Hub Vienna - Healthcare through innovation & entrepreneurship

Michael Hähnle, Health Hub Vienna and INiTS

/jrc/en/file/document/181687Sectoral Soft-landing for ambitious start-ups: ENRICh in the USA

Svetlana Klessova, Inno Group, France

/jrc/en/file/document/181688A methodological approach for sector specific Business and R&D platforms development within Technology Parks in line with the priorities of Regional and or National Smart Specialization Strategy/Case Studies from Thessaloniki and Bucharest

Paris Kokorotsikos, International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)

/jrc/en/file/document/181689EIT Health at a glance

Kata Szaloki, EIT Health InnoStars, European Institute of Innovation and Technology

/jrc/en/file/document/181690Western Balkan Innovation (WBI) - An inspirational talk

Anders Iversen, Innovation Manager, InCluSilver

/jrc/en/file/document/181691Supporting Service Specialisation: the role of IMAGINE IF! accelerator in delivering healthcare specific support

Stasa Stankovic, IMAGINE! IF Accelerator

/jrc/en/file/document/181692Supporting Service Specialisation: the role of incubators, accelarators and Science & Technology Parks in delivering sector specific support

Ivana Kostić, Health Tech Lab


Lorenzo Rossi, Management & Consulting Partners, Adria Footouring/ADRIAINCUBATOR

/jrc/en/file/document/181694Incubators and Science & Technology Parks: Twinning Initiative

Jean Charles Minier, Inno Group, France

/jrc/en/file/document/181695The benefits of Institutional twinning

Alexandre Yourchak, CEO, Association of Industrial Automation, Ukraine

/jrc/en/file/document/181696Incubators and Science & Technology Parks: Soft-landing Initiative

Lisa Cowey, Key Expert for Technology Transfer EU4TECH

/jrc/en/file/document/181697Soft-landing program: Science Technology Park Belgrade

Jelena Petrovic, Head of Business Development, Science Technology Park Belgrade

/jrc/en/file/document/181698EIT Digital Accelerator

Jasmina Popovska, ARISE Country Lead, Hungary

/jrc/en/file/document/181699EIT Energy

Nemanja Milovic, Hub Serbia Representative EIT InnoEnergy, Cleantech Hub Manager Startit

/jrc/en/file/document/181700ICT Ecosystem development in Armenia

Jesús Lozano, EaP ICT Board, Armenia

/jrc/en/file/document/181701Supporting hardware start-ups - Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Lab)

Sophia Samadashvili, Manager, Techpark Telavi, Georgia

/jrc/en/file/document/181702Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Tehnopolis

Miljana Pekovic, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Tehnopolis

/jrc/en/file/document/181703INTERA Technology Park

Mladen Kostic, INTERA Technology Park Mostar

/jrc/en/file/document/181704Virtual and Rapid Product Development – Support to Innovative SMEs

Vesna Mandic, Collaborative Training Center of the University of Kragujevac, Serbia

/jrc/en/file/document/1817053D Impuls

Nebojša Bogojevic, Laboratory "3D Impulse" Faculty of Mechanical and Civil Engineering in Kraljevo University of Kragujevac

/jrc/en/file/document/181706Growing Climate Innovation Sector Ukrainian Experience

Roman Zinchenko, Greencubator, Ukraine

/jrc/en/file/document/181708GREEN INNOVATION VOUCHERS

Dragoljub Gajic, SR EBRD Green Voucher Scheme

/jrc/en/file/document/181709Investing in technology startups

Kosta Andric, Managing Partner, ICT HUB Venture Serbia –pre seed investment

/jrc/en/file/document/181710Serbian Infrastructure support & ST Park initiatives

Dragan Sataric, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development Serbia

/jrc/en/file/document/181711Overview of the policy on research and innovation in Montenegro and STP infrastructure

Velibor Boškovic, CEO, Science and Technology Park, Montenegro

/jrc/en/file/document/181712Feasibility Study for the establishment of Science and Technology Park in North Macedonia

Jovan Despotovski, Director, Fund for Innovation and Technology Development, North Macedonia


Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are now at the heart of the plan for smart economic growth in the EU Member States and important steps towards development of S3 are already underway in the Western Balkans (WB) region and also South East Europe (SEE) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

These have been supported by the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and DG for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). Ongoing support for S3 development from JRC is confirmed from 2019.

The commitment of the WB6 and EaP economies to developing S3 underscores their commitment to European integration, regional cooperation and smart growth through R&D&I.