Beyond EDP: how can we make Europe more innovative?


How can we stimulate European businesses, knowledge institutes, and relevant partners to join forces to discover new ideas which could lead to innovation? That is the central question in Beyond EDP, a European Interreg project formed by eleven partners from nine countries, including Regione Umbria.


Stimulating crossovers

The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications.


The entrepreneurial discovery process(EDP)  is a process of continual interaction between businesses, knowledge institutes and, preferably, users, which aids the developments of new ideas and discoveries ("entrepreneurial discoveries"); discoveries which, if focused and supported in mutual cohesion, can grow to become a coherent palette of innovations, eventually becoming new economic strengths.


The participants share their knowledge and experience in various ways, including peer to peer reviews, joining forces to discover the success factors for stimulating innovation. They also want to know what they, as public authorities and management organisations, can do to facilitate that for companies and knowledge institutes, using tools such as financial stimulation. The aim is to create interesting crossovers on the intersections between sectors.


Beyond EDP: a key project for Europe

The Beyond EDP project addresses the core of the European innovation strategy, making it a key project for achieving the goal that Europe wishes to achieve by 2020: an economy based on smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth(growth in which everyone has a fair share, and which therefore does not come at the cost of minority groups and stragglers). The Beyond EDP project stimulates relationships and cross-connections between regions, as well as between businesses, knowledge institutes, and other stakeholders.


The trick is to make innovation everyone's business. Not only for large companies, but also for smaller SME companies, whether they are focused on high tech or on craftsmanship. Not only in the cities, but also in the countryside.

Entrepreneurial discovery comes to life in creative environments. The more parties that meet each other, the broader the creativity and the greater the chance of creating something new which, in turn, leads to other new ideas. Innovation, by definition, requires teamwork. 


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Partner del Progetto:

Servizio Relazioni internazionali, finanza d'impresa e internazionalizzazione del sistema produttivo
Dott. Franco Billi
Via Mario Angeloni, 61
Tel. 075/5045406
Relazioni internazionali, finanza d'impresa e internazionalizzazione del sistema produttivo
Dott.ssa Emanuela Bossi
Via Mario Angeloni, 61
Tel. 075/5045837
Sezione: Internazionalizzazione delle imprese, relazioni internazionali, cooperazione allo sviluppo. Commercio equo e solidale, emigrazione; promozione e tutela dell’artigianato artistico, del Servizio Relazioni internazionali, finanza di impresa e internazionalizzazione del sistema produttivo
Dott.ssa Barbara Di Giandomenico
Via Mario Angeloni, 61 - 06124 Perugia
Tel. 075/5045790