Projects

COSME
TOURBAN - Accelerating SME capacity and innovation for sustainable urban tourism
09-2020 a 03-2023
EU GRANT: 995833 EUR
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Project partners
Countries involved: Spain Netherlands Denmark Estonia Hungary Croatia Germany
Description

European cities are facing multiple challenges when it comes to managing the impacts and urban transformation processes deriving from tourism. These include increased sanitary precautions, strain on limited urban resources like water, energy and space, waste management, gentrification, and the cohabitation between residents and visitors as well as precarious hospitality working conditions.
In the light of this development, TOURBAN project concentrates its efforts to tackle the adaptation of European tourism companies towards more sustainable, low-carbon, circular and resource-efficient business models. As essential players in this transition, SMEs need to be provided with the necessary skills, capacity and financial resources, if they are to become innovation and sustainability catalysts. Furthermore, the project supports SMEs in uptaking international best practices and developing innovative solutions that render them both more sustainable and competitive through new and increased revenue streams, reduced costs and decreased resource consumption as well as a better visibility and positioning. Ultimately, TOURBAN aims to foster cross-sector collaboration to close the loop in circular economy processes and spearhead a transnational movement towards tourism sustainability in urban areas across Europe.

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COSME
FASCINATE - Sustainable Fashion Alliance for International Markets
09-2020 a 02-2022
EU GRANT: 199892 EUR
Project leader
MODACC
Project partners
Associació Cluster Digital de Catalunya (SP), Centro Tecnologico das Industrias Textil e do Vestuario de Potugal (PT), Bulgarian Fashion Association (BG), DenErhvervsdrivende Fond Development CentreUMT (DK)
Description

The  textile  and  fashion  industry  are  one  of  the  most  important  manufacturing  industries  in  Europe; they  are,  however,  also  the  second  biggest  global  polluter  after the  oilindustry.  The  United  Nations(UN), in February 2018, described "Fast Fashion" as an environmental emergency.The  European  Union(EU)is  currently leading  the  work  globally  on  the  environmental  challenges  of the  textile  and  fashion  industry,  taking  concrete  steps,at  legislative,policy  andprogrammatic  level. This  has  positively  impacted  EU  SMEs working inthese  industries,  as  more  and  more  of  them  are shifting  towards  more  sustainable  modes  of  design,  production  and  recycle.  As  such,  these companies are achievingelements of differentiationand competitive improvement in the market. The FASCINATEproject   aims   to  leverage   this   competitive   advantage,   by   helping   shape   the   EU sustainable  fashion  and  textile  meta-cluster(s)  and  at  the  same  time  support  them  in  accessing  the global value chains.Thus,the proposed project contributes directly to theoverall objective of the COSME programme,by  fostering  the  creation  and  development  of  a European  Strategic  Cluster  Partnership –Going International (ESCP-4i)in the textile/fashion sectorandrelated industries (footwear and technology) based  on  circulareconomy  and  sustainability  principles,  which  is  oriented  towards  increased internationalizationand strengthened sustainability of European SMEs.

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Creative Europe
AWAKEN - Awakening European Sleeping Instruments
09-2019 a 08-2021
Cooperation projects
EU GRANT: 200000 EUR
Project leader
Ajuntament de Ripoll
Project partners
TROB'ART PRODUCTIONS (FR), Paraplevros Productions E.D. Ltd (CY), Associazione Culturale Labyrinth Italia (IT), MÚSICA MODAL A CARDEDEU (SP)
Description

The main objective of Awakening Sleeping Instruments in Europe (AWAKEN) is setting up a transnational cooperation mechanism, made of public and private cultural operators, in order to recover, recreate and to promote musical instruments from the Middle Ages, a common cultural heritage of several EU countries. By achieving this goal, the project will reconnect European citizens with their common past, transmitting important values, spirit, traditions and stories of the Middle Ages Europe through the magic of music and its instruments. AWAKEN involves the recreation of the instruments depicted in wood or other mean, with professional musicians from CY, ES, FR and IT making them sound again to a wide and new public. This project will enable at least 50 musicians and singers to travel abroad and perform in front of wide and international audiences, while exploring new professional opportunities through a significant number of meetings with cultural agents. 80 concerts will be organised around emblematic medieval monuments to attract visitors’ attention, which will be complemented by awareness raising seminars and educational workshops about the reconstruction of instruments. Special remark to the VR travelling exhibition, projecting tangible heritage from the 4 countries during the concerts and shows. The whole strategy will be supported by a sound communication and dissemination strategy, including the edition of 1000 pedagogical CD-Books with live recordings. Another key output is the Online Educational Platform, where 20 music teachers will provide training to at least 500 people interested in medieval music and history. Finally, the Final Congress will deliver main project conclusions and recommendations, inviting key European stakeholders to know more about the main project research and outputs. This Congress will be supported by the final and biggest AWAKEN concert.

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ENI CBC MED
MED PEARLS - The Mediterranean as an innovative, integral and unique destination for Slow Tourism initiatives 
09-2019 a 08-2022
Standard projects
EU GRANT: 2713619 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Tourist Board (ES)
Project partners
Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (EG), Municipality of Thessaloniki (GR), Discovery Travel & Tourism LLC (JO), APS MEDITERRANEAN PEARLS (IT), Palestine information & communications technology incubator (PS), Palestine Wildlife Society (PS), Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce – Alexandria Chamber (EG)
Description

Most models of tourism in the Mediterranean area are based on mass tourism and follow a fragmented vision of the region as a sum of different markets. Med Pearls aims at internationally positioning the Mediterranean as a unique and integral destination to experience the Med lifestyle through SlowTourism (ST), inviting travellers to discover sustainably and responsibly new destinations while taking time to have direct contact with local communities. The project will deliver a set of 26 new ST products created by local Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and ICT enterprises thanks to financial and technical support called Product Development and Innovation Facilities. The idea is to create similar experiences based on the typology of products and themes agreed among partners, therefore, visitors will live similar experiences, of the same quality, in any of the 13 areas targeted by Med Pearls. The project will address both local and international markets, like the USA, Canada, Northern Europe, Russia or Asia, organising a comprehensive commercialisation and marketing strategy. 

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COSME
CHARM - Immersive experiences in European Charming Villages
03-2019 a 03-2021
EU GRANT: 399959 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Tourist Board (ES)
Project partners
TURISMO VIVENCIAL SL (ES), TRADICOES DE OUTRORA LDA (PT), INSTITUT FUR TOURISMUS- UND BADERFORSCHUNG IN NORDEUROPA GMBH (DE); TILAISUUS VILLA SOFIA OY (FI), SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ITALIA SRL (IT), NETWORK OF EUROPEAN REGIONS FOR COMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ASBL (BE)
Description

CHARM is a project co-funded by the COSME Initiative of the European Union, that aims to boost the competitiveness of European tourism and promote the image of Europe as a global tourist destination of excellence. The core element are these hidden gems from rural Europe, villages perceived as charming by visitors because of their identity or personality linked to history, traditions, gastronomy, cultural and natural heritage. The overall objective of the project is to position Europe internationally as an integral destination of quality and excellence for cultural tourism, by promoting its most charming rural villages and making the most of Cultural and creative Industries (CCI) and technologies to provide an unforgettable experience for visitors.

 

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Erasmus+ Sport
BIG4SPORTS - Building Innovative Governance for Sport
01-2019 a 06-2021
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 355750 EUR
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Project partners
OLYMPIACOS SYNDESMOS FILATHLON PIREOS (GR), HRVATSKI AKADEMSKI SPORTSKI KLUBOVI MLADOST SVEUCILISTA U ZAGREBU (HR), ICSS INSIGHT (GB), SPORSORA (FR), WIENER SPORT-CLUB (AU), AALBORG BOLDSPILKLUB AF 1885 (DK), CONSELL CATALA DE L'ESPORT (SP)
Description

Financing is a fundamental aspect for the development of sport and sporting organizations as highlighted in the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017. Main sources of funding come from public organizations, though private companies and the sports industry are becoming more and more relevant in terms of sponsorship. In both cases good governance appears as a crucial condition to be fulfilled in order to manage external funding. Adopting new and innovative mechanisms of governance will have a direct and positive effect in the overall image of sport organizations and likely increase the sponsorship revenues and attractiveness of sport. BIG4SPORTS aims at connecting funding sources (public & private) with sports organizations to jointly develop new and innovative collaboration schemes in governance for sport. The main project objective is strengthening governance capacities of sport organizations fruit of their collaboration with public and private sponsors, achieving long-lasting cooperation between them. More specifically, BIG4SPORTS seeks to: 1) Jointly develop an innovative collaborative scheme to effectively enforce governance principles in sport organizations, built from the excellence of public and private (corporate) governance standards; and 2) Implement and evaluate this scheme in order to deliver a solid and tested methodology transferable to the EU sporting community. The partnership is made up of 9 organizations covering 9 EU Member States and bringing in a permanent dialogue forum the sports industry, public authorities, sporting organizations (5 multi-sport clubs which are the main beneficiaries of the new governance scheme) and academic partners contributing to the conceptualization of the new scheme. The project estimates an impact in the partnering 5 sports clubs and their around 19000 people (managers, staff, coaches, players, etc.) as well as in other 50 European clubs beyond the partnership adopting the BIG4SPORTS Scheme through online tools.

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Erasmus+ Sport
DONA - Dual Career for Women Athletes
01-2019 a 06-2021
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 372806 EUR
Project leader
ASSOCIACIO ESPORTIVA CARLES VALLBONA
Project partners
SCUOLA DI PALLAVOLO ANDERLINI SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA (IT), ISTRES PROVENCE VOLLEY (FR), STICHTING DE SPORTMAATSCHAPPIJ (NL), THE EUROPEAN ATHLETE AS STUDENT (MT), UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (SL), MALTA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (MT)
Description

The main objective of the Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) is to investigate, develop and test a DC methodology for successfully approaching & enhancing women’s athletes Dual Careers in a form of a club-based pilot project, involving volleyball clubs from 4 different EU countries. Furthermore, the partnership consists of the necessary & complementary profiles of a university (UL), a coaching center (DSM) & of the European Dual Career Network (EAS) from 2 more EU countries. The project will target female volleyball athletes between 12-20 years old, covering the important development stages including major changes on academic, athletic, psychological, social & professional levels. Through the sport clubs, 250 athletes will be directly involved in the pilot program. Moreover, 300 family members, 25 coaches & 24 other clubs’ staff will also be directly part of the DONA project.Athletes & main stakeholders will be first taking part in a study where DC experts will investigate deeper the challenges faced by the target group. After, following the developed DC methodology several professionals in key areas (such as psychologist, career coach, nutritionist etc.) led by the Dual Career Club Management (DCCM) unit will support & help athletes in the 16 months long pilot. Further to the support services, the clubs will work on creating an optimal DC environment by setting up the necessary cooperation agreements with educational institutions (4 universities & 16 local schools will be involved).The project’s most important IO will be a transferable DC support methodology specially designed for female athletes. The successful achievement of DONA aims at; decreasing female athletes’ dropout from sport clubs; preparing athletes for the transition periods with developing the needed skills & competences; increasing the number of elite female volleyball players; making young athletes & their families aware that it is possible to aim for both educational & sports career.

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Erasmus+ Sport
STEP4youth - Sport Towards Employment Possibilities for youth migrants and refugees
01-2020 a 12-2021
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 374570 EUR
Project leader
FUNDACIÓ FUTBOL CLUB BARCELONA
Project partners
STICHTING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (NL), DANSK FLYGTNINGEHJAELP FORENING (DK), COOPERATIVA PROSPETTIVA SOC. COOP. SOCIALE (IT), ORGANOSI GI (GR)
Description

The objective of STEP4youth is to design, test and evaluate a new sport-based intervention that introduces and improves employability knowledge, skills and networks in order to foster the social inclusion of refugee and migrant youth (including unaccompanied minors and youth at highest risk) in Europe. This new Programme will focus on soft skills valued by employers, such as commitment, motivation, teamwork, flexibility, leadership, time-management or creativity and problem-solving to name few. Working and strengthening these skills will allow a group of 180 refugees and migrant youth from Spain, Greece and Italy to be better equipped when entering the labour market. Having a job is crucial for their independency and self-reliance and facilitates their social inclusion and integration in Europe. The programme, inspired by the best European practices linking sport and social inclusion, will be delivered by a pool of 90 educators and coaches trained in the new methodology. Furthermore, the project will connect refugees and migrants with a group of 15 companies through the so-called BRIDGE events, an ideal platform for employers to seek for new talent duly trained by the Programmes’ methodology. Another key output of the project is the design of a systematization process to evaluate and asses the intervention, and from there extract conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations for the EU sporting community. Dissemination of project results is ensured through the wide international network of the project partners, and at least 20 new European organizations will be identified to share with them the STEP4youth values and seek their adhesion to the network. The project is led by the Barça Foundation, partnering with Organization Earth, Prospettiva Cooperative, the Danish Refugee Council and the European Football for Development Network.

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COSME
PPACT - Public Procurement and Cross-border Tendering
05-2016 a 09-2018
EU GRANT: 249985,5 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO) (ES)
Project partners
CCI Paris IdF - Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de región Paris Ile-de-France (FR), UCV EIC- Uninoncamere del Veneto (IT), BANGOR - Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies at Bangor en University (UK), IBDP-ConsultIRE - International Business Development Partners Consulting Ireland Limited (IE)
Description

The PPACT (Public Procurement and Cross-border Tendering) project aims to rapidly elevate SME public sector tendering skills and equip them to participate in cross-border bidding teams focused on tapping into the Smart City sector.
The European Partner on the EC Funded ‘Public Procurement and Cross Border Tendering ‘ (PPACT) will meet to further the PPACT Programme including the development of partner training courses and plan future B2B events for 125 companies to allow them partner up for and tender on future National and Regional Government opportunities, particularly in the ‘Smart Cities’ areas such as Waste, Water, Transport, Energy etc.

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COSME
EU4SPORTSCLUSTERS ALLIANCE
01-2016 a 12-2017
EU GRANT: 449.991 EUR
Project leader
INDESCAT - Catalan Sports Cluster
Project partners
Sport and Technology (NL), Flanders’ Bike Valley (BE), Cluster Montagne (FR), EPSI - European Platform for Sport Innovation (BE)
Description

The general objective of EU4SportsClusters Alliance is to implement and test a Joint Internationalization Strategy for a European Strategic Sport Clusters Partnership (ESSCP), maximizing the potential of its cross-sectoral nature, developing new value chains and exploiting international opportunities for SMEs, specially those existing in third markets outside the EU.
The ESSCP is made of 4 Sport Clusters (INDESCAT, Sport and Technology, Flanders’ Bike Valley and Cluster Montagne) and EPSI, covering 4 countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain), and proposes an innovative approach to exploit the cross-sectoral nature of the sports industry and brings a new vision to the industry.
It defines one final consumer (the sports practitioner) and three main value chains that deliver products and services to these consumers:
i) sport events
ii) sport facilities &
iii) consumer goods and services.
Building from these value chains and its segmentation, the project will focus on its interaction with 6 traditional sectors:
i) tourism
ii) health
iii) food&nutrition
iv) IT
v) construction and vi) textile.
The Joint Internationalization Strategy will target three (3) third countries, carefully selected taking into account previous market research and consensus with sport clusters’ SMEs. These markets are the USA, Japan and China.
EU4SportsClusters Alliance will have a direct impact on 5 clusters and 823 clusters’ members (493 SMEs and 330 other institutions, such as big companies, technological and research centres, universities, etc.).

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