Representatives of the GENIE project outside the Business School

Business School hosts pan-European innovation network meeting

In February, the Business School hosted the most recent meeting of GENIE (Growth and Entrepreneurs Network in the channel area). 

25 representatives converged on Exeter to discuss its next initiative which will focus on practical tools and techniques to aid companies and entrepreneurs to create new products and service capability.

The group comprises lead partners who have developed tools and methods produced through other European projects linked to innovation and entrepreneurship between 2007 and 2013. The aim of this new network is to embed these capabilities in the regions. It is supported by the programme INTERREG IVA Franc – England and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with up to 1.2 million euro by the end of 2014. From 2007, the ERDF has financed more than 130 projects and 500 partner organisations across the Channel, investing 161 million euro.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Toolsets being presented arose from the following projects:

PROTTEC (Public Research Organisation Technology Transfer through Regional Economic Clusters), launched in March 2009. It contributes to economic growth by helping innovation to emerge from universities and research centres on both sides of the Channel.

Project CHAIN 2 helps technology companies to export.

Project MEET has created databases in the transport sector.

Project BRIDGE will facilitate meetings between business people and researchers.

Project SENIOR ENTERPRISE encouraged people aged 50+ to start a business.

All the economic organisations involved in transnational European projects from 2007 to 2013, from Cornwall to Norfolk, and from French Finistère to Seine-maritime, are represented as part of the GENIE Cluster.

Partner organisations: inno TSD, Association Entreprendre au Féminin, Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille, Miriade, Normandie Incubation, Chambre de métiers de Basse-Normandie, Chambre de commerce et d’Industrie de Dieppe, Centre national de la recherche scientifique – délégation Normandie, Le Groupe Ouest, Kent Science Park, WSX Enterprise LTD, Digital Peninsula Network, Hethel Engineering Center, University of Exeter.


Date: 4 March 2014

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