SEIDE@CRO

Funding Programme: Erasmus+

Duration: November 2021 – November 2023 (24 months)

Description: SEIDE@CRO project aims to support sustainable social entrepreneurship initiatives in the digital era through providing low-skilled or low-qualified adults knowledge, skills and digital tools for organising and realising of crowdfunding campaings to raise money for projects introducing sustainable social initiatives.

Project oriented on supporting low-skilled or low-qualified adults who plan to realize sustainable social entrepreneurship initiatives/projects to improve their quality life, solve some social-economic problem using crowdfunding. This target group needs easy-to-use, simple-to-know and accessible, but modern learning tools, especially the distance format (they often do not have time for face-to-face classes). At the same time, they need finance for their project, and want to understand how to build effective crowdfunding campaigns.

Our role:

  • Support establishing innovator communities.
  • Promote crowdfunding as a viable offering of job creation, social innovation and boost entrepreneurship to the Europe, policy makers and stakeholders.
  • Provide resources, professional support and a forum for collaborative action regarding crowdfunding.

Expected results:

Best practice report “Сrowdfunding for supporting sustainable social entrepreneurship initiatives”

  • Exchange of ideas and good practice in the crowdfunding field on the national, European and international levels.
  • Better understanding of how crowdfunding can be used as a good tool for financing social entrepreneurship projects with a focus on the local community, sustainable development.
  • Provide information for making effective decisions for crowdfunding stakeholders.

E-learning course “Сrowdfunding in Action: how raise money for sustainable social entrepreneurship initiatives”

  • New/better skills in crowdfunding with focus on supporting sustainable social entrepreneurship initiative for 60 low-skilled or low-qualified adults.
  • E-course will be accessible for learners regardless of location, income level, other socio-economic or psychological limitations.
  • Stronger participation of adult people in economic and civic life using crowdfunding for solving social problem at the local, regional, national, European or global level.
  • New course curriculum will be used by educational institutions to give new digital competences crowdfunding adults and youth.
  • Improving of the educational services quality in the crowdfunding market
  • Partner organizations of the project will enhance their ability to provide quality educational products to adults, improve staff skills through collaboration and exchange of experience at the international level.

A digital assistant for crowdfunding campaign creation

  • Bot users (minimum 50 adults) development of their projects introducing sustainable social initiatives, including social entrepreneurship.
  • Fosters stronger participation of adult people in economic and civic life using crowdfunding for solving social problem at the local, regional, national, European or global level.
  • Enhancing initiative of adults and faith in possibilities turn their ideas into viable projects with crowdfunding -innovative chat-bot can be used by educational institutions, crowdfunding platforms and teams of people in the world.
  • Crowdfunding platforms get better quality of projects.
  • Project partner organizations enhance ability to provide quality educational products to adults, improve staff skills through collaboration and exchange of experience at the international level.

Project partners:

HIGHER INCUBATOR GIVING GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY, Greece

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPAL CLERKS IN BULGARIA, Bulgaria

Fundacja im. Zofii Zamenhof, Poland

EUROPEAN CROWDFUNDING NETWORK, Belgium

Kyiv Business School, Ukraine

ADMA TranS4MErs

Funding Programme: H2020

Duration:  October 2021 – September 2024

Website: https://trans4mers.eu/

Description: A project supporting the transformation of 1,000+ manufacturing SMEs to become ‘Factories of the Future’ embracing the ecological, digital, and societal challenges across Europe by 2025.

The ADMA TranS4MErs project will reinforce the competitiveness of manufacturing SMEs by providing fast, flexible, pan-European access to advanced manufacturing advice and expertise, as well as training, drawing on expertise contained within the consortium of partners representing all EU-27 member states.

The project will run for 3 years and will be implemented by a consortium of 38 partners from the 27 European Union member states. ADMA TranS4MErs brings a pan-European multi-partner cooperation together, including research and technology organizations, universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubators/accelerators, regional development agencies, and vocational training institutes.

The project will support ambitious SMEs on their digital transformation journey, designed to ensure that Europe embraces the transformation of the economy and society and brings its benefits to ALL citizens and businesses. ADMA TranS4MErs will build and deliver assistance with digital competencies (underpinned by core technologies such as: high performance computing, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity) and training in advanced skills in digital technologies in SMEs.

Our role: EUROCROWD is proud to be part of ADMA TranS4MErs! Within this project we will support SMEs on their digital transformation journey. We’ve been supporting the digitization and democratization of finance for SMEs through many initiatives, events and EU projects. Within ADMA TranS4MErs we’ll be focusing on capacity building by deploying the ADMA TranS4MErs innovation toolkit, and of course communicate and disseminate the project’s success stories.

Expected results:

  • a Cohort of TranS4MErs, experts in advising SMEs will be mobilised, connected to the SME via an application;
  • a Catalogue of Services/Tools, which aims to assist SMEs to choose the most suitable transformation journey for their businesses;
  • the TranS4MErs Quality Mark, which ensures to have the top-quality experts in advising SMEs and implementing significant digitalisation projects;
  • the 70 xChange events, taking place across the EU-27 member states, connected using the most advanced physical and virtual tools, 3 per country in 3 years;
  • The TranS4MErs Digital Platform/Toolbox which will act as a collaboration space for SMEs, large enterprises, and business support organisations providing access to workshops to develop technical expertise in the SMEs, remote advisory services on financial and legal aspects, virtual trainings and webinars, ad-hoc remote support, services and tools of the innovation ecosystem; and
  • The TranS4MErs Vocational education and Training framework(s) related to advanced manufacturing, including a pathway for further scaling-up under the European Social Fund.

Project partners:

Coordinating partner
Irish Manufacturing Researchwww.imr.ieIreland
Partners 
IMP’ROVEwww.imp3rove.deGermany
F6S Network Irelandwww.f6s.comIreland
Technaliawww.tecnalia.comSpain
MADEwww.en.made.dkDenmark
ARC Consultingwww.arcfund.netBulgaria
EUROPA MEDIA           www.europamedia.orgHungary
Latvian Technological Centerwww.techcenter.lvLatvia
RISE IVFwww.ri.seSweden
Mazovia Development Agencywww.en.armsa.plPoland
PIAPwww.piap.plPoland
AFILwww.afil.itItaly
Systematicwww.systematic-paris-region.orgFrance
DIMECCwww.dimecc.comFinland
MASOCwww.masoc.lvLatvia
North-West Regional Development Agencywww.nord-vest.roRomania
Cyprus Digital Innovation Hubwww.cyric.euCyprus
Tehimpulswww.tehimpuls.roRomania
Malta Enterprisewww.maltaenterprise.comMalta
Pragmawww.pragma-iot.comGreece
Business and Innovation Centre Bratislavawww.bic.skSlovakia
Civittawww.civitta.comEstonia
INTRASOFT Internationalwww.intrasoft-intl.comLuxembourg
Fasttrack Actionwww.fasttrack.vcPortugal
University of Mariborwww.um.siSlovenia
Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Scienceswww.tc.czCzechia
Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Craftswww.cci.ltLithuania
European Crowdfunding Networkwww.eurocrowd.orgBelgium
BEIAwww.beia.euAustria
Lithuanian Innovation Centrewww.lic.ltLithuania
Innovation Quarterwww.smitzh.nlNetherlands
RiniGARDwww.rinigard.comCroatia
Danish Technological Institutewww.dti.dkDenmark
RISE ABwww.ri.seSweden
RISE SWECASTwww.ri.seSweden
RISE SICOMP    www.ri.seSweden
F6S Networkwww.f6s.comUnited Kingdom
IMHwww.imh.eusSpain

INCrowd

Funding Programme: Erasmus+

Duration: January 2021 – December 2022 (24 months)

Website: https://www.incrowdproject.eu/

Description: “InCrowd” – Inclusion through Crowdfunding – is a project aimed to empower the “NEET” (Neither in Employment nor in Education or Training) young people, between 18 and 30 years old, with a new and innovative form of self-expression and economic determination: crowdfunding.

In the current precarious EU labour market, young people often suffer from a lack of guidance and direction to start their own professional career, often resulting in a failure or even a complete undone. This is particularly the case for those youngsters coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The INCrowd project wants to offer those young people a new and innovative tool to make their voices heard and to enjoy the opportunity to participate as engaged and committed people in the development of more inclusive and active communities and cities. It will do so by offering crowdfunding as a disruptive and powerful instrument for starting a social innovation project, as well as for collecting funds and engaging citizens.

Our role:

EUROCROWD strongly supports facilitating access to finance for ideas and projects leading to opportunities for young people. To achieve this, education, practical training and best practices on crowdfunding are an important means. For this reason, EUROCROWD will support establishing a training course composed of three different modules that will be carried out in different countries, and provide a thorough and unbiased understanding of crowdfunding to young entrepreneurs coming from a disadvantaged background and, more broadly, NEETs that have an interest in this specific financing tool.

Furthermore, EUROCROWD is responsible for leading the evaluation and exploitation tasks and will act as technical partner supporting the local labs in designing and delivering the crowdfunding capacity building programme. In addition, EUROCROWD will contribute to the dissemination of the project at European level, promoting the project using its extensive network.

Expected results:

  • Support access to finance for young people and their ideas
  • Increase the capacities of young people to have an impact in their territories.
  • Assess opportunities behind crowdfunding and its specific application to social innovation.
  • Explore the possibility to integrate crowdfunding into existing public and private funding schemes.
  • Empowering youngsters with tools that will allow them to make their ideas become projects through crowdfunding.

Project partners:

Fondazione Fenice, Italy (Project Coordinator)

European Crowdfunding Network (EUROCROWD), Belgium

ZAAR, Malta

Growfunding, Belgium

University of Rijeka (UNIRI), Croatia

University of Rijeka- Faculty of Economics and Business (EFRI), Croatia

Tree, Estonia

BLUE CROWDFUNDING – Capacity Building of BLUE Economy Stakeholders

Funding Programme: INTERREG-MED 

Project value:  €2,112,691.00 The project is supported by the INTERREG MED Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Total co-financing amounts: €1,996,946.50

Duration: November 2019 – June 2022 

Website: https://blue-crowdfunding.interreg-med.eu 

Description: Blue economy innovation in Mediterranean could be significantly improved, if more investment funds would be available. One possible solution is use of Crowdfunding (CF) – but in MED area knowledge and capacities for CF are still low in comparison to North EU. Project general objective is to improve innovation capacities in blue growth sector by mainstreaming use of crowdfunding. 

Our role: Within BLUE CROWDFUNDING, EUROCROWD will be mainly responsible of the communication and dissemination plan setting and management. In line with it, it will also prepare the promotional materials, as well as play an important role in relation to knowledge mainstreaming, transferring and capitalization at the EU wide transnational level. It will also be involved in the modelling and adoption of training resources. The project will be delivered by a consortium of 13 partners from 8 MED countries and 1 partner from outside the programme area. The consortium includes partners form 4 blue economy clusters/chambers, 3 crowdfunding experts, 2 academia and 4 regions. The following sectors will be reached: blue energy, maritime safety, maritime transport, maritime tourism, fisheries and aquaculture. The project ambition is to trigger change from using public funds for innovation to use crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to fund, test and validate innovative blue economy products and services. 

Expected results:

  • Capacity building of blue economy SMEs on how to use CF;
  • Transnational blue-crowdfunding cluster with developed CF services;
  • Mainstreaming the international CF trainings in business support institutions;
  • Mainstreaming policy change and recognition of using civic crowdfunding in regions.

Project partners:

PRODESA – Energy Efficiency Project Development for South Attica

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

Duration: May 2017 – April 2020

Website: https://www.prodesa.eu/

Description: PRODESA aims at assisting seven major municipalities in the Athens Metropolitan Area to launch showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, utilizing innovative financial tools and attracting private investments.

To achieve its objectives, the project focuses on optimal bundling of the fragmented municipal projects to achieve considerable size, reasonable payback time and risk diversification. In addition, during the project, the pooling of resources will be used to optimize financial results for all parties and to ensure high participation of ESCOs in the tenders. PRODESA is the first of its kind effort in Greece and among other things, aims at creating a network of at least 30 municipalities that will be supported in order to replicate the results.

Our role: Work on developing innovative crowdfunding schemes for energy efficiency in the municipalities by coaching crowdfunding piloting activities (i.e. how to select the appropriate platform vs. setting up an own community, creation, duration, marketing, etc. of the campaign.) Further, EUROCROWD is supporting the project in its dissemination activities, by presenting the project to its events where innovative (financial) services and business models can be actively co-created, promoted and disseminated. Finally, EUROCROWD is actively contributing to policy making with regards to crowdfunding and alternative financing to unleash the potential of innovative energy efficiency services.

Expected Results:

  • Prepare and launch showcase energy efficiency and renewable projects for public buildings and street lighting in five municipalities in the Athens Metropolitan area
  • Sign energy performance contracts with ESCOs
  • Demonstrate financing and organisational innovation for the municipalities in Greece and produce “Data Evidence” on the performance of EPCs and investments
  • Adopt smart bundling of projects and new financing schemes with better distributed and balanced risks that are suitable to all parties involved. Innovative financing mechanisms, such as crowdfunding, are foreseen as a supplementary financing source
  • Develop a network of at least 30 municipalities willing to replicate PRODESA’s solutions and provide coaching for the development of energy efficiency project pipeline

Project partners:

POWERPOOR – Empowering Energy Poor Citizens through Joint Energy Initiatives

Funding Programme: H2020

Duration: September 2020 -August 2023

Website: not available yet

Description: The main objective of POWERPOOR is to develop support programmes/schemes for energy poor citizens and encourage the use of alternative financing schemes (e.g. establishing energy communities / cooperatives, crowd funding). POWERPOOR will facilitate experience and knowledge sharing, as well as the implementation of small-scale energy efficiency interventions and the installation of renewable energy sources, increasing the active participation of citizens. Pilot energy poor support programmes/schemes will be designed, developed and implemented in eight countries across Europe, led by a network of certified Energy Supporters and Energy Communities Mentors. The Energy Supporters / Mentors will support (more than 22,000) energy poor households to plan and implement energy efficiency interventions, as well as participate in joint energy initiatives.

Our role: EUROCROWD is in charge of identifying crowdfunding and other innovative financing opportunities to address energy poverty in the pilot countries and promote their use through the development of the POWER-FUND tool, a web-based platform on innovative financing. Additionally, EUROCROWD is actively involved in the design of POWERPOOR training programmes and capacity building activities aimed at presenting a multilevel perspective on energy poverty, climate action and sustainable energy, including the promotion of crowdfunding and other innovative financing opportunities to address energy poverty. Furthermore, EUROCROWD will support the project in its dissemination and replication activities at EU level by promoting ad-hoc training webinars and organising a dedicated conference on innovative finance for energy poverty.

Expected results:

  • 175 GWh/year of primary energy savings triggered by the project
  • 244 GWh/year of renewable energy produced within the duration of the project
  • 226 million EUR in cumulative investments in sustainable energy triggered by the project
  • 188 ktCO2e eq/year GHG Emissions avoided due to the project
  • 8 support schemes for energy poor households
  • 8 national roadmaps & EU policy recommendations for multilevel governance cooperation to alleviate energy poverty

Project partners:

GREENFOOT – Green power and Energy Efficiency investments community-Financed for football building

Funding Programme: H2020

Duration:  September 2020 -August 2023

Website: not available yet

Description: The GREENFOOT concept is to finance sport building EE renovations and RES installations with crowdfunding schemes that propel Europeans to become active participants in the energy transition through their love of sports and their favourite teams. To accomplish this goal, GREENFOOT will develop and implement a community-based financing scheme for renovating stadiums, practice facilities, and related buildings (e.g. team headquarters, fitness centres) with energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RES) measures. The concept will be demonstrated on three participating football buildings during the project runtime from major international football clubs (French Federation, Ireland Assoc. and Azerbaijan Assoc.).

Our role: EUROCROWD will actively contribute to the development of the financing structure and investment opportunities for successful community-based sport building renovations and RES installations. Furthermore, EUROCROWD will coordinate the activities aimed at organising the offering strategy for the investment packages developed as well as designing a marketing strategy for the crowdfunding options identified by GREENFOOT, targeting both businesses and participants. Additionally, EUROCROWD will support the project in assessing any existing regulatory barriers to crowdfunding rollout at EU level.

Expected results:

  • 275 GWh/year of primary energy savings triggered by the project
  • 35 million EUR investments in sustainable energy triggered by the project
  • 65 million EUR investments in EE triggered by the project
  • 9158 million € per year in energy savings in final energy consumption triggered by the project
  • 1,865 CO2e per year GHG Emissions avoided due to the project
  • 5 million EUR investments solicited in crowdsourced financing of EE and RES in pilot projects on three of the candidate buildings

Project partners:

DARE – Digital Environment for collaborative Alliances to Regenerate urban Ecosystems in middle-sized cities

Funding Programme: Urban Innovative Action

Duration: September 2019 – August 2022

Website: https://www.dare-ravenna.eu/

Description:  The DARE project focuses on the urban regeneration process (URP) of the Darsena District in Ravenna. It develops a digital environment that makes data accessible, understandable and useful, enabling citizens to become active part in the process. The project is seeking to test whether the proposed set of tools and enablers may effectively boost the digital transition of the area and thus positively contributing to the Darsena URP.

Our role: To identify the suitability of one or more crowdfunding models for the financial sustainability of the Virtual Realm (ViR) linked to the Darsena district, as well as identify partnering platforms and viable business ideas, and deliver training session to both potential project owner and local stakeholders. EUROCROWD will also ensure that synergies between crowdfunding and ESI Funds at regional level are further explored, and that the Darsena District development strategy is delivered through different services even beyond the project’s duration.

Expected results:

  • Connect relevant players in the crowdfunding sector with local stakeholders and needs
  • Deliver tailor made training sessions to both potential project owners and DARE partners
  • Select and guide business ideas to the development of a successful crowdfunding campaign
  • Ensure consistency between crowdfunding specific features and ESI Funds at regional and local level
  • Support the replication of the DARE experience in other European urban areas
  • Identify financially viable services and business models to support the Virtual Realm technology

Project partners

COMETS – Collective action Models for Energy Transition and Social Innovation

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

Duration: May 2019 – April 2022

Website:http://www.comets-project.eu/

Description:  There are large knowledge gaps around the enabling of the low carbon energy system transition in a smooth and participative way, ensuring that citizens are at the centre of the required fundamental transformation and enabling that their creative potential is fully used. Social innovation is a prime way to tap that potential while Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs), a social innovation in themselves, are a prime way to mobilize people and to ensure the acceptance for and participation in a necessary transition process. However, both social innovation and CAIs lack proper scientific and field-tested understanding of their development and factors for success. As of today, the role of citizen-driven CAIs (e.g. energy communities, cooperatives, purchasing groups) and their contribution to the energy transition has neither been quantified at an aggregate level, nor has their contribution potential been estimated or understood in sufficient depth. The COMETS project aims to fill the knowledge gaps by quantifying the European-wide aggregate contribution of CAIs to the energy transition at national and European levels by investigating their evolution and scaling up at an in-depth level in six selected countries.

Our role: EUROCROWD is mainly involved in supporting, by the exploitation of this networks, the communication and dissemination activities (WP7) and the response rate of the survey (WP3) but it will also provide contribution to the context analysis at national level with regard to the financial aspects of CAIs development (WP4).

Expected results:

  • Comprehensive analysis framework and knowledge base with a tested set of indicators building on an inventory (~5000 entries of European CAIs active in the energy transition), surveys covering 6 countries, 30 comparative case-studies, 6 participatory case studies, 6 frontier case studies
  • Web-based supporting platform for researchers and practitioners of SI/CAIs
  • Six co-developed scenarios and roadmaps for CAIs
  • Handbook with blueprints to start, sustain and scaleup CAIs in Europe
  • Six participatory studies (e.g. on rural-urban relationship, relevance of social/gender issues)

Project partners