WIDER – Green Growing of SMEs:

Innovation and Development in the Energy Sector in the Mediterranean Area


MED Programme:

SVIM – Sviluppo Marche S.p.A., Development Company of the Marche Region:
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ):
MEDIC@LPS – World-class centre for smart medical technologies:
Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
CRES – Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving:
Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia:
University of Algarve:
Central European Initiative:
IASP - International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, Spain:
SERDA – Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency:


The WIDER partnership consists of 10 partners from 7 MED countries (Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina). They are: local and regional decision makers, local and regional development agencies, companies and associations, one international organisation, one university and one chamber of commerce.

Partners in the project:

Associated partners: AGE Platform Europe, Domotys and Telecom Italia

Descriptions of partners:


SVIM (RDA 100% share owned by the region) represents Marche Region’s centre of competence to transform programmes for local development into EU and international projects. It has been operating since 2001 with about 400 EU, CBCand int. PPs and it has managed more than 40millions of Euros of budget implementing projects.
The WIDER idea has arisen thanks to the Marche Region Authority strategic project of launching a RDC focused on ambient intelligence technology and eco-sustainability as “natural evolution” with high potential of our traditional districts.
It has been possible thanks to the successful matching among the “maturity” of Marche traditional productive districts, the increasing demand of ambient intelligent products and services from health system, hotel industry, social housing and the growing specialization of our enterprises in particular on three excellence technological platforms: advanced mechanics, especially mechatronics, ICT and NMP: new materials and production technologies.

Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ)

ACCIÓ is the agency set up by the Catalan Government to make Catalan enterprise more competitive throughout the world. ACCIÓ is based in Barcelona with an international network of a further 34 Business Promotion Centres covering some 70 markets worldwide.
ACCIÓ is enterprise-centred, working on the needs of each individual business and to work hand in hand to look for opportunities and achieve that all important competitive edge. At ACCIÓ we believe this edge can come about with work on three vital areas of competitive dynamics: innovation, internationalization and attraction of investment.
Catalonia is open to business and open to the world. A talented proactive workforce in a dynamic business climate offers new companies numerous competitive advantages with workers enjoying one of the best Mediterranean lifestyles in Southern Europe.


Medic@lps is an association created in 2000 to initiate and support the economic development of the Grenoble – Isère health sector, i.e. accelerate the time to international market for innovative companies and enhance connections within the local health ecosystem.
Today Medic@lps is a Grenoble – Isere major player of the international economic development of the health industry - biotechs, medical technology and services for healthcare, well being and autonomy by bringing together and representing all players, both public and private, by fostering the economic development of companies, by working with other existing structures to ensure the promotion and development of the region’s attractiveness, by coordinating the community of these ecosystems and by assisting new companies of these ecosystems in the various stages of their development.
Medic@lps’ key figures are 13 years of existence, 70 members and 70 EU/international partners. Medic@lps provides services and tools to its members, i.e. activity and training workshops, club of industry entrepreneurs, access to local, European and international (Canada and the United States) networks for members (Boston Delegate, explorative mission in Japan, trade fairs and business partnering), monitoring of national and European calls for proposals and support in preparing collaborative projects at the national and European level (Alps Bio Cluster, JADE, INNOVAge, IDeAll and T_NG projects), and website and e-newsletter.


The Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a legal entity of public law supervised by the Ministry of Development and acts as the official advisor to the Government on financial, commercial and industrial issues. The TCCI is the second largest Chamber in Greece, with 22.000 members. It is governed by a Board of Directors, which comprises 61 members elected for a four-year tenure. Five of them form the Administrative Committee of the Chamber.
The TCCI acts as a focal point for the General Business Registry and hosts the only Private Sector Liaison Office to the World Bank in Greece. The Chamber organizes business contacts with potential partners, business delegations abroad and facilitates its members’ participation in national and international fairs. The Chamber serves as a centre for the production and dissemination of information for the benefit of its members and organizes training programmes and events on a variety of issues of business interest.
The Region of Central Macedonia, broader area of TCCI’s operation, is located in the northern part of Greece and has a population of 1.874.590 inhabitants (the 17,4% of the overall Greek population). The 75,4% of the population of the region is located in urban areas. The Regional GDP was 30,09 billion € in 2010 representing the 13,54% of the National GDP, while the Regional Gross Value Added was 31,66 billion € in 2009. The primary sector’s contribution to the Regional GVA was 4,35%, secondary sector’s contribution reached 19,38% while tertiary sector participated to the Regional GVA with a percentage of 76,26%.


The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is a public entity supervised by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, founded in September 1987, and has financial and administrative independence. In accordance with the policy of the Ministry, CRES is active in the fields of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). Its primary aim is to promote technological applications in the above-mentioned fields both at a national and international level. CRES was appointed by Law No 2244/94 as the National Centre for Coordination in the fields of its activity; it acts as an advisor to the Greek State, and has established a highly visible profile of a strong and reliable national energy centre.
CRES has a scientific staff of more than 120 highly qualified engineers and scientists and, over the years, has participated in more than 500 European and national projects. These include R&D projects, demonstration projects, energy information systems, feasibility studies, technical and economic studies, market research, as well as training and promotional activities on the RES/RUE/ES related issues.
The Department of Environment and Transport of CRES has a long experience in European projects in the field of promoting energy labelling and ecodesign, energy efficient electric household appliances and energy efficiency in municipalities/local communities in general. The Department of Environment and Transport of CRES is member in EnR Working Group of Energy Labelling and Ecodesign. In addition, our Department has indicatively participated at the implementation of the 1st and 2nd National Energy Efficiency Action Plan in the framework of Directive 32/2006/EC.


Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia has 12 years of experience in local and regional development in Central Slovenia. Key fields of work are rural tourism and entrepreneurship development at three levels: local, regional and transnational. The Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia is the initiator of the sub-regional brand “The Heart of Slovenia”, which is a basis for promotion of the area as a future tourist destination. The Heart of Slovenia is a brand, which connects projects, initiatives, events and products in the area, geographically formed in the shape of a heart around the geometric centre of Slovenia.
With different projects they successfully enter into the wider regional and European environment. In all projects and initiatives, they seek and launch innovative approaches. In this way they encourage the region to be open for new development challenges. They are also a coordinator of the sub-regional Development Partnership of the Centre of Slovenia and manager of the Local Action Group “The Heart of Slovenia” for the LEADER programme.

www.ualg.pt , www.cria.pt

The University of the Algarve (UAlg) is a young (thirty years old) higher education public institution located in the southern region of Portugal. UAlg is located in four camps - three in Faro and one in Portimão. UAlg has around 750 permanent teaching and 450 research staff, evidencing a growing commitment towards R&D and Innovation. The main research and teaching areas are: Earth and Marine Sciences, Health, Management and Tourism, Engineering and Technology and Social Sciences and Humanities.
CRIA is the Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer of the University of Algarve, aiming to promote relations between the university and the industry, increase the technology and knowledge transfer, support the establishment of new firms, generalize the use of industrial property rights mechanisms and developing technological infrastructures to enhance specific research fields in the Algarve.
CRIA was born in 2003, from the need of creating a service to support the development of advanced business ideas and inventions born at the university that could migrate to the market. The intervention areas of CRIA are: Intellectual Property and Licensing Support, Commercialization and Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, European Projects and Studies.


The Central European Initiative, based in Trieste, is the oldest and largest regional organization in Europe. Founded in 1989, it includes 18 Member countries: 10 EU (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine). CEI core mission is Regional Cooperation for European Integration. This objective is pursued through a blend of multilateral diplomacy and project-management.
Moreover, the CEI is in a unique position to act as a bridge between macro-regions, such as the Baltic, Danube, Adriatic and Black Sea Regions. Its activities and projects are carried out and financed through various funds and programmes, including the Cooperation Fund, the CEI Fund at the EBRD and the Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP). The CEI has also acquired specific experience in the participation in and management of European projects under different programmes and in different policy areas. The CEI is actively engaged in supporting projects in various areas of cooperation, in particular sustainable energy, SME development, scientific excellence and technology transfer, regional development, also through the mobilization of financial resources providing greater possibilities for studying, financing and implementing national and international projects.


Created in 1984, the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is a knowledge-based network which brings together science and technology parks (STPs), areas of innovation (AIs) and innovation-based business incubators (BICs), as well as R&D institutions, universities, consultants and experts in economic regional development and technology and knowledge transfer.
IASP gathers 389 members in 69 countries, representing a network of over 128.000 companies, most of them belonging to the innovation and knowledge economy. The mission of IASP is to be the global network for STPs, AIs and BICs, driving worth, internationalization and effectiveness for its members. IASP main asset is the tremendous experience and know-how accumulated on all matters related to the design, conceptualization, launching, construction and management of STPs and AIs from a global perspective.
IASP is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and a founding member of WAINOVA, the World Alliance for Innovation, which coordinates 28 associations of STPs and BICs all over the world.


The Sarajevo Economic Regional Development Agency (SERDA) was founded in May 2003 by the Sarajevo Canton, City of East Sarajevo, and 20 municipalities from both B&H entity – the Federation B&H and Republic of Srpska, subsequently associated with the 12 other municipalities of the Sarajevo Macro Region as well City Sarajevo, so SERDA currently has 35 members / founders.
The role of the Agency is to encourage and strengthen the business environment through the provision of financial support, education, business infrastructure development, strengthening of human resources, information and consultation, providing services to foreign investors and implementing inter-regional and international projects.
SERDA has been confirmed by its projects, dynamic, innovative approach and professionalism as an agency leader of the regional economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. SERDA identifies the needs of its founders and members, and creates on the basis of this an environment for balanced, integrated and harmonized development of the Sarajevo Macro Region. The Agency creates its activities and maintains good practice and serves as a successful example to other economic agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well in the Western Balkan Region.

Associated partners:

AGE Platform Europe
Telecom Italia s.p.a.