Our Partnership


Piemonte is a region in the Northwest of Italy, one of the 20 regions of the country.

It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres and a population of 4,4 million. The capital of Piemonte is Turin. The Regional Government is composed by the President and the Ministers. Regional Directorates support the Regional Ministries in the elaboration, preparation and delivery of regional policies and strategies.

finMED is implemented and leaded by the Regional Directorate for Financial Resources and Assets. 

Responsibility of the Directorate is the technical assistance to the Regional Government for the quantification of financial resources to be allocated to the different purposes under the legal and administrative regional competences. It is in charge of the assignation, to each Regional Directorate and Unit, of necessary resources to pursue their objectives and to implement regional programs. Additionally it is responsible for the analysis of regional policies in support of acts of economic planning and the coherence between development plans at various scales and the regional planning. 

Based on these competences, it provides the methodology for the finMED overall project implementation and steer project activities toward public authorities and for the elaboration of financial solutions and mechanisms to deliver green growth policies.

Contact person: Ms Elisa Peinetti 

University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian higher education and research centers, one of the largest Italian Universities, open to international research and training. It carries out scientific research and organizes courses in all disciplines. Inside the University, the Department of Management continuously strives to create value for its stakeholders by educating people, developing talent and share research results and knowledge with public bodies and private companies, including SMEs. The Department of Management interests stand out for setting research reaching significant accomplishments with regard to economic operators’ participation, support of public authorities in policies definition, build regional capacities, change attitude towards innovation and knowledge generation, strengthen linkages among relevant stakeholders in regional innovation systems, developing talent and share research results and knowledge with organizations. Tools and results created by researchers are transferred throughout a wide range of masters and professional courses, co-designed with private sector to increase the management & innovation skills and competencies of their junior and senior staff.

Contact person:  Mr Piercarlo Rossi

Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia

The Regional Development Fund (RDF) of Western Macedonia is a Private Body represented by the Regional Governor and supervised by the Regional Government’s Coordinator. Its main purpose is the Financial Management of the Regional Public Investment Programme (PIP). RDF is the Paying Authority for the majority of the Public Works, which are integrated within the budget of the PIP Investments for the Region of Western Macedonia. Furthermore, it is the main authority for planning and implementing European Projects for the Region of Western Macedonia (RWM). 

In the Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia, there are 15 employees (all of which hold a university degree) working to address a wide range of regional development aspects. RDF is a key player in forming policies, which the Regional Government of Western Macedonia, under decisions made by its Council, transform to calls for funding through the Regional Operational Programme. These projects are in their majority related to local SME’s and strive to change the strategic focus of the appropriate policy instruments according to the Regional RIS3 plan. Furthermore, RDF, has successfully implemented a multitude of EU projects in order to help the Regional Government shape new policies on various regional thematic priorities. 

Sarajevo Economic Regional Development Agency

The Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency (SERDA) is a nonprofit limited liability company governed by public law and owned by the Canton of Sarajevo, the City of Sarajevo, the City of East Sarajevo and 32 municipalities from the Sarajevo Macro Region (SMR).

SERDA was established in May 2003 by the Canton of Sarajevo, the City of East Sarajevo, and 20 municipalities from both entities. Subsequently, the City of Sarajevo and other 12 municipalities joined SERDA, so that there are currently 35 founders.

The role of SERDA is to encourage and strengthen the regional development through provision of financial support, education, tools for business infrastructure development and capacity building in various sectors, information services for foreign investors and the implementation of inter-regional and international projects.

Through the professional implementation of projects and the dynamic and innovative approach, SERDA has proven itself as the leading development agency of the regional economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). SERDA strives to identify the needs of its founders and other relevant stakeholders in order to maximise effects for a balanced, integrated and harmonized development of the region.

SERDA has a highly qualified staff experienced in various projects implementation. 

SERDA is an active associate member of the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) and South Eastern Europe Network of Regional Development Agencies (SEENORDA).

Contact person:  Mr Zlatan Saracevic 


University of Algarve

The University of Algarve is a young state university, located in the southern part of Portugal, one of the most touristic regions of Portugal. The University has witnessed a significant growth in terms of student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programmes on offer. Founded on the 16th January 1979, the University of Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro, which makes it somewhat unique from most universities given that Faculties and Schools of both systems, co-exist.

The University student population is today close to 8,000 and employs over 700 academics. It has three faculties and four schools, offering a range of quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in beautiful academic settings.

Recently, there has been a significant increase of foreign students from more than 60 countries due to the internationalization strategy of the University of Algarve. The quality and diversity of European Masters and Doctorates, combined with post-graduate courses open to students from all over the world justify the magnitude of this mobility.

It is an important centre for cultural, scientific and technological development, with strong regional, national and international ties, offering students the opportunity to explore various careers as they gain transferable skills. In these last three decades, the University of Algarve has consolidated the link established with the regional business and with the public and private organisations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with an impact across the community.

Contact person:  Ms Alexandra Jorge da Silva Marques

Larnaca-Famagusta District Development Agency

Larnaca and Famagusta Districts Development Agency (ANETEL) was founded by the local government for the local government. The main objective of the agency is to provide support services to its stakeholders which is the public authorities of Larnaca and Famagusta Districts in Cyprus for making use of European resources and participate in European programs in order to implement their goals and visions for the local development. ANETEL is an active partner and supporter to the public and private sector and operates in a rational combination for community service, entrepreneurship and management of high-level requirements of integrated development with transparency and efficiency.

Contact person:  Ms Eudokia Balamou


Environment Park S.p.A. is a Science and Technology Park based in Torino (Italy) whose aim is to foster innovation in the cleantech sector by providing expertise, knowledge and facilities, by building strong partnership with companies and research institutions and by supporting the development of new market solutions including access to R&D grants and finance.

The business model lies on two business units: Innovation and Development and Real Estate Services. The first provides expertise and testing facilities in Green Building, Plasma Nano-Tech, Green Chemistry, Advanced Energy (energy production and storage) and Clean Tech. The Real Estate Services unit, on the other hand, is the operative area of Environment Park, focusing on the management of the  business area, which covers over 30,000 square metres and hosts around 70 businesses devoted to technological innovation. 

Today, Environment Park is a privileged spokesman for businesses investing in cleantech and thanks to its role as broker of new technologies, the Park together with Consorzio Univer (University of Vercelli), coordinates the Cleantech & Energy innoVation cluster (CLEVER), one of the 7 Innovation Clusters of Regione Piemonte. CLEVER aims at supporting its members in the development of their innovation path, through the supply of innovation services, technical and methodological support and dedicated infrastructures. The Cluster is currently composed of more than 250 members, small and medium-sized enterprises, innovative start-ups, public and private research bodies and large enterprises. The cluster’s technological and operative areas are: energy and energy efficiency, water resources, circular economy, climate change, sustainable mobility and clean solutions.

Contact person:  Mrs. Monica Risso

Autonomous Region of Sardinia

The Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS) is the regional authority of the Sardinia island. Since the Italian Constitution of 1948, due to its insularity, Sardinia has an Autonomous Statute. The regional authority has more the 4000 of public employee and is split up in 12 Regional Minister and many regional Agencies and public bodies. 

The political and administrative competence of energy is, by statute provision, included in the Regional Minister of Industry where the Unit of Energy is resposanble of the energetic regional planning and is in charge of manage all the energy actions and activities financed by various financing sources.

Contact person:  Mr Stefano Piras

Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia is an umbrella organisation comprising the craft and small business chamber system jointly with 62 regional chambers of craft and small business. It has more than 25,000 members. The key role in the Chamber is played by professional sections - successors of guild (like shoemakers, tailors, sewers, goldsmiths, textile maintainers, hairdressers, art & craft, chimneysweepers etc.) because they represent the foundation for linking craftsmen. Since its establishment the Chamber has been playing an active role as an intermediary between Slovene enterprise community and policy- decision making arena.

The present Chamber of Craft of Slovenia has been active more than 35 years. Besides representing and defending interest of craftsmen and entrepreneurs in front of government the chamber has been developed a broad scale of different SME consulting services (dissemination of SME policies, assisting SMEs to develop their internationalisation capacity, access to finance, proving SMEs on different domestic and EU legal framework and provisions concerning their business, awareness raisings campaigns on different topics: eco, energy efficiency, RES) and SME promotion activities  to the members. Chamber’s task is also to support the enterprises in order to become more competitive on domestic and international markets. 

Contact person:  Ms Larisa Vodeb


CPERI is classified among the Institutes of Excellence in Greece and employs a scientific staff of about 250 people. Moreover, it holds the 16th position among the European Research Institutes (top 50 REC organisations) having signed grant agreements in FP7 in terms of counts of participations for the period 2007-2013.

In March 2012, the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI) merged with the Institute for Solid Fuels Technology and Applications (ISFTA) to establish the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI). The new established Research Institute is a member of the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH). CPERI contributes to the increased competitiveness of the Greek and European industry by providing unique and innovative solutions to research problems of technological and/or commercial interest.

The development strategy of CPERI has been based on establishing strategic collaborations with leading international industrial corporations, developing strong links with Research Centres and Universities within the European Research Area (ERA) and contributing to the training of young scientists and engineers in state-of-the- art technologies. Acting as a catalyst of regional development Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute is also consistently pursuing strong interactions and collaborations with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in European network.

Contact person:  Mr Chrysovalantis Ketikidis



Éa éco-entreprises is a French cluster specialized in environmental and sustainable development with 138 members mainly based in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, France. 

Founded in 1996, the network gathers a large set of complementary skills: research centers & universities, businesses as well as local authorities and NGOs. 

The cluster adopts today an integrated approach, by covering different but key thematic priorities: water, waste, polluted sites and soils, air quality, biodiversity, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and circular economy.

Éa éco-entreprises aims at assisting its members at all stages of their economic development, with the objective to foster emerging innovative solutions to measure, prevent, minimize or compensate the impacts of human activities on the environment. The cluster activities are achieved through three strategic areas, including sustainable and competitive territories, life quality in the Mediterranean area, and stakeholders of transition. This has ensured the integration of concepts and technology that has benefitted the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Since 2010, Éa éco-entreprises has become the regional delegation of the Aqua-Valley (the national WATER cluster) in Provence Alps Côte d’Azur region. At a national level, Éa éco-entreprises is the vice-president of the Association for Promotion and Export Development of French Eco-technologies (PEXE) and also the representative of French SME-SMI at the French Water Partnership.” This means that we can promote our members with a common voice on the European stage.

Contact person:  Ms Cristina Casian

Gozo Development Agency

In recent years, regional authorities have been set up in the Maltese Islands to occupy a second tier of government between Local Councils and the central, national institutions. The Gozo Regional Committee groups together the fourteen municipalities of the island of Gozo. In order to learn from the experiences of other countries, the Gozo Region aims to participate in transnational projects that can help it overcome difficulties arising from its “double insularity” and promote the economic development of its territory.  It has therefore specifically set up the Gozo Development Agency (GDA) to implement European projects. Among these, actions which enhance the island’s rural, environmentally sensitive characteristics, are particularly relevant.

Contact person:  Mr George Refalo

Collectivity of Corsica

Corsica is a semi-autonomous region. The administrative authority, the Collectivity of Corsica (Collectivité de Corse - CdC) has specific governance and status. The region is ruled by a general assembly, elected directly by the people, in charge of managing various Corsican matters. Corsica has six public establishments, which administrate the region. The Single Collectivity of Corsica was established on 1 January 2018 after the merger of the former Territorial Collectivity of Corsica with the Departmental Councils of Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud.

The “NOTRe” law of 2015 has reshaped the perimeter of a number of the French administrative regions and reinforced the scope of their powers and regional coordination actions in terms of the support they provide in the fields of economic development and innovation. This Corsican policy framework complements the policies designed at the national level and implemented both at the regional and national level, which have an impact on funding and the support provided to the regional innovation system (for example the competitiveness clusters, distribution of the research tax credit). The Corsican executive council is the managing authority in charge of coordinating and facilitating the liaison between stakeholders of the Corsica innovation ecosystem.


Contact person:  Ms Quilichini Angélique


The Valencia competitiveness Institute (IVACE) is the Regional Government body in charge of encouraging the Region’s economic development and competitiveness through support to Valencia’s private sector internationalization, innovation, financing, energy and attraction of foreign investment.

IVACE manages programs for strengthening Valencia’s innovativeness. These programs have different specialisms and cover several areas of society and industries.

Some involve funding of research, which is important for renewal of industry. In other cases it involves companies applying for funds for their development projects. 

The Agency's mission is to promote the development of the energy system, so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable.

Trade and investment promotion aims at encouraging growth, full employment and development by promoting exports. IVACE designs and implements technical assistance programs, services and funds aimed at the internationalization of the Valencia businesses.

IVACE financiación manages the main funding supports and programs for established small and medium sized enterprises in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors.

Contact person:  Mr Roberto Algarra


Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) is a regional public-private partnership that was created in 2005 to trigger innovation activities performed by the Andalusian private sector and to connect these activities with academia and society, supporting public bodies innovation policy implementation and promoting R&I in a transition region. Currently, CTA is owned by more than 150 companies, 70% of them SMEs, in 7 main European industrial priority sectors: ICT, Aerospace and productive processes, Agrifood, Biotechnology, Building and civil engineering, Energy and Environment, and Leisure and Tourism.

CTA’s main activity during these years has been advising, mentoring and funding (with own funds) innovation projects lead by companies and with a clear a measurable market application in a short and medium term. CTA excels as a unique organization, acting as a multi-sectorial innovation cluster and, far from just funding, developing a holistic approach to innovation that paves the way for project results swiftly introduction in the market. This is achieved thanks to the provision of an integrated set of complementary services such as positioning, internationalization strategies development or support for funds granting.


Contact person:  Ms Silvia de los Santos Trigo