At an international level, the Startup Deptartment of ART-ER has a long-lasting experience in participating and coordinating European co-funded projects and initiatives. 

The main goal is to design innovative services to support the ever growing community of regional startups and business providers, favouring  internationalisation processes and facilitating the approach to foreign markets and networks.

Working together with the Emilia-Romagna Smart Specialization Strategy (S3), some of the initiatives are focused on supporting business projects and startups in specific sectors, such as the reduction of the impact on the climate changes (i.e. startups working in the clean energy, low carbon and recycling fields) and Cultural and Creative Industries


    An accelerator path to support business ideas and startups tackling climate changes

    The accelerator program runs once a year and it is open to new business initiatives tackling climate changes aspects and  coming from Italy.

    It consists in 3 different support paths developed according to their business development stage (Fundamentals; Business Model Validation;Preparation for Investment Readiness and financial assistance to develop business plans).

    Climate KIC Startup Accelerator Program

  • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

    Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
    A cross-border exchange program for new or aspiring entrepreneurs wishing to acquire new skills in foreign hosting enterprises
    Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.
    The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.
    ASTER is a local desk in the EYE program as partner of the European Parternship Open Eye since the very first call for proposals (2009), and is now part of the Cycle 8 and 9 of the Program.

    Hacking the Mediterranean economy through Cultural and Creative Industries

    Chebec is a thirty-month project co-financed by the Interred MED Programme, which gathers 10 full and 5 associate partners from France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and from the Balkans - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. 
    Chebec tackles the main challenge CCIs face in the Mediterranean: it supports CCIs access to new markets while keeping their own identity, aiming at favoring  MED clusters attractiveness for creative people. 
    The project will experiment an integrated support programme for companies and professionals by adopting innovative tools:  mobility actions and matchmaking events; check-up tools for companies and professionals; an online guide to support start-ups from the sector; innovation vouchers.

    Chebec was presented on the Priority Axis 1: promoting Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth. 

    Its aim is therefore to help professionals and businesses in the Cultural and Creative Industries sector develop international competences, interact and create contacts with clients, partners and stakeholders coming from different areas. It also intends to arrange activities for policy makers and support organizations to improve effectiveness in their actions.
    Outputs will be analyzed and transferred at regional levels matching S3 priorities to ensure Chebec findings last in the long run.


  • SCIENT - SCIentists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit

    SCIENT - SCIentists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit
    An European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young students in approaching an entrepreneurial career

    SCIENT is a European University - Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIentists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, started 1 January 2015 and will run for 3 years. The project coordinators are the University of Beira Interior (PT) and GrantXpert (Cyprus)

    SCIENT Project website 

  • StartInnShop

    Startup Innovation Goes to Market

    StartInnShop, cofunded by the European Union (H2020 program) in 2016, is an one year project that supports the feasibility study of new services for startups, specifically dedicated to speed up the "go to market" process and the testing of the products in a "shop for innovation".

    The consortium consists of 3 innovation agencies: Aster (project coordinator); Laval Mayenne Technopole (France), The Rubicon Centre (Ireland).

    The project has the following goals:

    • set up of permanent relations between the partnership, starting from the exchange of their best practices;
    • favour the opportunity of internationalization of the startups of their respective ecosystems;
    • realize a service pack to support the marketing and internationalization of startups.

    StartInnShop Project information