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

  • MatchER

    International Open Innovation Program

    MatchER is a Corporate-Startup open innovation program, designed for at least 30 businesses within Emilia-Romagna and for the most promising startups selected through an international contest.

    The objectives of the program are: to set in place the foundations for a collaborative development for innovative solutions; to attract collaborations between companies from the area and national and international startups (matchmaking);  to sstrengthen and open up to international collaborations the regional innovation ecosystem; and to promote the Regione Emilia-Romagna on a global scale as an innovative and dynamic area. It focuses on the topics of: Smart Mobility, Healthcare & Wellbeing, Future of Packaging.

    The benefits for the companies are: the support in identifying needs and required solutions; customised international scouting of startups depending on the identified needs; brand visibility on a national and international level; support in the matching process with the startups; support in planning and kick off of activities with the startups; and networking opportunities and further collaborations with the partners involved.



    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.

    Erasmus for young entrepreneurs


    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. 

    Its approach takes inspiration from the fastest boats of the XVIIIth century used by traders, but also corsairs and pirates to explore, exchange, connect and reinvigorate the MED economy. Chebec tackles CCI main challenge in the Mediterranean: supporting CCI's access to new markets while keeping their own identity, with the  nal aim to favor MED clusters attractiveness for creative people. The project will experiment an integrated support program for companies and professionals, developing international competences and contacts

    Chebec will include training, consultancy, mobility actions, matching events and an innovation voucher scheme to concretely favour transregional collaborations. Competence building activities will be realised also for policy makers and support organisations to improve the effectiveness of their actions. Outputs will be analysed and transferred at regional levels matching S3 priorities, to ensure Chebec findings last in the long run.

    Partners are organizations coming from MED regions with relevant CCI clusters, with integrated profiles - public authorities, intermediary organizations, Universities and NGOs - wide experience, solid relations with their regional players and EU networks.



    A European project to identify and link-up collaborative economy realities to exploit the opportunities offered by the sharing economy

    The objective of the SHAR-EEN project is to identify and link-up collaborative economy platforms, exchange experiences with all relevant stakeholders and help European SMEs, social enterprises and other relevant actors to exploit the opportunities offered by the sharing economy.

    With the involvement of 8 EEN partners from 6 countries, the project involves the exchange of experiences and thus the design of better tuned advisory services for SMEs as well as the creation of synergies among regional platforms by mapping, identifying and selecting those European initiatives, SMEs and social enterprises, entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs with high-growth potential and ability to benefit from the shared economy based on an assessment of their needs and potential risks.

    SHAR-EEN links-up and establishes a strong cooperation with existing or new collaborative economy initiatives at regional, national or EU level and organises events to discuss the development of the collaborative economy in Europe as well as designing and delivering face-to-face and online training/mentoring services.