The aim is to create a dynamic, multi-dimensional “network of networks” to integrate academic, public sector organisations and micro/SMEs into a creative, collaborative and sustainable framework. This will incorporate various complementary strands/themes and existing partnerships and knowledge; recognising that each network is at a different level of development. Networking has become a buzz word in business and management, and evidence is abundant that good networking promotes increased business-to-business activity, as well as opportunities for creative thinking and problem solving. This is particularly important in the Northern Periphery region given the climatic, geographic, environmental and social composition. i2i aims to connect networks of people through an internet based platform, in order to develop an integrated process to facilitate and support innovation within complex partnerships (micro/SME sectors, academia and public authorities) across the 5 partner countries. The positive exploitation of their inherent knowledge, expertise, and personal and professional networks, will result in new business opportunities across the sectors. An important element of this is the provision of explicit guidance and mentoring on how to develop effective transnational networking relationships, through the creation of a guide and learning tools. This will offer the opportunity for individual, organisational and systemic learning through case studies, exchange of experience through meetings and conferences, as well the development of competence in cross-sector, multi-disciplinary networking.
Kunnskapsparken i Bodø
Prosjektperiode01.01.2005 - 31.12.2007
Total: 517692 €