Between the 1st - 2nd of October, 2019, the Moldovan Technology Transfer Network, project partner within Danube S3 Cluster, organized in Chișinau, Moldova, the Mid Term Conference of the project, the 3rd Entrepreneurial Discovery Focus Group and 3rd Steering Commitee of the project.
On October 1st took place the Mid Term conference of the project – Cluster support for digital transformation in Agro Food Sector and 3rd Steering Committee of the project. The event was held at the headquarters of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova and was attended by a large audience among which was Mrs. Georgeta MINCU - Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova as well as Mrs. Iva STAMENOVA - representative of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova.
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On this occasion, the legal framework and national and European policies in the fields of agriculture, clusters and the process of digitization were presented and debated. At the same time, good practice models were also presented on the topic of Digital Innovation Hubs, the case of Slovenia, as well as the opportunities for financing the technological transfer provided by the National Agency for Research and Development of the Republic of Moldova. In the second part of the day, the 3rd meeting of the Project Coordination Committee took place, where all the project activities were reviewed by the partners, discussing the progress made and looking for solutions to the problems appeared in implementation.
On October 2, 2019 was organized the 3rd Focus Group of Entrepreneurial Discovery on the topic of Open Innovation in Clusters. This event was attended by about 50 people, both partners in the project, as well as representatives of the business environment, the academic and research environment and representatives of local public authorities.
The focus of the entrepreneurial discovery group offered them the opportunity of the participating clusters and regions to bring together the potential for knowledge and innovation through collaboration and mutual learning in a transnational process, thus allowing the exchange of know-how and good practices from the western regions to the eastern regions, generating an innovation ecosystem, in which the academic environment and the business environment work together, in coordination with regional authorities and civil society, to transform knowledge into innovative products, services and skills. The transnational approach of smart specialization focuses on the "entrepreneurial discovery process", on market opportunities through cooperation within the cluster and the development of innovative technologies.
The event, organized for the elaboration of the Danube S3 Cluster Strategy, followed the methodology developed by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission for the entrepreneurial discovery mechanism.