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TransUP – Supporting Transnational Start-up Ecosystems


Project Description


Project approved under the H2020 programme

Start date: April 1st 2016
End date: April 1st 2017
The project aims to tackle the challenge of making the Alpe Adria region an attractive hub for innovative entrepreneurs and investors, where the ecosystem made of actors and services devoted to support the creation and development of new businesses is really collaborative and transnational. Technology startups in the peripheral European territories like the Alpine Adriatic usually look to Western Europe or to the USA rather than to neighboring countries for models of change and development. The overall objective of the TransUP project is thus to collaboratively address a common innovation support challenge and to peer-review transnational support services and co-design an innovative and systemic Crossregional Softlanding Programme for enhancing a multicultural and international driven attitude among startups in order to improve their survival chances on the global market.

The Crossregional Softlanding Programme is aimed at offering to startups from neighboring regions Carinthia (Austria), Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), Slovenia and the newly entered EU member state Croatia, the possibility to develop their company within a multicultural environment.

The expected result is the activation of a comprehensive international attitude in all aspects of startup business management with positive effects from market reach to competitive strength.
Specific focus will be dedicated to startups with reference to the Alpe Adria region but the recommendations developed in the Design Option Paper (using the Twinning Advanced methodology), will be valid for all sectors and EU geographical location.


1. Establishing a Peer Learning Group (PLG) composed of partner representatives and regional stakeholders
2Carrying out local and international bench learning activities as well as peer-review on transnational and local good practices. .
3. Developing a Crossregional Softlanding Programme & pilot action
4.Creating a Design Option Paper which will represent the guidelines for making the Alpe Adria region an attractive hub for innovative entrepreneurs and investors.


Friuli Innovazione Centro Di Ricerca e di Trasferimento Tecnologico (Italy) – Lead Partner
IRP Inštitut za raziskovanje podjetništva (Slovenia)
Technology park Ljubljana (Slovenia)
STEP RI Science and Technology park of the University of Rijeka (Croatia)
Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund (KWF) (Austria)


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