The CEI-Executive Secretariat is seeking participants to join the Brokerage Event and the 3rd Cross-Field Visit of the BLUE_BOOST project taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece on 5-6 June 2019.

Within the project’s activities, a cycle of 7 transnational Cross-Field Visits will be organised for an on-the-spot understanding of:

  • innovation structures;
  • successful showcases;
  • initiatives of interaction and cooperation among local institutional/non-institutional innovation actors working in traditional and emerging maritime sectors.

The aim of the Cross-Field Visits Programme is to put into connection the different maritime stakeholders from the BLUE_BOOST areas in order to tangibly upgrade their international innovation cooperation capacity, as well as to accelerate and facilitate their aggregation at local level.

As for the Brokerage Event, it is intended as a networking event for the BLUE_BOOST Innovation Voucher Call offering a total of 350.000 EUR in the form of innovation vouchers to 35 selected  Blue Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Start-Ups for implementing innovation projects by acquiring knowledge and coaching services supplied by Knowledge Providers. Thus, to create a favourable ground where ideas, collaboration and networking activities can be fertilised, a 1-day transnational brokerage event is taking place to support the Call launched in May 2019.

For the Brokerage Event and the Cross-Field Visit, a Call for Expression of Interest is launched to identify 5 stakeholders that will compose the delegation from the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. Candidates can be private bodies (professionals included) or public bodies, more specifically:

  1. Blue MSMEs & START-Ups active in the fields of fishing and aquaculture, potential beneficiaries of the BLUE_BOOST innovation vouchers or
  2. Skilled Enterprises/Research, Development & Innovation Organisations/non-institutional New Innovation Agents, potential Knowledge Providers in the framework of the BLUE_BOOST pilot action.

Funding will cover the costs of travel & accommodation for each of the 5 stakeholders through a "Travel Fiche" of 900 EUR.

Deadline: Friday 24 May 2019 at 1 PM.

For additional information, please consult the Terms of Reference and the Application Form below.

Contacts: Alessandro Lombardo (lombardo@cei.int); Ana Aligrudic (aligrudic@cei.int).


BLUE_BOOST- funded under the INTERREG ADRION Programme - aims at boosting the innovation potential of traditional and emerging Blue Growth and Blue Economy sectors clusters in the Adriatic-Ionian region. The Partners’ network from 7 maritime territories will focus on transnational and cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation of maritime clusters through knowledge sharing and community-based approach.

The CEI - Executive Secretariat is implementing the project pilot actions in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and leading the project communications (WPC).

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