Cooperation in EU projects: Vojvodina ICT Cluster has its own Project Office, an internal unit managing all aspects of EU projects. We offer partnership in projects, as well as services in the entire project cycle – from consortia building and preparation, to implementation and reporting.
Our portfolio includes some of the largest EU projects ever done in Serbia, and our tight cooperation network among institutions in Novi Sad as well as in the Balkans means that we are able to provide reliable partnership.
Horizon 2020 Project: KATANA – EMERGING INDUSTRIES AS KEY ENABLERS FOR THE ADOPTION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR
EC-funded KATANA accelerator aims to support European start-ups and SMEs in the agrifood value chain, ICT sector or raising emerging technologies to simultaneously access knowledge, technology, capital and markets in order to respond to the global competitive environment.
KATANA aims to provide this access to start-ups and SMEs by leveraging upon the multiplier potential of cross-border/cross-sectoral collaboration and the systemic approach which homogenizes services towards the overall aim to place new products/services in the market. KATANA will support the most successful 10 European start-ups/SME consortia by providing them additional funds – up to 50k per start-up/SME – and provide them with the opportunity to attract equity funding on the top of that, by delivering tailor made investment readiness training and providing access to the community of professional investors through an equity crowdfunding platform. KATANA will distribute in total 1.2m EUR to pan-European start-ups and SMEs and empower new cutting edge tech in agribusiness acceleration!
INNOVATIVE ASPECTS AND MAIN ADVANTADGES:
In order to identify the best SMEs and start-ups in Europe, KATANA will follow steps that ensure a sustainable roadmap for the establishment of cross-sectoral and cross-border consortia-based start-ups/SMEs collaboration since the evaluation and selection process directly involves stakeholders, namely start-ups/SMEs themselves, potential customers/early adopters (reward crowdfunding) and investors (equity crowdfunding). This is a key innovative aspect of KATANA, since it goes into a staged and agile model that enables the community to choose its most promising members, supports these members in co-creation by establishing either cross-border or cross-sectoral collaborations and motivates consortia to rapidly launch minimum viable products (MVPs) in the market and attract funding from early adopters among potential customers, through reward crowdfunding.
TYPE OF PARTNER SOUGHT:
Looking for pan-European clusters, interested to join in and together with us organize a KATANA Info Day event in their home town, in order to give the opportunity to as many SMEs as possible to benefit from this opportunity as during the event we give detailed presentation of the calls, hands-on advice on how to prepare the proposals and also brief one-to-one consultations with interested applicants.
Vojvodina ICT Cluster will present KATANA at 4th Cluster Matchmaking Conference, September 19-20 in Warsaw, Poland. All information is here.