New Technology Center
New Technology Center is private company operating on Georgian market of energy-efficient, renewable energy and sustainable solutions for all kind of buildings and operations. Drawing from advanced experience in the field of sustainable design, New Technology Center helps developers, architects and builders create more environmentally sensitive structures and settings while taking into account importance of architectural aesthetics, comfortable living and working environment and cost-efficiency of building project. Company provides architectural design as well as engineering including MEP, supervision and project management services for all types of residential, commercial, public or industrial building projects. For over more than a decade now company is actively involved in capacity building activities through providing training courses, lectures, preparation of guidelines and other educational tools for various organizations and specialists due to lack of expertise, knowledge and skills among young professionals, students and industry subcontractors in the field the company provides its services on the market. Considering that in 2014 Georgia signed the Association Agreement with EU, thus committing to reforms in energy and environment sectors, including the third package of the EU energy law there is already a significant lack of qualified workers for the market needs, especially regarding green skills, thus being the building sector one of the priority sectors where highly qualified staff will be required within the next years. In addition, thirteen self-governing cities and municipalities of Georgia have joined the EU initiative “Covenant of Mayors”, and are facing an urgent demand for local workforce and enterprises able to provide services for their Sustainable Energy Action Plans. NTC’s aim is to overcome barrier of lack of specialized workers among young people and enable involvement of youth in this promising challenge.
Construction Cluster of Slovenia
CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER OF SLOVENIA, CCS (SLOVENSKI GRADBENI GROZD) supports innovation and innovation processes – from ideas to new business models and international collaboration. CCS is an innovation cluster. The main goal of the cluster is to improve domestic and international competitiveness of its members through commercial cooperation and networking, R&D and innovation, education, training and policy action. The cluster was established in 2004. SGG is aimed at the broad scope of companies with a wider field of building and construction, especially for energy efficient and sustainable construction and renovation of buildings, new materials, products and services, and business models - but also all the other organizations that are related to construction or to sustainable development of the built environment, green, and circular economy. CCS is a member of European Construction Technology Platform and of the E2B association (Energy Efficient Buildings). The main competences of the SGG as innovation cluster are: - Preparation and collaboration in RTD projects, representing industry association and industry needs and expectations, and/or directly involving cluster members (industry actors) to project activities, and/or in dissemination and exploitation activities - EU and national R&D and innovation projects coordination and management, including costs / financial reporting and/or supporting dissemination and exploitation actions in EU funded RTD projects, technology transfer and intellectual property issues, cluster and other new collaborative organisational and business models development and implementation. SGG areas of interest are: new and renewed technologies of the sustainable building and in construction, protection of the environment, heritage preservation, energy efficiency and renewables in building and districts, water efficiency, green skills, resource efficiency, green, circular construction and economy, new business and financial models in building and construction. HIGHRISE, NEWBEE) and participated in a number of EU FP7 RD projects for SMEs and SME Associations (SILENTWALL, STEELPROST, STOREPET). In 2014 SGG collaborates in two demonstration projects, EEHIGHRISE and STEELPROST DEMO). Within these activities SGG acquired a high level of awareness of the importance and aims of the dissemination and exploitation in Framework projects, and a broad expertise and practices in managing these tasks. In addition, with a professional background in construction, building sustainability, construction management and business management, SGG will contribute to all other R&D and demonstration work packages of the project. SGG was coordinator of the STOREPET FP7 project. Now is coordinating EU COSME project ECCA, aiming to establish European Circular Construction Alliance.
Institute of Entrepreneurship Development
The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is a Greek NGO committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancing of the spirit of entrepreneurship. By recognizing entrepreneurship as a crucial factor for the development and cohesion of societies, we develop research and are in a position to provide innovative solutions that facilitate the growth of healthy entrepreneurship and promote employment. In order to achieve our goal, we adopt an anthropocentric approach and cooperate with social, academic and business partners from Greece and abroad, aiming at producing and transferring know how, promoting entrepreneurial culture and enhancing the effectiveness and viability of enterprises. In our ten-year long activation, we have participated among others in the planning, implementation and evaluation of more than 100 National and European projects, something which gave us a unique insight in the practical aspects of implementing large scale co-funded projects and also provided us with an extremely wide network of collaborating organizations from both Greece and abroad. Our participation in the aforementioned projects gave us also the opportunity to produce and collect a large number of innovative tools and products on all aspects of entrepreneurship and lifelong learning, available to be further processed and utilized by any other interested organization. Since 2005, the year of establishment of iED, we have been oriented towards that direction and have implemented a wealth of actions and initiatives, which have made us a highly-specialized organization in the following indicative fields of expertise:
Entrepreneurship Innovation, on-going consultancy, support and strategic visioning that all lead to the enhancing of the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Education and training Diagnosing the educational and training needs of individuals and groups, developing of training curricula and delivery of customized training courses.
Employment and social inclusion Identifying skills gaps, cultivating necessary skills and dexterities for successful labor market inclusion, developing professional profiles, investing in comprehensive career guidance and lifelong consultancy.
Regional Development Measures targeted at local and regional development through the mapping of available resources and the maximizing of their potential.
E-learning Learning design and development, online applications, custom learning solutions and placing education and training in a virtual environment.
Youth Facilitating youth inclusion and participation in all walks of life.
SMEs Start-up assistance, reliable business guidance through all stages of operation and custom made training solutions enhance the viability and potential of SMEs