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Open Innovation Challenge: prizes on offer for solutions to support Mediterranean NWFPs

Do you have an interesting solution or business idea to solve a technological, social or environmental challenge for non-wood forest products (NWFPs) in the Mediterranean? The INCREDIBLE project has just launched the Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) which will select the five most innovative ideas with the potential to increase the environmental, economic or social value of Mediterranean NWFPs. Prize-winners will be invited to attend the INCREDIBLE business acceleration programme led by an international team of leading forestry, business and NWFPs experts.

“NWFPs could become a real social and economic resource for the Mediterranean and its people,” said Project Coordinator, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Head of the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. “We need to speed up our innovation capacities and unlock their fantastic potential to create value for both rural and urban populations and to secure their sustainable management under climate change. The OIC gives us the opportunity to collect knowledge and ideas from beyond the immediate project network, bringing new perspectives which can help tackle challenges identified in the first phase of the project”.

The INCREDIBLE project, a Thematic Network funded under the European Commission’s H2020 programme, has established five Innovation Networks (iNets) for cork, resins, wild mushrooms & truffles, wild nuts & berries and aromatic & medicinal plants. During their first year, each iNet has developed a network of experts, from research, policy and practice, who have identified several challenges which are the focus for this first edition of the competition.

The OIC is open to everyone – individual, start-up or company – with an innovative idea to solve a problem or boost a NWFP value chain. Competition winners will be invited, free of charge, to the INCREDIBLE business acceleration programme, a 10-day intensive training course, held at the Agripolis Campus (Padova, Italy) and travel costs will be covered by the project. Participants to the programme will be able to boost their ideas through seminars, support from mentors and experts for coaching, and workshops on transversal and targeted topics (business models, marketing strategies, branding, traceability tools, etc.). Applications to the Challenge are open from April to August 2019.

Also of note, challenge organisers are not only looking for people with solutions but also for those who might be interested in the initiative, as mentor-supporters to boost the programme and help new ideas get off the ground. Sponsor and supporters will have the first opportunity to get in touch with winning innovators and will contribute to turning brilliant ideas into projects that could transform NWFP value chains.

Whether as innovator or supporter, the OIC offers the opportunity to make a real change and enable NWFPs to fulfil their potential as a viable social and economic resource for the Mediterranean.

INCREDIBLE is an Innovation Network open to all those involved or interested in creating economic, social and environmental value through improved production, collection, processing, marketing of Mediterranean Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs). INCREDIBLE is coordinated by the EFI Mediterranean Facility and funded by the EU Commission H2020 framework programme for the period November 2017 to October 2020.

Find full details of the INCREDIBLE Open Innovation Challenge or get in contact for more information.

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News Date: 
Δευτέρα, 8 Απρίλιος, 2019
iNet news: 
Resins
Wild Mushrooms & Truffles
Cork
Wild Nuts & Berries
Aromatic & Medicinal Plants

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Το πρόγραμμα INCREdible στοχεύει στο να αναδείξει τρόπους με τους οποίους τα Μη Ξυλώδη Δασικά Προϊόντα (ΜΞΔΠ) μπορούν να παίξουν σημαντικό ρόλο στη στήριξη βιώσιμων πρακτικών διαχείρισης των δασικών πόρων, καθώς  και στην ανάπτυξη αγροτικών περιοχών, με τον σχηματισμό δικτύων μέσα από τα οποία μεταδίδονται και ανταλλάσσονται πληροφορίες και εμπειρίες. Το πρόγραμμα "Δίκτυα καινοτομίας για τον Φελλό, το Ρετσίνι και Εδώδιμα προϊόντα της Μεσογειακής Λεκάνης" (INCREdible) προωθεί την διατομεακή συνεργασία και καινοτομία, με σκοπό να αναδείξει την αξία και τη δυναμική των ΜΞΔΠ στην περιοχή.

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‘Το πρόγραμμα Δίκτυα καινοτομίας για τον φελλό, τις ρητίνες και τα εδώδιμα προϊόντα της Μεσογειακής λεκάνης (INCREdible)  χρηματοδοτείται από το πρόγραμμα HORIZON 2020 της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, στο πλαίσιο συμφωνίας επιχορήγησης Αρ. 774632.

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