Promotion of Financing Innovation in South-East Europe (PROFIS)

PROFIS Project

PROFIS aims at developing new capacities and capabilities in the SEE region to facilitate early stage funding of innovative projects of both individual inventors and spin-off or start-up companies. New services will be developed, introduced and tested at non-profit intermediary organisations which are active in the field of innovation promotion at regional level. The project will provide a state of the art analysis of existing funding opportunities in all participating countries and make a cross-country analysis. These documents will be validated at national and international levels, and may serve partly the purpose of other tasks in the project and policy makers in improving the applied measures and introduce new ones in facilitating private investment in innovation. The project will identify the actual market demand for new services (based on a dialogue with both inventors and investors) and map the available servicing capacities in order to identify the areas for further improvement or new developments. Human capacities for providing new services will be developed by intensive training activities and partly through twinning programmes. Special attention will be given to the promotion female innovators. The services will be developed in 9 regions in SEE via an integrated process of national and SEE regional innovation competition. 3 innovative project winners at national level and 5 at SEE level will be selected and awarded, while the service providers (not only the project partners, but other interested intermediary organisations) will test their new capacities. Key results of the project: 28 organisations with improved capacities in supporting early stage funding of innovation, 135 projects prepared for early stage funding, 10 policy papers at national and SEE levels on improving innovation funding measures, introduction of a new platform for bridging inventors in SEE and local and global investors, and awareness building on the promotion of female inventors.

Lead partner:

BZN - Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research

Hungary 1116 Fehérvári u. 130,Budapest 

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Project type
  • Interdisciplinary / cross-thematic
Country of the coordinating institution
Contact details
Geographical focus
  • SEE
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General
January 2013 - December 2014

Entry created by Ivan Zupan on March 19, 2014
Modified on April 11, 2014