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The transfer of innovation and knowledge produced by the RTOs (Research and Technological Organisations) and higher education to the local & regional businesses remains one of the most important gaps and difficulties in terms of Innovation & Growth. It is key to generate economic exploitation of the R&D results and particularly important in local & regional areas of Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and innovation opportunity. Also, there is a clear need to improve and connect regional Challenges and Opportunities of RIS3, to local innovation policies and stakeholders, highlighting the role of the “territory” as the place where interlinkages happen and knowledge flows. For such purpose, regional & local authorities should play a key role of intermediation and, in accordance to ecoRIS3 objectives, promote better policies and measures to generate solid interactions between key stakeholders, to orchestrate sustainable innovation ecosystems within RIS3 strategies responding to the existing challenges and gaps.

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Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) is a project built for integrating best practice and knowledge, supporting young talents and their education, entrepreneurship and employability through the development of creative and technological skills. It is co-financed by ERDF under INTERREG Atlantic Area. The project aims at developing an innovative model to reinforce the entrepreneurship of young people, schooled or looking for a job, by targeting the attractive field of the creative industries. Within multidisciplinary workspaces (the Hubs), it must allow the meeting between youngsters from different horizons and the agents that facilitate entrepreneurship (co-working spaces, support structures), support young people (integration, orientation or training structures) and creation (fab labs and other third places, professionals in the targeted industries).

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The new entrepreneurs travel to the host country, with the financial support from the EU within the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. There, together with the hosting enterprise, they spend between 1 and 6 months cooperating and helping each other develop their businesses. Throughout their participation in the programme, both entrepreneurs are supported by local contact points of the programme in their respective countries. The AROUND-ME partnership is composed of 7 countries (Iceland, Lithuania, France, Slovakia, Spain, Bulgaria and Greece) are working jointly to help you reach your objectives.

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In 2016, the Atlantic Cities Network created a campaign called “She for Sea” to make more visible the role of women working in maritime affairs.

She4Sea (She for the Sea) is, therefore, a project that shows how women can be at the forefront of the maritime sector and how it creates a better, more inclusive and representative blue economy. Through interviews, events and awareness campaigns in Atlantic cities, She for Sea shows how women are undertaking careers in fisheries, marine biology, blue biotechnologies and creative ocean industries, creating new opportunities.

Know the stories of these women on the blog.