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ENABLE - ENABLing European Entrepreneurship

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ENABLE is composed of remote regions of Europe distant from both national centres and the economic centres of the EU facing similar challenges and opportunities. A major problem for all regions is the conversion from dependence on traditional industry and/or agriculture, to the knowledge based society. In Thueringen large industry is declining (due to the industrial structure in former GDR), in Western Norway restructuring of agriculture is another. Rural migration is a common problem. In Carinthia there is migration of young people, qualified workers and non-return after studies. In Kaunas the restructuring of industry is similar. This leads to the need for innovation to absorb workforce, re-educate and attract human resources. The overall objective of the ENABLE RFO is to build on a long lasting interregional co-operation on SME related activities and through a strategic interregional program improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and instruments for SMEs.

This increases the basis and ability for entrepreneurship and innovation in the regions whereby creating vibrant, more self confident and competitive regions with a strong internationalised SME basis. Knowledge, experiences and regional policy instruments will be exchanged, further developed, jointly tested & validated and finally mainstreamed in all the ENABLE regions. The new instruments will provide for more dynamic regional leadership, a "can do" attitude and a holistic approach to regional development. ENABLE will encourage and empower the regional human capital, which is the most valuable resource within the knowledge society, to apply their intelligence, experience and visions for entrepreneurship. The jointly developed ENABLE strategic framework includes four development priorities/components to be realised: Management and Coordination of ENABLE, R&D and technology transfer, Cooperation and networking, Start-up stimulation.

The ENABLE overall objective and its implementation has direct relevance to key priorities of the topics for interregional cooperation defined under the INTERREG IIIC programme. All Partners are or have been working in bilateral and multilateral projects in the field of regional development, incl. Objective 1, INTERREG, Innovative Actions and related initiatives. All applicable and transferable gains of knowledge and experience will be combined under the ENABLE joint strategic framework. Significant added value is created in the validation of a new holistic and strategic approach based on a set of building blocks & knowledge today spread across the involved regions as well as on development of complementary new modules. The operation will arise reports, conferences, guides (comp.-topics), websites with all innovative results and instruments drawn up in the projects. 3 regions (Thueringen, Western Norway, Carinthia) build a strong partnership. Kaunas is integrated as learning region.


Brief History of The operation

The actual construction of the ENABLE Regional Framework Operation began early in 2002. The partners themselves have worked and networked together for many years and have long since looked for an opportunity to develop their ideas and jointly develop new approaches under an interregional programme.

The overall objective of the operation is to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and instruments for SMEs and increase the basis for entrepreneurship in the regions. This is a major goal for each region and is the foundation from which we started the ENABLE process. As will be seen throughout this application it has developed into a full programme with four components, building on existing experiences and priorities in the regions to become a self standing strategic framework for the joint development of new approaches.

To date representatives from the partnership they have attended five Interreg IIIC information days and had five interregional partnership meetings in conjunction with regular electronic communication and discussion to develop the programme. Coupled with the interregional activites, each region has taken a proactive approach to inform and motivate the regional community (public and private) of the goals and opportunities, which ENABLE will offer.

The high level of interest shown to date by the regional partners of ENABLE and the experiences of partners in other European projects has stimulated the establishment of Regional Partnerships in each region. The 4 partners in the interregional partnership came out by analysing existing partnerships and anlysing the comparable situations. This was confirmed with a synopsis of the regional SWOT-Analysis. The accessing country Lithuania (Kaunas County) became a learning partner, to benefit from the enlargement of the EU.

In order for the ENABLE programme objectives to become embedded in the regional psyche and ensure its sustainability beyond the funding period, partnership and networking is critical, both local and global – public and private, with action leading to a solid foundation for innovation and learning. To this end each partner has been heavily involved in the project development process to ensure that the programme is embedded within the region, coupled with this, partners have ensured that key actors within the region have been informed throughout the development process.

The ENABLE RFO has been drawn up after regional consultations with e.g.: Western Norway Research Institut, SIVA, nat. ministries (Norway); STIFT, STIFT Management, Start-Up-Initiative Get Up, IRC/THATI, Technology and Incubator Centres, ministries (Thueringen); University of Klagenfurt, BUILD!, Carinthian Technology Institute (Carinthia); University of Kaunas, nat. ministries (Lithuania).


Regional Partnerships

Each region has established the Proactive Regional Partnerships (PRPs) which have been actively involved in the development of the ENABLE proposal through a series of regional & international meetings & workshops. All regions have made SWOT analysis to define themes, target groups and regional partnerships which are integrated into the ENABLE program. The actual bodies represented on the PRPs are too many to document here (15-20 in each region) but below we give the groups, their role and examples of organisations involved in the regions: The R&D and third level education institution community will transfer research knowledge to the private sector and encourage entrepreneurial spirit within student and academic communities.

E.g: Universities and technical colleges in Thueringen, Western Norway Research Institute, University of Bergen, College of Sogndal West Norway, Institute of Technology, Kaunas, University of Klagenfurt in Carinthia and Technical College Klagenfurt.

Regional Public Sector organisations are responsible for regional planning and seek to improve the environment in which businesses operate. E.g. of organisations complementing the six ENABLE partners: STIFT - The Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research in Thueringen, Innovation Relay Centres and Euro-Info Centres in all regions, SIVA -The Industrial Development Corporation Norway, SND – The Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund, Carinthia Economic Promotion Units. Technology and innovation centres are represented in all regions and are key partners for involving SMEs and networks of SMEs, also initiatives for entrepreneurship in every region (e.g. Build!, EXIST, Get Up). Finally, representative SMEs and SME bodies are involved to ensure the real needs of the private sector are understood and addressed. Concerning the overall objective of ENABLE these bodies are also the target group of the operation and of the comp. 2, 3 and 4.


Problem description

ENABLE is composed of remote regions distant from both national centres and the economic centres of the EU facing similar challenges and opportunities. A major problem for all regions is the conversion from dependence on traditional industry and/or agriculture, to the knowledge based society. Rural migration is a problem for all, hence overheating the cities and contributing to the decline of rural areas and creating regional disparity. In Carinthia there is migration of young people, qualified workers and nonreturn after studies. There is a need for more vibrant and attractive regions for people to live and work. ENABLE recognises that human capital is one of our most important resources and strives to increase this capital. This leads to the need for innovation to absorb workforce, re-educate and attract human resources, especialy to enable entrepreneurs as main acting persons for successful SMEs, which support an economic growth in each of the regions.

The common thread is that entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization are recognised by all as a major part of the solution and we need to cooperate to jointly develop new and better approaches in this area. The relevance of Interreg IIIC is that it allows us to address our problems in the following ways: - jointly develop new approaches building on experience, providing the opportunity to further intensify our interregional activity to solve problems, - involve many other organisations at regional level in the regional development process, - combine our experience from a number of EU initiatives to enhance regional policies through concentrated access to experience of others to improve the delivery of existing programmes and instruments of regional policy, ensuring real cross fertilisation and avoid reinvention of the wheel.


Approach and methodology

The ENABLE common approach to implement the activities and projects under the ENABLE joint strategic framework is based on phasing of and iteration of horizontal activities and a set of key components defining the thematic priorities for the project activities. The key elements of the phased & iterative approach are a preparatory phase and an implementation phase, which will be iterated including two specific calls for proposals for projects.

Phase 1: Preparatory Phase will prepare the implementation plan and define details of priorities, draft rules of projects incl. application pack, establish regional partnerships, hold the first meeting and a first conference to mobilise the community. This phase will finish with the ENABLE steering committee (SC) meeting to approve the first call for ENABLE projects.

Phase 2: Implementation phase will begin with the first call for proposals published by the management units. Mobilisation of potential project partners in the regions will be followed up and a preassessment service will be offered. After the deadline for project proposals the evaluation procedure will be made operational. Proposals will be checked for eligibility, ranked according to defined selection criteria and these will be forwarded to the second SC meeting for approval decisions. ENABLE plans for an iteration with two calls for proposals over the full programme period. All the calls for proposals will be made between month 6 and 20. A mid-term-conference will summarise the results and discuss and disseminate the new approaches. During the final 6 months the final programme reports, final evaluation reports and final project reports will be prepared and a final conference be held.

Evaluation and monitoring will span both phases of ENABLE and will be fedback to all partners at regular intervals. During the operation interim reports will be made both for the ENABLE Steering Committee and for INTERREG IIIC. The RFO operation has been selected because it has a higher level of intensity of cooperation than the alternative operations offer. It allows us to realise our ambitions of jointly developing new approaches and instruments, improve the efficient use of Structural Funds, cement the existing relationships between the regions even further, not only official partners but also members of the regional partnerships. The status of Kaunas/Lithuania as a "learning region" - without own sub-projects - is based on the idea, that further developments in this accessing country can be supported in this proactive involvement in ENABLE. It is a basis for a strong future partnership. Kaunas will benefit from the results, outputs and impacts of the operation.


Location of activities

Please see attached map. Thueringen is located in the center of Germany with 2.4 Mio. population. The main industries are mechanical engineering, plastics and metal processing, automotive industry and high-tech fields like optics, semiconductor manufacturing, solar engineering or bio-technology. There is a broad service sector and sound tourism activities. Western Norway includes the two neighbour counties Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane, population is approx. 550.000. Key industries are oil & maritime industry, metal industries, mechanical engineering, fisheries, hydro power production and a wide range of service sector including a large tourism sector. Carinthia is in the south of Austria with a population of approximatly 560.000. The industrial structure is characterised by a mixture in which the most important sectors are electrical engineering and electronics as well as the building industry, mechanical engineering and steel construction.

The service sector also plays an important role in Carinthia. Kaunas is in the south of Lithuania, its population is approximatly 700.000. Kaunas has traditions as the centre for textile and fibre, electronics and wood processing and furniture industries, and for production of medical, optical and precision instruments, foods, and chemicals. All of the regions industries are predominantly SME based.


Tidfesting av statusendringar:
År forslag 2002
År godkjent: 2004
År oppstarta: 2004
År avslutta: 2007
Internasjonal status:
målgrupper, aktivitetar, finansiering, deltaking
Verkemiddel område:
Germany, Thueringen, Austria, Kärnten, Western Norway, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Kode og nøkkelord:
eu, enablec1, IIIC


Entrepreneurship Education
Incubator Support
Manage SME


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ENABLE invited to first round of pioneer Fast Track networks
Optimisation of the promotion possibilities for innovative and technology...
Assessment of Human Resources in SMEs
Entrepreneur Summer School
FURORE Clusters Network of SME
New Co – New Competence as instrument of enterprise growth and development through learning....
Innovation in SME through networks with R&D organisations
Exchange of specialized experience related to lasting processes and methods
European Vocational Training Academie
Environmental Monitoring and Sensoring Technology
Short-circuiting Industry with Academia
Organization of Technology Transfer
Partner Search and presentation of new ENABLE project ideas in Sogndal
Knowledge oriented problem management (KOP)
Spatial Decision Support System in Support of Forest Road Network Planning


ENABLE Steering Committee meeting in Erfurt
ENABLE component meeting in Erfurt
ENABLE Management Committee Meeting Kaunas
ENABLE C3 workshop in Balestrand, Norway
Enable interregional workshop C2 TT
ENABLE WN RMU meeting at Vossastrand
Austrian ENABLE partners look at sheep head production
ENABLE component meeting in Bergen
ENABLE WN RMU evaluating projects from September Call
Møreforsking ready for evaluating ENABLE sub-projects
Regional meeting 2nd call ENABLE Western Norway
ENABLE med seminar i Brussel


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