The EcoInn Danube project was presented at the 75th Anniversary of DTI Conference in Pecs, Hungary, on the 20th of April 2018. The Roundtable Plenary Session took place in the Hotel Palatinus. The session’s theme was about the Eco-innovation in corporate sector – possibilities, challenges, matchmaking.
The project aim is to enhance cooperation of innovation actors in the field of ecoinnovations with special emphasis on development and application of ecotechnologies in the Danube Region.
The co-organiser was the Centre for Entrepreneurship of Somogy County.
The participants were: Zoltán Gál (“DTI75” senior research fellow – University of Kaposvár, full professor ); Balázs Kiss (project manager, Tolna County Development Agency), Miklós Hanti (project manager, Digital Welfare Nonprofit Ltd.) Tibor Kiss (PhD, general director, Biokom Nonprofit Ltd.); Cecília Mezei (PhD, “DTI75” research fellow – University of Kaposvár, associate professor).
The project focus mainly on field of renewable energy and energy saving (efficiency).
Project main pillars:
1. Increase transnational cooperation in ecoinnovations – The only effective way how to face enviro problems is a joint transnational effort. Aim is to interconnect and survey needs and requirements of all elements of the ecoinnovation cycle: general public; producers/SME’s; Research & Development institutions; public institutions and 3rd sector calling for a green production.
2. Increase the match of demand and supply in ecoinnovation – Producers are forced to look for eco solutions enabling them to perform a greener production. Researchers perform environmental research which is often not problem solving oriented. Our aim is therefore to increase the match of demand of producers and supply of researchers in order to support an applied environmentally oriented research. Smart tools for easing this matching will be introduced and adopted.
3. Bring eco innovation actors together – Innovators and researchers lack of practical skills and opportunities for application of their ideas. Aim is to improve business, eco knowledge transfer and IPR skills of ecoinnovators, to offer a space to present their ideas.