Under this activity the project will conduct a Needs Assessment Analysis for two focus sectors, ICT and Renewable Energy. From this analysis, three Capacity Building programmes will be developed for:
- İzmir NIC Staff
- Other Interface Organisations (technoparks, TTOs, incubators etc)
- Start-ups, SMEs and Entrepreneurs
A number of Sectoral Networking Events will be delivered under this activity to enable start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs to connect with organisations that can help their businesses to develop, such as corporates, investors and international groups.
The NIC Hub Digital Platform is a new tool designed to enable Teknopark İzmir to design, deliver and manage calls to various support programmes, such as acceleration and mentoring, both during the project and for sustainability after the project has finished. The platform will allow calls to be presented and promoted, applicants to respond to calls, evaluators to see applications and complete evaluation grids, etc. Communications between the NIC and applicants will take place through the platform.
This activity is the core of the Project. 50 innovative companies, in two cohorts, will be supported with a 16-week acceleration training programme and 24 hours of mentoring across 32 weeks. Furthermore, each company will receive an audit of their intellectual property needs, and around 7 will receive support with national patent applications. Additional services are available to some companies who have particular needs or show specific promise in certain areas. For example, 20 companies will enter the internationalisation programme, 30 companies will get support with investment and 20 companies will receive detailed marketing plans and marketing support.