International project “Cross Innovation Internationalisation“

Future Society Institute together with Vilnius city municipality (Project coordinator in Lithuania) participates in an international Project “Cross Innovation Internationalisation“. The main goal of the Project – to stimulate cooperation and cross innovation between companies and organisations that are located in different European cities and that work in creative or growth sector. In particular, the project seeks to identify how creative industries work with other growth sectors to drive new thinking, in 11 partner cities:  Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham (Project Lead), Linz, Lisbon, Plzen, Rome, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw.

10 companies / organisations have been selected from each city, which can be represented as good practice examples to other countries. By focusing on practices in four innovative sub-themes (smart incentives, culture-based innovation, brokerage and spatial cross-collaboration), Project tries to foster cooperation and innovation across different sectors.

On the 24th of March, 2014 an European Networking Event Innovation Interface Berlin was held for innovative and creative SMEs and the businesses from the wider economy from 11 European creative metropoles that are participating in the pan-European project Cross Innovation. Two companies from Lithuania were delegated to represent Lithuania: JSC Pakmarkas and Beepart creative workshops. Together with representatives of Vilnius city municipality and Future Society institute, these companies shared knowledge, discussed possible cooperation and collaborated in finding solutions for future challenges.

Currently the open-access database is being created, where profiles of all companies (or organisations) that participate in the Project Cross Innovation will be uploaded. This platform will help organisations to share ideas, suggestions, find partners and interact directly while developing international inter-sectoral projects. Cross Innovation is an INTERREG IVC funded project running from 2012 to 2014, which               aims to identify, share and develop good practice in “cross innovation“ policy.