Futures by Design (FBD)

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Data-driven innnovation for SMEs, knowledge sharing, experience sharing.

Project description

Futures By Design (FBD) aims to enable less prosperous SMEs, in regions of lower economic success, to innovate, grow or increase productivity. SMEs are often critical to regional economies but their capacity for success can be limited due to insufficient access to data and the inability to analyse data to drive innovation and improved results.

FBD will work with SMEs in each partner region, sharing knowledge, ideas and regional experiences to support SMEs to become more data-driven and better informed about the economic, technological, policy and supply changes that will shape their futures.

FBD will create a virtual transnational horizon-scanning and knowledge transfer (HSKT) hub connecting 6 real hubs in each region to support sustainable SME growth, innovation and productivity.

The project regions are Cambridgeshire (UK), Antwerp, East & West Flanders (B), Groningen (NL), Osterholz (DE), Halland (SE) and Fryslan (NL). Each region has a sub-region of lower economic success.

Project partners

Provinsje Fryslân, NHL Stenden Hogeschool, Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation, Alexandersoninstitutet, atene KOM, University of Groningen North West Germany, Open Manufacturing Campus, Tilburg University - Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, University of Groningen (Faculty of Spatial Sciences), Northern Knowledge (by Business Generator Groningen), BLENDERS, Sirris

Project details

Start date: 07/01/2019

End date: 06/01/2022

How can we support you? 

Within this project, the EluciDATA Lab organises free in-depth seminars/webinars that allow companies: 

  • to better understand the tools provided within the project (data cleansing, data ethics, data maturity scan…),
  • to help them formulate and discuss their own data innovation project.

Within this project, SMEs will get support in the ideation phase and access to tools and information that can put them on the right track and potentially lead to improving their growth and productivity.

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