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Network Enterprise Alps – Enhancing sustainable development, competitiveness and innovation through SME and cluster co-operation



Lead Partner

Entwicklungsverein Natur- und Kulturerbe Vorarlberg

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


03/2006 - 02/2008

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

2.380.000 €

ERDF in €

1.165.000 €

Project Summary

The NENA project intends to establish an Alpine-wide network of and for SMEs which are committed to a sustainable development. In a tougher worldwide market NENA will help enterprises and clusters of alpine core economic sectors to be more competitive especially by making use of the innovation potentials. More networking, a better market orientation, good strategies and the mobilisation of co-operation synergies within and between the different economic sectors are the main objects NENA wants to reach. On a long term, jobs will be saved and created in the participating SMEs. All three aspects of sustainable development – economic, social and ecological – will be enhanced. The exchange of know-how, the initiation of co-operations, the offer of training, the tearing down of language barriers as well as image enhancing measures for SMEs are the tasks of the future network. By involving partners from urban and rural areas, NENA will help to attenuate the increasing polarisation.

Project Objectives

NENA has as objectives the implementation of pilot projects on regional level, most of which will be complementary or similar to each other. Pilot project examples are the establishment of an “Innovation Assistant”, innovation contest in “Timber Construction”, Native resources certificate, Raising energy efficiency in the building sector. On an alpine wide level a core group of SMEs from urban and rural regions will found a network based on agreed common goals and network activities. An international and national network structures will be established and will assure the permanence and the further enlargement of the network. Network services and activities such as newsletters, workshops and education measures will be carried out and are scheduled for the future.

Project Achievements

None so far as the project has just started.

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EU Project Partners

Autonome Provinz Bozen - Innovation, Forschung und Entwicklung (Italy)
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Lyon (France)
Energieagentur Obersteiermark (Austria)
Fachhochschule Rosenheim (Germany)
Posoški razvojni center (Slovenia)
Regione Piemonte - Direzione Pianificazione e Gestione Urbanistica (Italy)
Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (Austria)

Non-EU Project Partners

CIPRA International (Liechtenstein)
ITZ Innovations Transfer Zentralschweiz (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Rüf, Franz

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