List of Consortium Partners
E-Zavod is the Leading Partner of BLUE CROWDFUNDING Consortium. In its capacities, the mission of the E-institute is to improve the citizen’s quality of life with implementing and promoting sustainable development solutions in the local context and in the EU environment. Actions are implemented through projects focusing on environmental protection, innovative economy, social welfare and ethical values. Our key competences are in open innovation, living labs, sustainability assessments, energy efficiency and renewable energy. E-institute team is multidisciplinary, with rich experiences in project management. Over the last 5 years E-zavod was partner or lead partner in 32 EU funded projects, bringing together more than 120 partners from 20 EU member states.Contact: Anja PRISLAN
The Network of Insular Chambers of the European Union is a non-for-profit association regrouping 29 insular Chambers of Commerce in the EU, with its headquarters in Chios - Greece, representing the entrepreneurship community in European Islands. Its main objective is to insert and integrate the concept of “insularity’ in all European policies, in order to provide special policies for European Islands.In this aim, it closely collaborates with European institutions as well as with non-governmental organizations to implement this policy, to encourage initiatives, projects and perspectives on the economic development of insular regions in the European Union.
The multinational disciplinary and expertise in encapsulating multicultural business practices and add-on complex research projects are put at the disposal of the business thinking of several country systems. INSULEUR’s strategic objective is to contribute to businesses and enterprises of different productive sources especially in the areas of innovation, energy and environment and business practices, supporting their development and growth in the medium to long term. INSULEUR performs common actions such as public hearings, in particular in Brussels, and promotes common practices, seminars and capacity-building. In addition, it disseminates results, technological transfer and training activities.
INSULEUR participates as a partner in different European projects, in particular within the INTERREG MED programme, offering its services for “soft” actions such as dissemination of information.
Contact: George ASSONITIS
The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Shipping of Seville is a non-profit Public Corporation established by Law as an advisor body to collaborate with Public Authorities, to which it represents the general interest of companies. The Chamber of Seville focuses on promoting internationalization, business creation and innovation, business promotion and entrepreneurship through several services and activities. The Chamber of Seville Works in close cooperation with Public Administrations and has a wide training programme with a variety of courses addressed to entrepreneurs, professionals, employees and unemployed people. Our institution is associated at different levels with international, national, regional and local organisations and has a wide experience in managingand implementing international projects.
Contact: Javier CUESTA PÉREZ
CROWDPOLICY is active in the field of IT and specialized in crowdsourcing methods and techniques within the fields of fintech, govtech-civictech and open innovation. The company designs, develops, implements and commercializes a consistent series of crowdsourcing methodologies, information systems and tools on a global basis, aiming to enhance two-way collaboration between organizations and the crowd, as a means of generating value for our customers andtheir stakeholders.
For the specific purposes of the project, the Govtech-Civictech is surely the most relevant among their activities, as CROWDPOLICY develops products and services to enable audience participation at local and national level. Among other services, since 2013 they have developped and runCrowdApps, an integrated suite of cloud applications for cities, municipalities, regions and local groups of citizens that consists of 17 e-government applications. CrowdApps support participation, communication, transparency, accountability, e-government, local development and volunteering, as best practices in modern governance.
Contact: Depy DOUROS
Goteo is a civic crowdfunding platform focused on citizen initiatives and social, cultural, technological and educational projects. The platform not only encourages collaborative actions among communities, but also its design and blue print operate under opensource. Consequently, Goteo has replicas and alliances in several countries.
Managed by a nonprofit Foundation (with consequent tax advantages for donors), Goteo’s multidisciplinary team develops tools and services for co-creation and collective funding. Their work and projects are tightly linked to principles of transparency, progress and social improvement. Moreover, they encourage the transfer of civil society’s values to the institutional sphere, in order to enhance participative adoption of public policies as well as facilitate and encourage self-organization and citizen participation.
Contact: Joan BLANCO CABOT
The University of Algarve (UAlg) is a young higher education public institution (40-year old) located in the southern region of Portugal. UAlg is divided in three camps - two in Faro and one in Portimão. UAlg has around 750 permanent teaching and 450 research staff, evidencing a growing commitment towards R&D and Innovation.
The main research and teaching areas are: Earth and Marine Sciences, Health, Management and Tourism, Engineering and Technology and Social Sciences and Humanities. CRIA is the Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer of the University of Algarve, aiming to promote relations between the university and the industry, increase the technology and knowledge transfer, support the establishment of new firms, generalize the use of industrial property rights mechanisms and developing technological infrastructures to enhance specific research fields in the Algarve. CRIA was born in 2003, from the need of creating a service to support the development of advanced business ideas and inventions born at the university that could migrate to the market. The intervention areas of CRIA are: Intellectual Property (IP) and Licensing Support, Commercialization and Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, European Projects and Studies.
Contact: Susana IMAGINÁRIO
The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is operating as a Federation of the District Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the five major towns of Cyprus, Nicosia, Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca and Paphos, which have jurisdiction in their respective towns and districts. The CCCI is the organisation of the business people of Cyprus and promotes their interests and views to the Government and the Legislature, while also offering a wide range of business-dedicates services. The Chamber's membership exceeds 8000 enterprises from the whole spectrum of business activity, representing more than 95% of the business community of the country. It also involves more than 120 Professional Associations from the sectors of commerce, industry and services. The CCCI is an independent organisation operating as a Private Law Chamber with a public-equivalent status, while it is not enjoying any state or other subsidy. The CCCI is a recognised social partner in Cyprus and takes an active part in the Social Dialogue at national level, while it also participates in the various existing Committees of tripartite co-operation - together with the trade unions and the Government. It covers a wide range of economic and social issues, such as the Advisory Economic Committee, the Advisory Committee on Commerce and Industry, the Advisory Labour Body, the Environment Council, e.t.c. Altogether, the CCCI participates in more than 60 Committees, Councils and Organisations.
Contact: Demetra PALAONDA
The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN) is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance to crowdfunding platforms, while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building. ECN was formally incorporated as an international not-for-profit organisation in Brussels, Belgium in 2013. At the present, ECN counts of more than 80 members, most of them representing crowdfunding platforms distributed all over Europe.
Its main objective is the implementation of initiatives aiming at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry as a key player within alternative finance and financial technology. In line with this, its role is to increase the understanding of the key roles that crowdfunding can play in supporting all types of entrepreneurship and in the creation and protection of jobs, enriching European society, culture and economy, and keeping an eye on the protection of our environment. In that capacity, ECN helps develop professional standards, providing industry research as well as professional networking opportunities, in order to facilitate the interactions between its members and key industry participants. ECN maintains a dialogue with public institutions and stakeholders as well as the media at the international, European and individual national levels.
Contact: Martina PANZOLATO
Contact: Conny WEBER
Vlorë County (Albanian: Qarku i Vlorës) is one of the 12 coutries (also known as regions) of Albania. It is located in the southern part of Albania on the Adriatic coast, it covers 616 km² and has 225.000 inhabitants. The capital is the city of Vlorë. The city of Vlorë remains a major seaport and commercial center, with a significant fishing and industrial sector. The rest of the country is mainly agricultural and pastoral, instead, wherby tourism has become a major industry in recent years, with hotels, recreational centers and beaches. The Regional Council of Vlorë is responsible for drafting and improving the regional policies at the regional level, and for their harmonization with the central policies, increasing the resional economy and the support for SMEs.Contact: Anila HITAJ
With a population of nearly 6 million inhabitants and a surface of 13.670,95 km², Campania Region is the third region in Italy by population -after Lombardy and Lazio- and the most populous of the southern part. Remarkably, it is the first in density. In addition to the regional capital of Naples, the provincial capital cities are Avellino, Benevento, Caserta and Salerno. The Region is world-wide known and appreciated for its coastal offer, namely the four gulfs: the Gulf of Gaeta, the Gulf of Naples, the Gulf of Salerno and the Gulf of Policastro.
Its long seaside makes Blue economy quite relevant - in fact, it represents 3,9% of GDP, mostly connected tothe RIS3. In particular, the Region's main interest is focused on: strategies in fisheries and aquaculture to encourage innovative aquaculture models and efficient production and supply chain-processes; transnational cooperation to improve the integrated management of coastal areas, while boosting the capacity and competitiveness of fishing and maritime activities; implementation of knowledge systems for SMEs, through specific initiatives of interaction between experts and entrepreneurs focused on circular economy solutions and innovative funding solutions. Among the latters, crowdfunding models are considered a crucial field for further exploration and exploitation.Contact: Carmela COTRONE
Marche Region is situated in the centre of Italy on the Adriatic Coast. It is a small region with 1.5 M inhabitants and five Provinces (Ancona, Macerata, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and Pesaro-Urbino), which extend over an area of 9,694 km².
In addition to its specialized industrial areas of footwear and leather, furniture, household appliances and textile industry, the sea has always furnished a plentiful supply of fish, confirming the ancient vocation for the fishing sector as a fundamental economic activity for reknown centers and harbors. In particular, excellence has been achieved in the field of traceability and quality certification of fishing products, in the development of the aquaculture sector, technological innovation in processing, sales and marketing.
Marche Region Fisheries Economic Department acts as Intermediate Authority of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (2014-2020) and is responsible at Regional level for programming and implementing actions aimed to a sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture. Being in charge of fisheries and aquaculture governance, the Maritime Fisheries Department has also relevant experience in the involvement and engagement of sector stakeholders (fishermen, breeders, sector associations, University and Research Centers) fostering an inclusive and bottom-up approach.Contact: Laura GAGLIARDINI
The Faculty of Economics and Business in Rijeka (EFRI) is a public institution of higher education, founded in 1961. As a constituent part of the Rijeka University, it is the main educational and research centre in the field of economics and business for the broader local region. EFRI organizes and carries out undergraduate/graduate/doctoral courses (3+2+3) and the postgraduate specialist studies with corresponding ECTS scoring system, according to Bologna. EFRI is currently employing around 100 people and has respectable educational and scientific fundaments in economics, business, management, entrepreneurship and EU issues.
Since 1997, EFRI organizes international conferences based on research activities and projects of numerous international experts in the fields of European integration. EFRI has taken part in various international projects, applying for funds within IPA, ESF, FP7, SEE Transnational and lifelong learning programmes, especially within the European LLP Jean Monnet programmes. It is also a member of AACSB, EFMD, working hard to get EFMD, EQUIS and AACSB accreditations. Since February 2020 EFRI is awarded with EPAS accreditation for its International Business study program, which is held completely on English. Since 1971 we are continuously publishing a scientific journal, abstracted and indexed in WoSCC, EconLit, Scopus and other relevant databases.
Contact: Pavle JAKOVAC
Region of Central Macedonia (RCM) is the largest region in Greece and its capital, Thessaloniki, is the second largest city of the country in terms of population. The region has a population of 1,875,000 inhabitants, representing 17% of the country’s population and produces 17% of the GDP (second higher contribution after 37,7% of the region of Attica). It is comprised of seven regional units: Imathia, Thessaloniki, Pella, Kilkis, Pieria, Serres and Chalkidiki. Its regional administration is structured at central and regional levels.
The Region of Central Macedonia designs, plans and implements policies at regional level in the context of its jurisdiction, according to the principles of sustainable development and social inclusion of the country and in line with national and European policies. The region has an important geopolitical and metropolitan role, being one of the main gates and services hubs in Southeastern Europe. The most important services' sectors in the region are agro-food, tourism, transport and communications, and recreation activities. Furthermore, in order to interconnect all relevant stakeholders in the area in terms of development, it has set up a One Stop Liaison Office (OSLO) for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Given its maritime position, the Region of Central Macedonia pays particular attention on the blue growth, that could help highlight and exploit its competitive advantages.
Contact: Vassilis TSANIDIS