MedBAN - Mediterranean Blue Acceleration Network
MedBAN aims to mobilize EU blue economy SMEs to adopt greener and digitalized processes
Sept 2022 – Aug 2024
Total budget: 1,4 M€
MedBAN – Mediterranean Blue Acceleration Network will mobilize the EU blue economy SMEs to adopt processes and technologies for a greener, more digital and more resilient economy. It will manage two open call schemes to fund a set of services for SMEs on innovation, training, twin transformation and internationalisation issues.
MedBAN integrates the Euroclusters’ Initiative and is closely aligned with its specific objectives on networks, innovation, adoption of processes and technologies for the green and digital transition, training for the up and re-skilling of the workforce and internationalization of EU SMEs. It aims to reinforce the EU New Industrial Strategy.
Open Calls for SMEs
MedBAN will deploy two simultaneous but separate open calls for SMEs, thereby awarding vouchers that will fund two different sets of services: one for innovation, training and twin transformation of businesses and one for internationalisation actions. The services will be provided by a bank of suppliers that expert entities could integrate. The publication of the calls is previewed for late March 2023. The link for the platform that will host all the information on this funding scheme (for applicants and suppliers) will be available soon.
The project consortium comprises six cluster organisations from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece.
A kick-off webinar was organised on November 2022 to publicly present the project’s objectives and to discuss the pathways to a more resilient, green and digital EU Blue Economy, thereby gathering insights and previewing the actions that MedBAN will deploy.
D2.1 – Resilience preparedness/business continuity plan (Mapping the Mediterranean Blue Economy Ecosystem)
This document maps the blue economy ecosystem in the EU Mediterranean countries of the consortium, further clarifying the inner workings of the ecosystem, its key players, nodes in the value chain, needs, enablers, barriers and opportunities, resulting in a resilience preparedness/continuity plan highlighting new collaboration models. The challenges identified in this deliverable constitute the thematic areas to tackle in the open calls to SMEs.
Newsletter #1 | March 2023