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Proof of concept! A patentable innovation! Securing the next stage of support

“First of all, we need to prove the idea. We are making the parts and will then test our first actual prototype of an...

Supporting the digital transition in the Western Balkans: How Digital Innovation Hubs help

Supporting the digital transition in the Western Balkans: How Digital Innovation Hubs help. Digital transition – the integration of digital technology into all areas...

Developing research and innovation infrastructures in the Western Balkans: From SEEIIST to 3D printing

Top research also needs top research infrastructures (RI). This is recognised by the European Commission who defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools to...

The people are our potential: Towards more women in science careers

The Common Regional Market Action Plan 2021-2024 for the Western Balkans is an ambitious plan that has a crucial gender component. Currently there are...

Startup Udhë – On the road and on the market – the ride sharing App from Pristina!

Udhë – an EU4TECH PoC project and VentureUP startup has hit the commercial road with a local ride sharing App and now plans to...

Commercialisation Through Knowledge Exchange: GMP and GLP from the ACLEMETH Project

Commercialisation of innovation generated at research organisations or universities can happen in several ways. The ‘classical’ route involves licensing of IP rights to a...

The opportunities of Horizon Europe: EU4TECH PoC university partners WIDEN their outreach

When Professor Arban Uka and Gent Imeraj from the Epoka University in Tirana Albania got involved in the the “PANBioRA” project, a prestigious Research...

EU4Tech PoC Workshop for C6, Investment Readiness and Funding, June 23, 2021

Outline of the workshop It costs money and effort to bring a new technology-based solution closer to the market. As your idea matures, you...

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EU4Tech PoC

The EU4Tech PoC WB project offers support to 40+ promising technology based projects from the Western Balkans at the ‘Proof of Concept Stage’. We offer hands on assistance from experts and mentors to help you validate and protect your technology, develop a robust business model and move your project closer to the market.

Funded under multi-country IPA we can work with researchers from public / not for profit research organisations (PROs) as well as start-ups and SMEs.

Over 2 years (January 2020-December 2021) our team of experts will mentor 40 PoC projects from the region through 6 forms of highly specialised Technical Assistance. These are:

  • Technology development and prototyping for commercial demonstration
  • Entrepreneurship support and mentoring
  • Intellectual property management
  • Market analysis
  • Business plan and business model
  • Follow-on funding support

Regional coverage

We will work with eligible projects from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.