Project Title

Synergy – synergy networking in the high technology sectors aimed at fostering innovation in Central Europe

Project Goal

The main goal of the SYNERGY project is to strengthen the currently underdeveloped links between companies, industry, research centres and policy makers in Central Europe and encourage cooperation and synergies between them. The project will analyse previously funded and implemented projects and the institutions that participated in the projects will gather in three promising modern industry technologies sectors (KPA – Key Project Areas): additive manufacturing and 3D printing, micro and nanotechnology processes and materials and Industry 4.0.


1 August 2017 – 31 October 2020


Institutions and clusters from each of these areas will form synergy networks based on a new project evaluation methodology and an online matchmaking tool. Also, new crowdinnovation services will be defined through the project, which will be tested as part of project pilot actions. Project activities will, as a result, encourage the creation of innovative services and facilitate international cooperation in the industrial sector.

Target groups include: high education and scientific institutions, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurial support institutions (chambers of commerce and crafts, incubators, technology transfer offices, innovation centres, etc.), regional and local self-government units, the general public.

Project results

  • Establishment of innovative synergy networks among the actors involved and online solutions for matchmaking
  • Establishment of a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform to support innovation in Central Europe – Synergic Crowd Innovation Platform (SCIP)
  • creating a regional strategy on crowdinnovation


Project partners:

  • Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • PROFACTOR GmbH, Austria
  • Technical University Chemnitz, Cluster of Excellence MERGE, Germany
  • Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • STEP RI Science and Technology Park, University of Rijeka d.o.o., Croatia
  • Centre of Research and Technological Innovation, s.r.l., Italy

Associated partners

  • Upper Austrian Research GmbH, Austria
  • Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ), Germany
  • microTEC Südwest e.V., Germany
  • Lower Silesian Chamber of Commerce, Poland
  • City of Rijeka, Croatia
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce Karlsruhe (CCI Karlsruhe), Germany
  • Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH, Austria
  • Marshal’s Office of Lower Silesia, Poland


  • Total value of the project: 1,805,841 euros
  • Budget for Step Ri: 128,750 euros

Financed under

Interreg Central Europe 2017-2020

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Contact for more information

STEP RI Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka d.o.o., STEP RI,


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