European Project Future Proof

Novel services for future proof innovation agencies and SMEs

During the last decades colossal changes have radically changed the innovation environment and the business arena. Digitalization, sharing economy, automation, the rise of China, climate change are only a few of the drivers that have created new risks, opportunities and challenges for both SMEs and supporting agencies. Nevertheless, SMEs and innovation agencies have done little to change their traditional modus operandi, thus facing serious difficulties to address current and future challenges. Thus, the Future Proofproject partners aim to:

  1. utilize strategic foresight and scenario planning methodologies for designing new services and/or programs that will respond to the future needs of our SME clients.
  2. exchange best-practices in designing and implementing foresight related services to SMEs that will create high-performance resilient future-proof SMEs.
  3. broadly communicate the project outputs to the European innovation ecosystem to increase impact and outreach.

FutureProof is a knowledge exchange and co-design platform It uses state-of-the-art methods and tools taking into account the rapid and complex changes of the world in order to optimally respond to the future needs of our SME clients.

The three innovation agencies of the FutureProof consortium have worked for almost three decades with clients providing innovation support services. Numerous clients and participants in seminars and workshops have raised the question that caught our attention: How do you compete sustainably and successfully in this endlessly changing world?

An important part of FutureProof is the process of Horizon Scanning that is performed using the Gremlin crowdsourcing platform. The project partners invite all interested stakeholders to participate in this horizon scanning by submitting and evaluating future trends.

Project Duration: 04/2020 - 03/2021

Participating Countries: Austria, Germany, Greece

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 948869.

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