Testing Design Support Programmes for SMEs

MBB, KEPA (Greece), Luxinnovation (Luxembourg) have launched a new Horizon 2020 project on design support programmes for SMEs

Design for Europe (DfE) partners KEPA (Business and Cultural Development Center) and Luxinnovation, together with MBB, DfE Ambassador in Malta, have just launched a new Horizon 2020 project. The DesignShots project activities will focus on peer-learning exercises whereby the partners will review existing design-driven innovation programmes and also analyse the pros and cons as well as relevance and potential applicability in the project partner countries: Greece, Luxembourg and Malta. The project will focus on the use and uptake of design by business, particularly SMEs. Together the partners will explore how innovation agencies and business intermediary agencies like ourselves can better support businesses to integrate design in their innovation processes.

The DesignShots concept is to tackle the challenges that European SMEs face to integrate Design Driven Innovation and become more resilient. Therefore, possibilities of using different support opportunities depending on level of the design maturity of the company for SMEs competitiveness and growth, will be explored. To this end the project consortium will use some of the already existing tools, available on the Design for Europe resource repository to diagnose the level of design used by SMEs. More importantly, the project will test the this new DesignShots service, which will come about as a result of the various peer-learning exercises over the 1 year period. The tests will be run through a pilot together with 5 chosen SMEs in each region. The DesignShots service will entail a 1 hour diagnosis for each company regarding the design need of the enterprise.

DesignShots will give KEPA, Luxinnovation and MBB the opportunity to further capitalise on the momentum gained by design through Design for Europe (see Capturing the Impact of Design for Europe by Dr Anna Whicher, Head of Design Policy, PDR Wales on www.designforeurope.eu) Through the Design for Europe project, new foundations for cooperation have been forged. This has created a solid foundation for the partners to continue supporting design driven innovation among not just the private but also the public sector in their respective regions. The final output of the project will be a ‘Design Options Guide’ that will provide important tips and recommendations to other business support centers when putting in place or improving design services.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

For more information about this project contact Ana Vella avella@mbb.org.mt

Testing Design Support Programmes for SMEs