The regions participating in the DIFASS project have teamed up to exchange experiences on innovative business support measures established in their own regions and to support the transnational transfer of selected examples of good practice towards other regions.
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On 23 and 24 September 2014 the final conference of the project took place in Budapest, Hungary. The top 8 best practises identified during 8 DIFASS workshops were introduced to a wider audience. In order to show the added value of the examples, partners that had transferred an instrument or method to their region or were planning to do so were questioned by Lennard Drogendijk of BDF to demonstrate their successful use of the partners’ project and explain the policy change and impact in their region.
The 100 people in the audience were asked to brainstorm about the most important change of policy means they could think of. Despite the strongly appreciated value of social media, people still think that personal meetings are the best way to influence policy makers to evoke change in the region. Either calling upon working groups or use ‘story telling’ as a way of communication were mentioned most.
DIFASS has an interactive www.difass.eu website with videos of all Good Practice presentations from all workshops and Twitter news feeds.
The project is supported by the INTERREG IVC Programme. The overall objective of the programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Business Development Friesland (BDF) helps other organisations to grow. BDF initiates new concepts of its own but also on behalf of governments, educational institutions and businesses. Start-up entrepreneurs and organisations that are keen to develop their international activities are our main target groups.
BDF coordinated the Communication Component of the DIFASS project.
Key words: * entrepreneurship * incubator * start-ups * finance * coaching * matchmaking * local and European project management * development of course material * internationalisation * network * business transfer * policy development and implementation *