The SOLUTIONSplus project has been helping start-ups and SMEs around the world develop their innovative solutions through its Start-up Incubator, which is led by ERTICO. A new training on Innovation Management has been developed as part of the Start-up Incubator to help start-ups build on their innovative concepts.

From creating a product or service to delivering it to the customer, the e-course will cover a wide range of information and knowledge to help start-ups improve their business models. Guidance on how to search for and obtain public and private funding will also be offered to participants. The e-course is divided into four modules: Innovation and its management, Market, Intellectual Property Rights, and Adoption and funding. Each of the four modules comprises four to five units in the form of videos between 12 to 20 minutes.

To create this new training programme, interviews with the start-ups participating in the project were conducted to assess their current situation, business development and needs. With the support of SOLUTIONSplus Regional Coordinators UEMI and Wuppertal Institute and of partners including ICLEI, CODATU, UEMI, Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), PluService, UN-Habitat, Valeo, Global Green Growth Institute, and FIER, ERTICO has developed the Innovation Management Training based on these assessments to offer tailored support to start-ups and innovators on their short and long-term journey. A needs and support map was also created to identify any gaps between the training modules and the innovators’ needs.

The training programme will first be available on the Mobility Academy platform for the SOLUTIONSplus start-ups and will be then publicly available free of charge.

Stay tuned in the next couple of months to be the first to learn when the training programme will be available to the public!

You can find more information on the trainings organised as part of the project on the SOLUTIONSplus website and the Mobility Academy website.

The SOLUTIONSplus project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 875041.