The InnoRate project was kicked off!
The new H2020 InnoRate project has finally taken off in Thessaloniki during a three-day kick-off. The inaugural meeting of InnoRate took place on 29-31 January 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the congress room of the Mediterranean Palace Hotel. The event was hosted by the project coordinator, Q-Plan International, and gathered together representatives of the 9 partners, effectively constructing a strong consortium, which extends over a wide geographic coverage including not only EU but also Republic of Korea. A big thank to our KOTEC partners, who travelled from the Republic of Korea for the meeting!
The event was the occasion for the partners to meet and discuss in person the expectations for the project, together with the challenges and potentials related to its implementation. Grounded on the belief that innovation is key for boosting the competitiveness of the European economy and, therefore, has to be adequately supported through investments, the InnoRate concept was developed and approved within the frame of the Horizon 2020 programme. Born to bring innovation to the heart of financing solutions in Europe and in the Associated Countries, InnoRate is set on deploying a novel service platform offering objective and forward-looking rating methodologies to technology and innovation.
Over the three days of the meeting, each partner has presented the respective tasks and explained the respective aims, plans and contributions to the achievement of the project goals. The action plan for the first semester has been agreed upon, and an overview of the steps for the following 36 months has been presented. Mostly, all the efforts will be oriented towards realising enabling conditions to make the projects outcome sustainable even after its end.
A technical workshop has provided a better understanding of the key background knowledge, methodologies and technologies that the project can build upon. The working principles of the KTRS have been presented and its transferability to the European specific needs and requirements has been discussed. Moreover, an introduction to data modelling by ONTO, has introduced the partners to the data analytics services on which the project can rely.
All in all, the coming together of a consortium consisting of different backgrounds, has reinforced the belief that the combination of a wide range of competences and expertise, will be key to ensure the achievement of the ambitious outcomes foreseen by InnoRate.
Besides the regular meetings, we had the opportunity to discuss various matters and enjoy a delicious meal during a social dinner, organised by our host Q-Plan International. The delicious food and the warm Greek atmosphere have offered the perfect setting to raise our glasses to these fruitful kick-off days and to the 36 months of collaboration ahead!