The Italia-Malta cooperation project I KNOW, an acronym for Interregional Key Networking for Open Innovation EmpoWerment, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It aims at setting up a permanent hub to encourage the creation and strengthening of SMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), providing them with faster access to the markets and boosting their competitiveness.

Support the creation of innovative start-ups with priority to the sectors of environmental sustainability and the quality of life and human health

Support SMEs in the processes of Open Innovation and collaboration among them

Promote cross-border trade agreements

Seminars are being organised in Sicily and Malta to lead accomplished and would-be entrepreneurs to address innovative and competitive cross-border networks where new and successful ideas can be presented to access new markets.

The seminars will also be preparatory to the ‘Call competition for ideas’ and the ‘MedFest’ event to be held in Malta in November 2019, an opportunity for match-making with investors.

Two series of seminars will be held in Sicily at the Kore University of Enna and the UniME University of Messina,

and two others at the UM University of Malta.

Each series will last 80 hours!

Go to the calendar for more info about the seminars at the Kore University of Enna.

Registration Open


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Students, researchers, aspiring start-ups, new entrepreneurs, incubators and investors will be able to benefit, in the three-year period 2018-2021, of services organized in specialized seminars for Business Plans, Pitching, Social Innovation, Circular Economy, and in actions of Competition, Mentorship, Incubation, Open Innovation Working-Lab, Hackaton, Networking, Matchmaking with investors, with priority to the sectors “the quality of life and health of citizens” and “environmental protection”.

The creation of a multimedia platform “Open Innovation Service Lab” will be the acceleration tool for SMEs and start-up to foster funding and investment opportunities, links to initiatives and open networks.

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The Partnership is formed by the Science and Technology Park of Sicily (leader), University of Messina, University Kore of Enna, University of Malta, and Arkimede, a partner of the Messina-based incubator Innesta. Its goal will be to involve entrepreneurial systems, areas and networks to foster and accelerate industrial innovation, and create new opportunities for economic and employment growth in the two islands.