The Regione Umbria's programme, managed by Umbria Innovazione to guide and assist SMEs in innovation processes.
i-Start (acronym in Italian for Innovation: Technical support to encourage research and technologies) has been launched to lead and support SMEs in innovation processes, from techniques to develop innovative ideas to evaluation and implementation, IPR and bringing innovative products and services to market.
Its activities will be carried out over 14 months and are divided into two actions. The first, transversal, helps companies to focus on the opportunities accessed by participating in innovation projects. The second makes it possible for small and even micro-businesses to carry out innovation projects with public co-financing.
SMEs can join clusters to accomplish improvement projects with shared costs, aimed at innovating processes and/or products and valorising research results.