The Western Development Commission (WDC) coordinated the SPECTRA project launch, stemming from a successful funding application under HORIZON Europe. This project will work towards more inclusive networks and initiatives in European innovation ecosystems.
SPECTRA stands for ‘Stimulating Performance of Ecosystems in Creative Territories and Regional Actors’ and it embodies the collaborative vision of 8 partners (including 3 associate partners) representing 4 regional ecosystems – moderate innovator region in Ireland (Northern and Western), an emerging innovator region in Bulgaria (North-Central-BG), together with lead innovator regions in Denmark (Hovedstaden) and Germany (Berlin).
SPECTRA will put in place key ingredients required to equip the West of Ireland (represented through Western Development Commission (project coordinator) and CREW, as well as the associate partners Atlantic Technological University and Galway Culture Company, with a more responsive, resilient ecosystem, capable of growing and developing coordinated responses to many challenges creative industries are facing to achieve the National and European goals. It will harness and multiply the power of individual ecosystem initiatives to create a collaboration driven innovation network – resulting in enhanced, more inter-connected, diverse, gender-responsive, competitive, and sustainable ecosystems.
The WDC hosted our project partners in Galway over a fantastic 2 days, introducing the European SPECTRA partners BIC Innobridge, Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry Media Deals, Creative Business Network to creative and cultural partners including Western Development Commission, CREW, Atlantic Technological University, PorterShed, Galway Film Fleadh, Arts Office, Galway City Council, Palas planning future activities.
For more information on SPECTRA please see : https://westerndevelopment.ie/2022/12/07/western-development-commission-launches-new-horizon-2022-project-spectra/