The AdriaFootouring project (acronym for Adriatic Food and Tourism: Innovating smes) is part of the European programme IPA Adriatic Cross - Border Cooperation Programme. It has involved 11 partners from Italy (Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna and Veneto), Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro e Slovenia. It aims to promote the development of tools and services to encourage the growth and innovation skills of the existing and new born SMEs involved in the tourism and agribusiness sectors.
The project was started in 2012 and it has investigated issues related to innovation and existing local support organizations for small and medium enterprises of the agri-food and tourism sectors. Information about the needs, lacks and obstacles to innovation were collected by means of interviews and debates with the operators of the Adriatic areas that were engaged in the project.
The Adria incubator is the result of the analysis of such issues, and it aims to provide those tools required by entrepreneurs when a process of innovation is started. It supports entrepreneurs to face the risks that arise along their way to innovation and competitiveness.
Particularly relevant in this project has been the cooperation of economic and academic bodies, local agencies and innovation centers that have supplied skills and useful information to respond to the needs of the entrepreneurs that represent the incentive to the growth and innovation of the territory involved.