Great Opportunity for Designers, Creatives, SMEs and Start-ups - WORTH Partnership Project's Third Call Is Open

After the success of the second call that just ended, new opportunities open up to develop innovative products in the design, fashion, technology, footwear, accessories and jewelery sectors through transnational collaborations

BRUSSELS, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the third call of the WORTH Partnership Program opens, a new, great opportunity for all those who have an innovative idea in design, fashion, footwear, accessories and jewelery and need support to achieve it.

The WORTH Partnership Program is the first virtual incubator, a four-year initiative funded by the European Union's COSME program which aims to foster the development of innovative products in creative sectors through transnational collaborations between designers, traditional and digital craftsmanship and manufacturing and craft industries.

The second call represented a great achievement for the WORTH community: 183 candidate partnerships, 80 pre-selected projects from 27 European Union countries, up to the 65 winning partnerships formed by 150 international partners.

The selected projects operate: 29 in the fashion / textile sector, 7 in footwear, 5 in accessories, 19 in design / home decoration, 4 in jewelry and 1 in leather, and have been chosen for the exceptional quality of ideas and partners.

Accumulated also by the conviction that innovation can lead an important change in European industry and society, they were also selected for the high level of creativity proposed and for having succeeded in fully embracing WORTH's mission: to connect, create and innovate.

Who can apply?

Creatives, designers, artisans, startups, technology companies and SMEs operating in the following sectors: fashion / textiles, footwear, furniture / home decorations, leather / furs, jewelry, accessories, looking for new opportunities to develop ideas and concepts with a high degree of innovation and integration between technology and design, they can apply by presenting their idea or a project proposal.

Candidates must show a strong interest in collaborating, creating and innovating on a transnational basis. The jury that will select the winners will be formed by renowned international experts in the world of design and fashion, who will evaluate the projects based on their attitude towards innovation, their social and environmental impact, technical and industrial feasibility and their potential of the market.

Support to participants

The selected partnerships will receive benefits valued at EUR60,000, consisting of:

-- basic financial support
-- personalised coaching and mentoring by international specialists and
-- support in access to finance and market positioning
-- advice on the protection of intellectual property
-- opportunity to participate in networking activities
-- participation in two international events in which to showcase their
WORTH Partnership Project

An initiative of the European Commission that aims to support collaboration between PM and start-ups of designers, producers and technology companies to create new products and implement innovative and disruptive ideas. The initiative is implemented by a consortium across Europe, in the belief that creative industries (SMEs and start-ups) are the main drivers of economic growth in Europe.

The WORTH Partnership Project is funded by COSME, the European Union Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.


AITEX Research Institute. Project Leader
Centre of excellence in applied research and advanced technical services for industry

KEPA Business and Cultural Development Centre
Intermediary authority and management of support programmes for SMEs and entrepreneurs

IED Istituto Europeo di Design
International Institute of Higher Education specializing in design, creativity, communication and management

DAG Communication
Communication agency with experience in complex projects around the world and with a special approach for different target media

AA Avvocati Associati Franzosi Dal Negro Setti
Law firm with a strong reputation in the field of intellectual property law (design, trademarks, patents, copyrights, advertising, unfair competition) and in a range of business and commercial affairs at European level []

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