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Anteja hosts the Poly4EmI Initiative (Polymers for Emerging Industries) that bundles regional actors that are active in bio-based industry.


Poly4EmI promotes the transition to bio-economy through cross-fertilization of sectors and digitalization of value chains.

Poly4EmI is a successor of the Poly4EmI EU flagship project on new policy models supporting bio-based industry through clusters and smart specialization led by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports in Slovenia.

The Poly4EmI platform ensures that new policy tools, analysis, cases studies, projects ideas, cluster coaching and mentoring schemes are further enabling advances in bio-based initiatives.


Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular-Bioeconomy

Project duration:
Project start date: 01-07-2020
Project end date: 31-12-2022

Overall: 2713796.5 EUR
ERDF Contribution: 2214155.21 EUR
IPA Contribution: 92571.8 EUR
ENI Contribution: 0 EUR

Danube regions and cities face major societal transitions regarding demographic change.

The rural exodus is caused by better employment opportunities for the youth and the prospect of a better life in cities. The movement of labor leads to depopulated areas leaving an aging and increasingly unskilled population behind. However, regions can make a significant new beginning. But a multi-level participative governance approach and new institutional capacities are needed to pool existent excellent competencies and development potentials.

Co-creating future strategies to increase the attractiveness of rural areas is the key to give the youth new incentives to revive rural areas.

Circular-Bioeconomy is used as a tool, that promises to foster regional development: It is a concept focusing on the transition of a fossil-resource based economy towards an economy making use of sustainable production of biological resources and processes to develop new products, thus setting rural areas and their development into focus.

The concept catalyzes interdisciplinary cooperation also between different policy areas/levels to actively address demographic change, by enhancing value creation through new collaboration, business models and value chains raising the attractiveness to stay and even move to rural areas.

Long term goal of the project is to enhance the socio-economic status of the regions, contribute to environmental, climate and resource protection as well as foster development of rural areas. An ecosystem for systematic multi-level governance with actors from the interested public, academia, industry and political decision making will be developed.

That ecosystem gives space for co-creation and new forms of integrated urban-rural cooperation leading to increased institutional capacity to tackle demographic change. Thus, overcoming the persistent lack of engagement of societal actors in the political system by giving them ownership to address demographic change.

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Developing an Alpine Space Research, Development and Innovation Area by lowering barriers for cross-regional cooperation


This project is co-financed by the European Union via Interreg Alpine Space

Project duration:
Project start date: 01/10/2019
Project end date: 30/06/2022

Total eligible costs: 1.591.414 EUR
ERDF grant: 1.169.952 EUR

Lead Partner: BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Project partners:

  • SC Sviluppo chimica S.p.A.
  • Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH
  • Poly4EmI hosted by Anteja ECG d.o.o.
  • Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg GmbH
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland – School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg
  • Lombardy Green Chemistry Association

Project description:
ARDIA-Net tackles a common challenge to many Alpine Space (AS) regions: the excellent AS innovation hot spots operate in a disconnected way since there is a lack of a multilevel transnational governance for a cross-regional S3 approach.

S3 across the AS relies on existing capacities in relevant priority areas, such as digitization, agro-food, health, materials, which represent huge synergy potentials at cross-regional level. For this reason, actors should cooperate transnationally along VC to have an impact and implement the macroregional strategies, such as EUSALP.

The challenge is to create a Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) area which, other than the Interreg-program, addresses the regions’ specific interest in synchronizing and funding joint activities across regions. This can lead to a mutual benefit for the alpine regions, through a smart connection of S3. Furthermore, the improvement of the macroregional cooperation can significantly enhance the growth of new cross-sectoral value chains in the fields of Circular Bioeconomy and Health Economy, which are based on critical mass of actors and investments.
ARDIA-Net aims to develop a multilevel, multinational and coherent Alpine RDI Area for cross-regional and interdisciplinary cooperation and implement a joint funding framework and pilot projects addressing CBH megatrends.

Regional S3 are aligned through synergy diamonds developed in the S3-4AlpClusters project allowing the identification of mutual benefits, highest potential for innovative products and services related to CBH and contributing to common EUSALP priorities (eg. advanced manufacturing or eHealth).

ARDIA-Net’s partnership is actively involved in regional policy deployment and is composed by actors of new CBH value chains. It allows the efficient synchronization of RDI calls, the alignment of relevant actors, leading to hands-on innovative projects covering entire new CBH value chains, from research to market. ARDIA will result in a ready-to-use funding environment and innovation beacons for future cooperation in S3-implementation.

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Smart SME’s

Project funding:
Co-financed by the European Parliament through the Alpine Region Preparatory Action Fund (ARPAF)

Project duration:
01.08.2019 – 31.01.2021

Total cost: 233.588,89 €
The amount of ARPAF co-financing:
210.230,00 €

Project Coordinator: Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Berggebiete – SAB

Project Partnership:

  • BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH (Germany),
  • Department for Economic Development, Research and Labour of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy),
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Maribor (Slovenia),
  • Anteja ECG (Slovenia),
  • Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (Italy),
  • ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria (Austria)

Project summary:
The aim of the Smart SME’s project is to understand to what extent SME’s that produce, process and apply natural fibres use digitalization tools and approaches. The project will also evaluate obstacles that prevent SME’s from exploiting the full potential of digital solutions. An international consortium for the project has been formed, comprising Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Maribor and partners from Italy, Lower Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Every SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) routinely uses email addresses, but digitalization now offers enterprises a whole raft of solutions to make life easier and business more profitable – from electronic document management systems, promoting goods and services on social media to eCommerce and Big Data. Digitalization measures are only successful when company managers want and support them. SME’s, however, tend to have small management teams that are overwhelmed by other tasks, leaving them little time to identify and use the potential offered by digitalization. Businesses in rural areas have the additional problem of often unreliable internet connections.

The Smart SME’s project will contribute to finding solutions to overcome existing barriers. In addition to this, Anteja ECG together with BIOPRO, will organised and host a Policy Action Forum to bring policy makers from different sectors (digitalization, rural development and bioeconomy) together to begin sharing experiences and to validate the roadmap.

The project will be specifically focusing on enterprises in biobased value chains that produce, process and apply natural fibre-based materials, both cultivated and recycled from biological waste. The project is therefore tackling the idea of sustainable transformation in the Alpine region through the bioeconomy concept.

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The AlpLinkBioEco project (start date April 2018) is based on a coherent intervention logic.

Project start date: 16.04.2018
Project end date: 16.04.2021

Total Eligible costs: 2,036.020 EUR
ERDF grant: 1,730.617 EUR

A missing holistic transnational/regional approach in the Alpine Space causes existing actors in the bio-based economy to operate disjointed. Relevant clusters operate disconnected, important value chains are not established especially for producing high value applications and products that address critical societal needs: circular economy, environmental sustainability, local employment and quality of life. As the Alpine Space regions possess huge biomass resources and the necessary knowledge and technology to use them in sectors such as green chemicals, biopolymers or bio-based materials, Alpine Space competitiveness potential remains then untapped. AlpLinkBioEco will then create a cross Alpine Space circular bio-based strategy, establishing awareness, assessing, selecting and creating transnational/regional new value chains connecting all relevant actors, and demonstrating the implementation of succesful business opportunities.

Intervention Logic Full Information on AlpBioEco


Multi-Country Effort To Enable The Danube Region’s Transition From A Fossil-Based To A Bio-Based Economy

Project start date: 01/01/2017
Project end date: 30/06/2019

Budget in Euro
Overall: 2320844,8
ERDF Contribution: 1857124,54
IPA Contribution: 115593,54
ENI Contribution: 0

Bioeconomy has a huge potential in Danube Region which could promote development based on innovation, new services, and value chains. The development of new bio-based value chains from primary production to consumer markets requires connecting firms across national boundaries and industries. Together with other expert groups from across the Danube region, Anteja helps to articulate a Joint Bio-based Industry Cluster Policy Strategy to further promote bio based value chains.  The clusters and SMEs will benefit from the innovative tools and methods developed for transnational cross-clustering. Three sector-specific value chains will be established and will serve as a model for future development of bio-based industry activities in the Danube region.  The main stakeholders include the four Ministries from the region, the clusters and their SMEs, and the nine cluster organizations involved.

Press release Full Information on DanuBioValNet Linkedin Group


Multi-Country Effort To Enable The Alpine Space Participating Regions To Achieve Sustainable And Inclusive Growth Of Economically Viable Activities

Project start date: 01/11/2016
Project end date: 30/04/2019

Total eligible costs: 2.521.964 EUR
ERDF grant: 1.929.500 EUR

The Smart Specialisation concept is an integral part of the EU Cohesion Policy.  Several EU regions have developed Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).  The challenge is to implement S3 through clusters. In the Alpine Space, implementation of S3 by clusters and cluster organizations can offer an innovative approach for improving innovation capacity.

Cross-regional approaches can serve to support coordinated actions between the different sectors/regions. Transnational cluster cooperation helps to achieve a critical mass of SMEs and enhances cross-regional collaboration in areas of relevance to the Alpine Space.

The S3-4AlpClusters project is supported by the European Union within the framework of the Interreg VB Espace Alpin program. To achieve this, the fourteen partners wish to:

  • Initiate exchanges of information and knowledge among political decision-makers from different regions of the Alpine region, including business, academics and civil society;
  • Facilitate innovation through cluster initiatives (innovation groups) across the Alpine space with a strong technological orientation and a high degree of complementarity between the clusters;
  • Launching cluster-to-cluster cooperation involving all relevant stakeholders: regional political bodies, academic institutions, business and civil society.

The project runs for 30 months, from 1 November 2016 to 30 April 2019, with a total budget of € 2,521,964, of which € 1,929,500 under the ERDF.

Short summary of the project presented at the EUSALP Action Group Forum during the session “Action Groups meet Interreg Alpine Space projects” — 4:44 min.

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Bringing circular economy to the farmers in rural Alpine Region for sustainable growth

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (Maps) Are Botanical Raw Materials That Are Used For Therapeutic, Aromatic Or Culinary Purposes As Components Of Cosmetics, Medicinal Or Foods Products.

Cluster Agency Baden-Württemberg (DE, Lead)
Plastic Innovation Competence Center (CH)Provincia autonoma di Trento (IT)
Poly4EmI hosts by Anteja ECG d.o.o. (SI)
Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection (DE)

There is an increasing demand for MAPs thanks to an increased production of healthcare formulations; MAPs based supplements have a market of $35 billion p. a.

The TRANSALB project aims to bring the Circular Economy (CE) approach to farmers in rural Alpine Region (AR) for more sustainable growth by establishing MAP value chains (VC) and supporting Green Infrastructure networks (GI) by promoting sustainable practices and awareness raising.

High variety of spices of MAPs in AR currently not fulfilling a potential. Phytopharma manufacturer (PM) in AR mainly import MAPs; SMEs can not benefit due to a limitation within VCs and GI.

MAP-VC do not yet exist in AR. There is an increased pressure from the PMC-side to build such MAP-VC in the AR by making better use of CE. Cultivation of MAPs in AR and becoming a supplier of PMC provides farmers with a unique opportunity for sustainable growth. Specifically, in health, cosmetics and food biologically produced products are highly valorized. Skill development plays an important role to upgrade the knowledge of actors along the MAP-VC.

The main results of the project are a strategic overview on how this cross-cutting topic can work in AR, a fully developed MAP-VC, proposals for upgrading skills of actors involved and first experiences how the GI can work in practice. TRANSALB is led by ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg and involves further partners, like ANTEJA / POLY4EMI (Slovenia), Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (Germany), Autonomous Province Trentino (Italy) and Plastic Innovation Competence Centre (Switzerland). The project is about to start in March and last 15 months.

Short summary of the project presented at the EUSALP Action Group Forum during the session “Action Groups meet Interreg Alpine Space projects” — 4:44 min.

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