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Science Park Without Walls - Now Closed

‘Science Park Without Walls’ (SPWW) was an EU-funded project supported under the Innovations & Environment Regions of Europe Sharing Solutions (INNTERREG-IVC). Its duration was for 24 month from May 2011 to April 2013.

The project aimed to create a network of regions that focused on developing and engaging in a global virtual business support system. This system enabled fast access to new international finance, reduced time to market, retention and development of entrepreneurs and creation of new business opportunities.

The SPWW concept was based around a teleconferencing facility with sophisticated network connections that gives access to global markets. Such a facility was being developed at Birmingham Science Park Aston in association with a Digital provider.

City-based hubs for these facilities were a key components of this model. Hub locations with quality and well developed web infrastructure, determined the strength of the digital communities and is a future driver of business growth.

All partners involved were able to learn about the system, and explore its advantages and possibilities of adopting its solutions in their respective regions. Learning was achieved during a series of dedicated thematic workshops, training and study visits involving regional/public staff to maximise the transfer of knowledge and skills.

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Throughout the SPWW project, services/business advice was on hand to entrepreneurs through the use of the teleconferencing facility. This consisted of a bank of experts (e.g. legal; finance, I.P., technical). Users of the facility could connect to this advice source in different geographical locations across Europe to get a local perspective, helping understanding of the local market. Using the facility, connection to these points of information would be rapid.

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Last Updated : 28th November 2013 - Project now closed - Page no longer being updated