Smaller businesses are still facing a spectrum of specific challenges when accepting and implementing open innovation model: organizational and cultural barriers, limited resources in terms of available funds, time and skills, misinterpretation of the market/customer requirements are some of the main barriers why SMEs are not encouraged to easily accept this approach. Furthermore, the opportunities for upgrading the businesses by application of open inovation usually remain unexploited due to the additional circumstances including insufficient knowledge of the existing innovation supporting policies and initiatives, difficulties in accessing the existing funding schemes supporting the innovation management, lack of awareness/know-how, as well as lack of possibilities in accessing/joining the open inovation partner networks. For these reasons, it is still the common case that SMEs are relying on their internal-oriented practices and acting only in limed ranges (frequently only in the own business sectors), where the potentials for innovation related information flows and collaboration opportunities are usually limited in all terms.

InnTense Project partners will analyse, assess and document the current state, factors, drivers, hindrances and benefits for the application of the open inovation model in SMEs, aiming at reinforcement of the SMEs innovation capacities. In order to achieve the main project outcome – InnTense Design Option Paper, the Partnership will apply a sequence of tasks which will be constituting parts of the Twinning Advanced methodology, underpinning the InnTense Project. In this way InnTense aims to deliver SMEs support for the enhancement of the innovation capacities, at the same time establishing the permanent learning instrument for Innovation support agencies.


The main objectives of the InnTense project are:

  • Based on the wide-ranging assessment of the current trends regarding the application of the OI in SMEs on the European level (with the focus on the participating countries Germany, Italy and Croatia), to conduct a survey which will include the most important factors of the OI (e.g. existing tools for the assessment and application, phases for the implementation, significance of the cultural environment etc.) and best practice examples (establishment of networks, business-customer relations, crowdsourcing, digitalisation, relation to the start-ups), including the review of existing EU and national initiatives and supporting programmes.
  • Development of the consistent methodology for supporting the application of the OI in SME which will contribute in the formulating permanent learning mechanism for SME innovation support to be documented in Design Option Paper (DOP) as a Project’s main output based on the applied Twinning Advanced methodology
  • Publish and disseminate the main Project results with an aim in stimulating the other Innovation support agencies to use the same methodology and continue emerging permanent learning mechanism for SMEs innovation support addressing the different topic.

Project’s main output based on the applied Twinning Advanced methodology:

DOP InnTense