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Technical Assistance Facility for Industrial Modernisation and Investment (TAF) - regional workshop

General Information

TAF workshop - Creating mature interregional investment projects under the S3P-Industry


The TAF regional workshop will now be delivered via digital means.

Taking into account the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID 19 throughout Europe, and the resultant public health risks and logistical limitations affecting many prominent S3P-Industry regions, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the physical workshop ‘Creating mature interregional investment projects under the S3P-Industry’, which had been scheduled for Tuesday 24 March in Rotterdam. Unfortunately, under the current circumstances we cannot guarantee smooth organisation of the workshop.

We hope that your interest in creating mature interregional investment projects remains strong, and we sincerely hope that this change of plan does not cause any major inconvenience for you.

We are now exploring alternative ways to provide you with access to business and legal experts, and the opportunity to discuss practical problems regarding investment project development. The alternative solution will most likely be to deliver sessions via videoconference or webinars.

We will share information about the new format in the coming week.

We thank you for your understanding and remain at your disposal should you have any questions.

The TAF team

Main features

The aim of the upcoming workshop will be to further build the viability of investment projects emerging from the Smart Specialisation Platform, and their underlying business plans. The workshop will also support project managers in preparing strong TAF applications.

Expected results

A clear and thorough understanding of the key elements to be considered when developing a business plan maximising project managers’ chances of success when applying for TAF support.

Participant profile

The workshop will target existing project managers leading investment projects under the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation, cluster managers and industry stakeholders (who could become project managers in the future).

About TAF

The Technical Assistance Facility is funded by the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME). The Programme is managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.


Agenda and Presentations

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2020, 10:30-16:30

The draft agenda can be downloaded here.

The workshop will consist in two parts:

1) The morning session will be focused on improving project ideas and project consortia. Participants will choose a session from four available modules and they will be divided into working groups for their preferred module. All modules will consist of an introduction provided by the facilitator and a practical exercise including a discussion.

Available modules will be:

  • Option 1: Building commercially-aligned project consortia – engaging businesses;
  • Option 2: ‘Start with why’- validating market demand;
  • Option 3: From unique value proposition (UVP) to revenue generation;
  • Option 4: Leveraging the advantages of an interregional consortium.

2) The afternoon session will start with the presentation of key learning points from the morning working group sessions followed by a tailored work session on improving project ideas. Participants will be divided into groups depending on the self-identified maturity of their investment ideas and each project manager will work on her/his own application in a round table format, with access to direct advice from the TAF team.

The workshop will finish with a summary of key outcomes from the day.


Mainport by Inntel Hotels, Leuvehaven 77, 3011 EA Rotterdam

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Registration information

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