Specific objective
1.1 Improve the framework conditions for innovation in the Alpine Space
Date of submission
01 March 2017
Last update
29 January 2018
Main objectives
The project aims to strengthen SME along the food value chain realizing new business opportunities in the field of Bioeconomy. By the approach of `Open Innovation´, we find out new business opportunities; particularly for SME manufacturing food & botanical extracts in the alpine space. (Example: The Walnut is one food product of the alpine diet. In the project, we might find out how to wash and dry the Walnut with less energy, and further, we might find out business opportunities for the waste of the Walnut; such as the green and brown shell.)
Description of activities
Objective1 – Identification: Typical food & botanical extracts of each alpine region (e.g., crops, legumes, herbs and spices) are identified by our project partners out of science, economy, politics and administration, and by the knowledge of former EU-Projects. Objective2 – Screening of Food Value Chains: The Food Value Chains of the in Objective1 identified food &botanical extracts are analysed for their potential in the field of Bioeconomy. Objective3 – Creation of Business Models: Based on the results of Objective2, we develop new business models using creativity & innovation methods; like `Design Thinking´, `Value Proposition´, and `Effectuation´.
Envisaged outcomes
Building a Transnational Alpine Network: The project creates a Transnational Alpine Network of actors along the food value chain, such as local grower and producer, institutions of food services and consumer, and of different Alpine regions. At the end of the project, we are intended to build up a transnational cluster cooperation. Promotion of Local Growth and Conservation of Regional Structures: The project fosters the sustainability of local economy of SME in alpine space with the advanced knowledge of new business models in the field of Bioeconomy. Thus, it contributes to the conservation of regional alpine structures. m
Partners found
  • Lead partner: City of Sigmaringen, G
  • Project partner:
  • -Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences, G
  • -Bern University of Applied Sciences, „HAFL” - Food Science & Management, Bern, CH
  • -Competence Center for Nutrition/ Bavarian Cluster Initiative “Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung (KErn)”, G
  • -"BUND-Regionalverband Bodensee-Oberschwaben", G
  • -Competence Network “ Kompetenznetzwerk Ernährungswirtschaft", CH
Partners wanted in the following countries
  • Austria
  • France
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
Partners wanted from the following institutions
  • Local public authority
  • Regional public authority
  • Sectoral agency
  • Interest groups including NGOs
  • Enterprise
  • SME
Comments on partners wanted
  • +Partners along the food chain from all Alpine regions building a strong transnational Alpine network
  • +Agricultural associations from each region
  • +Farmers’ associations from each region
  • +Food associations from each region
  • +Associations for food processing and production
  • +Political decision-makers
  • +Production industry
  • +Local initiatives (e.g. Society of Farm Women)
  • Distribution partners
  • Local or regional media