Name of the project: DEEP.Com – Dissemination and Exploitation of EU Projects: Transition to Commercialisation
Duration: January 2011 – December 2012
Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme – KA4
Project web page: www.deepcom.eu
EPMA’s role: Partner
Since 2000 a vast variety of projects have been developed under the Socrates/Grundtvig, Comenius and Leonardo da Vinci action/programme, not to mention all KA projects. A total of more than 4,5 billion EUROs has been spent by the Commission on those projects. Very few became publically well-known, like the ECDL, and are still “on the market”.
DEEP.Com aims to enhance the number of Grundtvig, Comenius, KA2+3 and Leonardo projects being successful – in the meaning of commercial success – by selecting projects ready to be marketed, having the potential to be marketed and support them in entering the appropriate markets. The support anticipated will be derived from Best Practice examples, which have achieved remarkable commercial results, and offered online in form of e-learning materials and service tools for project co-ordinators/partners, who are determined to transition their project results to the “common” market.
DEEP.Com is assisting project managers to make contact with potential users, by utilising existing bodies e.g. trade unions, teacher and trainer associations, chamber of commerce, industrial bodies, ministries and HR organisations. A permanent online interchange of licensing opportunities –DEEP.oil – will push the transfer further. DEEP.Com strengthens the dissemination of available project results by promoting extraordinary products on a monthly basis – implementing the “DEEP.Com project of the month” and awarding a “DEEP.Com project of the Year”.
This way DEEP.Com contributes to the dissemination and exploitation of EU project results twice: by taking those results to commercialisation and therefore giving them credit for excellent innovative character and at the same time through highlighting the importance and relevance of those project results for the “common” market in the EU, member states and beyond.