Document / search engine: Report on the training pack for bioeconomy business model development and guidelines for mentor/mentee engagement
Framework project: Bringing added value to agriculture and forest sectors by closing the research and innovation divide
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AGRIFORVALOR is a Horizon 2020 Thematic Network working to close the research and innovation
divide in the bioeconomy by connecting practitioners from agriculture and forestry with research and
academia as well as with associations and clusters, bio-industry, policy makers; business support
organizations, innovation agencies and technology transfer intermediaries in multi-actor innovation
partnership networks in order to valorise and exploit sidestream biomass resources from agriculture
The project has established multi-actor networks managed by three Biomass Innovation Design Hubs,
piloted in Spain (Andalucía), Ireland and Hungary. In each hub, existing research results and good
practices on valorisation of biomass sidestreams from agriculture and forestry are shared and matched
with the specific needs and potentials, with dedicated innovation support provided to multi-actor
innovation partnership (IP) groups, to enable the development of new business models.
AGRIFORVALOR builds on the principles of EIP AGRI and supports the effective exchange of existing
knowledge on innovative approaches to biomass sidestream valorisation and Bioeconomy
implementation for agriculture and forestry sectors.
During work packages 1-3, the three hubs, supported by partners, have collected and disseminated
case studies on best practice biomass sidestream valorisation, surveyed biomass sidestream potential
and opportunities in the three regions and worked with multi-actor stakeholder groups to identify new
potential biobased concepts and build innovation partnership groups.
In Work package 4, AGRIFORVALOR works with these innovation partnership groups to facilitate the
development of new business models through tailored business supports on a range of topics from
organization and strategy, to social enterprise development, business models, marketing and pitching.
This will include mentoring, and the final development of 9 multi-actor projects across 3 hubs with a
minimum of 1 being submitted for further funding under EIP-Agri rural development funds (Task 4.7).
To support biobased entrepreneurs in new business model development a suite of training materials
covering a range of topics, providing learning materials, case studies and work sheets to be used as
part of e-learning, mentoring or within AGRIFORVALOR training workshops. These training materials
are downloadable from the Academy Section within the Downloads section of the AgriForValor
website. To further assist in mentoring, guidelines on mentor/mentee engagements have been
prepared and included within this report.
Countries/regions described/represented: Hungary, Ireland, Spain