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MEET THE PROJECT PARTNERS

The consortium is made up of seven European project partner organisations.

Manchester, UK

The Centre for Enterprise is an SME and Micro-Enterprise centre of excellence within The Manchester Metropolitan University in the Faculty of Business and Law.The CfE is a trailblazing centre of business support, innovation, and support for access to finance for more than 1000 small firms across the North West. We are a dedicated centre of excellence in small business growth, and relish the opportunity to bring to this project our expertise in marketing, recruitment, application support, business support and project managing such a contract.

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Eurocrea Merchant

Milan, Italy

Eurocrea Merchant is a consulting and training company based in Italy, with two offices located in Milan and Naples.
Our mission is to improve the competitiveness of the European society, through business development, training and creation of transnational partnerships.The company was born 20 years ago with a focus on business and finance and with the aim to support Italian SMEs in the process of start-up and management of the company.


Eurocrea Merchant has built up a team of professionals experts in education and training. This brought the company to work as a training centre, specialising in topics related on one hand to entrepreneurships, and on the other hand to sustainability. In doing this, Eurocrea has always been looking for the European added value of its activities, thanks to the collaboration with several private and public partners from European countries other than Italy.

Athens, Greece

CrystalClearSoft (CCS) was founded in 2005 with the mission propel the teaching-learning process into a new era, increasing its effectiveness through the use of ICT. CCS systematically researches developments in the field of educational gaming. Based on the protocols developed by the Game Studies Network of the University of Wyoming, as well as the Games4Learning initiative of the University of North Carolina, CCS educational games offer plenty of opportunity for active learning through trial and error, and convey knowledge in a pleasant and effective manner.

CCS is a leading provider of digital solutions and specialized services for communicating knowledge and raising awareness in the most effective way.With over 700 projects completed, CCS partners with more than 40 major international organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, China, Singapore, Cyprus, Greece and the UAE.

CCS was recently named as one of the top 10 eLearning content development companies for 2015 by eLearningindustry.com 

CCS is EN ISO 9001:2008 certified.

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Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku, Finland

TUAS is investing in pedagogical modernization of higher education. It develops and implements multi-field innovation pedagogy with focus on Research, Development and Innovation (RDI), flexible curricula, entrepreneurship and internationality. It establishes RDI programmes that strengthen its stakeholders’ innovation networks in a future-oriented way. This offers the participating enterprises a collaboration forum with the opportunity of creating and implementing the latest knowledge. The volume of RDI project activities in the year 2014 was more than 11 million Euros at the university level. 

TUAS has expertise in developing innovative learning environments and creating pedagogically justified content for online learning. In addition to obviously providing Online studies, TUAS is developing online learning solutions for students with several other partners. TUAS has also developed and implemented innovation pedagogy which is an approach to learning and teaching that corresponds to the needs of working life in our region and combines applied research to learning seamlessly.


TUAS is currently developing RDI projects related to digitalization and using social media for SME customer communication and digital marketing, as well as participating in a national program initiated by the Finnish Ministry of Education aiming to develop concepts for specializing studies in digitalization.

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Business Innovation Center Innobridge

Ruse, Bulgaria

Business and Innovation Centre INNOBRIDGE is a business support organization, which follows the methodology, collective experience and applies the know-how of the European Business and Innovation Centers Network (EBN). It is the first (and still the only) accredited BIC by the EBN network in Bulgaria. It is an NGO association performing awareness raising activities on innovative issues and striving to contribute to the development and the competitiveness of the business on all its stages. It deals with innovations and provides business support services, such as: training, seminars, consultations, and other tailored services, depending on the specific needs of the business, especially to young entrepreneurs and Start-ups. 

Entrepreneurship, Start-up and their support are the core issues the BIC INNOBRIDGE deals with. The last large-scale initiative the staff of BIC INNOBRIDGE took part in with supporting activities was Start Up Europe Week, conducted in 40+ countries in 200+ cities around Europe. It was aimed at equipping the young entrepreneurs and Start-ups with a set of knowledge who can support them in each specific case and what kind of support can be provided by each local player. (more info: http://startupeuropeweek.eu)

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Leicester, UK

Exponential Training (ETA) is a vocational education, training supplier operating in over 50 different countries worldwide and specialises in the following areas:
- Development and delivery of online, distance and blended learning programmes
- Development and management of online learning platforms
- Delivery of vocational qualifications for managers, SME owners and business coaches 

ETA has experience of leading two Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation projects, two Transversal study projects, being a member of a Development of Innovation project based upon the creation of a share learning platform for entrepreneurs, and has led numerous large-scale projects on behalf of Regional Development Agencies and the European Social Fund. ETA is leading one Erasmus+ strategic partnership project (Fit4BusinessGrowth) and is a member of two current projects (UseWine and IPEC). As an approved Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre, Exponential adheres to the CMI quality framework and is subject to external audit. The company’s expertise lies in creation of practical and engaging learning and assessment products.

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it-forum

Aarhus, Denmark

it-forum is a membership based network for more than 470 companies from private and public organizations, colleges and local, regional and state authorities in the Central and Southern Denmark regions. In total, it-forum represents close to 20.000 IT people in all positions from CEOs to programmers. Our members share an interest in adopting smart ICT technologies for innovating purposes and in order to improve their businesses.


The it-forum headquarter is based at the heart of the Aarhus University campus, IT research, and innovation center. From the headquarter and its seven local offices around the Central and Southern Denmark Regions, it-forum is close to the cluster of members and all local authorities in the major cities in the two regions. 

It-forum is a registered cluster organisation and is having the european bronze label certification.
It-forum is a founding member of PIN-SME (changing name to European network of Digital SMEs in March), and it-forum‘s CEO is the vice-president of PIN-SME.


On a regular basis, it-forum is in contact with a large number of micro businesses both in Denmark and via PIN-SME in Europe.