This service, available as of this month, aims to provide assistance meeting the needs of the continually evolving world of Italian businesses. Its hallmarks are ccustomization efficiency and pragmatism, which certainly apply to the project “Il tuo prodotto sul mercato” (Your Product on the Market), a sort of mini-guide for businesses on how to market their products with specialist financial-commercial analysis, taking into account the situation of the country concerned and including contractual notes. Information on taxes and charges, technical details, a list of the main specialist showrooms, and benchmarking of competitors is provided first-up. The business is, so to speak, given a check-up of its products for export, allowing the business to assess each practical aspect of its process of internationalization.
Another project, entitled “Il tuo consulente per l’estero” (Your Global Consultant), offers the ongoing assistance of an international marketing expert at the base in Rome who defines, in strategic and practical terms, a plan of action for breaking onto new export markets. In order to ensure ease of assistance, there is also a free-phone number, available Monday to Friday, which you can call to talk with professionals who work shifts and offer advice on issues relating to internationalization and exports. This free-phone number, and a dedicated e-mail address, round off the front desk service. In addition, Italian businesses are promoted on the Italtrade portal and there is an interactive e-catalogue on the site www.ice.gov.it.
The first stage, starting this November, is to ensure companies can communicate online using the services that ICE offers via its overseas offices. Lastly, in order to offer businesses real financial assistance and to help them overcome difficulties associated with the crisis, discounts are freely offered on the services according to progressive bands of expenditure, often greatly reducing the amount of the final invoice. Companies that can be defined as “innovative start-ups” are also offered a flat discount of 30%, irrespective of the amount payable for the services used.
The signing of the contract with the supplier Elsevier BV the Netherlands is happened in this moment, and its subject of is procurement of archive of scientific journals -1520 and 2650 electronic books with license for permanent and full right of use. Direct users will be National Library of Serbia and scientific research and academic community of the Republic of Serbia.
The possibility of electronic access to publications that are the subject of such contract through a web platform Elsevier B.V, is expected immediately after signing the contract.
More information can be found HERE (.rtf file)
The company was founded back in 2000 with the goal of channeling the applied research performed by PhD Suren Husinec – scientific adviser to the Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (IHTM), Belgrade University – into tangible commercial results. This basically means that Duochem was built on the foundation of research and development, new materials and modern production technologies from the very beginning. The end result is a long term business perspective and sustainability based on constant exporting of most of the company’s production.
Another trait specific for this company is the fact that, besides standard formulation of final products, Duochem also handles synthesis of active ingredients, i.e. basic components. This integration of the entire process reflects the high technological level of production and comprehensive knowledge, know-how and experience of Mr. Husinec as the team leader and all of his 15 diligent and devoted employees alike. The plant where both the production process and everyday research constantly take place also possesses a complete set of necessary legal permits, ISO standards and ecological quality certificates, thereby satisfying the IPPC directive defined by the EU.
Current results have been achieved through intensive investment into R&D, a feat which was facilitated through synergy between Duochem and leading research institutions, primarily the Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy and Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, but also numerous other public research entities in Serbia.
For years, Duochem has been successfully selling its products on various markets – the region, EU countries, former USSR, North Africa, Arab nations. The company’s potential, both in terms of production and further research and development, was recognized earlier this year by an international enterprise from Belgium and a strategic partnership was established. Through this cooperation, Duochem’s products are now being commercialized globally either under the “Duochem” brand or that of their strategic partner.
All efforts undertaken on the new project have thus far generated results which testify to a product with excellent efficiency and vast market potential. Formulation of the product has been mastered, as well as the composition of its components; product stability and efficiency in controlled laboratory conditions were tested and confirmed. After that, the company conducted a simulation of real environment efficacy and completed necessary preparations, including a portion of equipment for production of semi-industrial quantities. These activities were implemented in cooperation with IHTM and Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, and the company is now organizing production of quantities needed to perform field tests planned for spring 2014.
In spite of the product’s current phase of development but having in mind its high ecological component, foreign buyers from Italy, Greece, France, Montenegro and the US have already expressed interest in Duochem’s new offering. Although not originally planned for, these interested parties will be provided with product samples in spring 2014 to confirm the biocide’s efficacy. According to Duochem, none of the interested parties raised the issue of the product’s final cost, indicating that the market is ready to pay a premium for quality, innovative and ecologically-friendly products.
Further improvement and commercialization of these technologies, which are being developed by a team of experts consisting of PhDs, experienced programmers and young researchers, is also supported by the Innovation Fund through its Matching Grants Program.
The item that stirred the most interest was “Voice Assistant”, a personal smart phone application based on AlfaNum’s complex technology for speech recognition and synthesis, as well as dialogue models which enable man-to-machine communication. This application was developed by AlfaNum’s spin-off company “Axon – Intelligent Systems”.
Navigating through a series of menus and options, dialing contacts and texting is all done by the user’s voice commands. This application, already nicknamed “Serbian Siri” after its famous Apple counterpart, will soon be available on Play Store. Also, there is a series of related applications designed for smart houses and different types of Interactive Voice Responses, with special detail being put into applications for people with disabilities.
“Voice Dial”, an application for direct and quick dialing of company staff (or outside contacts) using voice commands was also presented, along with “Advertising Monitor”, a powerful tool for searching through audio recordings, “Word Spotter” – an app designed for keyword-based searches in audio, uniquely built for the Serbian language, as well as “AudioMemo Registrofon”, a system for recording telephone conversations and other audio signals. This system enables precise, high-quality and long- lasting recording (with present hard-drive data storage capacities, it is possible to store several decades worth of recorded material).
Alongside the Serbian language text-to-speech synthesizer (which AlfaNum’s has already installed on numerous Serbian web pages), the company also organized a premiere display of speech synthesis for the Croatian language. This is an important part of AlfaNum’s intense regional development strategy, the company’s long-term goal. The main assets in AlfaNum’s future product offering are without a doubt the intelligent dialogue systems, which will take the entire man-to-machine interaction to a much higher level.
AlfaNum’s dynamic and successful team is led by CEO Darko Pekar and professor Vlado Delić, who as researcher and project manager at the Faculty of technical sciences, University of Novi Sad, created curricula in the field of acoustics, audio signal processing and speech technologies.
More information on www.innovationfund.rs.
On the second day of the training, held in the Hotel “Moskva” on October 29th, 2013 the role of the Education and Information Center of the IPO has been presented for the offering of support to the innovative SMEs by different services offered by the EIC, as well as the importance of protection of IP rights for the business of SMEs. Apart from the institutions that give financial support for innovations, including the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and Innovation Fund , in the course of the training other different models of support were presented by the Chamber Network, the sources of information were presented by means of different international networks such as the EEN, and other sources of information were shown that can be useful for the SMEs.
All necessary documentation and information can be found under link http://www.fmrpo.gov.ba/ba/pregled-vijesti/pregled/javni-natjecaj-grant-sredstva-za-2013-godinu.
The primary use of this system is in the field of rehabilitation of stroke patients through the so-called serious gaming.
After months of work on the development of hardware, thanks to the financial support of the Innovation Fund, mBrainTrain can now offer their miniature amplifier to the market. The size and weight of the device, and the way in which data is transmitted between the amplifier and reading device make this product fully mobile. Its competitive advantages include the quality of the recorded signals and the number of recording channels (24).
mBrainTrain is now focusing on the improvement of software for allowing the communication between the hardware and devices for presentation of brain signals. The current version of the software is primarily intended for cognitive psychology and neuro-rehab research centers, as well as educational institutions, since it enables testing, as part of the now popular neurofeedback method.
mBrainTrain team will improve the software so it can be easily modified to customer needs, as well as to expand customer network to stroke rehabilitation and coma recovery centers.
The training, designed to introduce companies to the subjects of business development, intellectual property protection and management, and venture capital, is an integral part of the Innovation Fund’s Mini and Matching Grants Programs. The Innovation Fund’s Mini and Matching Grants Programs are implemented under the Serbia Innovation Project, financed by a EUR 8.4 million donation from the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds and administered by the World Bank.
This training cycle included 13 awardees of Mini Grants, and another 5 awardees of the Matching Grants.
Innovation Fund continues its assistance to entrepreneurs to improve their capabilities in building knowledge-based businesses and attracting future investment. Companies’ management and Innovation Fund international experts together discussed issues facing Serbian companies in development and commercialization of innovative products and services.
Mr. Donal O’Connell, Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College London and former Vice President for Research and Development at Nokia, and Mr. Gábor Baranyai, Executive Director of the QualyPlan Kft. investment fund and an expert in international entrepreneurial finance and venture capital financing, discussed the challenges of identifying business opportunities and presenting them to international investors. Mr. Yehuda Binder, renowned expert from the field of intellectual property monetization and author of over 100 patents, and Mr. Ulrich Bass, an expert in the evaluation of innovation and patenting with extensive experience in German technology companies, provided the companies with valuable perspective regarding intellectual property protection, the process behind an intellectual property’s value assessment, as well as the international process of patent application.
For additional information about grantees please go to
Mini Grants – Awardees – Third call/ and
Matching Grants – Awardees – Second-call/