INI-Novation GmbH as work package leader for commercial exploitation of CAPTAIN services established liaisons with the so-called Knowledge Innovation Centers (“KICs”) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (“EIT”), namely with EIT Digital and EIT Health.
The core collaborative activities targeted meetings with decision makers of public health funds and insurance companies to receive feed-back on market positioning for the innovative service to be offered by CAPTAIN. Pathways to market access for care innovations are depending on acceptance for reimbursement by payers. Early interaction, engagement and building of networks with payers are important key success innovation management factors to positioning high-quality innovation portfolios.
Due to the importance of payers it was also considered worthwhile by INI-Novation, EIT Digital and EIT Health to extend and increase the grade of involving stakeholders from the reimbursement institutions in a specially organised matchmaking event, where innovative care solutions were introduced to representative stakeholders from reimbursement institutions at the location of the University of Heidelberg on October 22nd, 2019.
It was addressed in the event that nowadays health insurers are just payers of healthcare expenditures. Thanks to innovative technologies, such as CAPTAIN’s elderly coaching solutions, they have an now opportunity to become partners for their customers, partners in maintaining their customers’ living circumstances. For insurers’ business this means that they may get closer to customers and offer more values. This leads to values that CAPTAIN will add: usefulness and effectiveness of personalized recommendations, combined with the validation of non-obtrusive technology for physical, cognitive, social and mental well-being.
The third CreatINNES project meeting went absolutely great hosted by our Hungarian partner Teleberry in Budapest on October the 1st 2019.
Progress work on the training modules
Mr. Petyo Budakov from Budakov Films (Bulgaria) reported the progress of our work in the creation of our two training programs “Entrepreneurship for CCI freelancers and startups” and “Creative thinking for Innovation”. We had efficient discussions on the modules development process showing the partners’ engagement and sincere dedication on the project work.
Another important topic were the Multiplier events of CreatINNES. The main focus was put on our first multiplier event in Budapest, on which all partners participated as guests. Our Hungarian partners from Teleberry have put a lot of inspiration and good organization in it, and together with Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Central European University Innovation Lab 2019 created successful event with a lot of positive outcomes and satisfied participants.
Our Macedonian partner MEDF was leading our discussion and planning actions related to the two future multiplier events in Skopje (May 2020) and in Germany (June 2020).
Testing phase of CreatINNES is upcoming
We also discussed the future tasks in testing the modules and CreatINNES platform building. The goal is our future platform to be innovative and user-friendly for our future users.
Many administrative issues were resolved and important deadlines were set up by the leading partners INI-Novation GmbH. And one of the most important outcome form our meeting in Budapest is our team became stronger. Lets keep it like this!
September 23 and 24 were two fruitful days for SKIVRE consortium on the 3rd project meeting in Leuven. Main topics on the meeting were the training development and future testing of the training modules. Angela Ivanova as a representative of INI-Novation Bulgaria OOD, the partner responsible for these important tasks, presented the progress of the consortium work on the training scheme and on the collection of good practices as well.
Along with the discussions and decisions made on the meeting, the SKIVRE partnership visited the extraordinary Abbey Park in Belgian #Leuven. This meeting is hosted by our colleagues of Future for Religious Heritage who also organised a study visit to Abbey of #Averbode. Here our team learned a lot about their monastic products and marketing activities.
At the end, all partners were convinced that we have two more good practices for our training modules and for the future benefits of our learners.
At eHealth Europe 2019, the extension of the successful eHealth Forum Freiburg with an emphasis on research, IT, development, hospitals, start-ups at Messe Freiburg, a medical congress will present new developments in the digital world in health and care.
Mrs. Angela Ivanova, Business Development Director INI-Novation GmbH
For the 9th year now, numerous visitors and exhibitors from the healthcare and health industries from Germany, Switzerland and France will attend the congress for two days to find out about new digital technologies in the healthcare sector. INI-Novation GmbH will be presented by its Business Development Director, Angela Ivanova. INI-Novation’s Managing Director, Wolfgang Kniejski, is a member of the Programme Committee of the Congress.
The digital transformation in the healthcare sector is an ongoing process. Mr. Manfred Lucha, Minister for Social Affairs and Integration, sheds light on the fact that it is already very intensive and profound.
Advanced trainings for physicians
Advanced trainings for physicians will be organized during the congress events, which will put highlight on innovations in healthcare and their benefits for the patients and stakeholders of health and care. The welcome address will be given over by Prof. Wenz, who, as senior medical director at the University of Freiburg, has a firm eye on digitization.
Artificial Intelligence and other digital solutions Healthcare
One of the hot topics on the Congress is the Artificial Intelligence (AI). What is AI and where is it already used in the medical field? The German Research Center for AI (DFKI GmbH) provides an insight into this topic. Furthermore, the use of AI in neurology and neurosurgery and how robotics can assist people in need of care in every day’s life will be demonstrated.
The congress targets to illustrate, how digitization is changing the content and application of existing guidelines and value chains. For instance, the specialised company Checkpoint Cardio will present a pan-European telemedicine system for monitoring patients with heart problems, which saved many lives since it was taken into the markets. Insights into latest eCare technologies will be provided by Giuliana Ucelli, Ph.D, Directeur Général Nively, France, showcasing the fall protection solution “MentorAge”, as well as by Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki SA, School of Medicine, who is introducing „CAPTAIN“, an eCare solution coaching the seniors automatically and interactively at home.
Associate Professor, Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Digital solutions in medical care are future focus in the healthcare sector. Peter Albiez, CEO of Pfizer Deutschland GmbH, will highlight this development in the keynote address of the evening event.
The format offers many opportunities for exchange and networking between physicians, clinicians, scientists, health insurers, start-ups and companies.
For more information on the program and to register, visit eHealth Europe: http://ehealth-europe.de.
SKIVRE Partners on a visit in Tsarnogorski Monastery, Bulgaria, Source: http://www.svetogorie.com
As part of the planned project meeting in Bulgaria organised by INI-Novation Bulgaria, the SKIVRE project team visited the Tsarnogorski Monastery “St. St. Cosmas and Damian”, also well-known Giginski Monastery. On May 8th 2019, the partners met the Abbot Archimandrite Nikanor and during the conversation, in the process of bilateral acquaintance, topics related to the aims of the project, as well as issues related to religions, Christianity and the holy Orthodox Church, were discussed.
The SKIVRE project, abbreviated as Skills Development for the Valorisation of European Religious Heritage, has the ultimate goal of developing a 10-module educational program to support the development of production and the management of various monastic products. The modules will be and uploaded on a special online platform to serve for training monks, hired workers in monasteries, volunteers, etc.
The SKIVRE team brings together representatives of various civil and Christian organizations and companies from Germany, Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria and Austria. The implementation of the project is funded by the European program “Erasmus +” under funding number 2018-1-DE02-KA202-005023.
In front of the guests from Europe, the abbot of the Tsarnogorski Monastery archimandrite Nikanor talked about the ancient tradition that the Orthodox monks kept to sustain and develop their monasteries, thanks to their work and realization of products they produce. He shared the good experience of the monastery in the development of his own agriculture as well as buffalo and another livestock farming. He presented dairy and other products produced in the monastery, and shared his vision for development of pilgrimage tourism in the Pernik region.
Monastic shop in Tsarnogorski Monastery, Bulgaria
Monastic shop in Tsarnogorski Monastery, Bulgaria
The cleric explained that the partnership with the project team will be a significant benefit for the monastery and for other Orthodox monasteries in the country, therefore, he appreciated a formal invitation for collaboration in the SKIVRE project.
SKIVRE partners expressed their interest in the initiative of the monastery to organize an exhibition event for monastic products, which since 2018 is performed within the framework of the Tsarnogorski folk fair. Furthermore, the opportunity was addressed, to jointly present the project results with INI-Novation Bulgaria at the official forum of the fair in 2020
At the end of the meeting, SKIVRE partners visited the monastery churches and chapel, and got acquainted with the history of the monastery. They have also shown interest in the story of the miraculous icon of Most Holy Mother of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. After the highly appreciated visit, the Abbot Archimandrite Nikanor expressed his invitation to all SKIVRE partners to visit the monastery again.
This article is based on the original online publication of Tsarnogorski Monastery (www.svetogorie.com).
Find more photos on the Facebook page of the monastery following the link.
The giCASES Final Report has been approved by EACEA with the score of 98/100!
All the goals and attended outcomes of the project were achieved. In particular, our project was considered “a ‘best practice’ in terms of company involvement (partnership, contributions and benefits) and connectivity to European policies and initiatives (relevance and sustainability)”.
Europe’s most important digital health event “DMEA 2019 – Connecting Digital Health” Berlin from April 9 to 11, 2019. Attended by some 10,800 visitors, 570 exhibitors and 350 speakers, after three days DMEA, Europe’s leading event for digital health, came to a successful conclusion. Featuring new interactive formats with a wider range of topics and targeting a larger audience, the successor to conhIT was able to reposition itself as the platform for digital healthcare.
As a highly innovative project in eHealth and eCare, CAPTAIN was presented by Wolfgang Kniejski (INI-Novation GmbH) raising the interest of many stakeholders on the event.
(Pictures: www.dmea.de )
Angela Ivanova (INI-Novation GmbH), die Studenten Christiane Zinnitsch, Vanessa Schellhorn, Noma Adams, Prof. Dr. Carsten Reuter (Hochschule Aschaffenburg). Auf dem Bild fehlen die Teammitglieder Lea Reitz, Viola Streun und Tristan Frank
Welche Methoden und Technologien sind geeignet, um das Wohn- und Lebesumfeld älterer Erwachener in einen “digitalen Coach” zu verwandeln? Wie können zu Pflegende motiviert werden, neue Technologien zur anonymen Erhebung von medizinischen, emotionalen und verhaltensbezogenen Daten zu nutzen? Und wie können mittels solcher Technologien neue Formen der Pfegeunterstützung genutzt werden? Im Kontext dieser Fragestellungen befassten sich unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Carsten Reuter zwei dreiköpfige studentische Projektgruppen der Hochschule Aschaffenburg drei Monate lang mit Fragen zu regulatorischen und gesetzlichen Rahmenbedingungen und mit den Auswirkungen beim Einsatz innovativer Pfelgeunterstützung.
Praxispartner im Projekt war die INI-Novation GmbH in Mühltal bei Darmstadt. Mit der auf Innovationsmanagement spezialisierten Unternehmensberatung hat die Hochschule Aschaffenburg bereits mehrere studentische Projekte erfolgreich durchgeführt. Anlass für das aktuelle Projekt war, dass INI-Novation für das vom EU-Programm Horizon 2020 geförderte Projekt CAPTAIN Ansätze für eine vereinfachte Beschaffung und Nutzung innovativer Pfelegetechnologien entwickeln möchte, um einen nachhaltigen Einsatz in der pflegeunterstützung auch nach Auslaufen der Förderphase zu gewährleisten. Die Studentengruppen wertete hierzu zahlreiche Befragungen unteereschiedlicher Interessengruppen aus und setzte auch Methoden der Literaturrcherche ein.
Erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit fortgesetzt
„Die Studierenden konnten eindrucksvoll belegen, dass unser bisheriger Weg, uns an der eigentlichen Wertschöpfungskette von der Technologie bis zum zu Pflegenden zu orientieren, in den Vordergrund zu stellen ist, um dabei mögliche Hindernisse für den letztendlichen Kauf und Einsatz dieser Technologien herauszuarbeiten. Mindestens genauso wichtig ist für den erfolgreichen Betrieb dieser sogenannten eCare-Systeme ist die Analyse der letztendlichen Vor- und Nachteile für den Nutzer. Der unverfälschte Blick der Studierenden auf die Thematik hat unsere Perspektive erweitert “, schwärmt Dr. Wolfgang Kniejski von INI-Novation. Seine Kollegin und Projektleiterin Angela Ivanova ergänzt: „Die vielen analysierten Rahmenbedingungen im Beschaffungsprozess öffentlicher und privater Nutzer helfen uns, Mehrwerte für die Nutzer besser zu erkennen, zu verstehen und auf das CAPTAIN-Projekt zu übertragen. Dies führt mittelfristig zu einer Entlastung dringend benötigter Fachkräfte in der Pflege und unterstützt die digital Transformation beim praktischen Einsatz dieser Systeme.“
Die Vertreterin der INI-Novation GmbH betonten, dass die erarbeiteten Ansätze das Projekt sicher weiter bringen werden. Als Dankeschön für die geleistete Arbeit überreichte Frau Ivanova daher am 15. März ein Zertifikat an die Studentengruppen.
Das Information Management Institut (IMI) wurde zu Beginn des Jahres 2011 gegründet und ist eine wissenschaftlich-akademische Einrichtung der Fakultät Wirtschaft und Recht an der Hochschule Aschaffenburg. Das IMI betreibt Arbeiten und Projekte der Angewandten Forschung und des Wissenstransfers auf dem Gebiet der Wirtschaftsinformatik (engl.: Information Management). Die im IMI vertretenen akademischen Themen entsprechen weitgehend den Lehrgebieten der im Institut tätigen Professoren. Weiter sind die Veröffentlichung wissenschaftlicher Schriften, die Veranstaltung von Vortragsreihen und Tagungen sowie die generelle Förderung des Offenen Akademischen Diskurses Aufgaben des IMI. Für weitere Informationen siehe http://www.imi.bayern.
Die INI-Novation GmbH bietet führende Expertise bei der Unterstützung innovativer Geschäftsentwicklungen und starke Expertise im Innovationsmanagement. INI-Novation ist ein Spezialist für Technologietransfer mit praktischen Erfahrungen in den Bereichen Innovationsfinanzierung sowie Innovationsbeschaffung für KMU sowie bei der Entwicklung und Durchführung dafür relevanter Schulungsveranstaltungen.
The CAPTAIN project consortium gets together on 4-7 March 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland for a 4-day technical and progress plenary meeting among all partners. The meeting is hosted by NVISO partner in the EPLF Innovation Park and coordinated by AUTH.
Τhe first two days are devoted to the technical project partners (AUTH, NVISO, DigiFlak, Nively, Vicomtech), who meet together to discuss on the architecture and the design of the components of the CAPTAIN e-coach system, the smart assistant for older adults.
The technical meeting is followed by the plenary, on the 6th-7th of March, with the active participation of all the consortium partners, who will set on the table the latest developments of all the Working Packages of the project, also setting the next steps and responsibilities for the coming period.
INI-Novation a work package leader of the dissemination and exploitation activities, economic impact analysis, business modeling and business planning for the futures innovative eCare technology.
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European Commission supports INI-Novation Bulgaria for Project Activities
In the next two years, INI-Novation Bulgaria participates in a high-class European consortium for a project in the preservation of the religious heritage. The European Commission is funding an initiative that will qualify religious institutions to professionally develop and distribute marketable monastic products. The first project meeting with ten representatives from six European countries took place in Bronnbach Monastery, Germany.
The SKIVRE project (“Skills Development for the Valorisation of European Religious Heritage”) will be financed by the European ERASMUS+ programme. The project manager Angela Ivanova names three objectives: To expand competence in European monasteries for the development, production and marketing of high-quality products, to establish Europe-wide sales strategies for monastic products and to revive the monasteries’ historical craftsmanship. Behind this is the clear intention to generate income through high-quality, authentic monastic products, which will directly benefit the preservation of the monasteries. The following are created
- a multilingual training program for monastic employees, monks and nuns to professionalize the development, production and marketing of monastic products,
- a user-friendly digital learning platform,
- a handbook for monastic products with guidelines for professional production and marketing via trade, and
- a publication on historical crafts in monasteries and their potential for social entrepreneurship in rural areas.
Monastic products for the preservation of religious heritage
The production of monastic products (e.g. handmade body care products (soaps, lotions, bread, jam, spirits, beer, wine, religious products) is a means of generating income and contributes to the preservation of the religious heritage and the safeguarding of jobs. Monasteries often could not survive without the production and sale of these products. The historical knowledge about the production of these products is part of the immaterial cultural heritage of Europe.
Religious Heritage in Danger
“The approval of the project and the associated funds are a clear recognition of our long-year efforts for heritage preservation” says Wolfgang Kniejski, Managing Director of INI-Novation. “This commitment has convinced the European Commission that INI-Novation Bulgaria is exactly the right part for this project”. INI-Novation Bulgaria have important tasks in the project implementation. The company is a leader of the work package related with the training modules creation tasks including a research targeting European monasteries in the partner countries.
“Our European religious heritage is in great danger of being unsustainable in the long term. According to a research with a topic “Current problems in preserving the monasteries in Bulgaria”, in the last few years there has been a steady decrease in visits and donations in Bulgarian monasteries by Bulgarian citizens. The reasons for this can be sought in the economic situation of the state and society. The production tradition has also been abolished – in the past the Bulgarian monasteries have been a serious producer of both agricultural and household items, but they have been selling them, but they have recruited their own support. Nowadays, a a few monasteries have own production that can financially support their existence, development and preservation of the religious heritage. SKIVRE project supports this process to recover the production tradition in the monasteries. INI-Novation Bulgaria has led or contributed to several European projects in recent years, related to preservation of the religious heritage. “We are now contributing these experiences to SKIVRE,” says the expert.
European cultural heritage seal for SKIVRE
The awarding of the seal of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 for the project came just in time for the first project meeting in Germany. “This makes our project visible throughout Europe as a contribution to the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018”, the German project coordinator Karin Drda-Kühn is pleased to say.
European expertise for the project
In addition to INI-Novation Bulgaria, the partnership comprises of a multidisciplinary European team representing the target groups and the expertise required for the sustainable impact of SKIVRE: media k GmbH as coordinator (Germany), Bronnbach monastery (Germany), the European network “Future for Religious Heritage” (Belgium), the two educational developers Wissenschaftsinitiative Niederösterreich (Austria) and INI-Novation (Bulgaria) as well as the digital development partner GU-net (Greece).
Angela Ivanova, project manager, INI-Novation Bulgaria