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Press release8 April 2019European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

Great opportunity for designers, creatives, SMEs and start-up! Worth partnership project’s third call open

After the success of the second call just ended, new opportunities open up to develop innovative products in the design, fashion, technology, footwear, accessories and jewelery sectors through transnational collaborations

Great opportunity for designers, creatives, SMEs and start-up! Worth partnership project’s third call open

Milan, 8th April 2019 –  Today the 3rd call of the Worth Partnership Program opens, a new, great opportunity for all those who have an innovative idea in design, fashion, footwear, accessories and jewelery and need support to achieve it.

The Worth Partnership Program is the first virtual incubator, a four-year initiative funded by the European Union’s COSME program which aims to foster the development of innovative products in creative sectors through transnational collaborations between designers, traditional and digital craftsmanship and manufacturing and craft industries.

The second call represented a great achievement for the WORHT community: 183 candidate partnerships, 80 pre-selected projects from 27 European Union countries, up to the 65 winning partnerships formed by 150 international partners.

The selected projects operate in 29 in the fashion / textile sector, 7 in footwear, 5 in accessories, 19 in design / home decoration, 4 in jewelry and 1 in leather, and have been chosen for the exceptional quality of ideas and partners.

Accumulated also by the conviction that innovation can lead an important change in European industry and society, they were also selected for the high level of creativity proposed and for having succeeded in fully embracing WORTH’s mission: to connect, create and innovate.

 Who can apply?

Creatives, designers, artisans, startups, technology companies and SMEs operating in the following sectors: fashion / textiles, footwear, furniture / home decorations, leather / furs, jewelry, accessories, looking for new opportunities to develop ideas and concepts with a high degree of innovation and integration between technology and design, they can apply by presenting their idea or a project proposal.

Candidates must show a strong interest in collaborating, creating and innovating on a transnational basis. The jury that will select the winners will be formed by renowned international experts in the world of design and fashion, who will evaluate the projects based on their attitude towards innovation, their social and environmental impact, technical and industrial feasibility and their potential of the market.

Support to participants

The selected partnerships will receive benefits valued at €60,000, consisting of

  • basic financial support
  • personalised coaching and mentoring by international specialists and experts
  • support in access to finance and market positioning
  • advice on the protection of intellectual property
  • opportunity to participate in networking activities
  • participation in two international events in which to showcase their projects.


Publication date
8 April 2019
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency
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