Despite the Covid-19 emergency, the activities of the Network carried out in 2020 took place regularly, even if they had to be adapted to the current restrictions.
The network has expanded and welcomed 9 new incubators: Logisana, Stars & Cows, G-Factor, Agrifood BIC Granarolo, Tim WCAP Bologna, Le Village Parma, Junto, E-Hub and Spazio Nilde. To date, the network is composed by 27 members.
The Board met on a monthly basis to adapt the annual program to the new working conditions and to prepare the tools necessary to carry out the activities virtually. Three plenary meetings were held to foster mutual knowledge and networking, share the plan of activities and collect inputs for the new regional policy program dedicated to startup support.
Through the INER network website, some startups have had the opportunity to contact and in some cases establish collaborations with regional incubators.
It was necessary to re-think the study visits to carry out them in a virtual mode: in-ER had the opportunity to deepen its knowledge of iMec (Belgium), one of the European excellences for technology transfer, District3 (Montreal) and the University of Toronto Incubator.
Represented by ART-ER, the Network was involved in the monitoring board of Italian incubators coordinated by the Polytechnic of Torino, strengthening relations with virtuous ecosystems and with the Italia Startup network. in-ER was also presented in international contexts, in particular to UBI Global and SERN (Startup Europe Network) networks. The INER Network also participated in R2B 2020 (R2B on Air) with 10 videos and in the annual meeting of the regional Mentorboard.
Among the other activities carried out, webinars, the dissemination of calls and opportunities, the involvement of INER in social entrepreneurship and impact assessment projects (through participation in initiatives of the European Impact Agencies Project), and the involvement in the realization of training pills on entrepreneurship and innovation of the Phoenyx Factory association for the benefit of students of the University of Ferrara.