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DESIGNSHOTS - Meeting with Design Luxembourg, June 2017

DESIGNSHOTS - Meeting with Design Luxembourg, June 2017

On the 14th of June 2017, Design Luxembourg participated in a morning session to share their experiences with Luxembourg SME's. The idea to bring design to the strategic level of the companies and organisations is one of the principal missions our association is striving for, because it adds important "brand value" and this via increased customers satisfaction. To achieve this, every specific design service should fit into the overall strategy of the company and therefor designers need to know what the aims of the company are. We very much welcome this initiative and are looking forward to cooperating with Luxinnovation, KEPA and MBB on the DesignShots project.

Jan Glas - Boardmember of Design Luxembourg

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Pressrelease by the organisation

DESIGNSHOTS - TWEAKING AND TESTING DESIGN SUPPORT PROGRAMMES FOR SMES
KEPA, Luxinnovation and MBB start a new Horizon 2020 project on design support programmes for SMEs

Design for Europe partners KEPA (Business and Cultural Development Center) and Luxinnovation together with MBB (Malta Business Bureau), ambassador of DfE in Malta, have just started a new Horizon 2020 project with the name DesignShots. Through a peer-learning exercise, different existing Design-Driven Innovation Programmes will be reviewed, their pros and cons as well as their relevance and potential applicability in our respective countries: Greece, Luxembourg and Malta. The project will focus on the use of design by business, particularly SMEs. Together we will explore how innovation agencies and business intermediary agencies like ourselves can better support businesses in integrating design in their innovation processes.

The basic DesignShots concept is to tackle the challenges that European SMEs face to integrate Design Driven Innovation and become more completive and resilient. Therefore, we will particularly explore the possibilities to use different support opportunities depending on level of the design maturity of the company for SMEs competitiveness and growth. To this end, we will use some of the tools to diagnose the level of design into SMEs that are already available on Design for Europe resource repository. Most importantly, we will test the pilot DesignShots service produced out of the peer-learning exercises with 5 SMEs in each region: Design Shots will be 1 hour company diagnosis regarding the design need of the enterprise.

DesignShots will give KEPA, Luxinnovation and MBB the opportunity to further capitalise on the momentum gained by design through Design for Europe (Capturing the Impact of Design for Europe). Our participation both as partners (KEPA and Luxinnovation) and as ambassador (MBB) in DfE helped us advance the case for design among both the private and the public sector in our regions. With DesignShots we will be able to keep on this track and tweak our design support services to SMEs. The final output of the project will be a guide ‘Design Options Paper’ that will serve as a guide providing tips and recommendations to other business support centres when putting in place or improving design services.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 759629 Union’s Horizon

More information about the project:
Ms Skoubridou Christina, skoubridouc@e-kepa.gr