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€26.2 Billion

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The WORTH Partnership Project supports creative sector SMEs to collaborate transnationally with a view to develop innovative design-driven products by stimulating exchange and partnership between creatives, designers, manufacturers, crafters and technology firms. It is based on key principles such as quality of experience, including style and aesthetics, healthy and safe living environments, sustainability and circularity as well as inclusion, accessibility and affordability. Launched in 2021, WORTH II follows the success of the first edition (2017-2021). 200 transnational partnerships will be selected in three calls for proposals.

WORTH Partnership Project is funded by the European Commission under COSME, the EU Programme for the competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. WORTH is the sole European project where designers, SMEs, manufacturers, and tech providers work together to develop innovative, design-oriented business ideas.The project focuses on lifestyle industries, including fashion and textile, footwear, leather and fur, furniture/home decoration/interior design, jewellery and accessories.

The project provides companies with an incubation programme to develop new businesses, including a) 10.000 to 20.000 Euros in financial support; b) coaching on business strategy and technology development; c) legal advice on intellectual property rights and protection; d) participation in exhibitions; e) networking and professional links. Launched in 2021, WORTH II follows the success of the first edition (2017-2021).Transnational partnerships will be selected in three calls for proposals, involving partners from EU-27, UK and COSME countries

Who can apply?

  • Both the lead applicants and partners should be active in lifestyle industry sectors such as textile/fashion, footwear, leather ,fur, furniture,home decoration,interior design,architecture, jewellery, and accessories

  • They should pursue business activities such as design, manufacturing,craftsmanship or technology development

  • They must be established in an EU country, in a COSME associated country or in the United Kingdom.

  • Universities, research organisations or design labs can also participate if justified and relevant to the project

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