FoCus (Fostering Cross-regional Transfer of Innovative eBusiness policies) aimed at fostering synergies between public policies in support of e-business for SMEs to create networks of e-business know-how across national borders. The follow-up project of SYNEBIS facilitated the exchange of best practices in policy measures in the field of e-business.

One of the main outcomes was a handbook to support planning, implementation and auditing of e-business programmes and initiatives. In addition to outlining the success factors for regional e-business initiatives, the handbook also describes best practice examples from the four partner regions: Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Piedmont (Italy), Valencia (Spain) and Vysocina (Czech Republic).

Parallel to this, a special training concept has been developed based on knowledge teaching in workshops and online seminars. The training courses are particularly targeted at representatives of trade associations and politics, who should act as multipliers by passing on their e-business know-how to small and medium-sized enterprises. The handbook, a multimedia tutorial, quizzes and checklists are free of charge on the website.

Project name FoCus
Duration 01.01.2008 – 30.09.2008
Clients eBSN - DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • DGM - Directorate General for Modernization, Spain
  • CSP - Innovazione nelle ICT, Italy
  • EPMA - European Projects & Management Agency, Czech Republic
Project aim
  • Regional representatives of trade associations and politics were sensitised to the potentials of e-business online (Helpdesk in Second Life) and offline (Workshops)
  • Qualifying of regional players via trainings
  • Sustainable optimisation of information and expert advice for associations and ministries
MFG's part
  • As coordinator MFG elaborated extensive training measures, usable offline (e.g. via workshops) as well as online (e.g. via online training tools)
  • The exchange with other European e-business initiatives allowed MFG to pass on knowledge and experiences to other
  • Development of further training measures to make knowledge in the field of e-business support more comprehensible and approachable for multipliers

Petra Newrly
Head of Project Team Technology Enhanced Learning
Phone +49 711 90715-357