WP2 is dedicated to building community, which has three main pillars, such as market analysis,
networking activities and last but not least the supportive events such as national thematic
conferences and workshops which helps to implement both of the Action line I and II of RIS strategy
in order to engage local players (such as local authorities, Chamber of Commerce, NGOs) in KIC
activities and mobilize national/regional networks. The EIT RM HUB Center Kosice gives the
backbone of this WP utilizing its rich contacts and dissemination channels all over the ESEE region.
Task 2.1 – Analysis the market situation from the perspective of SME’s (related to RM sector of V4)
Analysis is going to deliver a complex market report focused on social, economic, political,
technological, regulatory/ legal and environmental factors through PESTEL analysis. The aim is to
catch up with global innovation trends by multilevel analysis structure on the following levels:
o macro level
sectoral market analysis (vertical approach)
networking (horizontal approach)
o meso level: focusing on institutions (organizations)
o micro level: employees.
Identification of the relevant market players and stakeholders is significant step to achieve the best
results of the project.
Task 2.2 – Events, conferences, workshops and promotion programs
The sense of the Thematic events 1 to 3 is to outreach awareness of RM sector especially between
young people and wide society, bring the idea visible and acceptable. The European Researchers’
Night, the European Minerals Day and the Earth Day are organized annually in the European higher
education institutions. The thematic events (in LIMBRA) will supplement them and will be
implemented by every partner university applying local human resources and targeting the local
The main target group of the Workshop on “How to support a startup – best practices” is the
consortium partners (later mentors). The second workshop on “How to start a business – best
practices” will be organized mainly for students and partly for the consortium partners, and on the
third workshop on “Idea Challenge” the target audience is strictly the students.
Task 2.2.1 – Thematic event 1 (connected to European Researchers' Night)
The European Researchers’ Night is a Europewide public event to enhance researchers’ public
recognition and to stimulate interests in presented careers. It is planned to participate within this
event in one of the involved partner cities with minimum of three participants. Topic of the event will
be given on kickoff meeting.
Task 2.2.2 – Thematic event 2 (connected to European Minerals Day)
The European Minerals Day thematic event will illustrate the essential role of mineral raw materials in
Europe's economy, contributing to innovation and resource efficiency all across the value chain.
Typical activities for local community include guided visits through active and rehabilitated sites,
workshops, and entertainment activities for children. Topic of the event will be given on kickoff
Task 2.2.3 – Thematic event 3 (connected to Earth Day)
This thematic event will conclude the series of events raising awareness of RM. Earth Day Network’s
mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. So there is
space for us to promote awareness of the possibilities of environmentally friendly use of mineral raw
materials. Topic of the event will be given on kickoff meeting.
Task 2.2.4 – Workshop on “How to support a startup – best practices”
This workshop will be organized to the consortium partners, especially to those experts who will
participate in the implementation processes of Summer Schools, Multidisciplinary Real Life Problem
Solving projects and mentoring. The workshop will be hosted by Technalia, because it has extensive
experience of business support and mentoring and can take a comprehensive review about the main
tasks, challenges, complex issues and possible pitfalls.
Task 2.2.5 – Workshop on “How to start a business – best practices”
In line with the previous workshop, this event will motivate the students with showing best practices
related to how to establish and manage successfully a company in the field of RM. The workshop will
be led by TUKE experts, who have experience in setting up a number of successful startups. An EIT
expert who will have direct experience with implementing a new business into a practical environment
will also be part of it.
Task 2.2.6 – Workshop on Idea Challenge
This workshop will serve as an introduction section to WP3 and WP5 and it will be offered to master
students from partner universities of V4. The aim is to find from one to three interesting and
potentially sustainable idea suitable for implementing to RM market as startup. Challenge is going to
be in two rounds. The first round will be realized on the universities individually. After selecting it the
successful students will be sent to second round to Technical University of Kosice, where the event
will be organized. Basically their themes will originate from the diploma thesis. Conference language
is English what will help to improve their practice within international communication.
Task 2.2.7 – Closing conference
The conference will offer a platform for exchange and discussion about challenges, possible
enterprise solutions and best practices in the European RM sector. It will address the topic from
different perspectives and reflect to key tendencies (highlighting the outcomes of mobility and brain
drain). We will invite researchers and practitioners, as well as policy makers to participate in this
conference. There will be a special section to inspiring and engaging women and girls in science,
where female entrepreneur and market players will present their work and success.
Task 2.3 – Promotional activities
Primary aim of the promotional activities is to achieve sufficient results level of overall deliverables of
the project. One of the milestones of the T2.3 will be and promotional material creation. There is
considered to use a newsletter system (Mailchimp platform) to keep in touch with all the relevant
stakeholders, communication through social media or creation of promotional YouTube video, which
is a very effective tool to reach the young people. Further, this activity will include traditional
marketing tools such as leaflet, poster distribution, and so on. This activity will be supported by EIT
RM Regional HUB Center Kosice.