U-SOLVE
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Urban sustainable development SOLutions Valuing Entreprenership

About the project

The implementation of the United Nations ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ in urban areas is of crucial importance to make our cities sustainable, livable and resilient over the long term. Vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems can bring a valuable contribution in designing innovative solutions that have a positive impact against the negative effects of climate change. To ensure potential entrepreneurs, especially young people, can turn ideas into actual businesses, an enabling ecosystem, supported by public authorities, is needed. U-SOLVE intends to enhance support to young entrepreneurs in urban areas with focus on the environment and sustainable development. The project will create experimental pathways for place-based strategies, suitable for the Mediterranean countries, where the entrepreneurial energy is oriented towards sustainable and integrated territorial development.

Key information

U-SOLVE
Urban sustainable development SOLutions Valuing Entreprenership
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.1 Start-ups and recently established enterprises
Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt

Financial data

3.5 million
Total budget
3.2 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

10
Partners
6
Countries
7
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Objective

To create a model of urban development based on innovative entrepreneurship, addressing sustainable development challenges, boosting urban business ecosystems and creating jobs in emerging social and environmental markets

What will be improved?

U-SOLVE will establish a supporting process devoted to young and women innovative entrepreneurs with both local impact and high growth potential, to boost the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in urban contexts. The impact on income generation for start-ups will be substantial, with a minimum of 20 new business contracts signed. As a consequence, the project is expecting to generate at least 40 new jobs in the supported start-ups. Moreover, the network of urban hubs, to be generated by the project, will represent a powerful tool, at Mediterranean level, where local policy-makers, knowledge providers, development agencies, innovators and impact investors will act as a community for change, producing economic value within a sustainable development framework. Over a mid-long term perspective, the project will contribute to the shift to an integrated, impact-oriented approach to entrepreneurship, where the local and global dimensions of new business are connected to the sustainable development paradigm.

Who will benefit?

  • 420 young and women entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs
  • 30 start-ups operating in urban contexts
  • Local urban populations 
     

Expected achievements

  • 7 roadmaps and methodologies to enhance create urban ecosystems 
  • 120 start-uppers trained to strengthen the scaling-up potential of their business ideas
  • 30 start-up companies addressing environmental issues with innovative ideas that can be turned into new services or products
  • 6 urban hubs set up as incubators for entrepreneurs
  • 7 strategic documents on urban entrepreneurial policy for sustainable development in the Mediterranean area 
     

Contribution to policy-making

The interaction with decision-makers during the entrepreneurship ecosystem analysis and when establishing the project urban hubs will foster sustainable results at social, economic and policy levels. A full set of activities of the project is dedicated to produce policy proposals addressed to promote entrepreneurship as a tool for sustainable development in urban areas, with a direct involvement of public institutions throughout their elaboration. Finally, through a series of transnational workshops between responsible institutions in each participating city, a comparison among the strategies will be made in order to define a common policy at Mediterranean level.

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U-SOLVE in Palestine is looking for a communication officer

U-SOLVE partner, Palestine Ahliya University, is looking for a communication officer. Application deadline: 07/12/2021 at 16:00 CET.

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U-SOLVE took part in the debate on how to foster entrepreneurship and sustainable urban devleopment

The Cyprus Institute presented U-SOLVE at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East wh…

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Palestine: U-SOLVE is looking for a researcher

Palestine Ahliya University is looking for a researcher to provide data collection, analysis, and reporting services. Deadline: 25 November 2021

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Management meeting in Cyprus: U-SOLVE partners to present urban entrepreneurial ecosystem roadmaps

U-SOLVE will develop a survey to assess the status quo of the urban entrepreneurial ecosystems in all partner countries and create 7 roadmap…

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U-SOLVE meets the URBiNAT community to share solutions for urban and social challenges

The collaboration between the two projects will bring the concepts of Nature-Based Solutions and Healthy Corridors into U-SOLVE.

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U-SOLVE showcased in Cyprus during the event "ENGAGE – European Researchers’ Night: the green and digital age!"

The Cyprus Institute presents the project U-SOLVE in the online European Researchers’ Night event in Cyprus within its framework of the sust…

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U-SOLVE adopts the doughnut economy methodology

U-SOLVE works towards a “zero impact city” in the Mediterranean taking into account economic development and citizen's social protection within the limit of our planet.

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U-SOLVE in Greece: how start-ups can contribute to our society's sustainable future

Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) acknowledges the significance of a sustainable future and supports initiatives that foster sustainability by its participation …

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U-SOLVE: The Higher Council for Science and Technology will reinforce the innovation-employability nexus in Jordan

In light of the high unemployment rate in Jordan, HCST will provide support to young and women entrepreneurs to transfer their innovative id…

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U-SOLVE Information Day Webinar explores adequate Sustainable Development Goals for Palestine

U-SOLVE team collected data on the most adequate sustainable development goals for the Palestinian context and how local businesses and startups can contribute to achieving th…

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U-SOLVE focus groups explore entrepreneurial ecosystem in Palestine

Palestine Ahliya University formed a focus group with community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations to discuss the challenges of creating an entrepreneurial…

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Palestine: U-SOLVE is looking for an administrative officer

Bethlehem Municipality, partner of U-SOLVE project, is looking for an administrative officer. Application deadline: 24/07/2021 at 16:00 CET.

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U-SOLVE: E-TRIKALA SA in Greece offers support to women and asylum seekers to develop their business

Within the framework of U-SOLVE project, E-TRIKALA SA organised a series of meetings and field visits in June and July with municipalities a…

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ITALY: U-SOLVE is looking for an External Auditor

Consorzio ARCA, lead partner in the "U-SOLVE" project, is looking for an External Auditor. Application deadline: 16/07/2021

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U-SOLVE in Palestine fosters university-companies´ relationships to improve youth employment

Palestine Ahliya University organized a focus group to discuss the relationship between the university and the private sector and the challenge of creating job opportunities f…

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U-SOLVE: An open innovation process for tackling sustainable urban development challenges in Cyprus and the Mediterranean Region

Cyprus uses U-SOLVE methodology to shift start-up creation towards an entrepreneurial sustainable develop…

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Palestine: U-SOLVE is looking for an External Auditor

Bethlehem Municipality, partner of the U-SOLVE project, is looking for an External Auditor. Application deadline: 24/06/2021 at 13:00 CET.

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U-SOLVE and the Greek challenge of gender equality in employment

As a partner in the U-SOLVE project, e-Trikala will contribute to implementing the project’s objectives in promoting and supporting Greek women entrepreneurs, as well as worki…

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Egypt and U-SOLVE contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Egypt is one of the first countries to establish a national committee to monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Sevelopment Goals. In addition, it has developed a "…

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U-SOLVE and the Italian challenge in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Discover the "5Ps" of Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations Agenda 2030: each of which contains strategic choices and strategic objectives for…

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U-SOLVE project to support businesses for a sustainable development in the Mediterranean

The project, which aims to develop sustainable urban enterprises, will be launched on 13 April with the partners from Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Jordan and Palestine.

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Jordan: two job vacancies under the U-SOLVE project

The Jordan University of Science and Technology, partner of the U-SOLVE project, is looking for an External Auditor and a Communication Officer. Application deadline: 03/04/2021.

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Palestine: two job vacancies under the U-SOLVE project

The Palestine Ahliya University, partner of the U-SOLVE project, is looking for an External Auditor and a Communication Officer. Application deadline: 20/3/2021 at 16:00 CET.