• Events like workshops and conferences held either in the Stuttgart region or in Brussels enable cooperation, know-how-exchange, marketing and influence on political decisions and allow the Stuttgart region to both market itself as a business location and to initiate concrete projects. 

17.11.05 - 18.11.05

PRAXIS international conference - Innovative Start Ups and Early Stage Finance

Key challenges for policy & business
The conference, organised by Veneto Innovazione - the Veneto Regional Agency for Innovation (www.venetoinnovazione.it) - in close cooperation with Paxis Partners, brought together the best regional examples of innovative Start-up mechanisms, in particular on innovative finance. It presented transfer schemes as well as governance models and new European sources aimed at fostering the implementation of innovative finance mechanisms.

The goal was to update the to-do-map starting, on the one side, from the Paxis Cross Network results on the Early Stage Financing and, on the other side, the needs and perspectives of investors and public bodies, in order to collect shared recommendations to be addressed to the regional, national and European politicians.

The event addressed PAXIS partners, local, regional and national decision makers, business support representatives, financing organisations and other players involved in the start-up development, who want to strengthen regional growth and innovation, by providing the right financing context and tools. The conference also dealed with EU Innovation policy within the new European countries.
In particular the meeting considered:
· New European initiatives to finance innovation
· The best practices in innovation financing based on the PAXIS experience
· The challenges and success factors to transfer the best practices
· How to integrate innovation financing into regional development strategies.

Padua, Veneto