The third edition of The Regional Innovation Fair, October 21, 2015.


The event was a unique meeting platform for innovators and entrepreneurs in the West Region, attended by both Romanian and international participants. Furthermore, the Regional Innovation Competition award ceremony was a key moment of the event.

This year marked a new expansion of the Regional Innovation Fair with the addition of an international brokerage session where regional companies had a chance to interact with foreign companies brought here by Enterprise Europe Network Partners in Europe and beyond, with the goal of forging transnational business partnerships.

The brokerage session focused on the following fields:

  • Information and Communication Technology – applications, software products and services, software engineering, interoperability, IT security, integrated systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, Consultancy Services, Outsourcing, Enterprise Services, IT Applications for production processes, energy efficiency, business performance, transport and logistics, financial services, telecommunications, retail, healthcare and telemedicine, e-governance solutions
  • Automotive – production methods, finished products and components, materials, raw materials, and semi-finished products, design, “green” cars, electrical engineering and sustainable car manufacturing, industrial automation and software, measuring and control equipment, industrial electronic products, electrical equipment and mobility, robotics, services
  • Agri-food – innovative solutions for higher performance in agriculture, genomics and assisted reproduction (crops and animal breeding), race/seed protection, harvesting technologies, natural extracts, green products, food industry technologies, sustainable processing systems, nutrition and health, nutritional products and delicacies

The benefits of attending this brokerage session included:

  • Meeting potential partners and clients
  • Making translational contacts and initiating partnerships
  • Identifying marketing, technology, or research partners
  • Gaining information about the research and innovation activity in the West Region
  • Showing, discussing, and developing new projects
  • Cooperation agreement assistance provided during and following the event

The participants also had the opportunity to visit the West Region Innovative product exhibition and discuss technological, marketing, distribution, production or licencing cooperation opportunities with the exhibitors.

The agenda is available here.


The 2014 Regional Innovation Fair, 2nd edition, Arad, West Region, Romania, November 12, 2014


The Regional Innovation Fair took place on November 12, 2014, at Expo Arad, in the city of Arad, West Region, Romania. Over 250 people attended this second edition of the Regional Innovation Fair, organized by the West RDA in a partnership with the Tehimpuls Association – The Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer and the two clusters of the West Region – the Automotivest regional cluster and the Information and Communication Technology Cluster.

The 2014 event was made up of two parts: identifying funding opportunities provided by the Horizon 2020 programme and promoting the research carried out by West Region universities and organizations. The event also included the Regional Eco-Innovation Competition, with awards for the 10 best eco-innovative solutions focusing on high resource efficiency and low environmental impact.

Furthermore, there was a Strategic Regional Project Workshop within the Horizon 2020 Programme, which focused on identifying funding opportunities provided by the Horizon 2020 Programme, as well as strategic regional project ideas in the field of research, development, and innovation and the development of innovative business.

The Story – the 2014 Regional Innovation Fair is available here.

The 10 best eco-innovative solutions can be found here.

More on the conference speakers is available here.

The “InnoMatch” Regional Innovation Fair, April 3-4, 2013, Arad, West Region, Romania



Over 650 people attended the first edition of the InnoMatch Regional Innovation Fair that took place on April 3-4, 2013, at Expo Arad, Arad, West Region, Romania. The event, organized by the West RDA in a partnership with Tehimpuls – The Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer, the Szeged Innovation Agency, the Fraunhofer IPA Institute (The IPA Institute for Engineering and Automation Production in Stuttgart), and the two clusters in the West Region – the Automotivest regional cluster and the Information and Communication Technology regional cluster, had 47 stands displaying 97 innovative products and included good practice demonstrations for visitors and participants.

The products on exhibit ranged from 3D printers and 3D-printed products to intelligent whiteboards, solar-based irrigation systems, self-sufficient greenhouse models, pasteurized liquid eggs, proposals for reducing home heating costs with the help of solar energy, as well as software solutions for improving quality of life.

The InnoMatch Regional Innovation Fair included awards for the best innovative products and solutions. The grand prize – the Regional Innovation Award – went to the Banat University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary medicine in Timișoara for their gemmotherapeutic preparation for the treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes based on Momordica charantia (a tropical plant). The second prize went to the Politehnica University of Timișoara for procedure and installation for cofiring biomass or urban waste – with coal –, the third prize went to the CavityEye organization in Hungary for product quality control using injection moulding with cavity pressure measuring. Nine honourable mentions were also awarded.

The prizes consisted in sums of money and consultancy schemes, as well as free training sessions on the topic of intellectual property. The following prizes were given:

  • The winnerwas awarded a trophy made by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute using 3D printing, the amount of 5,000 lei, and a consultancy scheme offered by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute
  • The second prizeconsisted in a consultancy scheme offered by the Fraunhofer IPA Institute
  • The third prize consisted in a consultancy scheme offered by the Hungarian partners.


The Story – the “InnoMatch” Regional Innovation Fair is available here.

More on the conference speakers is available here.