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Smart by Design has started in Q4 of 2019, as a strategic partnership among universities, clusters and management organizations from Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Netherlands focused on creating relevant support materials for SMEs interested in developing smart city solutions. 

Smart by Design

About Smart by Design

The aim of the project is to develop the competences of SME managers and owners to drive smart disruptive technology business. ​The duration of the project is 2 years, starting in October 2019.

Target Groups

Primary Target Group - SME Managers & Owners of smart city technologies businesses

Secondary Target Group - VET trainers

The Project Details

  • developing capabilities and competences framework for smart economy

  • developing especially the empathy towards the citizens in the local environment of the SME managers as their new customers and consumers under the umbrella of smart city

  • ​preparing for the next level of ICT connectivity called "city-as-a-platform"

  • supporting the uptake and use of digital technologies to create innovations to serve the needs of the society and the citizens and thus tap on social skills

  • self-learning of managers and owners who drive successful

  • digitally innovative businesses


The SMART by Technologies Design project [SMART by Design] Project No. 2019-1-BG01-KA202-062298​ has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

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Transilvania IT Cluster / ARIES Transilvania Contribution

The project's main outputs will be a map of current digital and smart disruptions and a capacity building framework for smart, disruptive innovation. Implementation period is from October 2019 to September 2021.

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