What is WORTH Partnership Project?

Creativity. Innovation. Connections

WORTH Partnership Project creates and supports collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop innovative products or processes through transnational partnerships

WORTH Partnership Project aims to increase impact and add value to projects, through the combination of creativity, teamwork, and commitment

Be part of the WORTH Community 

Steering board members
Renowned experts from the fashion and creative industry to collaborate with the awarded partnerships

WORTH Partnership Project representatives spreading the values of WORTH across Europe

Coaches / Mentors
Acclaimed experts to provide tailor-made coaching on different subjects to elevate partnerships’ capabilities and mentor successful projects


WORTH Project Values

Encourage a network of creative thinking beyond the limits of the ordinary

Highlighting the importance of European culture and WORTH Project Values

Generate ideas to spur change and add value to products and businesses: a new way of thinking, a new way of making

Connecting people across industries to share skills, knowledge and create together

The Team

AITEX Research Institute
Centre of excellence in applied research and advanced technical services for the industry
KEPA Business and Cultural Development Centre
Intermediate management authority for support programmes for SMEs and entrepreneurs
IED Istituto Europeo di Design
International Institution of Higher Education specialised in design, creativity, communications and management
Communication agency with experience in complex projects worldwide with special approach to different media target
AA Avvocati Associati Franzosi Dal Negro Setti
Law firm with strong reputation in the field of intellectual property law (design, trademarks, patents, copyrights, advertisement, unfair competition) and in a variety of corporate and commercial matters at European level

Contracting Authority 

European Commission
WORTH Partnership project is funded by COSME programme of the European Union.
COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It runs from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn.COSME will support better access to finance for SMEs, access to markets for SMEs, entrepreneurship and the improvement of conditions for business creation and growth.Under the COSME programme (2014-2020), a multiannual operation is foreseen to promote the competitiveness of fashion & high-end industries and cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in general. The textile, clothing, footwear, leather products and other fashion and high-end products and accessories, included under design based consumer goods such as jewellery, furniture and home decoration are at the crossroads between arts and crafts, business and technology. This is the purpose of WORTH Partnership Project to put together designers and art & craft SMEs and start-ups with peers tech firms and manufactures to support them with funding, coaching and advice, networking and collaboration.



Media Partner

Edizioni AF

Edizioni AF was founded in 2017 from the heritage of Ars Arpel Group (editor of Arsutoria and Arpel magazines) and Foto Shoe Group. Today it is one of the leading publications in the leather industry, offering B2B information on shoes, bags and fur. Thanks to their expertise and network, they are able to provide any kind of professional service: trade magazines, vertical websites, exclusive advertising agents for the most important trade fairs (theMicam, Expo Riva Schuh, TheOne Milano), trend forecast research focused on the shoe and bag industry. Based in Milan, Edizioni AF products and services are available worldwide through a network of 50 local agents attending more than 80 fairs and events every year.




Collezioni has been sold on an international scale for over 30 years. The publishing house provides in-depth coverage on all areas of the industry – from accessories to materials, and bridal wear to street style, across all sectors of men’s, women’s and childrenswear fashion. Collezioni has consistenly provided all round support and stimulus to the fashion industry, which is why these magazines are the preferred publication for sector workers looking for ideas, and fresh but informative news. International success has been possible for Collezioni as they print in both English and Italian.

WORTH Pilot Project

WORTH Partnership Project is the follow up to the pilot project, which ran from 2013 to 2015.

Involving a total of 79 small-medium businesses (SME) and 34 European partnerships, the success of the pilot project has resulted in the renewed WORTH Partnership Project.

To know more about the 34 showcased products and results developed during the WORTH pilot project visit http://www.worth-project.eu/