about worth partnership project

WORTH Partnership Project looks to develop new products and ideas across European and COSME countries by supporting innovative designs, processes and business models through cross-border and cross-discipline collaborations. With cultural and creative industries (CCIs) accounting for over 3% of the European Union’s gross domestic product and jobs, the EU has started the initiative to ensure CCIs are increasingly able to contribute to employment and growth across Europe. 

The Worth Partnership Project application call will be on going throughout 4 years, with different windows of opportunity. The second call will close on 24th October. Further application intakes will take place in 2019 and 2020, with the end goal to support 150 innovative partnership projects, totaling a minimum of 450 individual companies (SMEs and startups). 

Who can apply?

SME/start up designers, manufacturers and technology firms from the fashion and consumer goods industry may apply. Those actively looking for new opportunities to connect, create and innovate to exploit intriguing design ideas and fashionable concepts with new technologies, may to head to WORTH Partnership Project website to submitting their idea or project proposal.

Support for Selected Partnerships

Once selected, participants will be supported in matching with the best partners for them to develop their project ideas.

Each partnership will receive:

  • financial support of 10k euro to mature and bring their idea to life,
  • tailor-made coaching and mentoring by specialists to improve knowledge and skills related to design, technology, manufacturing processes, and business strategy; access to finance; market positioning support; legal support and intellectual property rights management
  • support with networking activities to encourage collaboration and market upscale, and
  • participation at two international events to showcase the products developed.

A steering board of renowned experts from the high-end fashion, design and consumer goods industries will support the successful partnership projects.

Julia Körner – Award-winning international designer working at the convergence of architecture, fashion, and product design.

Wolfgang Mildner – Founder of MSWtech in Germany, supporting companies and other organisations to discover value in new technologies – especially in printed and flexible electronics.

Leslie Holden – Head of Fashion & Design at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Manuela Naveau – Lecturer at University of Art and Design Linz and Paris Lodron University in Salzburg.

Thomas Gnahm – managing director of Wear It Berlin, the Berlin network and agency for wearable electronics and everything connected. 

Kolbrun Yr. Gunnarsdottir – Designer, stylist and Creative Director of Kolbrun & Idem Jewellery, and head of the Icelandic Fashion Council.

Konstantyn Rybak – The Ukrainian fashion designer graduated Central Saint Martins University of the Arts and founded Kofta, his unique fashion brand.

Pavel Ivancic – Award-winning designer, head of the AAAD Fashion Studio and Head of Design at influential Czech fashion brand, Pietro Filipi.