This approach is at the basis of ENERGEIA, an EU funded project under the MED Programme, which aims to design a friendly environment for entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector in the Mediterranean area. The need of more effective ways of supporting entrepreneurship in the field of renewable energy represents an enormous asset for a sustainable economic development.
The first step of the project, which has been running since April 2013, was to define the “energy landscape”, according to common guidelines, that allowed partners to build up a clearer picture of what are the current needs and challenges of companies operating within the renewable energy sector. This step is now nearing its completion, with the collection of all data from the partners and the identification of relevant good practices will be shared within and outside the project consortium. This knowledge will then be mainstreamed into two pilot actions, dedicated to (1) reinforcing the business support operators’ capacities in matching the specific needs of start-ups and (2) the development of a path to fully exploit business projects in the energy field.