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Tips & Tricks to optimise your participation

PO Preparation Days 2019, Amsterdam, 3-4 September

We have asked our experienced project partners to give some tips & tricks to optimise your participation to the PO Days and the ITEA 3 Call 6 for projects:

Clear overview

Make sure to have a clear overview of the programme and identify the most important elements (and project ideas) for you.

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Mutual backbone

Keep an open mind and think broad enough. Projects should have a mutual “backbone”, so do not try to find a dedicated project that targets your specific problem, but find overlapping problems and topics on which you can work with others.

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Focus on one or two projects

During the PO Days, it can be a bit confusing at the beginning as projects often merge. It might not be possible to follow the evolution of all the projects that you had your eye on. Focus on the one or two that fit your interest best.

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Identify contact prior to event

Identify some participants you intend to contact prior to the event.

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Make sure to have business impact

Have a clear innovation step, be result oriented and make sure to have business impact (short, medium or long term).

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Contact PAs in an early stage

Keep in mind that funding is subject to local regulations. Make sure to learn about these local regulations and contact the Public Authorities at an early stage. Several PAs will be present at the PO Days.

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Use Project idea tool extensively

Use the ITEA 3 Project idea tool extensively. It allows you to identify the project ideas that are in your field of interest. You can already get in touch with partners and start building the PO even before the opening of the Call.

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Team and idea are equally important for success

Remember that your project team is at least as important as your project idea for the success of your project. Meeting people face-to-face will often facilitate future collaboration.

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