The VOICE Associate Partnership Program aims to enhance the establishment of collaborations with external third parties from all VOICE stakeholder segments (i.e. B2C, B2B, B2G and C2C). More specifically, this program targets companies, organizations, associations, public authorities, national and regional government or individuals that wish to support the VOICE project and enjoy a number of advantages.
Since September 2014, interested members can apply for Associate Partnership online via a single-level process (i.e. an associate partner application form). The benefits offered to the Associate Partners range from participation at open VOICE meetings and events, access to early leading-edge research reports and papers (from participating partners and associate partners), ability to participate in the project pilots (upon consortium approval), permission to use/mention the association to VOICE in other related activities, promotion of their work or entity, networking activities among and within partners and associates, ability to become official VOICE Partner, once the incubator is up and running.
The sections that follow present in detail the Associate Partnership Program.
Actors interested in entrepreneurship and open innovation, virtual incubation, start-ups as well as in circulating ideas, exchanging practices, debating with colleagues in an International context and supporting entrepreneurial development. Such actors include:
- Individuals (i.e. researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals, etc.)
- Universities, research institutes, academic institutions, etc.
- Organizations, technology companies, start-ups, traditional incubators, virtual innovation ecosystems, VCs, etc.
- Public authorities, national, regional governments, etc.
- Other projects at national, european and international level
Becoming a VOICE Associate Partner offers varied benefits. In addition to being able to consult the regularly updated information provided on the website and receiving the VOICE newsletter, associate partners are entitled to:
- have their names and logos published on the VOICE website, with a link to their homepage
- be among the first to access the VOICE ecosystem website where working group members have collected relevant materials
- access early leading-edge research reports and papers (from participating partners and associate partners)
- participate and contribute to the research and debate taking place among partners
- take part in conferences and public events organized by the VOICE partners as well as participate in the project pilots (upon consortium approval)
- become a member of the VOICE mailing list where members share new project-related information, research output
- network with partners and associates
- get permission to use/mention the association to VOICE in other related activities
- become a collaborator of the: (a) VOICE scientific group by establishing collaborative activities for joint publications, project proposals etc. and (b) VOICE entrepreneurial group by establishing common business activities, receiving invitations for business collaborations, etc.
- become an official VOICE Partner, once the incubator is active.
Becoming a VOICE Associate Partner is a simple one-step process. Just fill in an application form and associate with VOICE.
- For individuals: download the VOICE Associate Partner application form, fill it in and return by email to email@example.com along with a profile picture (maximum resolution 500x500)
- For entities/organizations/projects: download the VOICE Associate Partner application form, fill it in and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a the logo of your entity/organization (maximum resolution 500x500)
Once a complete application form has been submitted via email, the members of the VOICE Consortium will examine it and notify interested party/-ies only in case they are accepted as VOICE Associate Partner(s). Then, they will be included in a list of VOICE Associate Partners and their photo/logo along with a short description and contact details will be posted on the Associate Partners section of the VOICE project website.