The European Footwear Industry

A handicrafted and yet a contemporary industry...

...full of creativity and design...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...constantly adapting to new trends and demographics through advanced techonologies...

...concerned about safety...

...durability and high standards...

...ensuring consumer’s health and comfort...

...respecting the environment...

...delighting consumers with innovative business approaches...

...and always looking ahead and towards differentiation.

WORTH Partnership Project: Applications for the second call close on 24/10/2018

18/09/18

After a successful first call, the second call is a new opportunity to develop design-driven products in the furniture, textile, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather sectors

WORTH Partnership Project, an initiative of the European Union to boost the fashion and lifestyle industries within Europe and develop innovative and design-driven products, has announced the first 25 winning partnerships from the first call.

WORTH has now embarked on the second year of a 4-year journey aiming to support 150 partnerships throughout the project duration.

The second call for applications is ongoing until 24th of October 2018. The WORTH Community is rapidly increasing and now more than 1.000 members are registered in the WORTH platform ready to connect and build up transnational collaborations. -If you are also ready for the challenge: register and apply to the second call of WORTH Partnership Project.

Awarded projects will receive funding, tailored-made coaching, participation in international events, professional links, market upscale and access to an innovative community to kick-start their disruptive design ideas.

COSME WORTH partnership project supports collaboration between fashion designers, traditional and digital craftsmanship and the manufacturing industry. What is in for you? The selected partnerships will receive financial and capacity building support to exchange knowledge and skills between manufacturing, creative and technology companies with:

• € 10,000 per project
• Individual coaching and advice on product market positioning, branding and IPR
• Participation in two international events,
• Networking, cross-sectorial collaboration, and product development

The success of the 1st call for applications, with more than 100 applications submissions received, turned into 41 short-listed partnerships who pitched in an international competition in front of a high-profile jury. The concrete results are the selection of 25 innovative partnerships based on the outstanding quality of the ideas and partners.

WORTH Partnership Project, an initiative of the European Union, supports collaborations between SMEs and start-up designers, manufacturers and technology firms to create innovative and design-driven products and ideas. The initiative is funded under the COSME programme and is implemented by a consortium across Europe with the core belief that creative industries (SMEs and start-ups) are key drivers of economic growth in Europe.