TR Associates (MALTA)

EU funding - Consultancy - Innovation Services

Digital Entrepreneurs and Informal Science learning in Smart Cities: Online courses for individuals or teams ! Ask the details TODAY!

 Apart from eight segments in which smart innovations take place, it also shows the three connecting layers of a city. These are the physical, planned city (both buildings, public space and infrastructure), the people inhabiting the city and, for the first time in history, the digital city. This layer is playing an increasing role and I consider it to be essential in the further development of smarter cities.                                                                                      We see great opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs to focus on this layer. Even more; we think it is mandatory to offer the necessary skills and competences in the framwork of informal learning mainly in Science Learning for Learning Communities. In this digital world as connecting key between people and smart city it will all happen already and not only as it is forecasted in next coming years!

 3D printing is evolving fast and will totally change economics. Circular thinking is now becoming reality in the circular or shared economy: it’s not just printing new products, but also shredding existing material into new building materials. This offers opportunities for new products, and for new entrepreneurship: a new chain of buyers and suppliers will arise. Software, the digital side, will play an essential role, especially in this transitory phase of the next 10 or 20 years. 3D printing is but one example, though an appealing one. Biggest opportunities are in connecting the physical city to people.

Our online course will give academic and entrepreneurial skills for all interested learners , connecting to us from over the world.

Our staff received ECVET certification thanks to the EU Erasmus+ program  from University of Wolverhampton, UK in October.2015.

Services                                                                                                 NEW ! NEW! NEW! Online courses on Digital Entrepreneurship at informal science learners in Smart Cities !

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Our services incorporate the entire lifecycle of the Open Innovation, from Ideas to Solutions and from Solutions to Business.

  • Concept/Idea generation
  • Market validation
  • Technology selection
  • Prototyping
  • Testing and user validation
  • First adoption

 In more details:

Activity domains:

  • Research and development
    • innovation concepts, (eco) design
    • innovation strategies
    • science policy
    • sustainable technologies
    • studies and researches
  • Consultancy
    • business management
    • innovation management
    • strategic planning
    • innovation policies
    • technologic transfer
    • financing projects
  • Partnerships
    • development and creation of clusters
    • competitive solutions

Specific activities:

  • Businesses incubation  (virtual)
    • hosting  (using VR Technology)
    • feasibility analysis
    • business plan
    • marketing strategy
    • promotion
  • Creating new businesses (with local financial experts)
  • Businesses/Project management courses

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Incubation in Innovation via Living Lab - Methodology and process

The INN-LL concept and methodology is based on three components:

1.Innovation Incubator

The innovation share is important to ensure products and services competitiveness. It results from tackling fundamental, application research themes and technologic transfer (the path from idea to product).  In parallel, it run a process of training specialized human resources, to put them in practice.
This is why the partnership with the industrial and universitary environment is so important.

2.Creative and Innovation Business Incubation Center

Business incubator has the role of ensuring special assistance to a starting business, when it is vulnerable on the market.
Level 1 incubation refers to ensuring general services and some expert services at lower costs than others firms with the same profile.
Level 2 incubation, the business develops and starts creating its own internal services.
After 3 -5 years the incubated firm is mature enough to leave the incubator leaving the spot for another one. Its “planting” can be done in an individual place or a technologic park.

3.Sustainable Development Center

This unit has the role of creating conceptual mutations regarding agricultural, floracultural, and aquatic renewable resources management. Interfaces are created to integrate some technical sequences between the owners of agriculture fields, flower grossists, and ponds so they use the concepts of ecological exploitation. The products are processed in production facilities from inside the park at a high-level quality.
A set of technological transfer and research projects and programs is created, that is appropriately to the local sustainable development, having important economic, ecologic and social effects. 
INN-LL proposes to start an integrated multi-cycle system to tackle the local sustainable development. 
INN-LL has the role of monitoring this evolution to determine the products and services life cycle to identify new solutions necessary to satisfy human necessities and exploitation of local resources. Through this monitoring, we check also that the business is on the ideal growing path.
Now we are searching for the most suitable solutions to place the INN-LL's spaces and utilities to ensure the long-term evolution conditions.

Proposed development stages

Objective 1: Creating and development the concept of LL INNOVATION

Stage 1. Creating the suitable partnerships, identifying and formulate the main problems

  • Producing studies with present day themes and evaluating their practical potential
  • Enunciate themes for research projects, creating concepts and proving their feasibility
  • Attracting entrepreneurs to exploit the viable results

Stage 2. Creating the premises for inter-cluster interaction

  • Creating the inter-relationship concepts, evaluating the viability
  • Creating at least a demo cluster

Objective 2: Training capable human resources to apply the concept

Stage 1. Developing the innovation management competences

  • Best practices courses for innovation manager
  • Master in innovation management

Stage 2. Developing the competences in sustainable development

  • Managerial sciences with a sustainable development component
  • Natural and physical sciences focused on sustainable development

Stage 3. Developing the mentalities and competences for competitive businesses

  • Businesses incubation
  • Innovation incubation

Objective 3. Establishing the INN-LL site in the Maltese Islands and abroad

Stage 1: Establishing a pilot equipment base to process the raw materials from renewable sources

  • Choosing the domains to be developed
  • Proving the viability of the proposed technical solutions

Stage 2. Create the interface with the suppliers and clients

  • Creating the interfaces with the local resources suppliers
  • Creating the interfaces with the sustainable products' customers

Stage 3. Development of technological components to support the development of the associated businesses

  • Extending the functions characteristic to technological and industrial parks

                                     Spiral Model in the innovation life cycle

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TR Associates as LIVERUR Partner wrote an article to the Blog of the project. 

TR Associates aims to generate new methodologies and technologies to approach rural and peri-urban territories weakness and strengths in Malta by a “model of social farming” and follow the entire short food supply chain for the sustainable eco-production. The main ingredients of functional food (spices and medical herbs) will be produced in a land of Birkirkara which combine an used water recycling, rain water harvesting and already installed (but need to renovate) irrigation system. Circular Rural Living Lab Malta will be setting up in St Julians supporting all aspects of the open innovation based business ecosystem. The involvement of each key stakeholders (religious and social care organisations, farmers, nutritionists, customers, logistic companies, wholesalers, reform food shops, innovative AgroTech SMEs, startups etc.) is crucial to take a part in the new rural circular economy platform.

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TR Associates won one of the best Feasibility Studies prize under DESIGNSCAPES.   The Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments (Designscapes) is an H2020 #SmartCities project. #DESIGNSCAPESEU.

The concept of TRA : Living Lab On Demand can be read on the project website and on Twitter and Facebook and/or 

It’s time to celebrate Living Lab On Demand —  We thanks for the congratulations on being funded by the Designscapes Open Call for Feasibility Studies!