EXport and Partnership for Economic Development in Internationalized REgions

International operations strengthen economic growth, improve global competitiveness and support long-term corporate sustainability.” This perception of the cooperation program is additionally shared by the EXPEDIRE project partners, who have set themselves the target of increasing the number of exporting companies and border crossing internationalization projects. More precisely, the project partners will initiate ten corporate partnerships and acquire 150 small and medium-sized enterprises as neo-exporters.

In order to accomplish such ambitious objectives, a service portfolio, which will be characterized by its complexity and complementarity, will be provided. Due to the EXPEDIRE business collaboration, 300 small and medium-sized enterprises will be involved in this project, whereby it can be assured that the performances are target-group-specific and demand-oriented. By means of their inputs, the involved enterprises will therefore actively contribute to the EXPEDIRE’s service portfolio.

On the one hand these services cover networking events, which will support the development of cross-border business collaboration and on the other hand novel support services and qualification measures for the export are offered. The latter are bundled in an export academy which is composed of on-site modules and on-line trainings in English and will enable the participants to tackle concrete export-related challenges. This is supported and completed by consultancy services, and individualized support of potential neo-exporters, which are accessing new markets.

After the project duration the service portfolio, successfully built up within EXPEDIRE, will be further expanded and actively used.

Priority axis 1

Investment Priority 1b
SO 3: Increasing the level of internationalization of enterprises, especially SMEs in the programme area

Project duration

1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020

Contracted ERDF

1.197.063,18 EUR

Project Partners

ICS Internationalisierungscenter Steiermark GmbH (Lead Partner)

Wirtschaftskammer Kärnten

Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije

Mariborska razvojna agencija p.o.

Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH