Resource Nodes for Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration aims to build

knowledge and empower tourism stakeholders to take necessary action to

accelerate the shift towards a more sustainable tourism sector through

entrepreneurship. The project aims to develop and put in place trans-

national and cross-sectoral support that builds capacity for sustainable

growth of SMEs in the tourism sector. Our consortium of ten partners from

throughout Europe will support 60 SMEs from the tourism sector to build

more resilient infrastructure through entrepreneurship training while tying

into the Global Goals wherever possible. We are currently in the process

of creating our consortium, so we invite interested parties to contact us in

order to join us in promoting sustainable tourism throughout Europe. 

RN-KECT proposes to act as gatekeepers to knowledge that can incentivize SMEs to optimize their sustainability.

The project supports actions that transform project Associates into valuable investment targets, help them create

jobs that contribute to local economic development, support them as they engage in new market spaces, capacitate

them as suppliers in supply chains through sustainable practices, and align with the United Nations Sustainable

Development Goals, among others. RN-KECT provides the means to improve SME competitiveness and sustainability

     • providing business support to SMEs and start-ups 
     • hosting a digital knowledge platform to share research, best practice, socio-economic data and market

       intelligence for relevance and accessibility
    • promoting opportunities for mobility and knowledge-seeking visits among partners and their associates 
    • networking, coaching and mentoring to make sense of insights, innovations, solutions and best practices as

      well as available resources that help them grow.
RN-KECT promotes the entrepreneurial capacity of our target group - tourism-related public and private bodies,

particularly SMEs, to jointly develop innovative solutions to challenges faced in the industry that might prevent their

growth and stunt their development toward sustainability. Actions aim to boost capacity of tourism SMEs through

transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer and by cooperating with providers of sustainable solutions for training

and workshops.  The network facilitating these outcomes takes shape through the creation of resource nodes strategically

located in areas that are in most need of supporting growth phases and technological change and overcoming obstacles

toward gaining market share of an industry whose receipts add up billions of EUR. 

By means of open calls, the consortium will select 60 SMEs as project Associates. The pool of candidates will include

SMEs, public bodies and/or public-private partnerships in the tourism sector to engage in training and become members

of the Community of Practice hosted by the digital knowledge platform. Bringing together consortium core partners with a

range of expertise, focus and visions defines RN-KECT as a transnational network to provide business support through

workshops and trainings as well as an exchange of knowledge:  
     - The entrepreneurship education component of the project aims to capacitate SME owners as competent entrepreneurs,

public body/public-private partnership personnel as competent intrapreneurs, and project Associates as a whole as

extrapreneurs, able to collaborate to transform ideas and opportunities into products and services through EntreComp, the European Commission’sframework for entrepeneurship education and training, aimed at enhancing their sustainability.  
    - The Community of Practice component supports the project’s web of knowledge and the axis of communication between partners and among participants. The Community of Practice is a digital knowledge platform hosting a centralized repository

of literature and other information aimed at helping its members grow and become sustainable while becoming familiar with

the Global Goals – the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Community of Practice reinforces regional cooperation and peer learning in entrepreneurial learning, education and training in a structured manner. 

The success of RN-KECT is predicated on the development

of Resource Nodes embodied in the working environments

of the consortium’s core partners:

*  The Czech Center for Science and Society (Czech Republic) 

*  Escola de Comercio de Lisboa (Portugal)

*  Global Skills Network, Barcelona (Spain)

*  Smart & Lean (Finland)

*  Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Korinthia (Greece)

*  North-East Regional Cluster (Bulgaria)

*  Harghita Community Development Assocation (Romania)

*  Ministry of Education (Turkey)

This positions our partners as intermediary stakeholders

in their own right, consolidating training and access to

knowledge in a one-stop, centralized resource center in

each of our partner countries that also serve as regional

hubs of support for cross-border collaboration.

Promoting a greater engagement of the tourism sector with sustainable development aimed at accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals through tourism

EntreComp for Sustainable Tourism

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