Project description

Cities in the Danube region face challenges to develop a culture that generates public-private synergies, promotes SMEs and stimulates creative urban communities. Therefore, the RESTART_4Danube project intends to provide a professional and feasible response to the challenges associated with the development of a strong culture in the creative industries during COVID-19, generating public/private synergies that enhance the competitiveness of SMEs for the creative regeneration of cities.

Expected results:

  • A common strategy for creative urban regeneration for the Danube region;
  • a new toolkit for creative urban regeneration;
  • 5 local action plans;
  • a set of cooperation agreements between businesses and research and development institutions;
  • a set of readiness audits;
  • a training toolkit with modules on creativity and urban governance and urban innovation management.


Partnership and the role of ODA

The partnership consists of 25 organisations from 12 countries and is coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. The project uses a "quadruple helix" approach by bringing together 11 public authorities, 7 companies and business support organisations, 4 higher education and research institutions and 3 civil society actors. The countries participating in the RESTART_4Danube project, in addition to Moldova, are: Romania, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Serbia and Estonia.

Having an important role in the consortium, ODA will contribute to the successful implementation of all work packages of the project and will facilitate the participation of the Cahul Business Incubator as an associate partner of the project and direct beneficiary of the good practices offered by the project.

Consortium composition:

  • Lead Partner:
    • Polytechnic University of Bucharest, ROMANIA.
  • Project partners:
    • Steinbeis 2i GmbH, GERMANY.
    • School of Advanced Social Studies, SLOVENIA
    • IPA - Research and development company, engineering and manufacturing for automation equipments and systems, ROMANIA
    • University of Maribor, SLOVENIA
    • Croatian Chamber of Economy, CROATIA
    • Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Vratsa, BULGARIA
    • Carinthian Universtiy of Applied Sciences, AUSTRIA
    • Local Council of Craiova Municipality, ROMANIA
    • Municipality of Vratsa, BULGARIA
    • Pannon Business Network Association, UNGARIA
    • Municipality of Maribor, SLOVENIA
    • City of Rijeka ERDF PP12 - Rijeka, CROATIA
    • Self-Government Office of Vas County, HUNGARY
    • Development Association NERDA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    • Organization for Entrepreneurship Development
    • Informational Center for Innovation and Development "NOVUM", UKRAINE
    • Associated Partners:
    • City of Nova Gorica SI, SLOVENIA
    • Uzhhorod City Council UA, UKRAINE
    • Nova Iskra Creative Hub RS, SERBIA
    • Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia HR, CROATIA
    • Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol EE, ESTONIA
    • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration of Romania RO, ROMANIA
    • Administration of the regional government of Carinthia AT, AUSTRIA
    • Business Incubator Cahul, MOLDOVA

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Contact details:

  • Mihaela GORDILĂ,
  • Project Manager RESTART4_Danube
  • Entrepreneurship Development Organisation (ODA)
  • Stephen the Great and Holy, 134,
  • Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, MD - 2012
  • E-mail: 
  • Tel: +373 22 22 50 01

Programme: Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020

Project title: Urban regeneration to stimulate creative industries for a stronger Danube region

Duration: 01.07.2020 - 31.12.2022

Project website:

This project is co-financed by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

Budget in euro:

  • Total: 1.814.895
  • ERDF contribution: 1.348.100
  • IPA contribution: 57.710,75
  • ENI contribution: 136.850

Project purpose: Improvement of framework conditions and policy instruments, based on regional and local smart specialisation strategies, for a new model of urban regeneration with the contribution of cultural and creative industries (CCIs).