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U-SOLVE (Urban sustainable development SOLutions Valuing Entreprenership) is a project ‎funded by the European Union, under the ENI CBC MED ‎programme.
The programme is managed by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) and intends to enhance support to young entrepreneurs in urban areas with focus on the environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.‎


U-SOLVE shifts the start-up creation process towards an entrepreneurial sustainable development strategy, which bridges active policy for supporting entrepreneurship with the implementation of sustainable development goals at a urban level. The most urgent SDGs challenges in Mediterranean urban communities are forced into an open innovation pipeline that allows coalitions of entrepreneurial agents of change to emerge, creating qualified jobs and economic value, while supporting the transition towards a sustainable model. The project will result into an appropriate balance between the exploitation of innovative technologies and business models implemented by startups and young companies, socio-economic progress and environmental preservation, accordingly with the principles of the doughnut economy , It wants to add experimental pathways for place-based strategies of interventions on entrepreneurship, suitable for the Mediterranean countries, where the entrepreneurial energy is natively oriented towards the sustainable and integrated territorial development.

General Objective

To create a model of urban development based on innovative entrepreneurship, addressing sustainable development challenges, boosting urban business ecosystems and creating jobs in emerging social and environmental markets

Expected Results

  • Start-ups and young enterprises addressing sustainable development challenges managed by / employing youth (highly educated, between 24 and 35 years old) and/or women (all ages)
  • A toolbox for the implementation of an effective, SDG-driven open innovation process
  • Multilevel policy recommendations for urban sustainable development strategies based on impact-oriented entrepreneurship, (iv) a Mediterranean network of stakeholders of impact-oriented entrepreneurship.

Expected Outputs

  • Increased entrepreneurial culture among youth and women;
  • Innovative businesses supporting SDGs in target urban areas;
  • Tested tools and methodologies for sustainable urban economic development based on entrepreneurship and community participation local impact-innovation hubs either created or empowered in cities belonging to the Mediterranean area.


arcaARCA Consortium, Sicilia



iedInstitute of Entrepreneurship Development


ucyUniversity of Cyprus


justJordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid


palunivPalestine Ahliya University



asrtAcademy of Scientific Research and Technology

bethlehemBethlehem Municipality



e trikalaMunicipal Development Agency of Trikala Municipality – e-TRIKALA SA, Thessalia


cyiThe Cyprus Institute


hcstThe Higher Council for Science and Technology / International Cooperation Department




Start date: 15 October 2020
Duration: 30 months‎
Total project Budget: 3.500.000 € ‎
EU Contribution: 3.200.000 € (90 %)‎


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This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the Cyprus Institute and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or the Programme management structures


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