Applicant Community Platform

Interreg Utilizes Community Platform to Achieve Completed Proposals

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Feb 22, 2022 | 2 min read

What Interreg Was Looking for in a Community Platform

Interreg Central Europe had very specific ideas about what they needed for their Applicant Community Platform. They wanted applicants to be able to:

  • Easily register to a community platform
  • Present project ideas
  • Connect with potential partners
  • Structure organization of consultation requests
  • Transform ideas into complete proposals

Easily Register to a Community Platform

Interreg applicants can easily register on the platform. They can create their own b2match profile, or register with a Google or LinkedIn profile. They only have to register once because we provide an all-in-one solution.

Registration page with the options for registering with a social link (LinkedIn, Google) or an email address.Registration page with the options for registering with a social link (LinkedIn, Google) or an email address.

Present Project Ideas

After registration, applicants can present their project ideas with a few clicks on the community platform.

Company profile of Interreg CE showing the project ideas created by the company with buttons for adding new project ideas, editing, moving the position of the image, etc.Company profile of Interreg CE showing the project ideas created by the company with buttons for adding new project ideas, editing, moving the position of the image, etc.

Connect with Potential Partners

Finding that elusive needle in the haystack, an ideal partnership, is no longer difficult on the Interreg community platform. Applicants merely click on the navigation, “Find Partners” and utilize the smart search function and keywords created specifically for their platform to find an ideal match.

Find Partners page showing organizations of Higher Education and Research filtered by the Organisation Type.Find Partners page showing organizations of Higher Education and Research filtered by the Organisation Type.

After finding someone interesting to connect with, a few clicks on the community platform make it possible to request a meeting. Meeting dates, times, duration and even time zone are all presented and factored in. An online video meeting connects the two potential partners.

Request Meeting window with selected meeting duration, date and time of the meeting request for the participant Joanna Peer.Request Meeting window with selected meeting duration, date and time of the meeting request for the participant Joanna Peer.

Structure Organization of Consultation Requests

For applicants, creating a successful project is not an easy task. That’s why Interreg’s experts offer their applicants individual consultations to help them shape their ideas into legitimate project proposals.

However, handling hundreds of incoming consultation requests was an obstacle Interreg had during their previous calls. In order to make their workflow go as smoothly as possible, b2match developed a specific feature which helped reduce their workload.

After applicants create their project idea on the platform, they can request a consultation with an Interreg Central Europe expert. The consultation request is connected with a specific project idea and applicants can only have one consultation per project idea.

Once the request is sent, one of the consultants can assign the consultation to themselves or to one of their colleagues. They have a clear overview of all the consultation requests with additional filters that help them organize the requests according to different categories.

Consultations page with a list of all meeting requests, pending and scheduled.Consultations page with a list of all meeting requests, pending and scheduled.

After the consultation is scheduled, the applicant is notified with an email and an online video meeting is automatically generated.

Customizable Community Platform

The Interreg Applicant Community platform is a perfect example of how organizers can design and create a community platform for their specific and unique needs.

Katarina Hanzelova, Community Manager at Interreg Central Europe Programme said:

"We would like to say many thanks for all your support in the last half a year! Together we have managed to bring our community to a whole new level..."

Event organiser:

Interreg Central Europe

With funding in the EU Cohesion Policy programming period 2014-2020, Interreg supported public and private organizations to improve capacities for regional development in innovation, carbon dioxide reduction, the protection of natural and cultural resources as well as transport and mobility. Altogether, they have supported 138 transnational cooperation projects with around 246 million Euro from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Event in numbers:

3503

Total participants

65%

Participants in matchmaking

434

1:1 Meetings

24

Countries

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