COM³ – Building COMpetencies for COMpetitive COMpanies

The project

The project COM³ supports local and regional authorities to improve the tech-readiness of rural businesses and exploit local potentials for rural innovation and smarter growth.

The vulnerability and uncertainty of rural businesses to the rapid technological changes along with shortages in infrastructure and competencies keep them often unable to effectively adopt fast-evolving technologies. To overcome this, COM³ provides a unique model for local and regional authorities and enables them to create a dynamic business environment for rural companies and start-ups in utilizing basic and advanced digital techs.

The COM³ support model combines good practices, training solutions, and guiding measures. It provides municipalities, regions, and business support organisations with the structures needed to protect vulnerable small businesses and help them thrive. COM³ partners test the jointly developed solutions in 9 regions from 7 North Sea region (NSR) countries. Together with the sister project CORA, they create a platform for digitalisation named, that provides solutions to help municipalities, regions and business support organisations thrive in a digital world.



  • Enabling small traditional enterprises for basic tech-adoption (e.g. in the field of online marketing and e-commerce) through guidance, training and digital-hubs
  • Progressive support for digital enterprises for advanced tech-adoption (e.g. in the field of data analytics, data mining and visualisation) through coaching, guides and digital-hubs
  • Empowering business cooperation and scale-up through mapping, networking, and matchmaking

aconium responsibilities

aconium GmbH is the project developer of COM³ as well as project partner, leader of communication work package and transnational project, communications and financial manager in collaboration with lead partner Intercommunale Leiedal.


Interreg IV B North Sea Region Programm (2014-2020)

Lead Partner:

Intercommunale Leiedal

aconium responsibilities:

Project developer, project partner and communication work package leader, transnational project, communications and financial management


June 2019 – June 2023

aconium contact person

Britta Schmigotzki

Britta Schmigotzki

Head of EU-Programmes and Networks

Phone: +49 30 22183 3101