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Call for proposals: Blue Technology - transfer of innovative solutions to sea basin economies

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is launching a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements...

Save the Date: Agri-Food Platform: Information Day

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SMEs SMEs

SME competitiveness in Europe relies heavily on innovation and thus the successful implementation of a National/Regional Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS³) and the quality of its design and delivery mechanisms for financial and non-financial support services. In line with the 2014-2020 ERDF thematic priorities, these support services should enhance R&D+I activities or strengthen enterprise competitiveness.

The links between RIS³ and SME support services are important and for successful SME support services to be deployed in all regions the following elements should be considered:

  1. to involve SMEs and their representative organisations in RIS3 development design as well as identify the different categories of the regional SME population to be able to provide targeted and high value-added services and work on the basis of strategic business portfolios;
  2. to adapt support service schemes to a wide typology of enterprises but also to the innovation capability, willingness and readiness of their management teams and focus support not only on R&D but on innovation in the wider sense;
  3. to create a policy mix that combines financial support with advice, access to specialist infrastructure as well as a network of professional facilitators, including the support to risk reduction tools, investment readiness and proof-of-concept and the leveraging of public procurement to support SME innovation and growth;
  4. to properly use monitoring and evaluation to measure the desired structural change and to manage the implementation of the strategy, allowing for informed corrections of the policy-mix, not just measuring transactions.

Events Events

1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

The First SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development is co-organised by the S3 Platform and the Regional Studies Association

Macro-Regional Innovation Week: At the crossroads of three European Macro-Regions: Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine

The Macro-Regional Innovation Week intends to focus on the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision...

How to build Smart Energy Regions

This joint event organised by the Technology Region Karlsruhe and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) discussed how regions and local communities could...

INFORMATION DAY: 12 MAY 2016, S3P Agri-Food

The S3 Platform, together with DG RTD, DG Regio and DG AGRI, organised the first Agri-Food Information Day on 12 May in Brussels to discuss its...

University-Business Forum: Developing Talent for innovation-based economies

The thematic University-Business Forum took place in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania. It brought together around 200 high-level representatives from higher...
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Publications Publications

Towards an Action Plan for Entrepreneurs' and Enterprise Organizations' Involvement in the RIS³ Process

EURADA and S3 Platform
JRC-IPTS together with DG REGIO, DG ENTR, EURADA and UEAPME hosted an event on SMEs and Smart Specialisation. The event informed on and discussed...

Supporting the internationalisation of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. Within the EU they account for 99 % of all businesses, 67 % of all...

The Smart Guide to Innovation-Based Incubators (IBI)

Innovation-based incubation is not the most recent subject in Europe per se. it is over a quarter of a century that the European Commission has triggered...

Regional policy for smart growth of SMEs

The purpose of this guide is to extract policy lessons from the past decades of Structural Fund, national and regional support for SMEs into a...

Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation

This guide is addressed to national, regional and local stakeholders interested in promoting regional innovation and competitiveness through the use of...
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Towards an Action Plan for Entrepreneurs' and Enterprise Organizations' Involvement in the RIS³ Process

EURADA and S3 Platform
JRC-IPTS together with DG REGIO, DG ENTR, EURADA and UEAPME hosted an event on SMEs and Smart Specialisation. The event informed on and discussed...

Supporting the internationalisation of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. Within the EU they account for 99 % of all businesses, 67 % of all...

Regional policy for smart growth of SMEs

The purpose of this guide is to extract policy lessons from the past decades of Structural Fund, national and regional support for SMEs into a...

Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation

This guide is addressed to national, regional and local stakeholders interested in promoting regional innovation and competitiveness through the use of...