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WIPO Expert Forum on International Technology Transfer
16-18 February 2015
Organized by WIPO
1st International Conference on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems
2-4 March 2015
Organized by the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI)
16-19 March 2015
Organized by META Group, Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Network
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - UNECE has just launched the "UNECE Ideas for Change Award: Innovation for sustainable development goals", a call for innovative ideas and new solutions for sustainable development goals in different fields such as trade, energy, environment and many others.
The competition is open to companies, non-profit organizations and teams of entrepreneurs, researchers and students from the 56 UNECE Member States.
Finalists will be invited to present their proposals at the UNECE Ideas for Change Award in Geneva and winners will receive an official Award Certificate during the 2015 UNECE session.
The deadline for submissions is the 28th of February 2015.
For more information please visit the following webpage or write an e-mail to email@example.com.
Latvia for the first time has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the 1st of January 2015 taking it over from Italy. The Latvian programme for the forthcoming months will focus on three main priorities:
Competitive Europe, with the main goal to generate jobs and economic growth in the EU. The Latvian Presidency will:
- work on the Investment Plan for Europe;
- continue the work on strengthening the Single Market;
- launch discussions and start working on the Energy Union;
- promote industrial competitiveness.
Digital Europe, to develop the base for a truly digital Europe, in particular by advancing data protection, working on the Telecommunication market package, starting discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy.
Engaged Europe in issues of global importance. In this framework the Latvian Presidency will facilitate the review of the Neighbourhood Policy, stimulate the transatlantic partnership and will focus on the post-2015 development goals.
The OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) Leed Programme, in collaboration with the European Commission’s DG on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion recently released “The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014”, a publication providing data and policy analysis on inclusive entrepreneurship and its barriers across the European Union and highlighting how the promotion of entrepreneurship in categories such as women, youth, seniors, unemployed and migrants might help to combat unemployment and stimulate social inclusion.
The report is the second one of a series of publication on “missing entrepreneurs” and contains a focus on two disadvantaged groups: the unemployed and ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurs as well as key policy recommendations, such as:
- expand public actions to promote entrepreneurship;
- support motivated people to start up from unemployment by offering start up finance;
- entrepreneurship skills development;
- offer finance and training programmes to ethnic minority entrepreneurs.
The whole report is available here.