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- Why the World needs Women Entrepreneurs
- The European Startup Monitor (ESM): the Growing Influence of Young Enterprises on the European Economy
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- 12th INSME Annual Meeting – Enabling Smart SMEs as Key to Success
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ANIMA Annual Meeting
30 - 31 May 2016
La Valetta, Malta
Organized by ANIMA Investment Network & Malta Enterprise
ICSB World Conference
15 - 18 June 2016
New Jersey/New York, USA
Organized by the International Council for Small Business
XXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference
19 - 22 June 2016
Organized by ISPIM
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Entrepreneurship is more and more considered as one of the key to overcome the current economic difficulties and to respond to the high unemployment rate. However many people have to face challenges when they decide to start a business, they have to deal with issues like access to finance, the lack of skills and business network. These difficulties affect in particular disadvantage groups like youth, women, ethnic minorities and others.
Inclusive entrepreneurship policies are thus required to encourage business creation. In this regard the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development of the OECD and the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission have recently published “Inclusive Business Creation” meant to be a compendium of good practices that might be a source of inspiration for policy makers at national, regional and local level.
The publication collects a series of case studies from the European Union showing a range of options that policy makers have to support inclusive business creation and identifies several keys to success, such as:
- the adoption of a clear strategy that includes inclusive entrepreneurship policies and programmes;
- the definition of clear objectives and targets for policy intervention;
- the use specialized trainers and advisers.
On the 9th of June Brussels, Belgium will host the seminar “Empowering EU-Japan Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation”, an initiative organized in the frame of the JEUPISTE Project.The initiative will offer an overview on the programmes facilitating EU-Japan STI Cooperation by featuring the experience of representatives from the most important Japanese research funding agencies, who will share their knowledge and expertise on tools to advance cooperation in Europe. The event will also be the occasion to report the outcomes of the project.The participation to the event is free of charge while a contribution for the networking lunch is foreseen. The registration form and more information about the seminar is available at this page.JEUPISTE is a EU-funded project coordinated by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (INSME Member) aiming at promoting EU-Japan cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) through support to policy dialogues, deployment of bilateral information services, organisation of networking events focusing on specific technologies and/or societal challenges, operation of help desk services and contribution to the development of human resources for collaborative projects.
INSME contributes to the project as partner.
META Group (INSME Vice President) and EURADA (INSME Member from Belgium) have joined the forces and launched the ‘Spring Survey’ addressing Managing Authorities, Regional Development Agencies, city governments and financial institutions with the aim to find out more about their understanding and implementation of the Financial Instruments (FIs) established by the European Investment Bank.
Based on a study published in June 2013 by the European Investment Bank, the survey will monitor how the adoption and the implementation of FIs has changed during the last three years.
The results of the survey will be discussed on the occasion of Agorada 2016, the EURADA Annual Spring event taking place on the 26th and the 27th of May in Brussels, and will be then made available both on META Group and EURADA's websites. The questionnaire is available at this page and will take no more than 3-5 minutes.
The two organizations are furthermore planning to carrying out a larger ‘Summer Survey’ from June to September 2016 to be released during the European Week of Regions and Cities. The Survey shall idendify the “Top 3” areas where Managing Authorities and Regional Development Agencies need more information and support.
The Inter-American Development Bank launched a new version of INTrade, an interactive information system on trade in Latin America and the Caribbean
The online system is an interactive and user-friendly platform offering analysis on three main areas: statistics and indicators on import and export, an extensive database on market access including information on the most favoured nation tariffs or the rules of origin allowing preferential access and last but not least, basic fact sheets and documents about legal framework conditions on trade agreements and tax obligations related to 33 countries in the region.
INTrade is the to-go platform for the private sector, public agencies and analysts to gain knowledge on the most attractive markets in the region, get direct insights on the agreements signed by each country and benchmark existing trade policies with the historic database of the platform.
Major Challenges Facing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Asia and Solutions for Mitigating Them
Asia witnessed a notable growth during the recent decades, leading the continent to alleviate poverty and increase the number of middle-income countries in the region. Despite its growth, Asia is facing new challenges due to the global economic slowdown. A new growth model is required and small and medium enterprises accounting for 98% of all enterprises in the region, can play a fundamental role to boost national productivity.
This report on “Major Challenges Facing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Asia and Solutions for Mitigating Them“ by the Asian Development Bank (INSME Member) identifies four major reasons that slowed SME development in the region:
- lack of finance;
- lack of comprehensive databases;
- low level of R&D expenditures;
- and insufficient use of information technology in SMEs.
The report also provides solutions to overcome these challenges that resulted to be successful in some Asian economies and suggests to expand these remedies to the rest of Asia to contribute to the development of SMEs in the region.Within the frame of the MIRRIS Project Coaching Seminars have been recently organized in three of the project’s target countries: Czech Republic, Croatia and Cyprus.
On the 7th of March relevant stakeholders met at the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences based in Prague, Czech Republic with the aim to concretely work on the implementation of synergies of EU funding. Participants benefitted from the expertise of representatives from the Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Center at the Jožef Štefan Institute and Mathieu Doussineau from DG JRC. A second seminar has been hosted by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia. The initiative gathered a group of stakeholders working on the implementation of measures addressing the setting-up of a European Support Grant Office in Croatian Universities. The last seminar took place on the 17th of March in Cyprus to discuss how to implement the measures in order to create a Cypriot EU grant office enhancing the support services offered by the Directorate General European Programmes, Coordination and Development.Through the Coaching Seminars – based on the priorities identified during the policy dialogues - the MIRRIS Project aims to provide target countries with practical experiences in order to enhance the participation in H2020.
MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reforms for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&D&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.