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21st EARMA Annual Conference
28 June -1 July 2015
Organized by EARMA
Seminar "EU-Japan Business Opportunities in Biotech and Agro-Food related Sectors" and B2B
10-11 July 2015
Organized by the European Commission and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
XIII Triple Helix International Conference 2015
21-23 August 2015
Organized by Triple Helix Association
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Crowdfunding For Social And Local Entrepreneurship Support In South Africa: a concrete output of the 11th INSME Annual Meeting challenge brainstorming and an example of collaboration with EURADA (INSME Member).
The 11th INSME Annual Meeting on “Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth” just took place last May in Cape Town and raised high interest within the international and local community by attracting 180 delegates from 28 different countries. As a result of the brainstorming carried out during the three-day initiative and given the increasing importance of crowdfunding as a tool to provide different forms of funding to finance various types of projects, EURADA (INSME Member from Belgium) proposed a new initiative: Crowdfuning For Social And Local Entrepreneurship Support In South Africa.
EURADA proposed to involve an ICT Faculty of one of the South African Universities or high schools in the creation of an ICT platform targeting local entrepreneurs. The crowdfunders will be members of the South African diaspora interested in investing back in the country as well as enterprises having a social corporate responsibility action plan.
INSME, EURADA and the OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) will collaborate on the feasibility study and the start of the initiative, including the search of funding sponsorship.
The 4th EUROMED Invest Academy on “Get to know and work with the EU and its institutions to develop investments and SMEs in the Mediterranean” is organized in Brussels, Belgium, on the 16th and the 17th of June 2015 by the Chamber of Commerce of Brussels with the coordination of the MedAlliance Consortium.
The EUROMED Invest Academy will focus on the European Union and its institutions, their functioning and how to work with them to develop investments, trade and SMEs in the Mediterranean. The Academy will also be an opportunity to get information on EU relevant policies (EU neighbourhood policy, EU trade policy, rules of origin, European technical standards) and their implications for business as well as how to access EU programmes for BSOs and SMEs.
For those interested in the policy dialogue about how to better exploit European research and innovation programmes and participation in the European Research Area of EU13 countries, please also visit the dedicated website of the MIRRIS project at the following link.
MIRRIS (Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems) aims at encouraging a better exploitation of European research and innovation programmes and participation in the European Research Area of the 13 target countries by setting up a process of analysis, dialogue, mutual learning among key concerned stakeholders, namely research, innovation and institutional actors.
The project foresees the organization of 3 rounds of policy dialogues in each country involving relevant stakeholders from three levels: decision makers, implementation institutions and operational structures. The second round of policy dialogues has just been completed and it is possible to consult the press releases of each policy dialogue at the following link.
INSME contributes as partner both in the EUROMEDInvest Project and in the MIRRIS project.
FI-COMPASS – the platform for advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Fund
FI-COMPASS is a platform provided by the European Commission in partnership with the European Investment Bank which offers advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Fund and microfinance under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.
The platform targets managing authorities, financial intermediaries and any other party interested in learning more about the features, design and set-up of financial instruments under these Funds.
Among the services provided, it is worth mentioning the fi-compass multi-region assistance (MRA), providing EU funding to co-operation projects of at least two managing authorities from different EU Member States which aim at assessing the possible use of ESIF financial instruments in specific thematic areas of common interest. Additionally microfinance providers can also benefit from institutional assessments, tailored trainings, workshops and a dedicated helpdesk on the European microfinance sector.
To learn more about FI-COMPASS, please click here.
OECD report: "Competition and market studies in Latin America 2015: The case of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru”
Market studies play a fundamental support role for competition authorities in identifying obstacles and distortions to competition that are not caused by competition law violations. Competition authorities often use this tool to inform governments on problematic markets and recommend areas of improvement.
The OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) recently released a report on “Competition and market studies in Latin America 2015: The case of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru”. Building on a project sponsored by the UK FCO, aiming at understanding how market studies were carried out in these six countries and what were the good practices in other OECD experienced jurisdictions, the report identified best practices and areas of improvement to make a better use of this competition tool.
The common areas of improvement for all the 6 countries focus on the need to have an appropriate legal framework and adequate resources to effectively perform market studies.
Read the whole report here.