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Towards the 11th INSME Annual Meeting
The INSME Association is delighted to announce its 11th INSME Annual Meeting on "Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth" taking place from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2015 in South Africa, co-organized by OSIBA Management (INSME Board Member).
The INSME Annual Meeting will be held for the first time in its history in the African continent and it will be even more memorable thanks to the contemporary celebration of the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the democratic Government's seminal small business development policy and in conjunction with the first President's Conference on Small Business, dedicated to former President Mandela.
The event will bring together decision makers, BSOs, financial actors, various representatives from industry and academy to seed new collaborative initiatives through the exchange of experiences, best practice approaches and project opportunities.
The dedicated website of the 11th INSME Annual Meeting will be available very soon, in the meantime please block your agenda!
The INSME Secretariat together with OSIBA Management is looking forward to welcoming you to South Africa.
IoT 360 Summit: the Gateway to Innovation
The INSME Secretariat is delighted to invite you to "IOT360: the Gateway to Innovation", a summit organized by the European Alliance for Innovation (INSME Member) with the patronage of the European Commission Representation in Italy and in collaboration with Fraunhofer Fokus Institute, La Sapienza University, IBM, CREATE-NET Institute and INSME, taking place on the 28th and 29th of October 2014 in Rome, Italy.
The summit will focus entirely on IoT and it will bring together industry representatives, makers, vendors, experts and developers to plan, learn, network, collaborate, strategize and more effectively tap into the immense potential of the IoT domain.
The IOT360 Summit offers a wide set of activities such as panels covering new methods to accelerate in the market, monetize technologies and raise funds in Europe as well as tutorials and co-located scientific events covering IoT research results in a variety of application domains. In addition, the Summit includes an exhibition of new technologies from start-ups and companies, demos of projects and workshops on how the internet has developed an extensive eco-system for innovation and how to leverage this for bringing new ideas to the marketplace.
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ISPIM Americas Innovation Forum
5-8 October 2014
Organized by ISPIM
Nigerian Raw Material Exposition
28 October 2014
Organized by Raw Materials Research and Development Council
28-29 October 2014
Organized by EAI in partnership with INSME, Fraunhofer Fokus Institute, La Sapienza University, IBM and CREATE-NET Institute
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Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect, recently announced his new team and the shape of the next European Commission that will be streamlined to focus on tackling the big political challenges Europe is facing: getting people back to work in decent jobs, triggering more investment, making sure banks lend to the real economy again, creating a connected digital market, a credible foreign policy and ensuring Europe stands on its own feet when it comes to energy security. The new EC will have seven vice-Presidents, six in addition to the High Representative of the Union for the Foreign Policy and Security Policy, each leading a project team.
For the first time there is a specific mention of small and medium-sized enterprises, the backbone of our economy, indeed one of the most important novelty introduced is that the new Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME portfolio will be the engine house of the real economy.
President-elect declared: "In the new Commission, there are no first or second-class Commissioners – there are team leaders and team players. They will work together in a spirit of collegiality and mutual dependence. I want to overcome silo-mentalities and introduce a new collaborative way of working in areas where Europe can really make a difference."
A pioneering member of Zubair SEC (INSME Member), Shumookh Engineering Consulting, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an international engineering consultancy group, VIA International LLC for mutual cooperation between their operations in the Sultanate.
Both the companies have expressed a strong interest in investing and growing their operations in the region through this cooperation agreement; the combination of the large experience of VIA International with the deep knowing of the local background offered by Shumookh Engineering Consulting represents the real key to success in this partnership, according to both companies.
Zubair SEC has played a significant role in this agreement by deeply supporting the two companies and providing them with side by side support throughout the overall negotiation.
The OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) recently released the fourth edition of Entrepreneurship at a Glance, a report collecting 20 indicators (among them new enterprise creations, self-employment, innovation and collaboration in innovation by enterprise size) that measure entrepreneurial performance for 30 countries.
The publication proposes a set of indicators of entrepreneurial performances to understand and compare the amount and type of entrepreneurship that take place in different countries. The idea at the basis of the publication is that analysts should not only focus on enterprise creation or any other single measure to study entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial forces can be found in many existing businesses and understanding the dynamism these actors exert on the economy is as important as understanding the dynamics of startups.
Among the key findings, the report states that:
- Start up rates remain below pre-crisis levels in most Euro area economies, particularly in Denmark and Spain;
- In all countries most business are micro-enterprises that account for between 70% to 95% of all firms;
- High-growth enterprises account for a small number of firms but a relatively high proportion of employment;
- Overall barriers to entrepreneurship have progressively reduced over the last 10 years across OECD countries.