The INSME Association
Next Webinar on "Commercialization of Research"
23rd of October from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. CEST
It is a shared idea that converting research into viable products for commercial success is a strong driver of economic growth but often processes to assure that the outcomes of such research are more broadly disseminated fail to be implemented.
Building on the fact that the world is more interconnected now that at any time in our history, over the last two decades Larta Institute (INSME Member) generated strong results with regard to the growth of enterprises by adopting a strategy focused on a market-based, network-centric model that guaranteed a more holistic approach to the commercialization of research and more useful (and usable) outcomes. To support enterprises in their successful path to innovation, Larta Institute’s model provides entrepreneurs with resources and tools to set-up relevant partnerships and take advantage of opportunities they may be unaware.
In this webinar, you will get deeper insights on the aspects of the “Network-Centric approach” and hands-on experiences by Mr Rohit Shukla, CEO at Larta Institute that under his leadership, currently manages one of the largest innovation pipelines of companies, emerging from research funded by the largest agencies of the U.S. Federal government (NIH, USDA, NSF Army), research universities across the country and from a network of global partner nations including Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and most recently, Malaysia, and education and training programs (including the well regarded Larta University).
Further information is available here.
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.
News from INSME
We’re excited to launch our new Blog!
You are invited to share, develop and discuss ideas, projects, hints and your visions on innovation for the benefit of Small and Medium Enterprises in this new space!
- JEUPISTE Innovation Workshop on “Smart Communities in a Broader Term – Japan-Europe workshop for sharing ideas and experiences towards strategic partnership building”
- Clusters as a platform of "Innovation with Cooperation"
- Assessment of Innovation Maturity in SMEs
- The Internationalisation of Innovation
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Nigerian Raw Material Exposition
28 October 2014
Organized by Raw Materials Research and Development Council
African Economic Conference 2014: “Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation”
1-3 November 2014
Organized by the AFDB
JEUPISTE Project Innovation Workshop on "Smart Communities in a Broader Term"
13th of November
Organized by INSME and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
- Picks in the News
With the term dual use it is meant products, services and technologies that can address the needs of both defence and civil communities. Advanced materials, nano-electronics, information and communication technologies (ICT), unmanned systems and automation or photonics are just a few examples of fields in which research, technology development and manufacturing can be used for multiple applications.
Today governments do not play the strategic role they played in the past in leading industry efforts in technology; industry, pulled by civil market needs, has taken the leadership in technology development in many domains.
Therefore governments face the challenge of finding ways to engage defence agencies in collaborating with the civil industry involved in research and technology development, while industry must seek to benefit from synergies across different sectors: civil, security and defence. This requires a new approach to business management and economic policymaking, be it at the EU, national or regional level.
The aim of this guide is to provide ideas, tips and guidance on how private-sector companies and public administrations could develop new dual use strategies to respond to these challenges. Such strategies should help stakeholders move easily from one sector to the other or support the development of technologies and products able to respond to civil and defence needs.
Read more about it here.
SME Policy Index: the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 20014. Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe
OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) recently published the “SME Policy Index: the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014. Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe”. The report provides an assessment of the SME Policy in the Med Region conducted in 2013 within the framework of the industrial co-operation process of the Union for Mediterranean and based on the Small Business Act for Europe.
The assessment, undertaken by the European Commission, the European Training Foundation and the OECD in consultation with the European Investment Bank, was performed with the contribution of MED governments and private institutions, private sector organizations and civil society.
The MED region as a whole has made progress in key SME policy dimension thanks to the improvements of policies rather than structural reforms. The report concludes that the quality of the institutional framework, a strategic approach to SME policy making and constructive consultations, the private sector and policy performance are closely related.
Finally the report suggests that this process of growth could be supported by exchanging experiences and good practices at both Euro-MED (north-south) level and Intra-MED level (south - south) level.
The "Digital Business Innovation Paths" Conference organized by Future Enterprise with the support of the Digital Business Innovation (DBI) Community took place on the 8th of July 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. The event was a unique opportunity to share ideas and to liaise with key stakeholders on Digital Business Innovation, Web Entrepreneurship and Future Internet and express a set of recommendations (addressed to the European Commission and other decision makers) in order to boost entrepreneurship, nurture business creativity and breed new forms of enterprises.