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The International Triple Helix Summit
4 - 6 April 2017
Organized by Triple Helix Association
World Intellectual Property Day
26 April 2017
Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization
13th INSME Annual Meeting on “Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains”
15 - 17 May 2017
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Organized by INSME and INADEM
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The Alliance for Financial Inclusion – AFI recently released a survey report on “SME Finance Policies for MSMEs Owned by Women and Women Entrepreneurs” whose original and primary aim was to check if member institutions that finance SMEs have put policies facilitating access to finance for MSMEs owned by women and women entrepreneurs at the top of their agenda.
The analysis shows that only a few countries included access to finance for women within their national strategies. Among the most important challenges, the survey reports a lack of definition of what “MSMEs owned by women” and “women entrepreneurs” are. Data collected was also scarce with regard to access and usage of financial services. Survey respondents did not manage to provide answers when asked what financial products were used by MSMEs owned by women and women entrepreneurs in their country. The publication also points out that most member countries reported that women’s employment is mostly concentrated in the informal sector.
In conclusion, given the scarcity or non-existence of data available and the numerous challenges faced by women entrepreneurs identified, the report stresses this represents evidence that further research is needed in order to enable countries to make access to finance for women entrepreneurs a top priority in their agenda. Nevertheless when assessing best practices in the field of SME finance policies, the report suggests to monitor the work done by four countries, namely Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Tajikistan.Nowadays citizens face pressing problems that need to be solved and in this frame the European Commission is promoting the Horizon Prizes.
These prizes are called ‘challenge’ prizes (also known as ‘inducement’ prizes) as, after the identification of a problem for which no solution exists, a challenge is set and a monetary prize offered to whoever finds how to effectively face it.
Through these initiatives the Commission intends to attract a wider range of innovators, provides an opportunity for innovators to take a risk and to forge new partnerships, leads to sustainable new products and services, spurs interest in a particular issue.
Prizes in diverse categories are foreseen, among which the one dedicated to Social Innovation. In this frame the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute, plans to launch a € 2 Million Horizon prize on a social challenge chosen by the public, as part of Horizon 2020, the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme.
As part of IMP³rove research activities based on its innovation management benchmarking database, a related analysis on the benefits of design thinking for firms has been published.
- To raise awareness for design thinking among key stakeholders based on an event or workshop
- To receive more fine-grained analyses of firms' design-driven innovation capabilities and performances in your region by utilizing the IMP³rove platform and research services.
- To benefit from IMP³rove training offering on design-driven innovation management.
Mexico’s Ministry of Economy and the OECD signed an agreement in 2014 to support the country in strengthening its competitiveness through competition. Strengthening competition in markets is vital for a country as it is a determinant of higher productivity and more economic growth.
Based on international best practices, the manual on “Market Examinations in Mexico” has been released to provide guidance on how to analyze a market’s current status when there is reason to believe the market is not functioning well. Identifying the markets that are not performing well, the related problems and causes, it is fundamental for a country to decide upon the next steps to take or the competent body to refer to. After providing an overview on the potential outcomes of market examinations and a description of the Ministry’s power to make requests to competition authorities, the manual provides a methodology to collect and handle information as well as recommendations to analyze the most relevant aspects of competition such as the definition of the market to be examined and its characteristic or a review of specific structural features that can hinder competition, among others. Finally, the manual provides guidance on more procedural aspects concerning the content and process of requests to competition authorities.