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Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2016
28 - 30 September 2016
Organized by the International Trade Centre
39th ISBE Annual Conference
27 - 28 October 2016
Organized by the Istitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship - ISBE
ANIMA EMEA Business Forum
02 - 03 November 2016
Organized by ANIMA Investment Network and the Mediterranean Economic Week
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Policy learning lab:
practical approaches for smart and sustainable regions
(workshop number 11A49)
11th of October 2016, from 14:30 to 17:00
Do you have ideas on how to improve regional policies in Europe? We should talk! Interreg Europe is setting up Policy Learning Platforms: communities of like-minded policymakers, practitioners and experts working to improve structural funds and other policies. This interactive session will provide insight into the topics covered by platforms - Research and innovation, SME competitiveness, Low-carbon economy and Environment & resource efficiency. Be part of this session and contribute with ideas on particular challenges that platforms should prioritise and what services you would like to use.
Register to the workshop at this page.
Under the auspices of Khalid Muhammad Al Zubair, Managing Director of The Zubair Corporation, ZUBAIR Small Enterprises Centre (INSME Member from Oman) launched the fourth round of the Direct Support Programme, an initiative recognizing members of the Centre that throughout their work demonstrated commitment towards success and dedication in applying the consultancy and advices provided by ZUBAIR SEC. Winners of the Direct Support Programme benefit from further direct advisory and consultancy services as well as a financial grant to support their business. The programme represents a unique recognition for the Members of Zubair SEC as only a small number of selected members gets access to the programme every year. Zubair SEC stresses that the programme proved to be an effective approach to stimulate healthy competitiveness among businesses and encourage them to increase their commitment in achieving their goals and contributing towards a sustainable growth of Oman.
ZUBAIR SEC is now accepting applications from Omani businesses and Members of the Centre willing to join the Direct Support Programme.
The deadline for submitting applications is the 20th of October 2016.
Given the increasing importance of young firms as key drivers of job creation, it is crucial to implement measures and policies supporting innovative entrepreneurs to boost their businesses in order to contribute to the economic growth of the communities they live in.
In this frame, ANIMA Investment Network (INSME Member from France) has recently published a handbook offering an overview on the main forms of support implemented in Southern Mediterranean countries.
“Raising the capacities of young entrepreneurs” analyses more than 80 initiatives, events, organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship mainly in five Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. The publication also provides readers with information on entrepreneurship support schemes and organizations and presents programmes selected according to a series of criteria, among which the target audience and the beneficiaries profile, the type of support provided, the partnerships with local and international organizations.
The handbook is intended as a practical tool enabling:
- Policy makers and practitioners, active in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, to get an insight of the main support programmes and initiatives and their operating mode;
- Young students, future entrepreneurs or start-up founders to understand the framework of entrepreneurship support and the activities they could benefit from.