Issue N° 90 - July/August 2011

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"INSMEnews" is the free monthly newsletter edited since 2004 by the INSME Association Secretariat to stay updated about the activities of the International Network for SMEs, its Members and Partners worldwide. INSME aims to promote transnational cooperation among private and public stakeholders to make innovation happen in SMEs.

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News from the INSME Members

META Group: Innovation Lab and TAKE IT UP news

META Group D.o.o., within the framework of the Innovation Lab initiative, is organizing the workshop "Ready to Use" Venture Capital Funds. How to set up and launch financial engineering measures using ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), (30th September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium).

It is addressed to civil servants and innovation intermediary company managers, for disseminating innovative tools and management tips in the domains of Entrepreneurship, Finance, Technology transfer and Clustering.

Please send the completed registration form to by September 23rd. (Early buy registration fee until 15th July: €350)

Find out more at:

TAKE IT UP, Europe INNOVA promotion pillar – a project coordinated by META Group s.r.l., has rendered available two new papers:

  • "The eligibility of RDAs, Cluster Organisations and other Regional Intermediary Organisations for EU Funding Programmes supporting Entrepreneurship, R&D and Innovation", drafted with the view to collect ideas on how EU instruments could be better used by European intermediary organisations in the next programming period and to help them to build synergies between different programmes.
  • "Non Technology Innovation & Service Innovation and the use of Structural Funds", with the objective to investigate how European regional actors have included other drivers of innovation than R&D in the programming and disbursement of structural funds with a focus on non-technological innovation processes. It also includes key results from the TAKE IT UP survey presented at the Europe INNOVA KIS Partnering Forum 2011 in Warsaw.

Download information from the TAKE IT UP Learning Corner at

To learn more about TAKE IT UP, visit (Novel Tools and Services area), and the "TAKE IT UP" group on LinkedIn social network.

INSME is a partner of TAKE IT UP Project.

EBN: 20th EBN Annual Congress & RETIS Annual Congress outreaches

Around 300 participants among European BIC Network- EBN members and partners, EU officials, innovation stakeholders, start-ups, SMEs & large enterprises as well as academic and knowledge players attended the 20th EBN Annual Congress & RETIS Annual Congress on "Creative Innovation, Inspired Entrepreneurs, Smart Growth".

The Congress represented an international arena to showcase experiences about digital and state-of-the-art creative tools, to explore and deliver new services by using advanced digital technologies.

Read the speakers' presentations at:

Find out more about the event at:

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INSME's Picks in the News

EU: Consultation on a new European regime for venture capital

The European Commission launched on the 15th June 2011 this consultation to find the best possible approach in order to achieve a real internal market for venture capital funds in the EU. This initiative will collect contributes from EU citizens and organizations and in particularly from investors, asset managers, SMEs and public authorities.

Deadline to send contributions: 10th August 2011

Learn more at:

EU: Conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding: videos now available

On the 10th June 2011 the Conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding took place in Brussels (Belgium). It featured high-level speakers from the European Commission, science organisations, universities, entrepreneurs and governments from across Europe and beyond.

For further information about the event please, see the videos of the Conference now available online at:

EU: Public Consultation on Green Paper – responses

The European Commission published a Report with a summary analysis of the consultation concerning the Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding.

The consultation collected more than 1300 responses through the online questionnaire and 775 position papers received. The outcomes are being used to design the proposals, to be presented by the Commission by the end of 2011, for a legislative decision of the Council and Parliament on the Common Strategic Framework.

The outcomes of the consultation are available at this link

To see responses from European and International-level organizations, and much more, please visit the following link:

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Focus on...INSME Members

NOTAP – Nigeria

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and PromotionNOTAP is a governmental agency under the aegis of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology established on 1979 as the National Office of Industrial Property (NOIP) and become in 1992, to National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

NOTAP provides technology related services to industries, entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors and innovators in the areas of technology transfer agreements; IPRs promotion; provision of the state of the art technology information; commercialisation of research and development results; research-industry linkage; monitoring, consultancy and extension services; technology advisory services etc.

NOTAP is an INSME Member since mid 2011.

Visit NOTAP's website at:

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Tenders & Calls

EFMD Case Writing Competition

Organiser: EFMD - the European Foundation for Management Development

Aim: to encourage the writing of case material involving European companies and institutions as well as material dealing with topics concerning other geographical areas such as the Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, generally underrepresented among the available sources.

Applicants: business organisation(s) and/or government(s)/supra-national bodies with activities in at least one European Country and/or with activities in China, Euro-Mediterranean region, Latin America and MENA Region.

Awards categories


  • Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Finance and Banking;
  • Supply Chain Management.


  • Latin American Business Cases;
  • MENA Business Cases; Family Business;
  • Sponsorship Opportunity Emerging Chinese Global Competitors;
  • Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues;
  • Public Sector Innovations;
  • African Business Cases;
  • Indian Management Issues and Opportunities;
  • Sponsorship Opportunity Responsible Leadership;
  • Inclusive Business Models.

Grant: €2000 Award per Category

Deadline for Submissions: 17th September 2011

To find more click here

IECER 2012 - Call for Papers

Organiser: IECER- Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research

Event: 10th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurial Research (IECER) "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" will take place on February 15-17, 2012 in Regensburg, Germany.

Applicants: Entrepreurship scholars in Europe, conducting basic knowledge in business, economics, geography, psychology, sociology, or other fields.


  • Challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Success factors for entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Strategies and interaction of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Human resource management in an entrepreneurial context
  • Value creation and technology management in entrepreneurial innovations
  • Context, cognition and decision-making
  • Venture capital, finance and banking
  • Managing growth and organizational development
  • Regional networks and infrastructure
  • Employment effects
  • Research methodology

Deadline for Submission Abstracts: October 15th , 2011

To find more click here

2nd Biotech Start Up Challenge

Organisers: AIFI-Italian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital and PLG Italy - Pharma Licensing Group Italy

Event: "Biotech 2011" to be held in Milan, Italy on 5th -7th October 2011

Aim: to identify top technologies, products, services start up.

Applicants: startups from around the World which meets the following eligibility requirements:

1) being a not older than 3 years company;

2) developing innovative products/services in red/green/white biotech;

3) having less than 15 employees.

Competition rules: through 6 minutes presentation slots, plus 3 Q&A minutes, start ups will have the opportunity to capture the attention of investors, entrepreneurs and members of the innovation system. Presentations will be evaluated and voted by a panel of judges (venture capitalists, biotech companies executives, licensing managers and intellectual property attorneys) which will score companies as they pitch to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, technology executives and members of the media.

Prize: along with immediate feedback from the judges, the winner will be offered a chance to participate for free in the 2012 edition of Biotech.

Application Deadline : 9th September 2011

Learn more at:

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Interesting Initiatives

Training for SMEs internationalization - GlobaliSME

The GlobaliSME "Training for SMEs internationalization" is an innovation transfer project funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Commission.

This initiative aims to understand the state of the art as far as training and support services for internationalization are concerned in the transferee countries and, in particular:

1) the perceived training needs of SMEs in Hungary and Cyprus related to internationalization, not matched by existing offers;

2) SMEs' requirements concerning delivery methodologies and approaches for training;

3) the point of view of Hungarian and Cypriot stakeholders and policy makers.

The project will end on 31st August 2012.

For further information, please, visit the project website at:

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EU: Innovation Union Competitiveness Report 2011

The European Commission recently published its 2011 Innovation Union Competitiveness Report.

The Report, builds on the Innovation Union Scoreboard, includes a factsheet detailing each country's research and innovation performance and provides solid facts on which to base European and national policy choices to build efficient research and innovation systems and turn the EU into a true "Innovation Union".

To download the full Report click here

UNCTAD-OECD: Fifth UNCTAD-OECD Report on G20 Investment Measures and Joint Summary by WTO-OECD-UNCTAD on G20 Trade and Investment Measures

The UNCTAD-OECD Report on G20 Investment Measures concludes that the majority of the G20 countries' national policy measures undertaken during the reporting period eliminated restrictions on international investment and/or improved clarity for foreign investors.

The Report covers measures taken in the period from mid-October 2010 until end-April 2011 and it is accompanied by the Joint WTO-OECD-UNCTAD Summary on G20 Trade and Investment Measures, issued in response to the request made by G20 leaders at their summit meeting in Seoul (Korea) on 11th -12th November 2010.

In their Summit declaration, the G20 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to resisting protectionism until the end of 2013, and asked WTO, OECD and UNCTAD to continue monitoring the situation and to report publicly on a semi-annual basis.

Download the Report at:

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Recommended Websites

Innovation Union Information and Intelligence System (I3S)

The Innovation Union Information and Intelligence System (I3S), launched by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is a web-based platform for all Innovation Union stakeholders. It provides detailed information on each of the 34 Innovation Union Commitments presented the Commission's Innovation Union communication of October 2010. Several of these commitments concern or are related with Intellectual Property.

In the near future this platform will be complemented with another platform focused on the research and innovation policies in the EU Member States, Associated Countries and several third countries.

To learn more, please, visit the following website:

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Recommended Newsletter

GR:EEN -Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks: Views on the EU

Views on the EU is the bimonthly newsletter of GR:EEN (Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks) a multidisciplinary research programme funded by the European Commission.

This publication provides updates on the progress of the research, publishes provisional and final results, and advertises public events and workshops as well as initiatives undertaken by individual consortium members.

The new "Big View" section is written by a GR:EEN partner scholar and targets a specific area of interest. Issues addressed may include GR:EEN research and findings, reactions to current affairs issues, and views on EU policy.

To subscribe and find out more on "Views on the EU" please visit:

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Highlighted events

21st September 2011
The Innovation in Financial Services Summit
Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

The Public Research Centre Henri Tudor in partnership with ISPIM - The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (INSME Member), will organize this Summit in order to bring together innovation management professionals from research, industry and intermediary organizations with a shared interest in the Financial Services Sector.

To find out more, please click on the following link:

29th September 2011
Med Ventures Diaspora Business Forum 2011
Tunis, Tunisia

The MedVentures Diaspora Business Forum, co-organized by the Confédération des Entreprises Citoyennes de Tunisie (CONECT), a new Tunisian employer organization, and ANIMA Investment Network (INSME Member), will aim to develop business partnerships between the best Mediterranean start-ups, investors/entrepreneurs from the diaspora and dozens of business networks from the Maghreb.

Further details on the website of the EUROMED INVEST Summit:

Download the programme here.

30th September 2011
Meta Group Innovation Lab: "Ready to Use" Venture Capital Funds. How to set up and launch financial engineering measures using ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)
Brussels, Belgium

The Workshop: "Ready to Use" Venture Capital Funds. How to set up and launch financial engineering measures using ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) organized by Meta Group D.o.o. (INSME Member), is addressed to civil servants and innovation intermediary company managers, for disseminating innovative tools and management tips in the domains of Entrepreneurship, Finance, Technology transfer and Clustering.

To download the brochure, please click on the following link:

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

10th -12th August 2011
3rd Annual Open Innovation Summit: The Corporate Innovation Executive Event
Organized by World Research Group
Chicago, IL, United States

29th August – 2nd September 2011
Living Labs Summer School 2011
Organized by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)
Barcelona, Spain

4th - 6th September 2011
Organized by Tallinn Science Park Technopol in cooperation with Business Support and Credit Management Foundation
Tallinn, Estonia

4th - 6th September 2011
Global Economic Leaders Summit
Hosted by Asia-Pacific CEO Association Worldwide (APCEO)
Changchun city, Jilin province, China

5th - 9th September 2011
TII 2011 Summer School
Organized by the Technology Innovation International (TII) in collaboration with the Instituto Pedro Nunes
Coimbra, Portugal

6th - 7th September 2011
EPISIS Conference 2011 - European and National Strategies for Service Innovation. Service innovation as a Driver of Value Creation
Organized by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) within the framework of PRO-INNO Europe Initiative
Hamburg, Germany

6th- 11th September 2011
7th China Jilin · Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo (NEASIAEXPO)
Organized by Asia-Pacific CEO Association

7th September
Japan Biotech Forum "Licensing and partnering opportunities emerging from Japan"
Organized by TransB
London, United Kingdom

11th – 13th September 2011
3rd International Conference of Fashion Incubators
Hosted by the Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCFWA), Fashion Incubator, TCF Global and the Belmont BEC
Perth, Australia

12th – 14th September 2011
Innovation Excellence 2011
Organized by MarcusEvans UK
Barcelona, Spain

12th - 13th September 2011
MED-Academy - Local Investment Promotion in the Mediterranean
Organized in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon - CCIABML, ASCAME and the Municipality of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

13th- 15th September 2011
Enterprise Tomorrow. Conference and Exhibition 2011
Organized by Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI)
San Francisco, United States

14th – 15th September 2011
Nanoforum 2011
Within the framework of Nanoforum Project
Rome, Italy

14th - 17th September 2011
European Conference on Creativity & Innovation - ECCI XII
Jointly organised by the European Association for Creativity & Innovation (EACI) and the Portuguese Creativity and Innovation Association (APGICO)
Faro, Portugal

15th – 16th September 2011
6th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

18th- 20th September 2011
EuroMOT 2011-The 5th European Conference on Management of Technology "Platforms and innovation: In search of efficiency and effectiveness"
Organized by Tampere University of Technology
Tampere, Finland

19th – 21st September 2011
Challenge for Social Innovation - Innovating innovation by research - 100 years after Schumpeter
Co-organized by NET4SOCIETY (the Network of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities National Contact Points) and supported by the European Commission, the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna and the Dortmund University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

9th – 26th September 2011
Innovation Festival: "Design driven innovation-Social design and Design for all"
Promoted by the European Commission as part of the PRO INNO Europe Initiative
Tallinn, Estonia

21st – 22nd September 2011
EUROMED INVEST - The Annual Mediterranean Business Summit
Organized by the MedAlliance
Alexandria, Egypt

22nd – 23rd September 2011
IASP European Workshop Asturias
Organized by Asturias Technology Park
Llanera, Spain

26th – 28th September 2011
8th Annual Conference of the Technopolicy Network "Open Innovation for Regional Development"
Organized by Technopolicy Network
Tampere, Finland

28th – 30th September 2011
World Innovation Convention 2011 "Dynamic platform for World's leading innovators"
Organized by B2BEurope
Cannes, France

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