Issue N° 100 - June 2012

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Let's celebrate the 100th issue of "INSMEnews"

Since over 8 years the INSME Association is meeting the challenge to publish on a monthly and free basis its newsletter, "INSMEnews", to better reach its Members worldwide as well as to support innovation intermediaries, their networking and internationalization so as to make innovation happen in SMEs.

After its first launch, the English version was enriched by the Spanish and Russian translation of the bulletin, with a view to better meet our readers' needs in different geographical areas.

On the occasion of the issue n. 100 of our newsletter, the INSME Secretariat thanks its Members, supporters, international partners and all INSMEnews readers around the world who are actively enriching this monthly bulletin with their suggestions and feedback.

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Updates on the life of the INSME Network

8th INSME Annual Meeting highlights

The 8th INSME Annual Meeting on "Sustainable Growth with Innovation: Building Competitive SME Networks" successfully ended on the 25th of May 2012 in Daejeon, South Korea.

The international meeting gathered around 1,000 participants around the world as well 32 international speakers from 28 Countries.

Have a look at the INSME photo gallery:

To find out more about the event we invite you to read the presentations made during the International Conference and the thematic roundtables: visit the conference INSME Annual meeting official website at:

INSME welcomes a new Member

INSME is glad to welcome its latest new Member, who joined our Network as Observer in May:

EAI - European Alliance for Innovation, based in Belgium

Learn more about EAI at

At present INSME comprises 92 Members in 37 Countries in 4 continents.

To view the INSME Members' profile please visit:

If you are interest to join us, please, contact

The first INSME - CEPAS International workshop for Experts

On the 8th-9th October 2012 in Rome (Italy) INSME and its Member CEPAS will hold their first international workshop on "Leverage your Informal Competences: The Challenge of Interpersonal and Inter-functional Skills Management".

To find out more about the programme and much more download flyer.

The registration fee is: 450 euro (+VAT).

The working language is English.

Limited seats available, so we invite you to register before the 30th September 2012

If you are interested to attend, please contact us at

Find out more about the INSME - CEPAS workshop on the Trainings' section of INSME Portal

INSME participated to EPISIS Conference in Helsinki

Nearly 180 participants, among which Mrs. Leena Zittling (INSME Board Member ) in representation of INSME, from 27 Countries attended to the EPISIS (European policies and instruments to support innovation in services) Conference 2012 in Helsinki on 4th -5th June 2012 on "Positive impacts of Service Innovation - from intangible investments to emerging industries and ecosystems".

The two days conference were focused on discussions and debates on the latest trends and developments within the area of Service innovation. The key question of the conference was how to get tangible results from intangible service innovation, and how service innovation can help to fuel recovery and growth in Europe.

Mr. Sakri Viklund - EPROCA Acting President (Sweden), Mrs. Leena Zittling - INSME Board Member, Dr. Reinhard Buscher - Head of Unit for Support for Innovation, European Commission - Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry,

It was highlighted that service innovation is a phenomenon that cuts horizontally across the whole economy. Service innovation can create new business opportunities for companies from very different background and can therefore facilitate the transformation and renewal of industries, networks and clusters as a whole.

Service innovation is, first and foremost, non-technological. The integration of services and technology is important for the development of service innovation, but the driver for innovation is not the technological solution as such, but the value it can create both for the service provider and the customer.

EPISIS is a project under the PRO-INNO Europe initiative of the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, it lasts three years (2009 - 2012) and the overall budget is 3M€.

Further in-deep information at:

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News from the INSME Members

Ministry of Economics, Trade and Business Environment: Romania your business partner for 2012

The Romanian Government promotes on an annual basis this report which emphasizes the performance of Romania in several key sectors of the economy.

The publication aims to provide International investors and businessmen as well with a clear overview about the Romanian economy and the potential in terms of offer and demand of its internal market.

Read Romania your business partner for 2012

UNCTAD: Empretec Women in Business Award 2012 - results

On the 23rd April 2012 in Doha (Qatar) took place the Empretec Women in Business Award 2012 which concluded UNCTAD XIII's High Level Women Development Day.

Ms. Simona Marzetti , INSME Board Advisor and former INSME Secretary general also this year contributed to the initiative being involved as international panelist in the Award Jury.

In this regard, we are pleased to inform you that Chef Melissa de Léon from Panama won the Empretec Women in Business Award 2012.

Please follow the link for the pictures of the Empretec Women in Business Award 2012 gala dinner:

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About IPR in China

CHINA IPR SME Helpdesk: IPR Strategies in China for EU SMEs: Finding the Right Lawyer

CHINA IPR SME Helpdesk (INSME Partner) shows in this article the importance to find an experienced and capable lawyer as he/she could not only strengthen your business's IPR strategy but also effectively assist you in enforcing your IPR rights against infringers. To find a lawyer that can help you with your IPR in China, you should consider contacting the lawyer's association in your country, the directory of lawyers maintained by your country's embassy or chamber of commerce in China, or an online law firm directory.

Read the article (pdf)

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Focus on...INSME Members

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Since its founding in 1966, the Asian Development Bank has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people's lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting its investments wisely, in partnership with its developing member countries and other stakeholders, ADB can alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth.

At present ADB, whose headquarters are based in Philippines, comprises 67 members of which 48 are from within Asia and the Pacific and 19 outside.

ADB become INSME Member on May 2012.

Find out more at:

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Tenders & Calls

EU: CIP ECOINNOVATION 2012 - Call for proposals

Organiser: European Commission

Applicants: although priority will be given to SMEs and private beneficiaries, the calls for proposals are open to all legal persons located in one of the following countries:27 EU member states, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Albania, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey and other non-EU countries provided they have the appropriate agreement in force (currently none).

Objective: to support Eco-innovative projects in different sectors which aim at the prevention or reduction of environmental impacts or which contribute to the optimal use of resources.

Total budget: 34.8 MEuro

Deadline: 6th September 2012

Find out more at:

EU: 14th CORNET - Call for Proposals

Organiser: CORNET (COllective Research NETworking).

Applicants: Project consortia of associations, clusters, federations or groupings of industrial enterprises (especially SMEs) from at least 2 different CORNET countries

Objective: to enable consortia of SMEs, SME associations and research organisations to work together in transnational cooperation projects in the field of collective research and technological development. Thus the CORNET calls for proposals are in an intermediate position between SME support at national / regional and European level.

Deadline: 28th September 2012

Please note: CORNET is currently revising the call documents to ensure clear and simple application. The guidelines and templates related to the 14th CORNET call for proposals will be published on this page within due time before the call deadline on September 28, 2012. The main features of the documents of the last call will be maintained. To see the proposal forms of the 13th CORNET call, please click here.

Find out more at:

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Interesting Initiatives

UIIN- University Industry Innovation Network

Established in 2012, UIIN- University Industry Innovation Network is a professional resource and networking platform aiming to contribute to the improvement of relationships between academia and business organisations. Developed by, the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany, UIIN offers its members as well other professionals opportunities to share knowledge and information in various areas of university-industry partnerships.

UIIN does not only provide a virtual exchange platform ( but also offers workshops, conferences and further events for more personal exchange and learning.

Find out more at:

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INSME partner of WASME 18th International Conference on SMEs in Africa

Since 2003, when begin the first formal cooperation contact, INSME Association and WASME-World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises worked together with a view to exchange mutual benefits.

This year on the occasion of the 18th International Conference on SMEs on "Empowering women through entrepreneurship: issues, opportunities and approaches" INSME and WASME renew their partnership.

The event will be held from 25th to 29th of July, 2012 in Accra, Ghana with the objective to achieve the goal of inclusive growth. The event will aim to identify various bottlenecks that hinder women participation in business.

Read more about WASME 18th International Conference at:

For more information about WASME, please click here.

To find out more about INSME Partnerships and Sponsorships please visit the dedicate section at:

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EIF Working Paper n. 14: European Small Business Finance Outlook

The EIF Working Paper n. 14 "European Small Business Finance Outlook" (ESBFO), published on May 2012, is an update of the ESBFO 2/2011 that was published in December last year. It provides an overview of the main markets relevant to European Investment Fund - EIF (INSME Member) and will focus on general market environment, equity finance and the SME Securitization market. Finally, it will analyze important aspects of microfinance in Europe.

To download the Working Paper, please click here.

Review of "Key Concepts in Innovation"

"Key Concepts in Innovation" serves as a helpful tool for professionals of all levels. It represents a comprehensive glossary providing clear explanations of the major terms in the field of innovation. It also helps simplifying complex terminology and highlighting key debates.

Dr. Raimund Broechler (INSME Vice President) contributed with an article issued in this publication.

For more information about the book and to buy it, please, click here.

The White House: Moving America's Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs Forward - Creating an Economy Built to Last

This report, published by the US National Economic Council on May 2012, shows several initiatives that have been instrumental in lessening the impact of the financial crisis and accelerating the economic recovery in United States. It touches upon a number of salient areas for small businesses, particularly financing/loans and SBA-sponsored development programs for contracting.

It also functions as a sort of instruction manual for what sorts of programs could be eligible for those just launching their start-ups or small business.

To download the full report, please click here.

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Recommended Newsletter

CORNET Newsletter

CORNET supports Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in their transnational innovation activities, helps them to acquire technological know-how, extend their networks across Europe and bridge the gap between research and innovation.

With its monthly Newsletter "Innovation for SMEs - Transnational funding opportunities for European SMEs", CORNET enables consortia of SMEs, SME associations and research organizations to work together in transnational projects.

To download the latest Newsletter, please, click here.

For further information about this publication please contact:

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Highlighted events

10th -12th September 2012
8th WTA General Assembly 2012
Gliwice, Poland

The biannual WTA General Assembly reviews the major policies and business activities of the WTA. It is the top-level decision making organization, and is in session in different continents on a rotating basis. Other WTA meeting such as the Mayors Forum, University President Forum, and Executive Board are held in conjunction with the General Assembly.

To find out more about the event, please click here.
WTA is an INSME Member.

Download the Agenda

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15th -18th of September 2012
ISBC 2012-International Small Business Congress "Fostering Small Business in New and High-Potential Industries Worldwide"
Johannesburg, South Africa

The The International Small Business Congress (ISBC), scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 15-18 September 2012, will be held under the theme: "Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide".

The event is organized by Osiba Research (INSME Member) in partnership with INSME will

gather individuals from governments, small business support agencies, entrepreneurs, business membership organizations, academia, financial institutions, international development agencies and various others with an interest in entrepreneurship and small business development around the world to discuss issues pertinent to the promotion of entrepreneurship and small business worldwide.

To learn more, please click here.

19th-21st of September 2012
7th EU China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair
Chengdu, P.R. China

The EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation, supported by the European Commission and organized by EU Project Innovation Centre - EUPIC (INSME Partner), has been held for 6 editions with an overall attendance of more than 1000 EU companies, organizations, universities, governmental bodies, research institutions. Nowadays the Fair represents a prominent investment, trade and technology cooperation platform between EU and China, with the largest number of EU participating companies.

The 7th Edition, under the theme "Technology Transfer and Industrial Cooperation" will focus on the sectors of bio-pharmaceutical, environmental protection, new energy and IT.

To find out more, please click here.

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

20th of June 2012
Venture Forward 2012 Conference
Organized by DiligentDeal and Gust
New York City, U.S.A

21st-22nd June 2012
Intellectual Property and Competition Policy
Organized by UNECE
Geneva, Switzerland

25th of June 2012
13th IBAN Association Annual Convention "European Angel Fund and Corporate Venture in Italy"
Organized by the Italian Business Angels Association (INSME Member) in collaboration with INSME, EBAN and WBAA (INSME Members)
Milano, Italy

5th - 6th of July 2012
Global Sustainable Finance Conference
Organized by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific (ADFIAP) & ETECH GERMANY
Karlsruhe, Germany

9th-13th of July 2012 and 12th -16th of November 2012
Triple Helix Workshop "Building the Entrepreneurial University"
Organized by the Triple Helix Research Group, Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research (H-STAR) Institute, Stanford University
Stanford, USA

16th - 18th of July 2012
Global Innovation Summit "Cultivating Innovation Ecosystems"
Co-sponsored by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (INSME Member), the Inter-American Development Bank (INSME Member), the World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO (INSME Member), the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) and Arab Science & Technology Foundation - ASTF (INSME Member)
Silicon Valley, USA

25th - 29th of July 2012
18th International Conference on SMEs
Organized by WASME - World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises in partnership with INSME
Accra, Ghana

16th of August - 1st September of 2012
European Forum Alpback "Expectations - The future of the young"
Organized by the European Forum Alpbach
Alpback, Tyrol

1st - 4th of September 2012
East-Meets-West on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Organized by the European Office of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus

11th- 12th of September 2012
4th Annual Open Innovation Summit
Organized by WRG Marketing & Innovation Network
Chicago, USA

13th -15th of September 2012
Baltic Dynamics 2012
Organized by KTU Regional Science Park (KTC), Kaunas Regional Innovation Centre, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), the Ministry of Economy and the Baltic Association of Science/Technology Parks and Innovation Centers (BASTIC)
Vilnius, Lithuania

16th -18th of September 2012
Continuous Innovation Across Boundaries
Organized by CINet - Continuous Innovation Network
Rome, Italy

19th -21st of September 2012
AURP 2012 International Conference
Organized by AURP - Association of University Research Parks and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Research Park
Madison, Wisconsin, United StatesAdd

19th -20th of September 2012
ICIC 2012 "Challenges of Innovation Clusters in an Era of Economic Uncertainty"
Organized by INNOPOLIS Foundation
Daedeok, South Korea

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