Issue N° 106 - January 2013

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Dear INSMEnews Readers,

welcome back in 2013, the International Year of Water Cooperation as declared by the UN.
May it be a successful, healthy and peaceful one!

The INSME Secretariat started with huge enthusiasm, aware of the potential to further strengthen our collaboration for mutual benefit and successful implementation of useful joint initiatives.

Innovation – with a holistic approach – remains our first goal.
May I take you for a Cappuccino? :-)

Let me renew my invitation to participate at our upcoming 9th INSME Annual Meeting at Izmir/Turkey from the 21st to the 24th of May with the title “The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SMEs”.

The draft agenda is available at; more to follow!

...and now as usual enjoy your reading!

Ms. Christin Pfeiffer

INSME Secretary general


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Updates on the life of the INSME Network

9th INSME Annual Meeting: the webiste is online

The 9th INSME Annual Meeting is coming closer!

It will be held from the 21st to the 24th of May in Izmir, Turkey and is co-organized by IZKA - IZMIR Development Agency (INSME Member), under the theme “The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SMEs”.

The dedicated website where you can find all the information about the venue, the agenda, the registration, the accommodation etc. is now online Please notice that some sections are still in form of draft.

The Annual Meeting is a perfect occasion for INSME Members to increase their knowledge and accelerate cross border cooperation activities. But it is much more than this: for all innovation stakeholders and practitioners as policymakers, international organizations, academic experts, business intermediaries and knowledge networks it represents a most suitable place to discuss most relevant topics and to potentially identify the right talents, partners, clients, sponsors and investors for future activities as marketing their services, projects and ideas.

To have further information about the 9th INSME Annual Meeting, you can contact us also via the dedicated email address. Please refer to this email address just for issues related to the Annual Meeting.

New article on INSMEblog: Trust, but verify! Basic due diligence in China

In this article the EU SME Centre in China (INSME Partner), a project funded by the European Union to provide business support to SMEs, highlights the importance of carrying out due diligence and presents seven rules to keep in mind when entering the Chinese market. 

Follow INSMEblog - Your fast track for innovation and help us to make grow it!

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News and contributions from the INSME Members

EFI 2012 - 3rd European Forum for Innovation

EFI 2012 logoThe European Alliance for Innovation - EAI (INSME Member) – organized with great success the 3rd Forum for Innovation 2012 under the theme “Lowering barriers to Innovation: a Contribution from the Start –Up Nation” that took place from the 4th to the 6th of December 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The forum brought together global leaders of High Tech, Academy, Innovators, VCs and Startups, in order to share their experiences and views to boost innovation in emerging  ICT-enabled areas. INSME Secretary General Ms. Pfeiffer was one of the speakers, connected to the event by video conference.

Read more about the Forum at this page

Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future

Summer University logo

The UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, in cooperation with the Central European University (CEU)  will organize a summer course with the theme “Green Industry: Pathways towards the Industry of the Future”.

The summer course, supported by UNIDO (INSME Member) aims at providing the participants with the opportunity to improve industry’s environmental performance and to turn the concept of green industry into practice.

The course will consist of a five-week online part, taking place in March/April 2013 and a two-week classroom training, conducted on 1 - 12 July 2013 at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. The application deadline is the 15th of February 2013.

Find out more at this page 

EIF Working Paper n. 16: European Small Business Finance Outlook, December 2012

EIF logo The European Investment Fund - EIF (INSME Member) through the Research & Market Analysis (RMA), edited the "European Small Business Finance Outlook”,  (ESBFO) n.16 of EIF's Working Paper Series on the 12nd of December 2012.

The analysis represents an update of the Outlook edited in May and  provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF. In particular it focuses on the general market environment, the main aspects of equity finance as well as the SME Securitization market. Finally the report highlights the main aspects of microfinance in Europe as an important tool to overcome the effects of the financial crisis and to support inclusive growth.

Find out more here
Read the full Working Paper here

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INSME's Picks in the News

The European Fund for Southeast Europe supports micro and small enterprises in Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE, the Fund) – initiated by KfW (The German Development Bank) with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission – provided Garanti Leasing (Turkey), Zagrebačka banka (Croatia) and ProCredit Bank (Bosnia and Herzegovina) with respectively a EUR 25 million, EUR 20.0 million, EUR 2.5 million loan to support the expansion and further development of micro and small enterprises (SMEs), in various sectors of these areas.

Find out more about EFSE at this page 

EU Unitary Patent: a big boost for innovation

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The Council of the European Union gave its green light to the creation of unitary patent protection in Europe on the 17th of December 2012. The approval comes following a positive vote in the European Parliament on the 11th of December 2012, approving three measures collectively known as the “EU Unitary Patent Package”.

The new patent will encourage businesses to promote their innovation activity, thus enhancing their competitiveness. It will also increase the interest of EU companies in protecting their inventions and new technical solutions across Europe and will significantly lower the costs associated with obtaining a patent in the EU.

The unitary patent will be valid in all participating Member States.

Read more here

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INSME's Picks in the Web

What really blocks innovation 

In this article Jeffrey Phillips identifies four issues that block innovation but are often hidden from view: executive alignment, uncertainty about near term and longer term objectives, resource allocation, don't want to "go first" but don't want to be "left behind".  

Read the full article.

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

This article, published by McKinsey Global Institute, gives an overview of the present and the future of the manufacturing sector, highlighting that this sector remains critically important to both the developing and the advanced world.

Read the article and the annexed reports at this page.

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About China

IPR CHINA SME Help Desk: Intellectual Property Systems China Europe Comparison

In this article the China IPR SME Help Desk (INSME Partner) gives an overview of the differences and similarities between the legislation about IPR in China and in Europe.

At the end you can also find a list of “Dos and Don’ts of IPR strategy in China”.

Read the article

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Tenders, Calls & Consultations

EUREKA's Eurostars Programme

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The Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the Research and Development performing SMEs that receives co-funding from the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries.

Eurostars aims to stimulate innovative SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.

EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year.

The next deadline for the submission of applications is on the 4th of April 2013.

HRTP: Training course in Japan for EU industrial managers

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With the Human Resources Training Programme - Japan Industry Insight, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation offers EU managers of small, medium and large enterprises the opportunity to experience and understand both the cultural and economic elements which define and explain Japan's business and technological achievements.

The programme, lasting 4 weeks with an optional fifth week, consists of a combination of lectures, joint seminars and company visits and is designed to help participants become thoroughly informed about the actual conditions of Japanese business through practical analysis and research.

The application deadline is the 28th of Febraury 2013.

Read more at this page.

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Label - EER 2014

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The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) is a project that identifies and rewards annually up to three EU regions with outstanding entrepreneurial visions. The regions with the most convincing and forward-thinking policy strategy will be granted an entrepreneurial label: Entrepreneurial region of the year. The aim of the initiative is to create dynamic, green and entrepreneurial regions throughout Europe.

The deadline for submission of EER 2014 applications is the 28th of February 2013. The EER 2014 award ceremony will be held on 3rd and 4th of July 2013.

EU: Study on knowledge transfer and open innovation

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The objective of this study is to consolidate an EU-wide information base on open innovation and knowledge transfer.

This includes an in-depth analysis on performance of public research organisations and higher education institutes performing research in knowledge transfer through new and emerging mechanisms, as well as perceptions of stakeholders on the barriers, challenges, ongoing practices and success factors as well as set of recommendations for open innovation and knowledge transfer mechanisms.

Tender reference number: RTD/C1/2012/2
Deadline: 15th of Febraury 2013

Read more at this page.
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Interesting Initiatives

11th  European Week of Regions and Cities 

European Week of Regions and Cities logo

European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European Governance.

The 2013 European Week of Regions and Cities will be held from the 7th to the 10th of October 2013, with more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities. In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, some 250 local events will be run from September to November all over Europe.

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12 propositions for action to promote innovation in the Mediterranean

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Produced by ANIMA (INSME Member) in collaboration with the MIRA project of the European Commission, this study is an analysis of macro-economic issues relating to the Mediterrean area and aims to identify the key elements required to drive new innovation dynamics - including the promotion of best practises, the need to identify and involve industry leaders as well as to strengthen networking between communities and innovation clusters at regional level.

Based on this assessment the study examines the state of play of the innovation stakeholders and policies in 7 Southern Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

The report highlights some critical factors with a negative impact on innovation growth in the Mediterranean countries - lack of critical mass and global visibility, poor performance in commercialising research results – and promotes 12 proposals for an Euro-Mediterranean action plan that helps the countries in this area to develop an innovation culture.

Download the report at this webpage.

2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

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The 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, prepared by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, once again ranks China as the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world both today and five years from now. Second and third scored Germany and the United States, but according to the report in next years they could be overtaken by emerging nations such as India and Brazil.

The report highlights that access to talented workers is the top indicator of a country’s competitiveness – followed by a country’s trade, financial and tax system, and the cost of labor and materials. Enhancing and growing an effective talent base is the core of competitiveness for the traditional manufacturing leaders and the emerging market challengers.

Read the full report at this webpage.

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Recommended Website

TransAtlantic IPR Portal

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The TransAtlantic IPR Portal is part of the collaboration between the United States and the European Union, aimed to help small and medium-sized enterprises and enforce their intellectual property rights in foreign markets around the world.

This portal helps to find resources related to intellectual property rights for businesses. These resources have been developed by various Government agencies and programmes in the United States and the European Union.

The website is divided into six sections (What are Intellectual Property Rights, Country toolkits, Manage your IPR, Training and e-Learning, Contact Enforcement Authorities, Find Expert Advice).

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Recommended Newsletter

The ISPIM Magazine

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The ISPIM Magazine is a new publication that offers insight and informed opinion on Innovation Management from industry, academic, consulting and policy-making perspectives.

It is published every two months by The International Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM (INSME Observer).

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Highlighted events

4th - 7th Febraury 2013
The 5th Fajr International Inventions & Innovation Exhibition
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

The National Elites Foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in cooperation with by IOR-ARC Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer – RCSTT (INSME Member) will hold the 5th Fajr International Innovation and Inventions Exhibition.

This exhibition provides a perfect opportunity to the national innovators, inventors and technologists to show up their achievements and have b2b-meetings with professional visitors from the entire industries, chain customers, researchers, producers and distributors as well as potential investors and brokers.

To learn more, please click here.

19th - 20th March 2013
CCR logo The 3rd Annual International Commercialization Forum
Toronto, Canada

The Centre for Commercialization of Research – CCR (INSME Member) will host the third annual International Commercialization Forum. This by-invitation only event brings together a select group of experts to engage in interactive sessions and discuss exemplary practices in commercializing research results and evidence-based effective innovation models from around the world.

The Forum Goals are: discuss the formation of global projects to connect high potential companies to global markets, stimulate partnerships between industry and intermediary organizations, share experiences and learn about next practices in commercialization models, discuss evidence-based measurement of success.

INSME will be represented by Secretary General Ms.Christin Pfeiffer.

To learn more, please click here.

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

27th - 29th of January 2013
NBIA's Seventh Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals
Organized by National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)
Santa Monica, California, USA

28th - 29th of January 2013
Workshop on the Role of IP in Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs
Organized by WIPO
Beirut, Lebanon

29th of January 2013
Energy Innovation 2013: Clean Energy, Ready for Primetime?
Co-organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Washington, D.C., United States

6th - 7th of February 2013
Salon des Entrepreneurs
Organized by Groupe Les Echos
Paris, France

14th of February 2013
Women 2.0 Conference
Organized by Women 2.0
San Francisco, CA, USA

14th - 15th of February 2013
European Intellectual Property Forum
Organized by Unifab – Union des Fabricants pour la protection internationale de la propriété intellectuelle
Paris, France

19th - 20th of February 2013
Business Innovation Summit 2013: Innovation for the Corporation
Organized by the Conference Board of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

28th of February 2013
European Competition Forum 2013
Organized by the Chamber of Eco Commerce
Atlanta, USA

28th of February 2013
Second Annual Investing in Innovation Forum
Organized by the Chamber of Eco Commerce
Atlanta, USA

4th - 5th of March 2013
OECD International Business Dialogue 2013
Organized by OECD
Paris, France

4th - 6th of March 2013
7th Annual Front End of Innovation EMEA (FEI 2013)
Co-organized by the Institute for International Research and ISPIM
Copenhagen, Denmark

10th - 13th of March 2013
10th Annual International Patent Information Conference & Exposition, IPI-ConfEx
Organized by IPI (International Patent Information Organization)
Seville, Spain

18th - 19th of March 2013
The Global Commodities Forum
Organized by UNCTAD
Geneva, Switzerland

20th - 22nd of March 2013
7th Annual University Startups Conference 2013
Organized by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)
Washington, D.C., United States

21st - 23rd of March 2013
Expo Eficiencia Energética
Organized by Achee (Agencia Chilena de Eficiencia Enegética) – FISA
Santiago, Chile

24th - 26th of March 2013
1st InnoSim Workshop – Simulation for Innovation (Facebook link) - email contact
Organized by Lappeenranta University of Technology, I-Space Institute and Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

7th - 10th of April 2013
Annual NBIA Conference
Organized by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)
Boston, USA

8th - 10th of April 2013
IASP Africa 2013
Co-organized by IASP & The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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