Issue N° 107 - Febraury 2013

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Dear INSMEnews Readers,

did you know that our network recently turned 9?
Happy Birthday INSME!!

My thanks go to all our members, partners, supporters and staff that made a constant growth and strong involvement in innovation matters on an international scale possible!

By thinking about what thoughts to share with you regarding our upcoming INSME Annual Meeting at Izmir/Turkey from the 21st to the 24th of May, I came across the symbolism and properties of “number 9”:

I am looking forward to meeting you at Izmir!

...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

Connect, Discuss and Turn Ideas into Action: launch of the new INSMEAcademy!

INSME is delighted to announce the opening of the INSMEAcademy, a new webinar-based training program on relevant topics concerning Innovation, Creativity, Strategic Partnerships and  Entrepreneurial Spirit.

All webinars will be held at lunch time and each session will have a duration of 60 minutes including a 10 minutes Questions&Answers Session.

All participants have the possibility to take advantage of a free “Expert-talk”-Session, held during the following two weeks of the seminar to raise questions, find solutions and share good practices.

Webinars are open to everybody, upon registration, on a fee basis.
INSME full members participate free of charge.

The first session of the INSMEAcademy will be held on the 27th of March 2013, from 1 pm to 2 pm Italian Time (CET).

The topic will be "The social media based innovative services: the new value creation drivers" and the seminar will be given by Mr. Aleardo Furlani, CEO of Innova (INSME Board Member).

To register please contact the INSME Secretariat.

Download the INSMEAcademy flyer

INSME Annual Meeting 2013: register now!

INSME Annual Meeting 2013 logoAre you ready for the 9th INSME Annual Meeting?
Remember to save the date: May, 21st – 24th 2013, Izmir, Turkey!

The topic of this year’s Conference– co-organised with İZKA-İZMIR Development Agency (INSME Member) - is "The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SMEs" and the program includes:

- the 9th INSME Association General Assembly (for INSME Members only)
- the 10th INSME Board Meeting (for INSME Board members only)
- the INSME International Conference (open to the public)
- Industrial site visits and short touristic tours (open to the public)
- the INSME-İZKA-UNCTAD International Training (open to the public)

Read more about the agenda here.

Registration is now open: hurry up to benefit from the early bird registration rates!
You will find all details and the online registration form at this webpage.

For further details see the dedicated website or contact the INSME Secretariat at

INSME-CEPAS International workshop on Informal Competences

CEPAS logo The first international workshop co-organised by INSME and CEPAS (INSME Member), with the title "Leverage your Informal Competences: The Challenge of Interpersonal and Inter-functional Skills Management"  will take place in Rome on the 8th of April 2013.

The workshop aims at transfering knowledge and tools on non-formal and informal competences in the field of international networking and intercultural communication.

The subjects covered by the workshop includes:

- Definition of formal vs. non-formal and informal competences;
- Radar of competences;
- Definition of proper balance of competences;
- The Goal Oriented Project Planning Methodology (GOPP);
- Effective and efficient communication methodologies;
- International standard ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

The flyer and the registration form can be downloaded at this webpage.

Please note that this edition is exceptionally held in  Italian.
The registration fee is 300 Euro + VAT

If you are interested in the workshop, please contact INSME Secretariat as soon as possible, as limited seats are available.
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News and contributions from the INSME Members

Business Angels Europe: new European Confederation for Angel Investing, co-founded by IBAN

On the  9thof January 2013 AEBAN (Spain), Business Angels netzwerk Deutschland (Germany), BAN Netherlands, BeBAN (Belgium), France Angels and IBAN (Italy – INSME Member), have signed the founding act of Business Angels Europe (BAE) – the European Confederation of Angel Investing, based in Brussels, Belgium.

BAE's strategic goals are:

- to offer the business angel communities across Europe the opportunity to benefit from a strong coordinated voice to represent them to the European institutions;
- to support the development of a favourable fiscal, regulatory and policy environment for the growth of the business angel market across Europe;
- to encourage and enable the growth of national federations and trade associations across Europe;
- to promote professional and ethical standards and best practice among the business angel community including the exchange of experience;
- to be the resource of knowledge, experience and intelligence on the European angel market;
- to encourage the growth of cross-border investment at European and international level;
- to act as the key interface with the global angel community level.

Philippe Gluntz, President of France Angels,  has been elected as President of BAE.
Luigi Amati of Meta-Group (INSME Member) is in charge for Policy Affairs.


WIPO: Summer School on Intellectual Property

WIPO logoThe Summer School program, organized by WIPO (INSME Member) in cooperation with its institutional Partners, provides an intersting opportunity to senior students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development and to understand the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.

A certificate of participation is awarded to participants who successfully complete the program requirements.

Find out more here.
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INSME's Picks in the News

UN: Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group

UN logoThe Open Working Group (OWG) was established on the 22nd of January 2013 by the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations and is tasked with preparing a proposal on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as second step after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

Read more here.

EU: Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

EUThe European Commission drew up the “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” a blueprint for decisive action to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential and to revolutionize the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe.

The Action Plan proposes three main areas of immediate intervention aiming at enhancing entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation; strengthening framework conditions for entrepreneurs by removing existing structural barriers and supporting them in crucial phases of the business lifecycle;  dynamising the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe in order to nurture the new generation of entrepreneurs.

To learn more please download the full Action Plan here.
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INSME's Picks in the Web

Why Open Innovation Is More Than Hype

In this article, you will find some considerations and food for thought about open innovation. According to the author, we should take open innovation seriously. What do you think? 

Read the full article.

The Future of Talent Is in Clusters

The author of this article shows the reason why clusters create more value and what their key strength consists in.

Read the full article.

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About China

IPR CHINA SME Help Desk: Patent Protection in China: Know Before You Go

In this article the China IPR SME Help Desk (INSME Partner) explains why every company producing innovative products in China is strongly advised to use the Chinese patent system, as a European registered patent has no legal effect in China.

Read the article

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Tenders, Calls & Consultations

Experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups: Call for expressions of interest

EU logoThe European Commission is searching for experts from all fields to participate in shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, the European Union's future funding programme for research and innovation.

The Commission services plan to set up a certain number of Advisory Groups covering the Societal Challenges and other specific objectives of Horizon 2020; for this reason the Commission is calling for expressions of interest with the aim of creating lists of high level experts that will participate in each of these groups.

The call for expressions of interest will stay open for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme. Experts can register at any time; however only those having expressed their interest no later than the 6th of March 2013 at 17.00, Brussels local time (CET) will be taken into account for the setting up of the first Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups.

Read the details of the call at this webpage.

New EU call for researchers

EU logoA selection procedure for fixed-term positions has been launched by the European Commission to set up a database of over 3000 successful candidates with a research background. They will be placed on a reserve list and called for interview according to the needs of the services.

The selection addresses researchers in the following areas: Natural sciences, Quantitative sciences, Human and Social sciences, Agricultural, Environmental and Earth sciences and Health sciences.

Registration is available via the EPSO website until the 1st of March 2013 (12:00 CET).

Read more here.

Millennium Technology Prize

Millenium Tech. PrizeThe search for the next Millennium Technology Prize Laureates is on!

The nomination period for the sixth Millennium Technology Prize – organized by the Technology Academy Finlandhas been launched  on the 14th of January 2013 and will remain  open until the 31st of July 2013.

Nominations are sought from universities, academies, research institutes and industrial organizations based all over the world. Every eligible organization has the opportunity to nominate candidates from every fields of technology except for military technology.

The Winners of the Millennium Technology Prize will receive a trophy carrying the name "Peak".

Read more at the official website.
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Interesting Initiatives

EU Gateway to Japan and Korea

The EU-financed initiative "EU Gateway to Japan and Korea" is helping European companies explore their market potential and build their business in Japan and Korea.

Offering financial, strategic and logistical support, EU Gateway to Japan and Korea organises up to six business missions per year in high-technology and design sectors.

During their one-week stay in Japan or Korea, participants exhibit their products to a hand-picked Japanese audience and discuss with potential business partners in pre-arranged individual meetings. Briefings as well as studies on the local business culture and market opportunities ensure that the participants are well prepared. A study tour and a networking reception complete the busy schedule.

Applications are currently open for business missions both to Japan and Korea.

Read more in INSMEblog
Read more at Eu-Gateway website.
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Seventh Community Innovation Survey: Highest proportions of innovative enterprises in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium

Eurostat logoThe Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published the Community Innovation Survey 2012, providing a wide set of indicators on product and process innovation as well as organizational and marketing innovation and offering for the first time information on skills and creativity. Among the 27 Member States, the highest proportion of innovative enterprises were recorded in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium with respectively a 79%, 68% and 61% of enterprises.

Read more about the survey here.
Learn more about Innovation Statistics here.

Innovating for Sustainability

In 2012 the Leadership Council of the Network for Business Sustainability – NBS (INSME Member) started a research on innovating for sustainability, whose results are now published in a Systematic Review and an Executive Report.

The Systematic Review aims to be one of the most comprehensive and credible evidence to date on innovating for sustainability and highlights “how-to” case studies from large and small leading organizations.

The Executive Report intends to answer the question: "What innovation activities help companies become sustainable?", by providing a framework for assessing which stage of the sustainability journey your organization currently occupies, 38 practices for fostering innovation at each stage and case studies that are actively finding innovative ways to serve people, profits and planet.

Read the Systematic Review.
Read the Executive Report.

Doing Business 2013 - Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises

"Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises" gives an overview of regulations affecting domestic firms in 185 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders.

The 2013 year's report covers regulations measured from June 2011 to May 2012. 

According to these data, Poland was the global top improver in the past year and Singapore topped the global ranking on the ease of doing business for the seventh consecutive year, followed by Hong Kong SAR, China, New Zealand, the United States and Denmark.

Download the report here.

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Recommended Website

Cluster Observatory

The Cluster Observatory is an online platform that provides a single access point to information and analysis of clusters and cluster policy in Europe. Born in 2007, the Observatory is now offering a range of new services, as it provides data and analysis on clusters and competitiveness, a cluster library, a cluster wiki and a classroom for cluster education.

The Cluster Observatory also produces analysis and reports on regional competitiveness conditions, transnational cluster networks, clusters in emerging industries, and studies on better practices in cluster organisations.

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Recommended Newsletter

TII Newsletter

This newsletter, issued by the Technology Innovation International association – TII provides updated information on services, events, publications, funding programmes and proposals related to Technology Transfer and innovation issues.

You can subscribe the newsletter here.

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Highlighted events

28th of Febraury – 1st of March 2013

Second Annual Investing in Innovation Forum
Atlanta, USA

The Second Annual Investing in Innovation Forum, organized by The Chamber of Eco Commerce (CEC), will take place in Atlanta, the Eco Commerce Capital of the World.

This event will focus on exploring access to finance vital to growing business and investment in new technology.

The Second Annual Investing in Innovation Forum represents a perfect opportunity for innovators, technology incubators, business and policy leaders to discover new financing and exchange success stories.

INSME Secretary General Ms. Christin Pfeiffer will intervene during the Forum as a speaker.

Find out more information here

4th - 5th of March 2013
OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce
OECD Conference Centre, Paris – France

The OECD will hold an International Business Dialogue on the theme of Barriers to 21st Century Commerce.

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together  representatives from firms across sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity. In particular, the event aims at providing a platform to companies to share hands-on experience in international markets with representatives of both the OECD and its members' trade ministries – and identify the most urgent obstacles to international commerce before, at, and beyond the border.

To learn more please click here.

2nd – 5th of April 2013
The 16th Moscow International Salon of Inventions and Innovation Technologies "Archimedes"
Moscow, Russia

This event is organized by InnovExpo with the support of Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Government of Moscow and WIPO (INSME Member).

All participants of the Salon are invited not only to show their inventions and innovation technologies to the entire world, but also to take part in the business and the contest programs of the Salon including:

- The international conference on legal protection of results of intellectual activities
- The international university of the inventor

The most interesting perspectives in industrial application projects will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals of the Salon.

INSME Secretary General Ms.Christin Pfeiffer will attend as speaker.

Read more here

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

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

4th - 8th of March 2013
EU Science Global Challenges & Global Collaboration conference
Organized by ISC Intelligence in Science
Brussels, Belgium

11th - 13th of March 2013
Innovate UK Conference
Organized by Innovate UK
London, UK

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

18th - 21st of March 2013
2013 Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Organized by Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Endeavor Brasil, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

20th - 22nd of March 2013
World Investment Conference North Africa
Co-organized by the Moroccan Investment Development Agency (AMDI), with the partnership of ANIMA Investment Network
Marrakech, Morocco

21st - 24th of March 2013
FutureEverything Conference 2013
Organized by FutureEverything
Manchester, UK

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

10th - 14th of April 2013
41st Exhibition of Inventions
Organized by Inventions Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland

11th - 12th of April 2013

Innovation through knowledge transfer - The InnovationKT2013
Organized by KES International in partnership with the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and the University of Ulster
Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

17th - 19th of April 2013

IFT Energy 2013 International Fair of Technologies
Organized by IFT Energy
Espacio Riesco, Santiago- Chile

21st – 23rd of April 2013
ADT Spring Conference 2013
Organized by ADT (German Association of Innovation, Technology and Business Incubation Centres)
Chemnitz, Germany

24th – 26th of April 2013
Seventh Global Congress "Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy"
Organized by WIPO
Istanbul, Turkey

6th – 10th of May 2013

TII Conference: Globalization of Technology
Organized by Technology Innovation International (TII)
Beijing, China

9th of May 2013
Innovation Economy Expo
Organized by Innovation Economy Konnect, Inc.
Ontario, California, USA

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