Issue N° 109 - April 2013

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The 9th INSME Annual Meeting is trying to help you to find partners that can give further support to "your legs"  if you want to share a new project idea, make use of the critical mass that 99 members from 41 different countries can put on your disposal or open new markets thanks to new collaborations and partners from all over the world!

The countdown to our International Conference and Training Session in Izmir has started!

I am looking forward to welcoming you all in Turkey, to share good practise, learn from the outstanding expertise of our speakers and experts and spend some time with you to furthermore fine-tune the work of the INSME Secretariat for a successful year.

...and now as usual enjoy your reading!

Ms. Christin Pfeiffer

INSME Secretary general

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Countdown towards the 9th INSME Annual Meeting: further updates

Just one month is left to the 9th INSME Annual Meeting and everything is almost set to give all the attendees a warm welcome at Izmir, Turkey (21st - 24th of May). The topic is "The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SMEs".

The event comprises:

Register now and take advantage of the extended Early Bird rates!
All details, fees and the online registration form are available here.

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INSME Annual Meeting 2013 logo The second session of the INSMEAcademy has taken place on the 23rd of April with the topic "Innovation and Technology Transfer in SMEs” held by Prof. Georges Haour from IMD (International Institute for Management Development). 51 representatives from 23 different countries participated actively in the seminar.

Prof. Haour provided the audience with a variety of strategic tools to benefit from technology transfer by highlighting the importance of establishing different kinds of relationships with the universities and taking advantage of young retirees from larger firms who can bring their experience to SMEs.

The audience actively participated in the Questions & Answers session and highly appreciated the possibility to directly approach the trainer via email after the webinar.

The third session of the INSMEAcademy is scheduled for the 14th of May from 3 pm to 4 pm Italian Time (CET) with the topic "What Kind of Innovative Firm Are You?" and will be held by Dr. Tim Kastelle from the UQ Business School - The University of Queensland.
Read the abstract here.

Registration is mandatory for all participants. To join the webinar please contact the INSME secretariat.

Register now and exceptionally get a free pass to participate at the webinar.

The INSMEAcademy is a 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.

INSME full members participate free of charge.

For further information please visit this page or download the INSMEAcademy Flyer here.

Welcome to our new members: WASME and RUITC!

INSME is delighted to welcome two new Members joining the Network in April:

WASME LogoThe World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises - WASME is a global non-governmental organization headquartered at Noida, India, founded in 1980. 

WASME aims at ensuring business cooperation amongst enterprises of developed, developing and least developed countries by facilitating technology transfer and trade promotion.

More information at the official WASME website.

RUITC LogoThe Russian Union of Innovation and Technology Centres - RUITC was founded in March 2000 to further strengthen the development of innovational centers in Russia. At present it is composed of 27 innovation centers and collaborates with more than 1.500 companies.

Among the projects implemented by RUTIC the key positions are occupied by those aiming at enhancing the collaboration between European business incubators and innovation centers. An important collaboration is going on with the European Business Innovation Centre Network - EBN

More information at the official RUITC website.

The INSME Association currently includes 99 Members in 41 countries from 4 continents.
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News and contributions from the INSME Members

Launch of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS)

UNFSS posterThe Conference launching the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards was held on the 21st and 22nd of March 2013  in Geneva, Switzerland
This initiative is co-sponsored by five United Nations agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO, the International Trade Centre - ITC, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - UNCTAD (INSME Member), the United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization - UNIDO (INSME Member).  
The Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), also termed "private standards", claim to improve the health, occupational safety, economic, social, environmental or animal-welfare conditions under which products are made.  
These conditions are increasingly becoming significant factors in international trade and not complying with them may lead to market exclusion and marginalization. VSS can be important tools for helping to achieve sustainable development objectives. In this way, VSS can effectively contribute to strengthening public goods and services.
Read more at this page.

The AfDB launches the Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries

AfDB LogoIn March 2013 the African Development Bank - AfDB (INSME Member) launched the Open Data Platforms for 20 African countries. The Open Data Platforms program is part of the AfDB's recently launched "Africa Information Highway" initiative aimed at significantly improving data management and dissemination in Africa. Work is on course to complete platforms for the rest of African countries by July 2013.
Through the Open Data Platform, users can access a wide range of development data on African countries from multiple international and national official sources. The platforms intend to offer an opportunity for various users, such as policymakers, analysts, researchers, business leaders and investors around the world, to gain access to reliable and timely data on Africa.
More information here.
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INSME's Picks in the News

Welcome to the ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk!

ASEAN IPR logoThe European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry is co-funding the ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk - based in Jakarta, Indonesia - to support European SMEs.
Similar to the China IPR SME Helpdesk, this project will provide free information and services for European businesses to protect and enforce their IP rights in the ASEAN region comprising the following countries: Brunei-Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 
The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk's free resources and services will include guides, E-learning Modules, Webinars, Training events, videos, podcasts, country IP Factsheets and a dedicated enquiry helpline - all tailored to the needs of European companies.
For more details please visit the official website.

EU - SMEs: Damaging late payment culture due to end on the 16th of March

EU flagsBy the 16th of March 2013 the EU Member States need to have integrated the revised Late Payments Directive into their national law.

The directive obliges public authorities to pay for goods and services within 30 calendar days or, in very exceptional circumstances, within 60 days.

Businesses should pay their invoices within 60 calendar days, unless they expressly agree otherwise and if it is not grossly unfair to the creditor. Enterprises are automatically entitled to claim interest for late payments.
The directive reflects the EU's will to recognise the central role of SMEs in the European economy and to solve the serious problem of late payments in their favour.
Read more at this page.
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INSME's Picks in the Web

Learning to Manage Global Innovation Projects

InnovationIt is every day more and more evident that innovation needs a globally integrated approach. The knowledge and the skills needed for innovation are becoming increasingly scattered around the world. To remain competitive, companies need to learn how to leverage this dispersed knowledge.  

This article aims at providing some hints for this purpose.

Innovation From Failure: Mapping The Process In Developing Countries

This article focuses on the culture of innovation in African communities and - on the basis of the practises in that area - aims at explaining that the greater the level of innovation needed to resolve a challenge, the more tolerance an organization should have for failure and willingness to learn from it.

Read the full article here.

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About China

IPR CHINA SME Help Desk:  Research and Development in China for European Businesses (Part 2)

When addressing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues related to research and development (R&D), people often quickly jump to the questions on IPR ownership, licensing, enforcement etc. All of these issues are important; however it is very helpful to examine also other important points.

In the second part of this article the China IPR SME Help Desk (INSME Partner) completes its analysis on the guidelines to have a good "R&D strategy".

Read the article

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Tenders, Calls & Consultations

EU: Intelligent Energy - Europe

Crowdsourcing WeekThe objective of the Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme (IEE II) is to contribute to secure sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe. The Programme is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation under powers delegated by the European Commission.
The indicative total amount available for the 2013 call related to this project is EUR 65 million.
All applicants must be legal entities, whether public or private, established in the territory of the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The deadline is the 8th of May 2013.

More info at this page.

EIB Institute Social Innovation Tournament

EIB logoThe Social Innovation Tournament established by the EIB - European Investiment Bank Institute seeks to promote the generation of innovative ideas. It covers projects in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to natural or urban environment, through new technologies, new systems and new processes.
The Tournament is open to individuals or teams from (or residing in) the European Union Member States, Candidate and Potential Candidate countries and the EFTA countries that submit proposals to be implemented in one or more of such countries.
All projects will compete for the General Category 1st and 2nd Prize of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively. Projects falling under the Special Category (urban and natural environment) will also compete for the Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000.
The final event will be held in Budapest, Hungary on the 17th of October 2013.
The deadline for submissions is the 15th of May 2013.
More info at this page.

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Interesting Initiatives

Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory

EInventoryThe Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and their partners announced the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory, a new online tool to crowdsource proposals on global goals for the post-2015 period.
The Inventory provides all stakeholders with a platform to outline and disseminate their experiences of research on and recommendations for global goals. In addition it will help stakeholders (including governments and intergovernmental organisations) to become better informed about the wide range of proposals, expectations and evidence-based arguments on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global goals for development being proposed as part of the post-2015 development framework.
To find out more, to search existing proposals or make your own submission check this link.

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Innovation Scoreboard 2013

Innovation Scoreboard 2013The Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.
The result of the European Commission Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013 shows that the Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress.
According to the report, the innovation leaders are Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland, all showing a performance well above that of the EU average.
Read the Innovation Scoreboard 2013 

State of the Innovation Union 2012

State of the Innovation Union 2012 coverAgainst the background of The Europe 2020 strategy, the Innovation Union flagship initiative, aims to create the best conditions for Europe's researchers and entrepreneurs to innovate. In particular this initiative is about creating a vibrant, innovation-based economy fuelled by ideas and creativity, capable of linking into global value chains, seizing opportunities, capturing new markets and creating high-quality jobs.
This report summarises the progress at Member State and European levels towards achieving an Innovation Union in 2012 and concludes by outlining areas where the Innovation Union needs to be deepened.
Read the State of Innovation Union 2012

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Recommended Website

The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis

ESCA logoESCA - The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis was established by one of the leading German innovation agencies VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH to offer practical advice to cluster management organizations.

In particular ESCA offers services in two areas: 

  • ESCA promotes cluster management excellence through benchmarking and quality labeling of clusters and cluster management organizations;
  • ESCA supports cluster policy makers and programme owners with advice on cluster programme development.
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Highlighted events

Helsinki16th - 19th of April 2013

XXIV ISPIM Conference – Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth
Helsinki, Finland

The XXIV ISPIM Conference – Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth  is organised by ISPIM (INSME Member) and hosted by Aalto University School of Business in partnership with Lappeenranta University of Technology.

This conference will bring together around 500 innovation experts from 50 countries.

The 3-day programme will include: The Knut Holt Memorial Address; Keynote & Luminary Speakers; Innovation for Business Sessions with speakers from companies such as Volvo, Swarovski, Bombardier, Grundfos, Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard, KLM; KONE Corporation plus many more; "Hot Topic" Roundtable Discussions; Facilitated Themed Sessions with Academic and Practitioner Presentations; Workshops; Special Interest Groups; Academic Research Development Sessions.

Find out more here.

EBN logo29th - 31st of May 2013
EBN Congress 2013
Derry-Londonderry, Northern-Ireland

This year, the European Business & Innovation Centre Network - EBN (INSME Member) Congress will be hosted by NORIBIC - The Northern Ireland Business & Innovation Centre in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The organisers have developed a Congress programme with a difference, built around three key themes: Digital, Cultural and Social Innovation.

To learn more please click here.

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

2nd – 5th of May 2013
46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development
Bank (ADB)
Organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Delhi, India

6th – 7th of May 2013
Creating markets from research results
Organized by EPO - European Patent Office
Munich, Germany

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

13th - 14th of May 2013
13th EBAN Annual Congress & 8th EBAN Awards
Organized by EBAN
Vienna, Austria

15th - 16th of May 2013
11th European Business Summit
Organized by BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
Brussels, Belgium

16th - 17th of May 2013
5th International Conference "Role of Innovation in Business"
Organized by IFIM
Bangalore, India

20th - 31st of May 2013
9th Globelics Academy 2013
Organized by the Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI), University of Tampere, Finland in co-operation with the Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+) and Economics and Business Administration Institute (ISEG) of Technical University of Lisbon.
Tampere, Finland

22nd - 23rd of May 2013
Organized by INNOTOWN®
Aalesund, Norway

27th - 29th of May 2013
2013 University-Industry Interaction Conference
Organized by Free University of Amsterdam and UIIN (University Industry Innovation Network)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

29th - 31st of May 2013
eLearning Africa 2013 - 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
Organized by ICWE GmbH
Windhoek, Namibia

5th - 7th of June 2013
Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE IV)
Organized by the European Commission
Cork, Ireland

12th - 14th of June 2013
10th International Conference on Information Systems and Technology Management – CONTECSI
Organized by TECSI - Information Systems and Technology Management Research Lab., FEA - School of Economics, Business and Accountancy, USP - University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brasil

17th - 18th of June 2013
B2B Matchmaking Forum Russia - Europe: Cooperation without Frontiers
Organized by the Moscow Entrepeneurs Association
Moscow, Russia

20th - 21st of June 2013
6th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD 2013) "Regional Economic Resilience through Innovation and Enterprise"
Co-organized by IEIRD, the Sehir University and the university of Sheffield
Istanbul, Turkey

1st - 4th of July 2013
19th Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators
Organized by EARMA - European Association of Research Managers and Administrators
Vienna, Austria

1st - 12th of July 2013
Green industry: pathways towards the industry of the future
Organized by UNIDO
Budapest, Hungary

22nd - 23rd of July 2013
3rd Annual International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE 2013)
Organized by the Global Science and Technology Forum

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