Issue N° 110 - May 2013

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Dear INSMEnews Readers,

The final countdown towards our 9th INSME Annual Meeting in Turkey has started. We have received numerous registrations for our rich 4-day-Program and I am delighted to meet many delegates of the INSME members’ community at Izmir.

In fact I believe that our joint initiative will let us all benefit from new thoughts and networking opportunities. The most important added value might be meeting you all in person!

“A hug is the shortest distance between friends”
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I am looking forward to welcoming you all in Izmir, to share good practise, learn from the outstanding expertise of our speakers and experts and have a smile together 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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Updates on the life of the INSME Network

The 9th INSME Annual Meeting is now!

The final countdown towards the 9th INSME Annual Meeting has started!
With 4 macro-sessions and very high - level speakers coming from all over the world, the international training, industrial site visits to get to know Turkish excellence, small exhibitions and a SME Award Ceremony, this is an opportunity you should not miss!  
The agenda is now totally set up and more than 200 key innovation players coming from 39 different countries have already registered. 
Spread the word to your colleagues who are not INSME Members, all participants to the INSME - IZKA - UNCTAD International Training, get a free INSME Full Membership trial of 2 months in 2013. 
All the information about the 9th INSME Annual Meeting can be found at or contact the INSME Secretariat.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you at Izmir.

New INSME information material and dissemination channels

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The INSME family has grown. In the course of updating the INSME services dedicated to its members and followers, our team was able to raise a positive number of responses from our members and innovation stakeholders globally. To provide you with some numbers:
600: this is the average number of visitors our newly established Blog attracts monthly (trend increasing);
191: the connections with INSME on LinkedIN;

276: INSME followers on Twitter. Keep up to date on innovation matters following us on the social networks Twitter and LinkedIN;
51: the participants to the last session of our online INSMEAcademy. The number of participants to the training sessions is growing and we foresee to have more than 80 participants for the upcoming sessions.
The network is renewing its skin and the INSME Team has in store a brand-new PREZI presentation of its activities that will be posted soon on our portal. Stay tuned!
We use this occasion to thank all INSME members for the constant support and for making all these changes happen.
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News and contributions from the INSME Members

Euromed@Change - New dynamics for SME and cluster internationalisation

ANIMA logoThe EuroMed@Change program aims at building a sustainable framework for international cooperation among key innovation actors (Start-ups, SMEs, Clusters, Investors) from the south and the north of the Mediterranean in sectors with high growth potential and cooperation.
The project is founded by the European Union and will associate the main economic decision makers of the Mediterranean countries (Governments, international institutions etc.).
Within this project, the ANIMA Investment Network (INSME Member) is the leader of a consortium which has been selected by the European Commission to manage a pilote project on SME and Cluster internationalisation between Europe and 4 targeted Mediterranean countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia). 
Business development actions and supporting actions (such as IP trainings and softlanding actions) will be developed in 2013 and 2014 around selected high-growth sectors.
Read more at this page.
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INSME's Picks in the News

UNDP signs a deal with World Bank and OPEC Development Fund to create the 'Arab Development Portal'

UNDP logoThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) agreed on the 19th of April to create the "Arab Development Portal", an innovative data-gathering prototype that will allow online access to the main development statistics in all the 22 member countries of the League of Arab States in the near future.
The portal does not target only policymakers, but also private sector investors, analysts, development agencies and non-governmental organizations.
It will include also discussion spaces, polling opportunities and platforms for real-time collaboration, all of which will help to create a valuable online community.  
Read more at this webpage.

EU and Japan officially launched the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement

EU JAPANThe EU and Japan officially launched the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement in March. The first round of these negotiations was held in Brussels from the 15th to the 19th of April 2013 and "it has been a good start", according to Mauro Petriccione, Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Trade.
The negotiations aim at coming to a comprehensive agreement in goods, services and investments, at eliminating tariffs, non-tariff barriers and at covering other trade-related issues, such as public procurement, regulatory issues, competition and sustainable development.
This Agreement could become an important factor to boost the economies of EU and Japan, since Japan is the EU's 7th largest trading partner globally and the EU's 2nd biggest trading partner in Asia after China. Conversely, the European Union is Japan's 3rd largest trading partner, after China and the United States. Together the European Union and Japan account for more than one third of the world's GDP.
Read more at this page.
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INSME's Picks in the Web

The Portfolio is the Pivotal Tool for Innovation Success

MixFor financial investments having the right mix of investments in the portfolio is a key factor. It is the same with innovation: the right mix of projects to support today's business and to grow tomorrow's is critical for success.

This article provides you with some suggestions to make portfolio management both effective and efficient.

Using a Story in Innovation Works

storytellingThis article explains the reasons why "business has to become more emotionally intelligent" and why "storytelling" is becoming a useful tool for marketing and innovation. According to the author, the power of business stories is that through narratives we can touch people's hearts and minds.

Read the full article here.

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About China

IPR CHINA SME Help Desk: Software Copyright Registration in China: Know Before You Go

In Europe registering software as a copyright is a relatively uncommon practice, with only few EU member states providing copyright registration. Instead, evidence to prove authorship is usually sufficient to enforce IPR ownership. This is not, however, the case in China, where the copyright registration is highly recommended.

In this article the China IPR SME Help Desk (INSME Partner) discusses the importance of registering software as a copyright in China and describes the registration process in China.

Read the article

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Tenders, Calls & Consultations

World Class Manufacturing training mission (2nd session)

EU-Japan CentreThe EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation organises 5-day World Class Manufacturing training missions to give an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology.
The candidates must be citizens of an EU Member State, work for an organisation that is an EU juridical person, be executives and managers with knowledge of the sector and an engineering background. 
The training course consists of lectures and workshops and European top decision-makers will visit some of the world's most advanced Japanese factories to understand the real "Gemba" (the production site), to talk directly with their production managers, and to observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods.
The next course open for applications will be held from the 11th to the 15th of November 2013.
The deadline is the 10th of June 2013.

Further information at this page

2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest

IDB logoThe Inter-American Development Bank - IDB launched a new call for proposals to improve energy efficiency and expand access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sponsored also by GDF SUEZ, the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and the Government of South Korea, the contest is seeking proposals that promote innovative solutions to energy problems, benefit local communities or regions, create jobs and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Award winners will receive up to $100.000, as well as technical and business development support to implement and scale up their ideas.
The deadline is the 1st of July 2013.
Further information at this page

EU Prize for Women Innovators

EU logoAfter the success of the first Prize for Women Innovators, awarded in 2011, the European Commission continues its drive to spotlight women researchers who have brought outstanding innovations to the market and intends to award up to three "Prizes for Women Innovators 2014" following a contest.
The contestants must be women resident in an EU Member State or in Associated  Countries of the Research Framework Programmes and founders or co-founders of an existing and active company, registered before the 1st of January 2011.
The deadline to submit applications is the 15th of October 2013.
Further information at this page

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Interesting Initiatives

European SME Week

SME week logoCoordinated by the European Commission, the "European SME Week" campaign promotes enterprises across Europe in line with the Small Business Act for Europe.
It will take place in 37 countries, so - national, regional or local - events and activities will be as close as possible to existing and potential entrepreneurs.
The European SME Week 2013 will include the period from the 25th to the 30th of November.
The main event is supposed to take place together with the SME Assembly and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Ceremony, from the 25th to the 27th of November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Read more here

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA: Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development

MENA sme reportThis report studies the state of a significant segment of the SME market, known as the "Missing Middle", to better understand the needs and the challenges of the SMEs in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

It addresses how Governments and other stakeholders can help them reach their potential for growth and job creation to positively impact the MENA region.

Commissioned by the Citi Foundation and the Shell Foundation, the new research is based on in-depth interviews with over 200 public and private leaders and SMEs in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE and Egypt.
Download the paper clicking here

OECD Scoreboard on SME and entrepreneurship finance

OECD reportThis brand new publication, issued by the OECD, analyses trends in access to finance over the period 2007-2011, based on annual and quarterly data from central banks and national statistical agencies. 
The report provides detailed country profiles of financial conditions for SMEs in 25 countries, containing  indicators of debt, equity, general market conditions, a review of Government policy measures, along with information on public and private initiatives to support SME finance. It also contains a discussion on methodological issues - including recommendations for data improvements - as well as statistical resources.
Further information at this page

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Recommended Website

EU Research & Innovation portal

Website logoThis webiste is part of the European Commission's Europa portal and is designed to share news about European Research & Innovation (political decisions, reports, projects etc.), with a specific focus on SMEs.

One of the website's sections is dedicated to the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.  

Visit the portal

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Recommended Newsletter

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin

EU IPR Helpdesk

Issued by the European IPR Helpdesk (INSME Partner), the Bulletin offers a closer look at some IP and R&D issues from varying perspectives to its readers, providing illustrative case studies and success stories, easy-to-read expert articles, interviews as well as reports on past events and activities of the European IPR Helpdesk team. 

The Bulletin is published on a three-monthly basis.

Subscribe to the Bulletin here

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Highlighted events

Vienna1st - 4th of July 2013

19th Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators EARMA
Vienna, Austria

The 19th Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators – EARMA (INSME Partner) will take place from the 1st to the 4th of July 2013 in the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, with the theme “Stairways to Excellence in Research Management and Administration”.

The conference marks the final round of the 7th European Framework Programme for Research and will focus on the new challenges with regard to the upcoming Horizon 2020 Programme, combining research and innovation management to foster professional development for all stakeholders.

Find out more here.

Future International meetings, workshops, seminars selected by INSME

29th - 31st of May 2013
EBN Congress
Organized by European Business & Innovation Centre Network
Derry-Londonderry, Northern-Ireland

31st of May 2013
International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean
Organized by OECD, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance
Paris, France

4th of June 2013
Academic Enterprise Awards conference
Organized by Science|Business
Brussels, Belgium

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

5th - 7th of June 2013
5th Edition New Product Development and Innovation Management
Organized by Marcus Evans
Berlin, Germany

6th – 8th of June 2013
International Exhibition of Inventions INVENTO 2013
Organized by Industrial Property Office
Prague, Czech Republic

12th - 14th of June 2013
The International HELIX Conference 2013 “Innovative Practices in Work, Organisation and Regional Development- Problems and Prospects”
Organized by LiU- Linköping University
Linkoping, Sweden

13th - 14th of June 2013
Enterprise Risk Management: Strenghening the Risk Resiliency Model
Organized by American Leaders
Chicago, USA

16th – 19th of June 2013
XXIV ISPIM Conference – Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth
Organized by ISPIM
Helsinki, Finland

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

18th – 19th of July 2013
The 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
Organized by Hellenic Open University
Athens, Greece

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

3rd – 6th of September 2013
The 16th TCI Annual Global Conference "Designing the Future – Innovation through strategic partnerships"
Organized by TCI Network
Kolding, Denmark

18th – 21st of September 2013
19th International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises (ICSME)
Organized by the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises’ (WASME)
City of Durban, South Africa

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