INSME Partners are those organisations, projects and initiatives that operate at international or regional levels and that deal with issues related to innovation, technology transfer for SMEs and entrepreneurship. INSME Partners share the objectives set by the Network. They are also committed to developing synergies, exchanging know- how and cooperating on a regular and voluntary basis with INSME and its Members to gain mutual benefits.

ASTP-Proton (Leiden, The Netherlands)

ASTP-Proton is the premier, pan-European association for professionals involved in knowledge transfer between universities and industry. By promoting and professionalizing knowledge transfer practice, the association aims to enhance the impact of public research on society and the economy.


DevelopmentAid (Cyprus)

DevelopmentAid is membership organization providing comprehensive information services for the international developmental sector, specializing in connecting donors, agencies, consultancy firms, NGOs, and individual consultants working for international development.


Development Gateway Foundation (The Netherlands)

A non profit organization dedicated to increasing government efficiency, improving donor coordination, sharing knowledge for development, and empowering local communities.

European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (Brussels, Belgium)

EARMA operates as an interface between research funding organisations and the scientific communityI EARMA bridges cultural and legal differences between countries, and between academia and industry, contributing to policy consultations and managing the implementation of research projects.

EU Gateway | Business Avenues (Brussels, Belgium)

EU Gateway Business Avenues is an initiative funded by the European Union. Building on over 25 years of successful experience, it assists European companies in establishing long-lasting business collaborations in Asia.

Between 2016 and 2020 the new programme will organise over 50 business missions to Korea, South East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), China and Japan. The business missions are crucial entries into markets that have distinct business cultures and regulatory constraints. The new Programme will enable up to 2700 selected European companies to benefit from coaching, customised services and pre-arranged business meetings in a wide range of sectors.

EUREKA Network (Brussels, Belgium)

EUREKA Network (Europe-wide Network for Market-Oriented R&D and Innovation) is a European-wide initiative aimed at fostering European competitiveness through cooperation among companies and research institutions in the field of advanced technologies.
The initiative has a bottom-up approach — the participating companies and institutions must originate and propose their projects in any domain of research and development.

European Venture Market (Berlin, Germany)

SMEs and investment companies from all over Europe come together to develop new business contacts, exchange their views and share past experiences. SMEs can present themselves to the venture capital companies and strategic / private investors.

Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA (Barcelona, Spain)

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) is an independent regional research organisation specialized in socio-economic and financial developments in Europe and the South and East Mediterranean established in in Barcelona in October 2012. EMEA has an international network of think tanks, research centres, academic institutions and international experts. The Association also coordinates and is involved in several projects co-funded by the European Union.

G-ACUA (Hunstanton, UK)

G-ACUA is an independent professional management association, based in the UK, and established as a focal point for innovating continuing professional development in corporate university and enterprise academy management. The G-ACUA objective is to promote the management science and best practices of organisations and business high-performance development platforms for the new era of management and continuing professional development.

Ideas Powered For Business Network (Alicante, Spain)

The International Network for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (INSME) is a member of the Ideas Powered for Business network, which the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) manages. The network aims to empower EU SMEs by helping them access centralised, clear, relevant and reliable information during their business journey. It also promotes the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights in protecting and enforcing their competitive advantage. Find out more on the EUIPO’s dedicated web page and the Idead Powered for Business website. Follow us on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages to keep up to date with EU funding and support initiatives as well as IP events for SMEs.

IKED – International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (Malmo, Sweden)

IKED – International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development- is an independent, non-profit think-tank, with headquarters located since 2002 in Malmö, Sweden. IKED operates on a Nordic platform (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with diverse partners and with a global agenda to address the issues that are associated with the rise of the “knowledge-based” economy, sometimes referred to as the “learning society”, the “information society” or “the new economy”. The organisation has developed a strong global network with partners and contact points in the public as well as private sectors, spanning more than 40 countries.

Innovation Management (Sweden)

InnovationManagement is the leading online magazine offering knowledge, best practices and strategies for innovation management practitioners. InnovationManagement sources and provides the articles in collaboration with experts in the field of innovation management from leading business schools, companies and universities worldwide. InnovationManagement has one goal: to be the leading (best) source of best practices for innovation management practitioners.

European IPR-Helpdesk (Brussels, Belgium)

The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The service is targeted at researchers and European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded collaborative research projects. In addition it addresses SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes.

SPICE Group (Berlin, Germany)

SPICE Group is a global network representing 41 countries including 27 national and international associations of innovation centers. Members of SPICE Group are experts in business incubation, innovation centers, technology parks, regional economic development, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The aim of the SPICE Group is to increase the knowledge about business incubation, international business cooperation and promotion, economic policies and development, entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

TII – Technology, Innovation, Information (Senningerberg, Luxembourg)

Founded in 1984 with support from the European Community, Technology, Innovation, Information is one of the largest, longest-standing voluntary associations representing the innovation support and technology transfer professions in Europe. It has 260 members in over 30 countries who are active in areas such as business and technology consultancy and start-up support, research-industry technology transfer, including spin-off creation, and the provision of infrastructure to foster innovation, in particular high-tech incubators. The association offers services in the field of information and networking, professional training and technology transfer facilitation.

Black Sea Economic Cooperation (Istanbul, Turkey)

BSEC was set up in 1992 as a multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at fostering interaction and harmony among the Member States, as well as to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Black Sea region. In 1999 it acquired international legal status and was transformed into a full-fledged regional economic organization, with 12 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

INSME is one of BSEC’s Sectoral Dialogue Partners.

BSEC Business Council is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization, established in 1992 in Istanbul, Turkey. It consists of the representatives of the business communities of the BSEC Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

China IPR SME Helpdesk (Beijing, People’s Republic of China)

The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.

EUPIC (Chengdu, China)

EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) is a non-profit organization which is supported by the EU, Sichuan provincial government, Chengdu municipal government and Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial zone. EUPIC is the only EU-supported project incubation centre in China. The goals of EUPIC are to: assist EU companies for entry into the Chinese market; help Chinese companies to access the European market; apply and to take part in the bilateral and multilateral aid programs funded by the EU and Chinese governments.

EU SME Centre (Beijing, People’s Republic of China)

The EU SME Centre is a project funded by the European Union to assist European SMEs to export to China by providing a comprehensive range of free, hands-on support services including the provision of information, confidential advice, networking events and training. The Centre also acts as a platform facilitating coordination amongst Member States and European public and private sector service providers to SMEs.

HTIBI Partnership “China-Italy Business Innovation Center” (Beijing, China)

HTIBI – Hi-Tech International Business incubator Co., Ltd, is a leading international business incubator affiliated with the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, created to improve international technology transfer and innovation cooperation between Italian and Chinese enterprises.
Aim: to boost the growth and internationalization of bilateral high-tech companies and innovation systems.
Target customers: fast growing, innovative Italian and Chinese SMEs aiming at expanding their market in China or Italy.

AICEI (Bahrain)

The Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment Training (ARCEIT) is a programme of UNIDO-ITPO Bahrain (United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Office).
Its mission is to strengthen capacities of selected countries in the Arab and Asian region in promoting domestic investment and facilitating entrepreneurship, with the ultimate goal of creating jobs, alleviating poverty and making the local economy grow.

AIM (United Arab Emirates) 

The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is an Initiative of the AIM Foundation, an Independent International Organization fully committed to empower the World’s Economy by boosting effective Promotion Strategies and facilitating Opportunities for Economic Productivity and Expansion. With a series of Successful Investment Events, AIM Global has gained recognition as the Premier Worldwide Investment Platform.

Their 2023 Global Event is scheduled for May 8-10!

ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk (Djakarta, Indonesia)

This project – co-founded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and based in Jakarta, Indonesia – 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.

LexEcon Consulting Group (Wellington, New Zealand)

LexEcon Consulting Group is a legal consulting company based in Wellington, New Zealand, aimed at providing legal support to Government institutions, Development Agencies and international SMEs.

LexEcon Consulting Group is implementing the “LexEcon eSME Initiative” facilitating Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) worldwide to gain multiple benefits of paperless trade in international business-to-business (B2B) transactions by providing awareness programs on securely e-signing trade documents and executing e-contracts in different jurisdictions globally.

BAIA – Business Association Italy America (San Francisco, California)

BAIA is an independent, non-profit, business network created by and for entrepreneurs, managers, and professionals operating between Italy and the USA. BAIA is a collaborative organization open to new members and focused on promoting innovation, enhancing knowledge sharing and cooperation for the growing Italian professional community in the USA.

The Montreal Group (Montreal, Canada)

The Montreal Group is an international forum of state-supported financial development institutions founded in 2012 to foster peer group exchanges, identify best practices and innovative solutions on key topic issues, and develop thought leadership material contributing to the global MSME ecosystem. The forum also leverages its member’s global outreach to offer client missions for entrepreneurs from all member countries, providing the opportunity to visit tier one companies, network, and exploit B2B opportunities with participants from nine countries operating in the same industry.

SME Finance Forum (Washington, USA)

The SME Finance Forum is a global network of financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions working together to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses. The Forum aims at sharing knowledge, spurring innovation, and promoting the growth of SMEs.

CaCIA (Argentina/Italy)

The Camera di Commercio Italo Argentina – CaCIA (Chamber of Commerce Italy Argentina) was founded in 2003 in response to the needs of SMEs to take advantage of an organisation responsible for providing information, infrastructure and logistical solutions to support international projects in Argentina.
CaCIA is a private non-profit association.

INSME since 2008 is honorary member of CaCIA.