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Final Report - EBEST (Empowering Business Ecosystems of Small Service Enterprises to Face the Economic Crisis)

Project ID: 243554
Funded under: FP7-SME


This is the final report of the EBEST project which was funded under the European Commission (EC)'s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Its aim was the introduction of new collaboration practices in ecosystems of SMEs belonging to different industrial sectors, through the provision of easily accessible ICT applications and services to enable community building, SME network constitution, and SME network operation for the network lead and its members. This publishable summary recalls the EBEST project context and objectives, presents the work performed up to the project conclusion, shows the main S&T results achieved, describes their potential impact and use plans, and provides a schematic presentation of the EBEST consortium composition along with relevant contacts.

This publishable summary is organised into the following main chapters: Chapter 2 recalls the context with respect to which the project was conceived as well as the strategic and operational objectives pursued during project execution. Chapter 3 presents the work performed and its organisation into work packages and tasks, as well as the S&T results (foreground knowledge and software) generated. Chapter 4 describes the pilot experiments that have been performed to validate the EBEST model and software platform versus real-life cases. Chapter 5 estimates the impact expected from the adoption of the EBEST solution and the procedure for SME-AGs to deploy it towards the associated SMEs. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 finally provide a schematic description of the EBEST consortium composition with the address of the project public web site and relevant contacts.

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