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EURACTE-INNOV II Report Summary

Project ID: 696246
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EURACTE-INNOV II (Establishment, promotion and implementation of new support services aiming at enhancing theinnovation management capacity and projects of SMEs based in the Nord – Pas de Calais region)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The project EURACTE-INNOV II proposed by the consortium Enterprise Europe Network EURACTE aimed at the establishment, promotion and implementation of two support services aiming at enhancing the innovation management capacity and projects of SMEs based in the Nord – Pas de Calais region, thus generating growth and competitiveness among local actors :

- The first service targets successful applicants under the SME instrument scheme, i.e. “SME Instrument beneficiaries”. The aim of this service is to detect weaknesses in the projects, help the SMEs identify a coach who is competent in the particular field in order to efficiently accompany the SME in finding solutions to the identified challenges, and follow up and facilitate the SME-coach relationship in order to maximize the probability of the project to access the targeted market successfully.

- The second support service, “Enhancing SME innovation management capacity”, aims at helping regional SMEs with potential for international growth, to consolidate their innovation strategy and management, in order to generate more structured innovation projects and increase their chances of success on the European market. The overall objective is to allow those SMEs to reach the required capacities to access to funding under Horizon 2020 R&D programs.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Regarding the KAM service, only one regional company has been beneficiary of the SME instrument and so gets that kind of support service. No other company in our region was financed by this program despite the efforts of the EURACTE consortium to inform regional companies and support them to produce project proposals in line with SME instruments Calls.

Regarding the EIMC service, 23 companies have been accompanied during the work period 2015-2016. These clients, working in a wide variety of sectors (from agriculture products to virtual reality applications), have benefited from that service which allowed them to better structure their innovation process, to better transform their innovation projects into commercial successes and to increase their competitiveness.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The beneficiary of the KAM service took full advantage of an adapted coaching service enabling that company to optimize the chances of success of its project by consolidating it on the regulatory aspects and optimizing the commercial positioning of the offer. This project is expected to create 10 additional jobs in the company.

Companies that benefited from the EIMC service were able to identify areas for improvement in their innovation process, to identify areas for progress to innovate more effectively (including low technology activities), to differentiate themselves from their competitors, to become more competitive, to ensure the sustainability of their activity and related jobs.

As foreseen in the implementation strategy, the implementation of the KAM & EIMC services was carried out in close connection with the EEN consortium EURACTE business advisers, both for the identification of the target clients and for providing complementary support services to the companies benefiting from the EIMC services & KAM (regulatory and legal support, IPR, watch, search for partners, search for funding solutions). The EURACTE consortium reinforced efforts to provide tailor-made information to high potential regional companies about the SME instrument, in order to increase the number of regional candidates and the chances of success of the local applicants.

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Record Number: 198663 / Last updated on: 2017-05-23
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