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EBN technical seminar

On 16 November 2004, EBN will host a technical seminar on "Incubation strategies according to the EC BIC model: quality-driven approaches" in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.

16 November 2004 - 16 November 2004

The seminar will be held within the framework of CreaWal 2004 Forum for Business Start-up and Financing, a large-scale high profile exhibition and conference supported by the Wallonian Ministry for Economics and Employment.
By promoting the BIC (Business & Innovation Centres) network and in order to maintain and strengthen the quality of the BIC instrument, EBN focuses on the exchange of know-how between its members. Training is a key-element of this process of exchanging and sharing experience.
In this context, EBN is organising every year two/three technical seminars targeting the needs of BIC managers, executives and advisors from new, future or already established Business and Innovation Centres and aiming at providing them with specific training on the basics and new trends in BIC management. These seminars are open to similar Business Support Instruments such as Incubators, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centres.
This seminar will concentrate on the quality issue, and further seminars will deal with other important issues in terms of incubation strategies, in particular sector-driven approaches.
For BICs localised in an area containing several Business support organisations, supported by different consortia of actors, and having different missions and activities, quality and assessment of clients satisfaction becomes a key success factor in terms of financial sustainability. ,This seminar is composed of four blocks and one concluding workshop, in order to give an accurate overview of the Quality issue; the following topics will be debated: What policy framework for Quality within Business support organisations? What models? Reference documents and existing initiatives? To what extend these models give an added value to the BICs team, clients and stakeholder? What are indeed the benchmarking indicators of the BIC Network? What results were achieved in 2003? What tendencies should be pinpointed? Why and How to go forward with the EC BIC Quality initiative?
The full programme of the seminar can be found on THE BICS & EBN
European Community Business & Innovation Centres or EC BICs as they are officially known are support organisations for innovative small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. They are recognised by the European Commission through a quality certification scheme, which enables them to obtain the European EC-BIC label.
EC BICs are collectively represented by EBN, the European BIC Network, based in Brussels whose aim is to develop, co-ordinate and promote the growth of the BIC network within and outside the European Union. Since its creation in 1984, EBN has grown substantially and there are now 160 BICs (full members) in 21 countries as well as 60 additional associate members who share the same objective of SME support and development.