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Improving product innovation

A workshop in Madrid on 26 and 27 April 1999 will launch the results and outputs from the European Commission (EC) PROMISE (PROject Management of product Innovation in Smaller Enterprises) project, an initiative supported through the Innovation Programme.

This event will be o...

26 April 1999 - 26 April 1999
Spain

A workshop in Madrid on 26 and 27 April 1999 will launch the results and outputs from the European Commission (EC) PROMISE (PROject Management of product Innovation in Smaller Enterprises) project, an initiative supported through the Innovation Programme.

This event will be of relevance to those who are from:

- A business-support organisation with a remit to help smaller firms become more competitive through improved product innovation;
- A smaller company - or a division of a larger one - looking to apply a more structured approach to the product development process - without imposing excessive bureaucracy.

The PROMISE project has:

- Looked at what has proved successful in larger companies to provide the structure for managing the product development life-cycle;
- Examined why and how these processes work;
- Selected those best practice approaches most suitable for adaptation to meet the flexible needs of much smaller organisations;
- Undertaken significant adaptation;
- Tested the findings in a number of smaller companies across Europe;
- Refined outputs into a set of supported tools for widespread usage.

The PROMISE approach has been specifically developed to provide the structure whilst minimising the bureaucracy for product-innovation management in smaller firms. The toolkit itself provides guidance to process usage and individual company customisation. It is therefore of particular interest for business-support organisations looking to provide a mentored approach for groups of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The launch will provide a good opportunity for small groups to interact. Importantly, it will also offer participants an opportunity to:

- Find out first-hand from managers involved what impact the project has had on their companies;
- Learn from intermediary organisations about the practical issues involved;
- Learn how to use the toolkit, or individual approaches, to assist SMEs.

At a session on future EC funding opportunities, participants will be able to find out, from Commission personnel, how they can benefit from similar funding opportunities under the latest Fifth Framework Programme.

Full launch details (brochure, detailed programme and workshop options and registration form) are available via the homepage at "Project launch" at:

URL: http://www.promise.org.uk
For more details, please contact:

Alberto Cifuentes
Chalice International
22/34 Fields Court
Warwick CV34 5HP
UK
Tel. +44-1926-490239; Fax +44-1926-408088
E-mail: alberto@chalice.co.uk