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Set-up of a Collaborative Permanent Network for Boosting the participation of Incubated SMEs in Innovation Processes under FP6 Activities


Most of incubated SMEs struggle to become a solid reality; they're compelled to face a strong competitive environment with few resources.

Though, their readiness for change, the close links to the incubator organization and its networks, the nearness of other incubated and complementary SMEs, and the frequent proximity to knowledge and technology poles, may be regarded as encouraging factors, and often result in incubated SMEs being amongst the companies with the larger potential for innovation.

On the other side, national governments trying to meet Lisbon objectives, namely in terms of private investment in R&D, are encouraging spin-offs and entrepreneurship and providing incentives, as tax benefits or support to creation of R&D structures in companies. But seldom do incubated SMEs take advantage of such incentives, as they lack the resources and information to apply, being too focused in their daily business.

Boost-It proposes to bridge these two realities, and contributing to exploit the innovation potential of incubated SMEs by developing a range of services that will help them to benefit from Community and national incentives. Boost-It gathers into a permanent structure a core group of innovation service providers and small incubator societies, in order to develop a framework (made of services and tools), capable of supporting incubated SMEs through the live-cycle of their own innovation projects.

Both the services and the tools are aimed to facilitate the participation of the ACC, and AC SMEs active in the ICT sector into the Framework Programmes of the EC and other international initiatives, enhancing the above mentioned positive aspects and boosting the incubated SMEs competitiveness by means of Innovation.

The focus of the project activities is in creating awareness among the incubated SMEs towards the opportunities of the VII Framework Programme, and to train and assist them to fully benefit from those opportunities.

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