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EEN Anatolia supports to increase the innovation management capacities of SMEs

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EENinnoSMES (EEN Anatolia supports to increase the innovation management capacities of SMEs)

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

The main objectives of the proposed project are;
• Supporting ambitious, skilled and innovative SMEs to exploit their innovative ideas profitably in the international markets and supporting specifically SMEs with high international growth potential and innovation
• Maintain and continuously improve the professionalism of the services provided by the Network; and strive to achieve excellence in the services provided to SMEs and in all related Network activities.
• Seeking to exploit new opportunities in the Single Market and also in third countries.
• Raising awareness of SMEs about European Union policy issues and act as a communication channel for the European Commission with European SMEs
• Promote and inform SMEs about the services offered by the Network
• Providing easy to access integrated services in close proximity to SMEs
• Managing innovation process efficiently and enhancing innovation management capacity of SMEs
• Providing an innovation management system which not only includes the innovation process mapping from idea to result, but also leadership, management and co-operation strategies.
• Providing specialized and one to one services like creating an action plan and business model.
• Providing SMEs with in depth analysis of their innovation management, investigating possible gaps between innovation capabilities and innovation goals.

For WP1, since the KAM services is dependent to success ratio of SME Instrument Phase 1 and 2 in our region, the team was able to complete 5 KAM services during 2015-2016 period.
For WP2, main problem in personnel changes who are having improve licences. Those changes effect seriously the project targets. However, all partners are worked very hard at the last months of 2016 and with the signature of new EENinnoSMEs2 period, they started to communicate with clients, training arrangements was started to increase licence number and to serve more clients at the same time.
EENinnoSMEs project had planned to propose 64 service packages in WP2 and 8 KAM services in WP1, but as a result the consortium has offered 11 Enhancing SMEs Innovation Management Capacities services and 5 Key Account Management Service. The consortium could not achieve the proposed number of services during the project because of delays in participation to Improve Training, staff changes in partners and low number of SME instrument success in Turkey.
The expected impact before the analysis is defined as increasing the company’s innovation management success and its overall business performance and taking the Innovation capacities into a structure and adapt the lifecycle managment of products in the Marketing department before the start of the each assesment. Since the EIMC services applied to clients mostly in 2016, the short term impact is changing in their business perspective and commercialization strategies to compete with their competitors. However, we will be tracking their status and impact of the assessment in coming years to observe the increase in their employee numbers, trade amounts, cooperation amounts and profit ratios.